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First restored painting returns home to museum

February 24, 2005

Baltimore conservator Sian Jones worked for 13 hours to restore Frederick Childe Hassam's "White House, Gloucester," which is part of the collection of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. As part of the adopt-a-painting program, Jones removed old varnish layers and surface soil.

The program offers individuals or businesses opportunities to sign on to pay a conservator's charge to clean a painting and/or restore the frame on a particular painting in the museum's collection.

Barbara and Fritz Bowers of Hagers-town adopted "White House, Gloucester," the first to be restored as part of the program. The estimates for the restorations that Joseph Ruzicka, museum director, has identified as priorities range from $600 to more than $5,000.

For more information about adopting a painting, call 301-739-5727.

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