'For the Love of Art' Campaign Complete

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Hoyt Sherman Place Completes “For The Love Of Art” Restoration and Conservation Campaign

 

 In 2012, the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation initiated a multi-year Adopt-A-Painting project, headed by the late Carol Pollock, former Executive Director of Hoyt Sherman Place. Four years later, with over $95,000 raised through donations, all forty-eight of the seventy-four targeted paintings, acquired over the past 125 years by the Women’s Club, have been adopted and restored. The final three paintings were most recently adopted in memory of Pollock, using funds from her Memorial.

 

VenuWorks President and close friend, Steve Peters, says, “She loved Hoyt Sherman Place with a passion. So, it is fitting that in the future we will be reminded of her legacy of service when we view these restored paintings.”

 

The collection began in the years leading up to 1907, when the Des Moines Women’s Club moved into the 1877 Hoyt Sherman Place mansion and built the first public art museum in Des Moines. After decades of exposure to wood stoves and coal-fired furnaces, action was necessary in order to bring the pieces back to their original state.

 

The collection, consisting of paintings of various sizes and values, were selected in order of need, with the most fragile completed first. Once pieces were adopted, they were carefully packaged and shipped to Barry Bauman of Bauman Conservation in Chicago, Illinois. An expert in art restoration, Mr. Bauman only works with nonprofit organizations and is highly regarded in his field.

 

Now, a year after Carol Pollock’s passing, her passion-project has come to a successful and triumphant close.

 

“So many women have devoted countless hours of time and energy into preserving and protecting everything that is here at Hoyt Sherman Place, and Carol Pollock was among the elite,” current Executive Director, Robert Warren, says. “On the one year anniversary of Carol’s passing and eve of the Memorial Day holiday, it’s fitting we wrap up the “For the Love of Art” campaign she started and dedicate the final three restored paintings in her memory.”

 

In 2012, the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation initiated a multi-year Adopt-A-Painting project, headed by the late Carol Pollock, former Executive Director of Hoyt Sherman Place. Now, a year after Carol’s passing, her passion-project has come to a successful and triumphant close. With over $95,000 raised through donations, all forty-eight of the seventy-four targeted paintings, acquired over the past 125 years by the Women’s Club, have been adopted and restored. The final three paintings were most recently adopted in memory of Pollock, using funds from her Memorial. For additional information, please contact Robert Warren, Executive Director at Hoyt Sherman Place.



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