Mike Bettmann

Restoration of a Family Portrait

Passed down for generations, this family portrait was involved in a water loss where it was directly exposed to glycol and insulation. After the painting was preemptively stabilized and cleaned, further evaluation revealed evidence of previous restoration, contaminated varnish, uneven fills, voids and heavy overpainting. The images below show the oil painting in its condition upon arrival at our facility, after preemptive remediation and during...

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Black Light as an Examination Tool

This oil painting on board by Florent Willems (1823-1905) was brought in for evaluation and treatment. Examination of the painting’s surface under normal and raking light exposed surface dirt, frame abrasions, fine craquelure, areas of blooming, and unevenness of varnish layers. To reveal a different aspect of the painting’s condition, it was also viewed under black light. Black light is used as an examination technique to gain additional information about a painting’s structure and any previous restoration.   As soon as a painting is made it begins to age and its materials begin to oxidize. While different variables may affect what is seen under black light, areas of in-painting and retouching will likely appear darker than the original pigment because it begins oxidation at a later point in time than the original pigment.           Under black light, several darkened areas are visible throughout and suggest that this painting was retouched at two different times since its creation. While it is not uncommon for a painting of this period to have been previously restored, this information is important to consider when determining options for treatment....

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Colorado Art Restoration at PLRB

This year’s PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo was held from March 29 – April 1, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. This year’s theme was EDUCATE • INNOVATE • INVIGORATE. The event allowed Colorado Art Restoration Services the opportunity to attend educational classes and connect with service providers in a very large and diverse industry. Our exhibitor booth offered visitors the opportunity to learn more about the services we provide, view art restoration examples and even have their likeness captured as a caricature. As longtime affiliate members, Colorado Art Restoration Services looks forward to attending next year’s PLRB conference in San Antonio, Texas!...

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Restoration of an Early 1900s Diploma

Throughout years of age and handling, this high school diploma became stained, torn and warped. After evaluation and testing it was determined that this work on paper was a candidate for a water bath. The images below show the diploma before restoration, during water bath treatment, and after it was dried and its tears locally repaired.                                            ...

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We’re Moving!

We are excited to announce that after forty years in business in Lakewood, Colorado we’re moving to our newly designed and built facility…right across the street! Our new location houses Colorado Art Restoration Services and Colorado Frame Company under one roof and accommodates our growth. At about 7,000 square feet, our new facility offers an expanded showroom and frame shop, state-of-the-art lab and equipment, and upstairs offices.                         Our new space will dramatically increase our team’s capacity to better serve our customer’s needs and we are proud to bring our trusted and time-tested services with us to our new home. We look forward to seeing you in October at: Colorado Frame and Art Restoration 9780 West Colfax Avenue Lakewood, Colorado 80215 Thank you for the continued support and patience during our...

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