Friday, June 10, 2016

New R. Henderson online catalog, new acquisitions, Custom Framing Options, and much more

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J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art- Boerne is proud to announce the release  of a new online catalog of the bold animal painterly portraits of R. Henderson.


As an "online only" publication through, this catalogue can be saved and downloaded, or bookmarked for repeated browsing.

Come visit us at J.R. Mooney Galleries 305 S. Main St. Boerne, Texas to see the current J. Morgan selections we have in stock.

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Clockwise from top left: "Wandering Between" by Dean Moyer, "Roses on Point" by Catherine, "Country Adobe" by K. Adams, "Pastel Field" by B. Troyer.

CALL 210-828-8214 OR 830-816-5106


Check out the May edition of Boerne Business Monthly to read Art Consultant & Framing Designer, Katherine Shevchenko's 'Mooney Makes Sense" column.
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Caring For Your Art  

Damage that has been gradually encroaching on an art piece due to improper storage or exposure to suboptimal conditions is always an unfortunate occurrence, but there are many safeguards that the conscientious collector can employ to preserve their art collection.  By carefully scrutinizing the lighting and temperatures in the home environment, your precious investment can last for many years to come. 

The quintessential element regarding the presentation of artwork is exposure to light. While natural sunlight brings out the beauty in the piece, it can be detrimental over time.  It is best to always keep artwork out of the path of direct sunlight; diffused natural light is considered acceptable.  Make sure if glass is used that it is a conservation grade that has U.V. protection. Even though the artwork is shielded under glass with U.V. protection, it is advisable to control the exposure to light, to further insure the longevity of the artwork’s appearance for many years to come.  There are many types of specialized lighting that can be used for lighting art: fluorescent, halogen or led lighting.  If the wattage is 100 watts or higher, be sure to position the lighting fixture at least two feet distance from the piece.  If the heat from the lighting is too close, it will be magnified by the glass, which could cause some issues over time.  

To avoid accidental exposure to moisture from inclement weather, artwork should be out of range from windows and doors.  Doorways and entrance areas are usually high traffic and therefore can make your artwork more vulnerable to an unfortunate mishap.  Moisture can cause damage on artworks, especially framed paper works and canvas.  The presence of moisture can create an ideal environment for the growth of mold, appearing as unsightly black spots. If you have a painting that has been stored in uncontrolled conditions for an extended period of time, inspect the back of the canvas for mold. Once the mold has set in, it will have to be examined by a trained professional to propose a course of treatment to remove it. While it can be tempting to hang art in the bathroom for decoration, it is best to not hang anything precious or highly valuable.  The humidity will wreak havoc overtime, especially on paper, causing swelling, buckling and the dreaded mold.  It is better to use inexpensive pieces that have been framed for this purpose.

The kitchen can be a wonderful area to hang your art, just access that it will be far enough away from cooking fumes.  Extreme temperatures should always be avoided; they can cause the most instability by causing the materials to contract.  Care should be taken while hanging a painting over the fireplace to determine that there is no excessive heat or smoke escaping that can come in contact with the piece.  Smoke and vapors can settle onto the painting’s surface over time and cause‘dinginess’.  Avoid hanging over radiators or other heating elements or vents and keep the environment smoke free as possible.    
If your painting is in good condition and does not exhibit any signs of paint flaking, all that is needed is a light dusting from time to time to keep it looking vibrant.  One of the best suggested methods is to use a soft hair flat brush that is approximately 2 to 3 inches.  Cover the metal ferrule over with some masking tape, to safeguard the metal from scratching the surface.  Position a good direct light source and gently brush in small movements, carefully making the way across the canvas from one side to the other.  One can use a vacuum with a hose attachment with cheesecloth taped over the end for protection to catch the loose dust that falls off, held at a safe distance away from the surface.   Stop immediately and consult a conservator if any paint does flake off during dusting.

If you do have a piece of art that you  have found to exhibit signs of damage or has more involved soiling, staining or smoke damage, please  do not attempt to repair or clean the painting yourself.  A professionally trained conservator should be consulted to examine the artwork and determine what treatments and methods will be able to possibly restore the painting to a near pristine state.

© Katherine Shevchenko, Art Consultant/Framing Designer       

Diianni, Peter. "Preserving Artwork: How to Make Your Oil Paintings Last 100 Years or Longer." Http:// N.p., 2012. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

O'Hanlon, George. "Best Practices for Cleaning Paintings." N.p., 11 Nov. 2012. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.
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