Restoring and Preserving the Artwork and Historical Pieces
With your help, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society has collected many pieces of fine art and historical artifacts. Many of these pieces need to be restored to their natural condition, repaired, and preserved for future generations.
*Art Work Unveiled! Read About the Historical Origins & Restoration Work of 2 Paintings That Connect Green Bay To Europe:
We are happy to announce that "Hospitality" and the Rufus B. Kellogg portrait have been restored and unveiled.
Both fully restored pieces were unveiled for the first time at a private donor event and press conference held October 8, 2010 at the Neville Public Museum - Read All About the Origins of These Beautiful Paintings by Clicking Right Here.
To learn more about the unveiling event and restoration process, read on and watch some videos below. You can also find more articles about the event, these paintings, and these projects by clicking Right Here - GB DP Antiquarian Society In The News.
(PLEASE NOTE: The information and videos presented below are very interesting and provide wonderful background and understanding of the restoration process and investigation efforts related to the history and origin of both the Kellogg and Hospitality paintings; however, the results of the restoration process and investigation discussed below can be found by clicking the above links.)
At one time, it was owned by Frederic G. Hall, former owner of the Beaumont Hotel,where the painting remained until he died. Mr. Hall's estate then gifted it to the Brown County Public Library, and it was part of the collection purchased from the Library by the Antiquarian Society through the Cultural Heritage Community Campaign.
FOX11 TV News Green Bay has highlighted the efforts to restore and identify the origins of this historical treasure piece:
GREEN BAY - Members of the Green Bay and De Pere Antiquarian Society hand delivered a painting to Bellin Health. They were hoping to uncover some answers about its past. They turned to the hospital's radiology team to try and find any secrets that lie beneath the oil painted surface... [Art Conservationist Tony Rajer] restored the painting in question after the antiquarian society purchased it in a lot of items from the Brown County Library several years ago. "The painting is probably several hundred years old it's one of our great artistic treasures here in the community," said Rajer... Rajer hopes x-rays might reveal who the artist is... "Our whole mission is preservation and conservation of artifacts and to keep them in the community for the community," said Carol Jones, antiquarian society member.
Scroll down and watch the entire FOX11 TV News video, or click here to read the entire FOX11 story...
Rufus B. Kellogg Restoration:
GREEN BAY - You may not recognize the man in the portrait, but you will no doubt recognize the legacy he left behind. Rufus B. Kellogg lived in Green Bay in the late 19th century. He founded Kellogg National Bank, which would later become Associated Bank . He also started the Kellogg library, which would eventually become the Brown County Library . For decades a portrait of Kellogg collected dust at the library. Now, it is being restored....click here for the entire FOX11 WLUK-TV Rufus B. Kellogg paint restoration story, or scroll down and watch the Fox11-WLUK video below.
For the restoration and preservation of both paintings, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society engaged the professional services of Tony Rajer, Art Conservator. During the restoration process, Mr. Rajer secured Antiquarian member volunteers to research the history and origin of the "The Return of the Prodigal Son" painting. On October 8, 2010, the research committee's findings were reported as both restored paintings were unveiled at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI.
"Thank You" to Fox11 and CW Wisconsin for doing these stories. The above videos can also be viewed at the CW Wisconsin website and FOX11 WLUK-TV website. Many other pieces of the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society's art and historical artifacts can be viewed by clicking on the following links: Our Artifacts Heritage Set Artwork Gallery, and visit our "In the News" page for other news stories about the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society and our community work.