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Welcome to the new and improved Society of Gilders website!  Members are still adding or updating their Directory listings and Gallery pages, so if you can’t find the information you seek, please send us a query through the “Contact” page.

The Society of Gilders is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the practice and preservation of the art of using gold and metal leaf. Our members use gilding in all its iterations, including architecture, fine art, framing, signage, illumination and more.  The organization is a valuable resource for technical help for gilders, restorers, conservators, craftsmen, and all those interested in the gilding arts. Our classes and conferences bring gilders together from around the globe to learn, discuss and share. Our community projects give back to the community while fostering gilding skills.

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SOG News

Conference “Save the Date”

The dates for the upcoming Chicago gilding conference are set:

June 1 – 6, 2015, Monday through Saturday.

We will be staying at the Loyola University Water Tower Campus – the heart of downtown Chicago – also known as “the Gold Coast”!!!

The good news is that if you stay for 7 nights or more, the room rates are about half what they are for 6 nights or less. And even those rates are lower than most Chicago hotels, plus, you will be able to share with 1,2, or 3 other people. And you will have your own kitchen! So the lodging will be very affordable.  On-line room reservations will be available at a future date, so stay tuned.

As usual, SOG members will get a discount on registration and classes, as well as the opportunity to register first.

The preliminary schedule is fantastic, but it needs to be verified and schedules arranged.  A trip to our newly remodeled Museum of the Gilding Arts in Pontiac, IL will be included, and we are setting the community project.  And, of course, some wining and dining in the SOG style.

SOG elects new Officers and Trustees
Elections were held at the recent gilding conference in New Orleans, and mail-in votes were tallied.  The proposed slate was accepted in full, and the new officers chosen: President – Naomi Geller Lipsky; Vice President – Urban Billmeier; Secretary- Diane Killeen: Treasurer – Jorge Jimenez.  Other Trustees are Michael Kramer, Micki Cavanah, Colleen Donaldson, Jean Spencer, and Annie Lemarie.  Alternates are Mitch Cavanah, Francis Lestingi, Ricardo Jimenez, Michael Gilbert, Jill London, John Nelson, Madilynn Nelson, Peter Miller, Elizabeth Holt, Dan Dipert and Leah Fishman.

SOG Members Participated in “Covered in Gold”, an Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum, Sept. 15-Nov. 10, 2013.  Catalogs are now available in the “store” section of this website.

SOG Held Its 2013 Conference in New Orleans

In conjunction with the Louisiana State Museum, the Society of Gilders hosted our Conference in NOLA from October 21 to the 25th, 2013. Fellow gilders enjoyed a week-long celebration of the gilding arts featuring the grand finale of our five year Community Project at St. Alphonsus, as well as continuing work on the frame collection of the Louisiana State Museum. There were full-blown classes, lectures and social events galore. If you haven’t made it to our previous confabs , stay tuned for details on Convention 2015.