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 The Chicago Gilding Conference is Over, but Not Forgotten!Rte66-01Saturday, June 6: Here we are gathered in front of the Route 66 Mural in Pontiac, IL, for a final picture

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 Welcome to the new and improved Society of Gilders website
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 applications, 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

Grand Opening of Museum of the Gilding Arts; Naomi Lipsky presides at ribbon cutting.  On a day trip to Pontiac, IL, for the grand opening of MOGA, conference attendees were treated to lunch and a lecture on the properties of gold by Francis Lestingi (Signs of Gold). The permanent displays and the members' art exhibited there were both impressive. Thanks to Peter MIller, Annie Lemarie, all the members of the Museum Committee, and the City of Pontiac who made this all happen.


Museum of the Gilding Arts Featured in the Bloomington Pantograph and a travel site


New Regional Classes Offered by Peter Miller, Michael Gilbert and Jill London!  At long last, more classes from several of our most experienced teachers.  Here are the descriptions: current classes


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

SOG Officers and Trustees
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, Elizabeth Holt, Dan Dipert and Leah Fishman.

Long-time board member and past president Peter Miller, whose past guidance helped the SOG survive and progress, has stepped down from the board. As caretaker of the Swift Collection and, lately, head of the Museum Committee, he had a major role in finding a home for this important collection, and establishing a presence for the SOG.

More on the Museum of the Gilding Arts (MOGA) on the the Conference Retrospective page