Promoting the education of gold leafing and the gilding arts
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Toronto based designer who has pursued her love for the ancient art of Verre Eglomise, a French term meaning reverse painting and gilding on glass. Gilding is the process of applying genuine gold leaf or other precious metal leaf on a surface.
A member of the Society of Gilders, she has honed her craft through workshops in New York under the direction of masters in the art of gilding – Miriam Ellner, Charles Douglas, Jill London and sculptor Ekaterina Aksenova of Art Space New York. She studied patination under Lori Lemare, a renowned Canadian visual artist specializing in decorative painting and art restoration.
Her work has been featured in ARIDO’s Art by Designers Toronto in 2015 and 2016. Marybeth is also a member of ARIDO – Association of Interior Designers of Ontario and ASID American Society of Interior Designers.
Conservators of Decorative Arts and Antique Furniture Services: Water and Oil gilding; Boulle; Carving; Marquetry; Veneering; Casting; Turning; Structural Repairs; Historic Finishes; Conservation of Surfaces; Period Furniture Design and Making. Serving the Mid-Atlantic States Since 1980
Using techniques and similar materials that are centuries old, Gregg Perry conservators perform the time honored techniques of traditional oil and water gilding. For over 2 years, Perry had apprenticed under the première gilders in Paris, France and in Florence and Venice, Italy.
All gilding work is performed by hand, including gesso production and application, grinding and filtering of clays (bole), recutting of gessoed surface, burnishing and patinization.
Perry’s specialty is Louis XIII-XV gilt-carved frames and furniture as well as English Rococo looking glass frames.
Naomi Geller Lipsky received her PhD in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and enjoyed a satisfying career in research for many years. At the same time, she continued to develop her skills in the fine and decorative arts. When these latter interests finally became more compelling, she made the decision to retire from science and become a full-time decorative artist. She presently serves as President of the Society of Gilders.
She is best known for her work with quilling, an antique art in which paper strips are shaped and applied as ornaments, but she works in other media as well. Many of her pieces incorporate gold leaf. Her main body of work consists of Judaic ritual art and liturgical illustrations. She creates originals as well as limited edition lithographs, and she completes her artistic vision by doing all of her own matting and framing. Naomi has earned her accreditation from the Quilling Guild, and is a member of that organization. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in museums and galleries, and featured in books and other publications.
Naomi is a long-term member of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, and founded its first Baltimore chapter. She also belongs to the American Guild of Judaic Art, and the North American Quilling Guild. In addition to creating artwork, Naomi is a graduate of the Master Seamstress Program at the University of Rhode Island.
Reed’s Gold Leaf Studios began from within the original family picture framing business, Reed’s Custom Framing. The frame shop opened its doors in 1968, started by Micki Cavanah’s parents, Don and Lou Reed. One of the local clients stated that he had been traveling to Atlanta, GA for all of his gilding needs. Finding it difficult to turn a client away for such services, Lou decided the natural thing to do would be to learn about gilding. At that time, there were very few gilders, and even fewer sources of instruction. It seemed that gilding was becoming a dying art. However, through perseverance, Lou learned the craft of gilding and restoration. She passed along her knowledge to many others through the years, including Micki and her husband, Mitchell Cavanah. For more than 20 years, Micki and Mitchell have continued the fine tradition of gilding that came from such humble beginnings.
Micki and Mitchell are long-time members of the Society of Gilders of which Micki has served as Vice-President, and now a member of the board of Trustees. Both are well-respected educators in the arts of restoration, gilding, and the design and creation of one-of-a-kind, museum quality picture frames.