Business Capability Statement
Avery Gallery, Inc.
390 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060-8220
Ph: 770-427-2459 Fax: 770-427-2446
Avery Gallery, Inc. is a veteran-owned original art sales establishment, art restoration, frame construction, convex glass manufacturing and distribution center, and our very well decorated event location. We provide art and frame appraisal services, art consultations, contract art commissions and art education through consultations and talks at schools and more.
We have been in business for over thirty years. Our company has a nine thousand square foot location in Marietta, GA, where we are able to proficiently perform all of the above high quality services.
Art in many subjects, such as portraits, landscapes, work situations, western horse and rider, and more may be commissioned in several media. Our artists create in oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink, pastel, pencil, glass, ceramic, wood, bronze, silver, iron, steel, stone, concrete, plastic and more.
Convex and curved glass for picture frames, furniture or other needs is made to order with samples shown on our website. http://www.averygallery.com/convexGlass.htm
Our methods and materials exceed AIC standards for restoration, ISA and USPAP standards for appraisals, and the gallery has its own high standards for art quality.
Our combined levels of experience are greater than 100 years for our conservators. We have been doing some of our continuing jobs for over 25 years, such as the Atlanta Cyclorama diorama restoration project. We have restored US Post Office WPA murals and have many repeat customers. Our customer list includes museums, corporations, schools, colleges, universities, local city, state and other government accounts and many individuals.
We have completed many projects for a number of insurance companies, disaster mitigation firms, government agencies, corporations and individuals. They continue to use us because of our quality workmanship, attention to detail and dependable honesty. Satisfied policy-holders make pleased customers. We can provide references if requested.
We have restored many forms of art. Paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, ink, gouache, and other mediums have been restored on many forms of support such as canvas, paper, leather, wood, metal, glass, plastic and others.
Our framing department properly museum mounts art, documents, photographs and more as necessary, using only the best conservation materials available. We buy our framing moulding from over thirty different companies from around the world, and make several patterns ourselves. We stock over ten different types of glazing for whatever type of framing needed. We don't take shortcuts with what we do in framing, and are pleased that people send us things to frame even after they have moved away from the area.
Many different materials from which sculpture has been created have been repaired and or restored including those made from different kinds of wood, many types of stone, several different metals, glass, concrete, plastic, and combinations of these, such as enamel on copper, which is glass melted or fused and bonded to metal. Our experience includes outdoor monuments and cemetery sculpture, as well as markers in marble, sandstone, slate, granite and concrete. Bronze plaques are cleaned, sealed or coated to remain looking clean and bright. New plaques may be designed and cast as needed when requested.
Paper, metal, glass and ceramics are repaired and restored as necessary. We make convex glass to fit any size and shape of frame that requires it. We stock more than forty different shapes and sizes. We make curved or bent glass for china cabinets and other furniture, and have made blown glass shapes for unusual requests.
Our paper restoration department has restored antique prints, documents and other items from the late 1500’s to the present. Our record for print restoration includes many types of images and supports. We restore intaglio prints; etchings, engravings, or mezzotints on paper. We have conserved and restored relief prints such as wood block prints, woodcuts, and linocuts. Serigraphs or lithographs can be de-acidified, cleaned, properly treated, flattened and museum mounted and framed to conservation standards.
Photographs may be de-mounted, cleaned, de-acidified, remounted and touched-up as necessary. Antique convex photos are de-mounted, cleaned, remounted on a hand-made foam form and remounted to provide a firm and stable support in the original convex shape that has often been damaged or compromised. Photos can also be copied and reproduced after restoration or on a computer program if copies are required or desired.
Documents on sheepskin or vellum of any kind are cleaned and mounted. Cleaning of stains is accomplished using the proper chemistry, and faded calligraphy or printing can be enhanced or added as desired. No changes are made to any antique documents without proper authorization.
Our testing requires considerable time to make sure what we do is compatible with both medium and support. Solvents, cleaning agents, abrasives, and all methods, materials and techniques are discussed and tested before being used. We make certain all information necessary has been sought out and acquired, whether or not a particular work request seems typical and standard or unusual enough to require greater research.
Our team has at least two conservators discuss treatment options before beginning testing or restoration procedures. Photos are made with both film and digital cameras for a good record of all activity. Before, during and after photos are taken on any work restored. Photos and a written record of all treatments, including materials and techniques are kept in a customer file that shows all work from that source.
Avery has prepared lectures on a variety of subjects that can be adapted to any group. His PowerPoint restoration presentation shows many samples of items that have been properly restored, showing various stages of the work, with explanations for what has been done. Most people want to know why things are done, and we explain the reasons for differences in both materials used and techniques employed. We also explain the reasons for different costs, and often suggest an appraisal on certain items before beginning the restoration process. Items brought to the lecture are analysed and suggestions made concerning their value and more. The success and popularity of the Antiques Roadshow has brought out many questions from folks who would like to believe they have a treasure in their attic. Occasionally this is true, but often is is wishful thinking. Avery will not do an appraisal on an item for which he has proposed a restoration plan. The exception to that is when something is obviously not worth what it would cost to restore, and he has no probloem being honest and telling the client this. In order to avoid a conflict of interest on a questionable item, we recommend an independent appraiser. “Is it worth appraising or restoring?” is a lecture that combines restoration costs and perceived value for many reasons from insurance, estate, sales, etc. “What is this thing?” is where people bring art samples to the lecture to have them looked at and analyzed. “The difference between repair, conservation, restoration and preservation” is one that gives people many new items of interest and a new outlook on what and why or whether something should be done.
“The poetry of art titles” is a talk that is interesting to both artists and collectors. Certain artists do title their paintings, sculpture or creations in different ways, and some titles have been added later by owners that are not aware of the artist’s intent or their standard typical naming samples. Another talk is on the different types of original prints and explains how the many different types of prints are created. Their basic differences, and why they may or may not be what they are called and or worth what is asked for them is explained.
Avery’s bio may be seen at: http://www.averygallery.com/Mr.Averysbio.htm
Howard Shaeffer (Shae) Avery, Jr., president
Avery Gallery, Inc.
390 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060-8220
©Avery Gallery 2014