Ph: 1-800-969-2459 Atlanta area: 770-427- 2459
Mr. Shae Avery's Biography
Shae Avery began professional art conservation, framing and restoration in 1973 at the White House Galleries in Roanoke, Va. In 1982 he and his wife Gwenda opened their gallery in Marietta, and have had three locations as they outgrew each larger space. Their present 9000 square foot space has recently been remodeled and is open to the public. He completed Paint on Canvas in 1982 and Paper Restoration in 1983 and was graduated first in his class. He developed and improved techniques for cleaning and restoring antique chromolithographs on paper in 1984. Designed and built by Avery, the largest hot vacuum table in the Southeast is presently used at Avery Gallery for lining oversized paintings. An associate member of AIC, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, he continues to update his technical know-how with state of the art information from AIC, SERCA and fellow conservators.
The restoration conservator has framed and restored works of art and framing from many collections. Robert P. Coggins Art and Artists of the South, Mr. Fred Bentley, Dr. Noah Meadows, Kennesaw College,
College, Southern Polytechnic State University, Savannah Historic Museum, Coastal Georgia Museum, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta Museum of History, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Girl Scout National Center in Savannah Georgia, The Methodist Museum at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, GA, Jekyll Island Museum, Berry College Museum, Atlanta Historical Society, Atlanta History Center, Norfolk-Southern Railway and many others.
Avery Gallery has had the contract with the City of Atlanta for the last twenty-eight years to clean, conserve and restore the Atlanta Cyclorama Diorama in Grant Park. We have also lined, cleaned and restored the sculpture, portrait of and frame on Mr. George Valentine Gress who gave the Atlanta Cyclorama painting to the city. We restored the painting of and frame on Joel Chandler Harris for the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, Georgia. Avery has been asked to restore another large cyclorama, the 1000 foot circumference painting called the Life of Christ by Jackson Bailey. This largest religious painting in the world. suitable as a museum, is also for sale and may be seen by appointment.
Avery Gallery specializes in conservation framing, using only approved museum grade materials and techniques to be able to guarantee that works framed are going to last for several lifetimes if properly displayed and cared for with regard to moisture in the environment, light levels and types, and proper strength hanging hardware.
The Gallery performs conservation and restoration work on oils and acrylics on canvas, watercolors, pastels, egg-tempera, etchings, mezzotints, engravings, woodcuts, wood block prints, linocuts, serigraphs, lithographs on paper, black and white and color photos, antique convex photographs and documents on sheepskin. Also repaired and restored are frames with broken or missing sculptural ornamentation. Karat Gold, gold metal (brass), silver, aluminum and copper-leaf finishes are cleaned and or replaced. Sculptures in wood, stone, metal, glass, ceramic, plastic and concrete and other materials are repaired and restored. Antique convex photographs are brought up to better than new condition and convex glass is made to order to fit antique frames of almost any size or shape. Curved, bent and or convex glass for frames or furniture is shaped to fit your needs.
Avery Gallery sells original art works in oil, acrylic, pastel, copper enamel, ceramic, stone, glass, turned wood, watercolor, black and white & color etchings, mezzotints, lithographs, serigraphs, and more. Custom framing to conservation standards is practiced, and super-custom finished-corner frames are designed and built to order. Appraisals by accredited ISA appraisers are available for antique to contemporary art and frames.
Avery has written an art review column and several articles for newspapers and magazines on art and restoration. The gallery organized and hosted a seminar on print making, and Shae lectures on print making, print media, frame design, art appreciation, restoration (both the value of and the techniques and materials) and the poetry of art titles. Avery has organized and sponsored several art exhibitions for the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art. Those include Come Up and See My Etchings, a display and demonstration of many different types of prints and printmaking, a one-man show for painter J. Vance Miller, a one-woman show for enamelist Margaret Ratcliff, and an exhibit of a collection of artist-signed etchings by Luigi Kasimir, his wife Tanna Kasimir-Hoernes, and their son F. O. Robert Kasimir.
Avery's collection of over 150 artist-signed etchings by all three Kasimir artists also includes photographs of Luigi, books on him and his work, and a lecture on his life and about his work. The collection of restored and properly framed works is available for rent by museums, schools and libraries. It is believed to be the world's largest Kasimir collection. Please call for more information.
In his youth, Avery worked and lived in many areas. He likes to fish, hike and camp and lived for awhile in British Columbia, Canada as well as many parts of the U.S. He is an organic gardener, commercial pilot, flight instructor, amateur musician, writer, poetry enthusiast and will perform poetry readings for groups that ask. His favorites are many by Shakespeare, Stephen Crane, et al.
Politically, Avery is independent, but has strong concerns for the environment, and is a member of The Naure Conservancy, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and more.
Mr. Avery is available for an art restoration, framing, media information or value consultation by appointment.
Ph: 1-800-969-2459 Atlanta area: 770-427-2459
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