Ph: 1-800-969-2459 Atlanta area: 770-427- 2459 Fax: 770-427-2446
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 nearly 9000 square foot space has recently been remodeled and is open to the public. He completed Paint on Canvas in 1982 and Paper Restoration at Technical Art Conservation Center 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, one of the largest hot vacuum tables in the Southeast is presently used at Avery Gallery for lining oversized paintings. As an associate member of AIC, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, beginning in 1982, 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. Work is also done for other museums, auction houses, galleries, insurance companies, mitigation companies and individual collectors.
Avery Gallery had the contract with the City of Atlanta for thirty years to clean, conserve and restore the Atlanta Cyclorama Diorama in Grant Park, which has recently been bought by the Atlanta History Center. We have also lined, cleaned and restored the portrait of and frame on Mr. George Valentine Gress who gave the Atlanta Cyclorama painting to the city. We also restored the sculpture of him as well. The gallery conservation lab has restored paintings of old masters such as Peter Paul Rubens and recently one by Frederic Sacrider Remington. We restored the painting of and frame on Joel Chandler Harris for the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, Georgia. Avery has another large cyclorama, the 1000 foot circumference painting called the Life of Christ by Jackson Bailey. Believed to be the largest religious painting in the world. suitable as a museum, it is also for sale and may be seen by appointment. A book titled The Painted Word shows a depiction of each of the 55 scenes in the painting from The Annunciation to The Ascension and is available for sale at the gallery.
Avery Gallery specializes in conservation framing, using only approved museum grade materials and techniques to be able to guarantee that works properly framed are going to last for several lifetimes if properly displayed and cared for with regard to temperature and humidity in their environment, as well as types and strength of light levels, and proper type and strength hanging hardware.
The Gallery performs conservation and restoration work on oils and acrylics on canvas, watercolors, pastels, egg-tempera, etchings, mezzotints, books, engravings, woodcuts, wood block prints, linocuts, serigraphs, lithographs on paper, black and white and color photos, antique convex photographs, art and documents on sheepskin and other forms of vellum. 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, concrete and other materials are repaired and restored. Antique convex photographs are brought up to better than new condition and convex glass is shaped in order to fit antique frames of almost any size or shape. Curved, bent and or complex 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, carved and 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 300 artist-signed etchings by all three Kasimir artists known for color etchings; Luigi, Tanna, and Robert also includes photographs of Luigi, books on him and his work. He also presents 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 original Kasimir collection. Please call for more information.
In his youth, Avery has 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, actor, poetry enthusiast and will perform poetry readings for groups that ask. His favorites are many by William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, Stephen Crane, et al.
Politically, Avery is independent, but has strong concerns for the environment, and is a member of The Naure Conservancy, NRDC, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, and more.
Mr. Avery is available for an art restoration, framing, medium information or value consultation by appointment. He has been and is available as an expert witness relating to art mediums, condition, and art restoration. He also has talks such as The Poetry of Art Titles which may be scheduled for a reasonable fee. His PowerPoint program on art and frame restoration is available to Insurance and Mitigation Companies, museums and galleries. He has given many lectures and recently several on the chemistry involved in art restoration. More information on Avery and the gallery may be found on our business capability statement, with the link below.
Ph: 1-800-969-2459 Atlanta area: 770-427-2459
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