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Emergency and Natural Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston to aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 27, 2017. Texas Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston to aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 27, 2017. Texas Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West  The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Obviously in any emergency or natural disaster, such as the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in the Houston area and Hurricane Irma in Florida, the first priority is the life and safety of yourself and those around you. As the water recedes, however, and people are able to return to their homes and studios, there will be a lot of damaged artwork to assess, and quick actions needed in order to salvage them. Below are a list of resources that provide useful guidelines for rescuing artwork in these types of situations:

Simple Emergency Salvage Techniques for Your Artwork
Cerf+
https://cerfplus.org/simple-emergency-techniques-for-your-artwork/

Safety information, recovery resources and emergency relief for artists
Cerf+
https://cerfplus.org/news/cerf-response-tropical-storm-harvey/

Dealing with Wet Contemporary Paintings: Tips for Artists—Mold and Paintings
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/11/09/dealing-with-wet-contemporary-paintings-tips-for-artists-mold-and-paintings/

Salvage at a Glance
Western Association for Art Conservation
http://cool.conservation-us.org/waac/wn/wn19/wn19-2/wn19-207.html

Is Your Artwork Wet Or Damaged? Here’s What To Do:
New Orleans Conservation Guild
http://www.art-restoration.com/damage.htm

Emergency Treatment of Water-Damaged Paintings on Canvas
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925170474

Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App
American Institute of Conservation
http://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/ers-app#.WahATj6GNEZ

And if you need professional help with the cleaning, repair, or the salvage recovery of your artwork, we recommend the interactive Find a Conservator page maintained by the American Institute of Conservation:

Find a Conservator
American Institute of Conservation
http://www.conservation-us.org/

And finally, we are certainly here to help as best we can, so please do not hesitate to contact us at help@goldenpaints.com or by phone, 800-959-6543 / 607-847-6154. 

 

 

 

 

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9 Responses to Emergency and Natural Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

  1. Carol R September 17, 2017 at 2:12 am #

    TY!
    This is GREAT information anyone can use that has any water damage, from an overflowing sink to a CAT5 hurricane, storm surge, floods from rain, etc.

    Is there a donation collection for artists that have lost their art supplies from the hurricanes?

  2. J David Quilter September 19, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    The attached resources are a reflection of what Golden and it’s employees are all about. I am sure the resources will be invaluable to those affected and others in need of such sound advice. My hat is off to our friends at Golden and the Golden Foundation!

    • Sarah Sands September 19, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      Hi David. Thanks for the warm feedback – it means a lot to us. And we do hope these resources are useful – both for the current situations in Texas and Florida, as well as future ones.

  3. Diane Hughes September 19, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Thank you Golden for being so useful to artists by giving good technical information and acting like a corporation that deeply cares about ART. This just reinforces my resolve to use your products whenever I can.

    • Sarah Sands September 19, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks Diane! We truly appreciate the warm feedback and support. Caring about art, and perhaps even more importantly the artists who make it, is front and center for us on a daily basis.

    • Sarah Sands September 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      Thanks Diane – we absolutely appreciate your support and the warm feedback. It means a lot to us. Truly.

  4. James Geddes September 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    Golden has once again proved its value as a member of the art community, not just a vendor. I, for one, applaud this effort and will remember the helping hand Golden gives every time I reach for my Golden products.

    • Sarah Sands September 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

      Hi James – Thank you so much for your support. We are very aware that people have choices when they go to purchase their materials and truly appreciate when we are the brand they reach for.

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