Category Archives: Preservation Projects

The Life of Christ On Copper Paintings Restoration

by Anastasia Heaton Thanks to a generous grant from the California Missions Foundation, the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library has been able to move forward with restoration treatment for five unique paintings from its collections. These five artworks depict scenes from … Continue reading

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Close-up of the (Art) Collection

Thanks to a very generous donation the Archive-Library is now home to this beautiful painting of Madonna and Child also known as Our Lady of the Rosary of Pomata. The oil painting is 17th or 18th century from the Cuzco … Continue reading

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Meet Our New Geiger Intern!

Editor’s note:  Each year since 2012 we offer a paid summer internship to honor Fr. Maynard Geiger, OFM. The purpose of this internship is to support an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student to gain experience working in an archive. … Continue reading

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Good Friends, Good Food, and Good Art!

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library hosted an open house and reception to thank our sponsors and partners in our Deakin Mission Paintings conservation project, and to provide an opportunity for them and all our friends … Continue reading

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Mentoring A New Generation

Edited by Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director This summer brought SBMAL four amazing interns, Kate Borchard, Rachel Hatcher, Lauren Trujillo, and Brittany Bratcher! These remarkable young women worked in the Archive helping to accomplish several long-term projects. They worked on a … Continue reading

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We Get By with a Lot of Help From Our Friends: Deakin Project Update

By Monica Orozco We have amazing friends! Thanks to so many wonderful people, our “adopt a mission painting” campaign to find sponsors for conserving the 21 painting of California Missions by Edwin Deakin got off to a tremendous start and … Continue reading

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A Special Event Thursday May 22, 2014

Join us Thursday May 22, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a presentation by Scott M. Haskins from Fine Arts Conservation Laboratories.  Mr. Haskin will share his efforts restoring several Mission paintings by Henry Chapman Ford for the Mission … Continue reading

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Conserving the Art of Early California

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director One of the crown jewels of the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is a beautiful and historically significant series of oil paintings of the twenty-one Missions of Alta California by Edwin Deakin. It is one of … Continue reading

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Barbara, Sharon, and the De la Guerra Collection

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director The De la Guerra Collection is one of the corner stones of our document collection from early California. Recently I interviewed two of our volunteers, Barbara Ceriale and Sharon Parker, who are helping us conserve … Continue reading

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A Visit from the (Book) Doctor

By Monica Orozco, SBMAL Director Recently we had a visit from a “book doctor” or conservator specializing in the preservation and repair of works of art on paper, Karen Zukor from Zukor Art Conservation. She was here from Oakland to … Continue reading

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