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Cole site receives funds for frieze restoration

Sep 18, 2015 6:15 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] The main house at the Thomas Cole
Historic Site, Catskill, N.Y.
(From thomascole.org)[/caption]

Kate Seckinger is reporting in The Daily Mail the Thomas Cole Historic Site has been awarded more than $600,000 in federal funds to uncover the long-lost work of artist Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School. The money was given to the Catskill house museum by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In July, hand-painted historic murals by Cole were uncovered in the east and west parlors of his Cedar Grove. The two friezes, or decorative painted borders found near the ceilings in both rooms, are thought to date from around 1836. Thomas Cole Historic Site Executive Director Betsy Jacks said board members and employees at Cedar Grove are grateful for the funds, which will be used to restore the friezes and implement features for a new exhibit. Work to peel back the layers of paint and expose the friezes will continue in late September, Jacks said, and could continue for the next two years. “We want to restore the whole of every room from the floor to the ceiling,” Jacks said. “Cole has paintings in museums all over the world where people can go and get familiar with him. This newly discovered work on the walls is something that’s not offered elsewhere. It will give us insight into how he made the paintings and why they look the way they are. With this funding, we will be able to get a glimpse at what made Thomas Cole tick.” Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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