In Restored Treasures: Part 1, conservator and curator Spencer Montcalm guides viewers through recent and key conservation projects from the AGW’s Collection and offers a behind the scenes exploration of the material characteristics and aging of art.
The program will consist of a short panel presentation with a conservator, cultural worker and arts administrator followed by a community show and tell. Discover hidden treasures from the archives and collections of both Museum Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Participants will be encouraged to present their personal collections and to learn from each other. We are excited to see what amazing collections are hidden in our community!
Want to share your collection? Please indicate on the ZOOM registration page if you wish to present your items at this event. Participants will have 2-3 minutes each to present their objects or collection. The discussion will be moderated by the AGW to ensure that all participants have time to share their collections.
Bonus challenge: Up for a little game? We’ll be sending out digital, collection-themed Bingo cards in advance of the sharing circle for you to fill out as the event progresses. The first person to shout “BINGO” and share their card will receive one free admission pass to Museum Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor!
Celebrate Heritage Week! Heritage Week celebrates heritage in all its forms (cultural and natural, architectural, archaeological and collections), its diverse traditions and cultural expressions. Heritage Week provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals and communities to reflect on how heritage is conserved, promoted and commemorated, and how they might shape the future.
Spencer Montcalm received his Bachelor of Science (Honours), with a specialization in chemistry and visual art, from the University of Windsor. Intrigued by the chemical materiality of fine art, he obtained a Master of Art Conservation from Queen’s University, specializing in paintings conservation. Spencer completed internships at Fraser / Spafford Ricci - Art & Archival Conservation Inc. and the National Gallery of Canada conservation laboratories. After his studies, Spencer worked in the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada. He then moved back to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario to start a private conservation practice. Spencer has conserved artworks by prominent Canadian artists such as A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Evan Penny, James Wilson Morrice, and Alex Janvier. He has also worked with the Art Gallery of Windsor’s collection and the City of Windsor’s collection of public sculpture and monuments.
The Art Gallery of Windsor harnesses the power of art to open minds and hearts to new ideas, perspectives and ways of thinking that inspire people to grow emotionally and intellectually. The primary focus of the AGW Collection is preserving and presenting the Art of Canada. The AGW Collection has grown close to 4,000 works since the Gallery’s first acquisitions in 1943.
Museum Windsor consists of the François Baby House at 254 Pitt St. W. and the Chimczuk Museum at 401 Riverside Drive W. The sites collect, preserve and display materials related to the history of our region. The Chimczuk Museum houses permanent exhibits on the history of the Windsor area, the Original People’s Culture and Legacy, and the development of The City of Windsor.