Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne is celebrating their 25th year of business in Vermont as artisan picture framers and restorers of antique frames. An art gallery became an additional part of the business beginning in 1991.Brad Sourdiffe and Joan Furchgott met in Vermont in 1975, and left for 6 years before returning in 1982. At that time they initially set up a frame restoration business operating out of their then home in Buel’s Gore.The skills the couple learned while employed at Kotzbeck Gallery in San Francisco from 1979-1982, are rarely found in the picture framing business today. Furchgott had been working as a picture framer on and off since 1973, and at the San Francisco gallery learned additional traditional skills that included French matting (hand-drawn ink lines and panels of tint or marbelized papers), hand-wrapping fabric mats and conservation skills for the handling of rare and valuable art. The San Francisco gallery employed skilled international craftsman, and there Sourdiffe learned the art of gilding and finishing, both for the making of new hand-finished frames and mats, and restoring antique frames and objects. Back in Vermont, Sourdiffe also learned additional modern conservation techniques while apprenticing at the conservation lab at the Shelburne Museum. Today Sourdiffe is widely recognized for his meticulous and historically accurate work for both individual and public collections. Since moving back to Vermont in 1982, he has restored historic frames for many prestigious institutions which include: the Bennington Museum, the Fleming Museum, the University of Vermont, the Vermont Statehouse, and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. Of the dozens of frames he has worked on for the Vermont Statehouse, two of the most notable are the frames for the painting of George Washington hanging above the speakers rostrum, and the 16′ x 23′ painting of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Numerous pieces restored in Charleston , S.C. include those for City Hall, The Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Historic Charleston Foundation. This year he completed extensive restoration of a c.1864 Vermont state seal now hanging in the St. Albans Museum.In 1991, the couple bought the Shelburne Art & Frame Shop in Shelburne Village where both had worked at various times on a part-time basis. That business had been originally established in the 1970’s , so in it’s new incarnation as Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery it has the distinction of being the oldest commercial art gallery in Chittenden County. The revitalized gallery immediately began to establish a reputation for representing many of the area’s most interesting and accomplished artists.The roster of artists includes such established names as Janet Fredericks, Alison Goodwin, Gail Salzman, Kathleen Kolb, David Smith, Polly Thompson, Beth Pearson, Joseph Salerno and Barbara Wagner as well as numerous others working in many different mediums and styles. There are currently over 40 established and emerging artists represented by the gallery, representing both realism and abstraction, with the emphasis being on work of high caliber, with a distinct artistic vision. In addition to the work currently hanging in the gallery, there is additional work on view at the Bearded Frog, Shelburne’s popular new restaurant in the renovated Shelburne Inn. In recent years, fine crafts and gifts including jewelry, hand-blown glass, wood work, pottery, and scarves have proved an additional draw for those looking for distinctive, affordable treasures.Sourdiffe works primarily out of the couple’s home workshop in Lincoln, on restoration projects and hand finished frames. In describing the meticulous nature of this work, he explains the process: “When conserving frames or objects care is taken to retain as much of the original structure and finish as possible, with any restored areas carefully finished to match the existing patina. Many years of experience have made it possible to have refinished areas be indistinguishable from the surrounding original finish. Materials used are consistent with the original materials, such as water gilding, the traditional gilding of wood, a process that hasn’t changed for centuries. A thin layer of gesso, a mixture of whiting and rabbit skin glue is applied to the wood. Bole is applied, a mixture of clay and rabbit skin glue. The bole is wet with gilder’s liquor, a combination of alcohol and water which brings the glue up to the surface of the bole. Metal leaf (most commonly gold or silver leaf) is applied using a gilder’s tip, a brush made of ox or squirrel hairs, to pick up the leaf. When dry, the leaf is burnished with an agate burnisher to achieve a mirror like finish. If a matte finish is desired the leaf is left unburnished.” Both Furchgott and Sourdiffe have backgrounds in studio art as well as art history which are critical for the design and authenticity of framing both contemporary and historic pieces of art.The gallery utilizes two outside experts in the conservation fields of oil painting and works of art on paper, enabling them to offer a full range of conservation services. Estimates for restoration work are offered at no charge. Furchgott and Sourdiffe are pleased to have Lara Maloy as an employee who has proven adept at learning and mastering the traditional skills of framing and conservation.The frame shop is full service, and does work of every type, including photos, fine art, needlework, shadow boxes, and just about anything imaginable. A recent project involved building an olive wood veneer cabinet type frame, that contained antique spurs, pistol and holster. This summer Sourdiffe created an historically accurate replica frame for the Shelburne Museum’s Manet painting “Le Saumon” which is currently on view at the Denver Museum.Whether it’s a child’s first drawing or a Rembrandt etching, each piece gets the same attention to detail. In addition to the hand-finished frames Sourdiffe creates, there are hundreds of choices from the most basic woods and metals to gorgeous Italian mouldings, with prices for every budget. Besides having a dedicated customer base in Chittenden County, customers come from all over Vermont and beyond, with a considerable clientale traveling from across the lake.The gallery is located in a restored Queen Anne Victorian at 86 Falls Road in Shelburne Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday 9:30-5:30, and 10-5 on Saturday. More information can be found on the web at www.fsgallery.com(link is external) or by calling 802-985-3848.
Following a four-month tender process, Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has been chosen to remove the ill-fated containership Kea Trader from a rock reef near New Caledonia in the south Pacific.A detailed methodology for the recovery operation was approved by the authorities last month. Under the plan, the ship’s hull pieces would be lifted and removed intact from the reef as a way of protecting the marine environment.SSC expects to have resources on site within 30 days prior to an exchange of responsibilities with Ardent, which is presently undertaking cargo removal and anti-pollution operations to ensure the safeguards to the environment are maintained during the transition period, Lomar Shipping, the owner of the vessel, informed.The 2,194-TEU containership ran aground six months after its delivery from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. It had been sailing from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Nouméa in New Caledonia, loaded with 756 container units and a further 26 flat-racks, when it got grounded.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking new measures to protect the elderly from the coronavirus.The governor held a news conference on Wednesday at the State Capitol in which he outlined new rules for visitors of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and similar venues.According to the Florida Department of Health, 26 Florida residents have tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, and two have died.On Wednesday, Gov. DeSantis announced that he is temporarily banning the following people from visiting nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes in Florida:-Anyone infected with COVID-19 who has not received two consecutive negative tests-Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath)-Anyone who has come in contact with an infected individual can’t visit the above facilities within 14 days of coming in contact with that individual-Anyone who has traveled internationally must wait at least 14 days from your return before visiting the above facilities-Anyone who has traveled on a cruise ship must wait at least 14 days from your return before visiting the above facilities-Anyone who lives in a community where coronavirus has been confirmed must wait at least 14 days after exiting your community before visiting the above facilities“These are important efforts to mitigate the risk to our most vulnerable population to COVID-19, which is our elderly population and particularly those who have underlying medical conditions,” DeSantis added.In addition, he announced that LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics can now test for coronavirus under a doctor’s orders. The state is identifying labs to increase the state’s testing capacity.“We’re doing tests at three different state labs. Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami,” DeSantis said. “We have a lot of these labs throughout the state. Question is, we gotta line them up and make sure they’re willing to do it.”In terms of the March 17 primary election, the Governor explained, “The election is going to go on. There are, though, in certain counties, sites where people will actually vote in an assisted living facility. We obviously view that as problematic.”With that in mind, he is asking local Supervisors of Elections to allow non-assisted living facility residents to go to different polling locations in order to cast their ballots.Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link says most of the 17 polling places at assisting living facilities will be moved. Her her office plans to send letters to voters in precincts where a new location has been determined, and will update the office website, post information on social media and place signs at the old locations.“Our goal is to reach out to everybody before (they go to vote) so nobody goes to the wrong place,” she says.The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic on Wednesday. A pandemic is defined as an outbreak that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high number of people.“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO.According to the White House, Florida is slated to receive more than $27 million in federal funding to fight the virus. The money will be used by hospitals and county health departments to buy more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear, and to pay for overtime for personnel, among other things.
GAME WINNER—Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) dives for the winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of their game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 4, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Steelers won 24-20. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Tyson Trish) The Steelers, 5-3, continued on a roll playing their best football of the season as they defeated the NFL champion New York Giants 24-20 to keep them one game behind the Baltimore Ravens, 6-2, in the AFC North.Hopefully they will not look past the lowly 1-7 Kansas City Chiefs anticipating the head to head clash against the Baltimore Ravens Nov. 18 at Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs continue year after year of being one of the worst teams in football. They are coming off a 31-13 beating by the hands of the San Diego Chargers. On paper they have no one on their roster who should be a threat to the Steelers. At quarterback Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have been sharing the position with no one really standing out. Quinn had replaced Cassel, but because of an injury Cassel started last week. Who will start against the Steelers is still not known, most likely Cassel.Their running game is led by Jamaal Charles who has a good yards per carry average, 4.8, but only had 39 yards against a weak Charger defense, before having to leave the game in the second half. It’s not clear if he’s going to play against the Steelers or not.Overall the Chiefs are ranked 30th in points scored, 16.6, and 29th in points allowed, 30.Despite the loss of Troy Polamalu, the Steelers defense have actually improved over the past two games with Will Allen joining Ryan Clark at the safety spots, which has protected Ike Taylor and Keenen Lewis at the cornerback slots, allowing them to play tighter man-to-man defense. The Steelers defense has been solid to the man, especially the past two games. They currently rank second in the NFL overall behind the San Francisco 49ers, and 9th in points allowed.On offense the running game is back. After Jonathan Dwyer had two consecutive games of 100 yards or more, there was some concern when he went down with an injury, but Isaac Redman stepped in to make it three in a row with 147 yards on just 20 carries.The Ravens stayed on top of the AFC North with an unexpectedly tough 25-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns, 2-7. They will face the Oakland Raiders, 3-5, at home before they face off with the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.Week 11 is when flexible scheduling kicks in, allowing the NFL to move a more appealing matchup into prime time if need be. But with the rival Ravens (6-2) and Steelers (5-3) again battling for the AFC North title, NBC is keeping the game.The league said Monday that the Indianapolis Colts’ trip to play the New England Patriots, matching quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Tom Brady, would move from 1 to 4:25 p.m. EST on CBS that weekend.