Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery 25 Years in Business

first_imgFurchgott 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.last_img read more

Coronavirus is leading to Europe’s highest deaths in decades

first_imgDifferences in the levels of overall deaths highlight the degree to which countries like Germany may have benefited from measures such as earlier and broader testing. The data also show that in hard-hit countries, deaths from the virus have vastly exceeded ordinary levels of fatalities from the seasonal flu.Germany has had “a very aggressive policy of outbreak containment, which they’ve continued despite the fact that it was quite demanding on their health system,” said David Heymann, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.Heymann cautioned that the data are still sparse, and it’s too early to draw definitive conclusions. Preliminary indications also suggest that Covid-19 hasn’t merely displaced other causes of death that may be reduced by lockdowns, such as car accidents and crime, at least during the period when infections began cresting in many countries.More than 180,000 people have died globally from the Covid-19 disease, with about 2.6 million infected. Some, like Italy and Germany, are in the process of slowly reopening their economies. All nations are trying to avoid a second wave of the disease that would require further lockdowns. France reported 76,246 overall deaths from March 1 to April 6, the most for the period in at least three years, according to the country’s statistics agency.In Italy, deaths from the start of the year to April 4 increased 30% on average from a year earlier in the 1,689 municipalities that have suffered the most from the virus, according to data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Those areas contain almost a third of Italy’s population. Mortality rates for the whole country aren’t yet available.“These are now officially mass casualty events,” said John Troyer, director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, England. “Over the course of the year, and this will be written about for decades to come, what we’ll be looking at is different causes of death,” including non-virus deaths that happened because of the attention on Covid-19.Germany’s tollGermany’s comparatively positive figures come with a hefty caveat: The country currently has 2020 data available only up to March 15, well before the virus peaked in Europe. But they provide an early indication that Germany may be faring better. In fact, its total of 41,254 deaths in the first two weeks of March was the second-lowest on record in the past five years.“If we continue to control the virus as well as is currently the case, then we probably will barely see the effect on the total deaths,” Lars Schaade, vice president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s public-health authority, said Tuesday. “We hope to keep it stabilized so there’s perhaps a blip, but not a big wave.”What the numbers don’t yet reflect is the degree to which deaths may have been caused indirectly by the virus as a result of lockdown measures. While things like traffic fatalities and gang violence may decline, domestic abuse homicides, suicides and cancer deaths may increase, according to charities and doctors.In the first three weeks of the UK’s lockdown, there were at least 16 domestic-abuse homicides, according to Solace Women’s Aid, London’s largest provider of domestic-abuse support services, which cited figures tracked by a campaign called Counting Dead Women. That’s more than double the normal rate and the highest it’s been for 11 years, in the aftermath of the financial crisis.Domestic violence“The picture is pretty bleak,” said Fiona Dwyer, chief executive officer of Solace. “We’re preparing for a huge spike in demand post-lockdown” as women who may have been unable to seek help during isolation come forward.Karol Sikora, a British oncologist and professor at the University of Buckingham, also expects a surge at cancer wards, particularly if lockdown measures are extended.“Once everything opens up, there’s going to be a huge backlog,” said Sikora. “Therefore people will have stage one cancer converted to stage three and four cancer.”The news isn’t all dire, however. While a full picture of the impact of Covid-19 on global mortality rates may be months or even years away, some think it could also lead to positive changes as the world pays more attention to health systems and hygiene.Vladimir Canudas-Romo, a demographer and associate professor at the Australian National University, predicts the messaging around the pandemic could benefit population health in the same way the Spanish flu did a century ago.“After the 1918-19 pandemic, there was a catching up effect on life expectancy to higher levels than those seen before the flu,” said Canudas-Romo. “We have healthier populations, and we are experiencing massive global public-health interventions that will stay with us beyond this.” Topics :center_img Overall deaths from all causes have surged in many of Europe’s largest economies since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, providing an early report card on their response to the crisis.Spain recorded almost 49,000 total deaths last month, the most for March since 1975, the year dictator Francisco Franco died. The UK reported its biggest weekly tally for 20 years on Tuesday. The only large European country that hasn’t reported a surge in deaths in 2020 so far is Germany, where the authorities have said the outbreak is under control.Such preliminary data are giving a clearer indication of the impact of the coronavirus across the continent. For weeks, those effects have been clouded by discrepancies in the way countries reported virus deaths. Some may have missed early fatalities before testing was widespread or attributed them to other underlying causes, such as cancer or heart disease. Others have excluded nursing homes from their totals.last_img read more

B’ville runners start October at Tully Invitational

first_imgWith its regular-season slate of Salt City Athletic Conference meets already in the books, the Baldwinsville cross country teams could spend October warming up and improving at large-scale meets of various kinds.One of them was last Saturday’s Tully Invitational, where the Bees would finish fifth among 10 teams in the boys Large School division and the girls had a sixth-place effort in a field of 11 teams.B’ville’s boys had Eric Smith just miss a top 10 finish as, in 17 minutes, 55.7 seconds, he got 11th place, with the race won by Fairport’s Kaelen Ruder in 16:03.4. Owen Weaver took 25th place in 18:59.1, with Trevor Best 29th in 19:14.8. Jack McManus, in a clocking of 19:19.3, edged teammate Jeff Ragonese (19:19.6) for 31st place, while Arthur Chappell Bauer (19:26.2) and Max Naples (19:38.5) trailed them.To lead the girls Bees, Annabelle Horan posted a time of 22:20.5 for 18th place. Lily Horan got 27th place in 23:21.9, with Claire Walker (23:27.9) just ahead of Catherine Thompson (23:47.0) in 31st place. They were ahead of Carsyn Cronin (24:57.2), Ella Smith (25:13.7) and Josephina Libbon (25:35.0).The big highlight of the day was seeing Tully’s multiple state champion, Brooke Rauber, win the girls Small School race in a course-record time of 17:14.3 that beat all but eight of the boys times for the entire day. Now each of the B’ville teams will head to the annual Manhattan Invitational this weekend at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the last tune-up before it hosts the Oct. 16 SCAC championships.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Baldwinsvillecross countrylast_img read more