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.
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Now officially the best team in the world – a crown many would have bestowed upon them unofficially prior to Saturday’s Club World Cup final victory over Flamengo – the Reds have picked up a trophy they had never previously won to add to their UEFA Super Cup and Champions League. The challenge from within the camp has been to become serial trophy winners, and as they approach the end of an unforgettable 2019 the focus is very much now on ending a 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England for a 19th time. Victory today would take them a significant step towards that, temporarily lifting them 13 points clear at the top at least until Manchester City have the chance to close the gap to 11 when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday. As far as the stats go, though, the trip to Leicester will be Liverpool’s toughest test of the season so far, with the Foxes unbeaten in front of their own fans this campaign. Liverpool have passed almost every test that has come their way this season, though, including in the reverse fixture when James Milner’s stoppage-time penalty kept up their 100% start to the campaign. Now with 17 games gone Liverpool have still only dropped two points, and victory in this match would see them become only the second team – after Man City in 2017-18 – to reach the 50-point mark before the halfway stage of the season. Should Jurgen Klopp’s side maintain their current form for the rest of the season then they are projected to reach a scarcely-believable tally of 110 points, although things do begin getting tougher for them again now. Liverpool’s next six matches all come against teams currently in the top eight of the table, while they also have the addition of a Merseyside derby against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in the FA Cup third round to look forward to. With that run coming at the busiest time of year for Liverpool, and the growing injury list which has already affected them in December, it is over the coming weeks that the chasing pair of Leicester and Man City will hold out most hope of a slip-up which has so far not arrived. The possibility of inflicting one of those themselves is too good to pass up for Leicester, who must feel that only a win will do if they harbour serious ambitions of securing a second Premier League title this season. There is never a good time to face Liverpool at the moment, but this could be the best given the Reds’ injury problems and the fact that they have only recently returned from Qatar, where they were taken all the way to extra time in the final. Leicester are actually hurtling along at a better pace than they did in their title-winning campaign four years ago, when they had one fewer point at this stage of the season, so it is only Liverpool’s relentlessness which has arguably denied them even more plaudits. Brendan Rodgers can match his former side in some areas, though, with these two teams boasting the joint-best defensive records in the league and Leicester having played one game more than the Reds too. Rodgers himself admitted that Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Man City proved how far they have to go until they reach the very best teams, though, with Kevin De Bruyne inspiring the champions to a come-from-behind win. Leicester have not lost back-to-back matches under Rodgers yet, and should they avoid that fate in the most testing of Christmas double-headers then it will be further evidence that they are ready to at least secure a Champions League return this season. Eleven points is currently the gap to fifth-placed Sheffield United, so it would take a drastic dip in form for Leicester to throw away a top-four spot from here, although they will also recognise the difficulty of producing a second half of the season which is as impressive as the first half has been. There has been a slight slump already in December, with a home draw against struggling Norwich City ending their club-record winning run before needing penalties to beat Everton and losing to Man City at the weekend. However, those dropped points at Norwich were only the second occasion they had failed to win a league game at the King Power Stadium this season and the first time since the opening day, and their unbeaten run in front of their own fans now stretches to 11 games. Indeed, the Foxes have only lost one of their 14 home games since Rodgers took charge and have conceded a league-low five goals at the King Power all season, so they will be as confident as anyone for the visit of the leaders on Boxing Day.Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tags: Boxing DayKing Power StadiumLeicester CityLiverpool
Tokyo: A member of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Retired judo athlete Kaori Yamaguchi, who is also a member of JOC executive board, told Japan’s Nikkei newspaper that athletes are not able to prepare adequately for the Olympic Games scheduled to start from July 24.“The Olympics should not be held in a situation people in the world can’t enjoy,” Yamaguchi said.“As far as I can tell, athletes in the United States and Europe are unable to train as normal and finish their qualifying matches. That makes it impossible for them to appear well prepared at the start, with all the associated risks,” she added.The 55-year-old also said she plans to raise this point at a JOC Board Meeting scheduled for March 27.Yamaguchi’s comments came after the athletes were asked to continue to train as usual by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach.World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe has said that it is possible to postpone the 2020 Olympics if necessary.The IOC has claimed there is no need for “any drastic decisions at this stage” regarding this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, despite growing concern over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. IANSAlso read: Call off Tokyo Olympics, says rowing legend Matthew PinsentAlso Watch : Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digital