German Village Gazette

Restoration artist to bring her expertise to Village

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The Restoration Road Show will make its debut in German Village.

Former village resident and professional art restorer Linda Nader will offer her expertise to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 and March 17 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Nader said she encourages people to bring paintings -- oil or acrylic, historic or contemporary -- for clean and repair only. She also will take a look at wood sculptures and objects, plus clay pottery and clay sculptures.

She does not work on paper, glass or porcelain.

"What better than to launch this where I'm from?" said Nader, who lived in the village for 10 years. "I'll have the support of all my friends.

"It's exciting," she said. "It will be interesting to see what the turnout will be."

The show is not affiliated with the Antiques Roadshow, a popular television show on PBS, nor will appraisals be done.

Rather, the event is for everyday folks who have an attachment to a piece of artwork they want to bring back to its original quality, she said.

"It can be over a fireplace or in a dining room or kitchen were it has had grease and food collecting on it," Nader said.

"I have a litany of things I have come across that have been on paintings," she said.

"People would be shocked. People have no idea what's been sprayed or spilled or splashed on it."

Nader said she will bring supplies so she can demonstrate her technique. And, for those who want to retain her services, she will take the artwork back to her studio in Santa Fe, N.M., where she lives, and return it when it's completed.

People who want to protect their art from the elements should wrap their paintings in cardboard or paper, and then put them in a plastic sleeve, Nader said.

They should not wrap them in bubble wrap -- because the air inside the bubbles contains a gas that can damage paint -- or have plastic directly touching the picture.

Nader attended Columbus College of Art and Design, where she studied graphic design. She moved from The Village 25 years ago and has been in Santa Fe, renowned for its artistic community, for 15 years.

She said she has worked in a variety of media, but took quickly to art restoration. She completed additional training at a small college outside of Florence, Italy.

When the economy turned sour, Nader said her gallery accounts steadily began to dwindle.

So, she thought a restoration tour would put her in touch with more people. Beginning in German Village seemed like a natural fit.

"I'm still very connected with my friends," she said. "I have a ton of friends in Ohio and German Village."

She credits Antiques Roadshow, and the various pawn shop shows, for sparking people's interests in household artwork.

"What that has done is put restoration in front of people minds," Nader said.

"They didn't know about it before. Now they're even more curious. People have a very romanticized idea about restoration."

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