Conservators stabilize, restore and preserve art and artifacts.
Art and artifacts in poor condition are at high risk of further damage. Stabilization, whether through treatment or well designed display and storage systems, prolongs the life of your art or artifact.
Damage and neglect disfigure art. Restorative treatments help return objects to their former integrity. The materials and methods used at Fine Art Conservation are chosen to give the best results with the least intervention.
The best way to increase the life of any valuable is to improve its environment. Whether you are the owner of a single artwork, or the caretaker of a large collection, I will work with you to devise a practical, comprehensive conservation strategy for the for long-term care of your valuables.
As a qualified conservator, I am bound by a code of professional ethics to provide the best care to the articles entrusted to me. All materials and procedures used in my treatments are fully documented in a written report to my clients.
Canadian Association of Professional Conservators
Canadian Association for Conservation
American Institute for Conservation
Western Association for Art Conservation
Private Practice –Fine Art Conservation,
Specializing in Artistic and Historic Works on Paper and Textiles
Collection Management, Display Design and
Arts Umbrella, Vancouver
Barkerville Historic Town, B.C.
Belkin Art Gallery, UBC
Burnaby Art Gallery, B.C.
Canada Trust, Vancouver
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Delta Museum and Archives
Emily Carr University Library
Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC
Jewish Historical Society, Vancouver
Vancouver Holocaust Education Center
Kelowna Art Gallery, B.C.
Langley Centennial Museum, B.C.
Chali Rosso Gallery
Coastal People’s Gallery /
Diane Farris Gallery
Douglas Reynolds Gallery
Elliot Lewis Gallery
Marion Scott Gallery
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
The Cahen Archives
The Cahen Foundation
When Rebecca Pavitt was eight years old, she took an egg, made a couple of little holes in it and blew out its contents. Then she smashed it. Why? you ask.
“There was an anecdote that the nuns at my Catholic school told us about this bad little boy who broke a Fabergé egg, and as punishment he had to put it back together again. I thought what a lot of fun that sounded like,” she recalls, laughing.
Not knowing what a Fabergé egg was, the New York City-raised Pavitt used the next best thing. She didn’t quite manage to glue the shell back together, but the episode was a clear indication of where her life would lead…
– B.C. Business
1980-1983. Diploma in Art History (specializing in Asian art) University of British Columbia, Vancouver First/Second Year Sciences (physics and chemistry) University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1976-1977. Textile Arts and Leatherwork Holland College. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
1972-1976. B.A. University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown
1985. UBC Museum of Anthropology (textile conservation) Vancouver, B.C.
1984. Cooper-Hewitt Museum (textile conservation) New York, NY
1983. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (textile conservation), Los Angeles, CA Caring For Textiles, (private conservation lab), Los Angeles, CA
2009. Maiwa Natural Dye Workshop, 2 day workshop taught by Charllotte Kwon, Maiwa East, Vancouver B.C.
2009. Making Museum Mounts, 2 day workshop taught by Carl Schlichting, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, B.C.
2005. Digital Photography, one day workshop taught by Rosaleen Hill, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2003. Textile Cleaning, Aqueous Methods – one day workshop taught by Richard Wolbers (University of Delaware), Peebles Island Conservation Centre, NY
2002. Mounting Textiles – Private Lesson, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court, England
2001. Lasers in Conservation – 2 day workshop, LACM, Los Angeles, CA
1997. In Praise of Japanese Scrolls – 8 day workshop on the construction and conservation of Japanese hanging scrolls, Vancouver, B.C.