Monmouth Museum 50th Anniversary Celebrated With ‘Covered In Gold’

Micki Reed Cavanah, “Goldengate,” mixed media including 23K gold and palladium leaf.

LINCROFT, N.J. — The Monmouth Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with special exhibitions and events planned to reflect its “Circle of Gold” anniversary theme. As part of the celebration, The Society Of Gilders is presenting “Covered In Gold,” an exhibition of fine art and decorative objects with gold and metal leaf created by members of the society. On view through November 10, “Covered in Gold” explores the art, history and craft of gilding.

The Society of Gilders is an international nonprofit educational organization devoted to the art and craft of gilding. Its mission is to preserve traditional gilding skills and techniques and to promote the highest standards in the practice of gilding.

Exhibition curators are Naomi Geller Lipsky, a board member of the Society of Gilders, and Daniel J. Fenski II, Monmouth Museum vice chairman, owner of Windsor Gallery in Colts Neck, N.J., and a member of the society. “Covered in Gold” will be on view through November 10.

Gilding is the application of thin sheets of beaten metal (usually gold) to a solid surface as a means of surface decoration. Artists use many different methods of gilding depending on the work that is being created. The methods of gilding used today are rooted in ancient Egypt and later refined during the Renaissance.

Water gilding is only used for interior applications and is most frequently used on decorative items such as picture frames, mirrors and furniture. Oil gilding allows gilding on a wider variety of surfaces, and is the technique used for exterior gilding projects such as signs and architectural gilding. Sign makers create gilded signs by applying gold leaf to the interior surface of glass for lettering and other decorative commercial applications.

In addition, artists have used gilding techniques for several centuries in the creation of fine art including paintings, illuminated manuscripts and verre eglomisé, or reverse gilding and painting on glass.

For more information, www.monmouthmuseum.org or 732-747-2266.

Peter Miller, “Sunburst Mirror,” formed, carved and water gilded with 22K gold leaf. Mirror is 12K white gold verre eglomisé.

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