Jenny Ritchie, wife of Charles Ritchie a phenomenal water-colorist, is a master in her profession of framing and conserving works of art. I attended both her lecture in the seminar class and her matting and framing workshop and am deeply appreciative of the knowledge and skills that she left with us.
She showed us how to size the mat board for a piece of art and how to attach the art to the board using archival materials. In my previous experience with finishing and presenting works of art, I had no idea what I was doing. I just tried to make sure that it didn’t look bad and that it would stay together for the entirety of the exhibition time. In light of what she demonstrated for us, I know that any future works I present will be safer and cleaner.
I’m glad she came up to Houghton and took the time to answer all of our questions and demonstrate what would otherwise be a very confusing process.