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A closer look at painting restoration

Visitors to the Dundas Museum’s historic art exhibition will be able to get a first-hand look at how paintings are restored and conserved. They can check on the progress each Thursday from 5-8 p.m. this summer, as museum assistant Tim Greening meticulously cleans and restores a century-old painting done by Edith Maria Kelly Betzner, a former student of Homer Watson. Updates will also be posted on the museum’s Facebook page.

The painting forms part of the exhibit titled Views of Canada, Victorian Landscape Artists, which opened June 19 and runs to Sept. 2, 2014.

“This is our first historical art show in more than a decade,” said curator Kevin Puddisiter. “It’s great to see local artists from our own collection in context with other internationally renowned Canadian painters of the same time.”

Another feature of he event will be a talk on Thursday July 17 at 5:30 p.m. by Debra Antoncic, associate curator at Queenston’s  RiverBrink Art Museum. Antoncic is an art historian and specialist in post-war Canadian art and visual culture. She will focus on the exhibit’s theme, with reference to the collection of historical Canadian art at RiverBrink.

For more information, call the museum, 139 Park St. W., at 905-627-7412, or visit

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