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Painting Conservation Techniques and Materials

November 18 @ 7:30 pm

Paul Gratz’s presentation on art conservation will explain how the combination of modern techniques with Old World craftsmanship offers the finest in treatment for oil paintings, murals, and gilt objects. Truly skilled art conservation preserves as much as possible of the original art itself, and therefore preserves its utmost value. Conservation treatment restores original radiance, color, and detail to treasured oil paintings and art objects, adding years of life and maximum value to even the most damaged artwork.

Mr. Gratz is the owner of Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio, Inc. Under his leadership, the gallery has represented American artists with numerous exhibitions and publications for over four decades. Most recently, Mr. Gratz started representation of an extensive collection of works by American Modernist, female painter, Peter Miller. The collection of over 220 works went through his careful art conservation and is accompanied by a monograph on the artist published by Mr. Gratz in cooperation with art historian Francis M. Naumann.

Gratz Gallery has been a trusted representative for private collectors and museums in the expansion and upgrade of their fine American art collections. Over the years, Gratz Gallery has successfully sold to and represented a long list of renowned art organizations and private collectors, and assisted in exhibitions with fellow galleries and Fine Art Museums.

Mr. Gratz has been a private conservator for 40 years, working with Princeton University Art Museum for 30 years, providing conservation services for private collectors, prestigious national museums, and art organizations. The Conservation Studio specializes in the conservation and restoration of oil paintings and gilt frames.

Mr. Gratz’s formal training began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was developed through various apprenticeships with some of the nation’s most respected art conservators. While attending the Academy, Mr. Gratz studied with the esteemed Louis Sloane, the conservator and artist Joseph Amarotico, and the unparalleled instructor, Arthur DeCosta. Paul Gratz was a founding member of the Society of Gilders.

This event is free for members. Non-members are also welcome to attend, and donations are always appreciated.


November 18
7:30 pm


Half-moon Inn (Court Inn)
105 Court St
Newtown, PA 18940
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(215) 968-4004


The Newtown Historic Association

Upcoming Events

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The Lost Covered Bridges of the Neshaminy Creek

September 16, 7:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a look back in time at the covered bridges of the Neshaminy Creek. Local author and historian, Scott Bomboy, will speak about these majestic structures.


Tyler State Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

September 22, 10:00am - 4:00pm

This annual event is designed as a self-guided walking tour of the historic properties and farmhouses scattered throughout the Tyler State Park grounds.


Historic Newtown Market Day

October 05, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Market Day is an annual Newtown tradition in its 48th year that takes place in the historic borough streets and is highly anticipated by our close community and surrounding Bucks County. (Rain Date: October 6)



The Edward Hicks Room

The Newtown Historic Association invites you back in time to experience the life of Newtown's most famous artist, Edward Hicks. The Edward Hicks Room displays many of the treasures owned by Hicks during his lifetime. These items include a double-faced swinging sign portraying William Penn's Treaty with the Indians and Penn's Landing at Chester in 1844...learn more


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