BIGTOWN CONVERSATIONS

February 1 – 28, 2018

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 6pm
JAMES H. MARONEY, Jr.

BigTown Gallery is hosting guest speaker, James H. Maroney, Jr., as part of a group of discussions on art collections & collecting. Talks will be held at BigTown Gallery VERGENNES and will begin at 6pm, refreshments to be served.

James H. Maroney, Jr. holds a B.A. in art history from Columbia University (1972), a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1999) and a Masters in Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School (2012).

He has served as Head of American Paintings at both Sotheby’s (1967-74) and Christie’s (1991-93) in New York. He has published several articles on American paintings and the art world including “Gauging the Art Market by its Broad Indicators and Never Mind Bill Gates” (Maine Antique Digest, November 2001); “Why Sothebys.com is a Dead Letter” (Maine Antique Digest, June 2001); and “Charles Sheeler Reveals the Machinery of His Soul” (American Art, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Summer 1999). Maroney also served on the IRS Art Advisory Panel (1975-77) and was a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.

From 1969-1974, Maroney owned and operated (4 acres) Horsefly Farm in Bedford NY, which was certified organic by Rodale Press in 1969. From 1986 to 1996 Maroney owned and operated Oliver Hill Farm in Leicester VT (900 acres), with 125 cows milking and 600 acres in crops, the third dairy to become organic in Vermont and possibly the largest Certified Organic dairy farm in New England. In 2008, he wrote “The Political Economy of Milk” (Gala Books Ltd), a critique of the American dairy industry and a proposal for remedying the farm crisis in Vermont.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 6pm
SUKI FREDERICKS
BigTown Gallery is hosting guest speaker, Suki Fredericks, as part of a group of discussions on art collections & collecting. Talks will be held at BigTown Gallery VERGENNES and will begin at 6pm, refreshments to be served.

Suki Fredericks is a Vermont-based paintings conservator who has worked in museums and the private sector since 1976. Her private studio serves museums, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Suki conserves paintings from collections throughout the Northeast, either in the studio or on-site, as necessary.

Additional work includes paintings conservation at the Shelburne Museum as well as collaborative and mixed media treatments with Rustin Levenson Art Conservation Associates, the Vermont Historic Theater Curtain Project, Curtains Without Borders, WASHI Paper Conservation, and SLM Objects Conservation.

Suki is graduate school and museum trained, with an M.A. in Art History and a Certificate in Conservation from The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and a member of IIC, WAAC, NECA, ICOM, AAM.