Hadsel’s Vermont-based organization has been conserving (cleaning and repairing) these beautiful examples of folk art in the Green Mountain State since 1996, conserving 185 curtains in Vermont’s town halls, granges, and opera houses, as well as some in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York. She is the East Coast expert about historic painted stage scenery, the associated history, the artists who painted the curtains, and the methods for cleaning and repairing them.
The town of Wardsboro recently acquired a set of painted scenic backdrop curtains as a gift from the grange in West Paris, ME. The goal is for Hadsel and her team to lead Wardsboro volunteers in the conservation and installation of these painted curtains this fall so they can be displayed at the Gilfeather Festival, on October 25.
Wardsboro Curtain Call is coordinating this free event. Donations will be gratefully accepted and used toward the conservation efforts. The presentation will begin at 7 pm in town hall. Join in to learn more about Vermont’s historic painted scenic curtains and a bit about the processes to be used to clean and repair Wardsboro’s curtains.
For more information about Wardsboro Curtain Call and the historic painted scenic curtains visit www.wardsborocurtaincall.org or call (802) 896-6810. For more information about Curtains Without Borders visit www.curtainswithoutborders.org.