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Once poetically described by the artist Charles Prendergast as being like ...a half-solidified piece of sunlight, gold leaf is the alluring, elusive, consummate medium of the... Society of Gilders.
The Society of Gilders is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the art and craft of gilding. Our mission is to preserve traditional gilding skills and techniques, and to promote the highest standards in the practice of gilding.
The Society offers:
• A unique resource for technical help with gilding issues for gilders, restorers, conservators and all those interested in the gilding arts.
• An opportunity to network with other gilders and clients through SOG events and the website.
• Classes and workshops where you may learn more about the art of gilding and enhance your gilding skills.
• Community gilding projects which provide opportunities for you to use your gilding skills.
Membership is open to any interested individual, institution or corporation.
A landmark event in the world of gilding took place at the Newark Museum in New Jersey during the Winter of 1986. While attending a week-long gilding course hosted by the museum's Arts Workshop, gilders met and exchanged gilding recipes, anecdotes, techniques and ethical concerns. The participants expressed a unanimous desire to extend this rewarding collaboration into an organization patterned after the ancient craftsmen's guilds. Originally called The Guild of Gilders, the group of gilders changed their name to the Society of Gilders, welcoming fellow gilders and anyone interested in the magical art of gilding to join their ranks.
Today the Society of Gilders continues to grow and is expanding its Regional Education Program. Gilding at the Smithsonian 2006, a special week-long conference, brought members together from across the USA and some from as far away as the UK, Dubai, France and Denmark. The hands-on classes, lectures, tours, and community gilding project provided a memorable experience for all in attendance.
We are looking forward to a great year in 2008 as we plan for Gilding at the Smithsonian 2008, coordinate a community project in New Orleans, and celebrate our 20th anniversary.
Officers & Trustees
Michael Kramer - President
Michael Kramer is the founder and president of The Gilders' Studio, Inc., an award winning firm with prestigious projects across the United States and overseas. Formed in 1985, the studio works on monumental sculpture, state capitols, government buildings, churches and private homes. These include the redecoration of the Great Cupola of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the gilding restoration at Lincoln Tomb Historic Site, gilding at the Library of Congress, the exterior gilding restoration of the Georgia State Capitol and the gilding conservation in the Washington Monument. Listed in Who's Who in American Art, Michael is a member of AIC and the APT. Since 1987 he has taught gilding and decorative painting at the Smithsonian, for the Society of Gilders and other venues. He has also written several articles on gilding and related fields, which have been published in Traditional Building Magazine and other periodicals. His chapter titled "Exterior Architectural Gilding" was included in the recently published book, Gilded Metals from Archetype Press.
Micki Cavanah – Vice President
Micki Cavanah is the owner of Reed's Gold Leaf Studios in Nashville TN. The company was founded by her mother Lou Reed in 1972 at a time when there was very limited sharing of information in the field. She passed along her knowledge and expertise to many students along the way as well as Micki and her husband Mitchell who now continue to provide the gilding and restoration services to their clients all around the southeast. Micki teaches one on one classes by appointment only. Reed's Gold Leaf Studios offers gilding and restoration services, hand made gilded frames as well as offering products for gilding and restoration. Their work can be seen all around the Southeastern United States in various galleries, museums, historic homes, universities and private collections. Included in their work are Athena Parthenos and The Schermerhorn Symphony Center both in Nashville TN.
Naomi Geller Lipsky - Treasurer
Naomi Geller Lipsky received her PhD in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and enjoyed a satisfying career in research for many years. At the same time, she continued to develop her skills in the fine and decorative arts. When these latter interests finally became more compelling, she made the decision to retire from science and become a full-time decorative artist. She is best known for her quilling, an antique art in which paper strips are shaped and applied as ornaments, but she works with gold leaf, collage, and gouache, as well. This work primarily features Judaic ritual art. Naomi's secular work includes painted finishes on furniture and on decorative objects. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in a variety of museums and galleries, and published in books, magazines and calendars. After moving to Rochester, MN, Naomi helped found a gallery for local artists, which she then directed for its first three years. She is a member of the American Guild of Judaic Art, the Liturgical Arts Guild, the Society of Gilders, the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, and the Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists.
John Nelson - Secretary
New Orleans Decorative Finishes, LLC
Urban J. Billmeier is the production and sales manager for Wehrung & Billmeier Company of Chicago. W&B Gold Leaf was founded in 1905 by Jakob Wehrung and Francis Billmeier. The Company was later purchased outright by Frank’s son Urban F. Billmeier. W&B Gold Leaf is now being run by the third and fourth generation Billmeier’s, Urban R. And Urban J. Billmeier respectively. Wehrung & Billmeier still produces many of it's products by hand or with the help of machinery made in the 1920's. The company is best known for it's high quality 23K gold leaf, Roll Gold products, and Heavy Gold Foil. W&B has always done it's best to ensure that it's customers are supplied with first quality materials at fair prices. In recent years W&B has arranged agreements to directly import high quality genuine Italian made and German made leaf products. Products produced or imported by Wehrung & Billmeier Gold leaf adorns the work of fine art, ornate architecture including state capitols, places of worship, mansions, and quality signs throughout the world. W&B happily supplys the hobbyist and small user treating them with the same respect and personal touch as any larger customer.
Colleen Donaldson established her gilding studio in 1997 following a seven-year training. Primarily trained as a furniture conservator and as an intern with Scottish National Museums and Galleries, she has worked extensively on national collections. Her client base ranges from the Royal Collections to the National Trust, and various members of the aristocracy
Peter Miller, Past President
Peter established the Beaux Arts Gallery/Miller Frame Studio in 1983. The gallery, located in Woodbury, CT, specializes in original works by established and upcoming contemporary artists from the northeast region. The Frame studio, which handles all aspects of fine art framing, restores American and European gilded frames and objects. Heavily influenced by the early folk art movements and 19th and early 20th century American frame movements in Boston and Bucks County, PA, Miller Frame Studio designs and fabricates new gilded and painted frames using traditional gold leafing materials and techniques.
New Orleans Decorative Finishes,LLC
Mitchell has been gilding since 1986. He began working in the family business with his mother in law Lou Reed on a large project for Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee in that year. Since then he has continued broadening his knowledge of the gilding arts through various classes as well as taking on a variety of gilding projects that range from architectural gilding to object gilding and restoration projects.
Jill London - Education Director
Jill London is a painter and a gilder. She has spent most of her life dedicated to the study and practice of the visual arts. This path has led her to study and live in various countries and cities and currently she keeps studios in New York City and San Francisco. Jill has a long history of working on various forms of gilding: water gilding, mordant gilding, restoration and conservation of gilded objects, reproduction of gilded frames, fine art gilding and teaching. The gilded works that Jill has completed are in museums, galleries, and private collections. Within the last couple of years, Jill has been elected to lead the educational opportunities within the Society of Gilders. Together with the Society's board members she is beginning regional programs which will offer the society's members more lectures, classes and demonstrations starting in the Spring of 2002.
BYLAWS of SOCIETY OF GILDERS, INC.
The name of the Corporation is: SOCIETY OF GILDERS, INC.
Section 1. The purpose for which the Corporation is formed are those set forth in its Certificate of Incorporation, as from time to time may be amended, and generally to educate the public in and to promote public interest in an appreciation of the art of gilding.
Section 2. The Corporation is not formed for pecuniary or financial gain, and no part of the assets, income or profit of the Corporation is distributable to, or inures to the benefit of its members, trustees, directors, or officers. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Section 3. The purposes of the Corporation are promoted through an educational program, a newsletter, a registry for artists, and are developed and furthered through conferences, committees, projects and programs.
MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Section 1. Requirement for Membership. Any individual who subscribes to the purposes and basic policies of the Corporation may become a member of the Corporation subject only to compliance with the provisions of the Bylaws.
Section 2. Annual Enrollment. The Corporation shall conduct an annual enrollment of members but persons may be admitted to membership at any time.
Section 3. Eligibility to Participate and for Office. *Only members in good standing of the Corporation shall be eligible to participate in its business meetings. *Only members in good standing for 3 months may serve in any of its elective or appointive positions.
Section 4. Classification and Dues. There shall be three classes of members who shall pay annual dues, as follows:
A. Corporate Gold
B. Corporate Silver
D. Individual Member
E. Friend of the Gilding Arts
Section 5. Vote. Each General Member shall have one vote and is entitled to receive the newsletter. *Each Business Member shall have two voting memberships **Each Benefactor Member shall have two voting memberships and is entitled to receive the newsletter. Each Corporate Member shall have three votes and is entitled to receive 10 newsletters.
Section 6. Annual Meetings. At least one meeting of the members shall be held each year at such place and time as the Board of Trustees may by resolution designate. Special meetings may be called at any time by the Chairman of the Board, the President or by a majority of the Board, and shall be called by the Board whenever so requested in writing by ten percent of the members entitled to vote at such meeting.
Section 7. Purpose of Meeting. At the annual meeting every other year trustees shall be elected. Any other business may be transacted, but if the meeting is a special meeting no business shall be transacted except that provided for in the notice of such special meeting.
Section 8. Notice. The Secretary shall serve, personally or by mail, a written notice of meeting of members directed to each member of record at the close of business on the day next preceding the day on which notice is given. Such notice shall be given personally, or deposited in the United States mail, postage prepaid, (first class) not less than 10 or more than 40 days before the meeting. It shall state the place, date, hour, and purpose of the meeting, and unless it is an annual meeting, indicate that it is being issued by or at the direction of the person or persons calling the meeting.
Section 9. Quorum. At all meetings of members there shall be present in person or by proxy at least one-tenth of all the members entitled to vote, or if one-tenth be one hundred or more, then one hundred shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but less than a quorum shall have power to adjourn any meeting from time to time until a quorum be present and the meeting as adjourned may be held without further notice.
Section 10. Voting. Unless otherwise prescribed in these Bylaws or by the law, all business shall be transacted by majority vote. General Members and patron/contributor shall each be entitled to one vote. Neither the election of trustees nor any other action by the members need be by ballot.
Section 11. Proxies. Each member entitled to vote may vote either in person or by proxy. No proxy shall be valid after the expiration of eleven months from the date of its execution unless the member executing it shall have specified therein its duration. Every proxy must be executed in writing by the member, or by his or its attorney-in-fact.
Section 12. Record Date. The record date for the determination of members entitled to vote shall by 50 days before the date of the meeting; however, the Board may fix, in advance, another date as the record date not less than 10 days (nor more than 60 days) before the date of the meeting.
Section 13. Adjournment. Any meeting may be adjourned by a majority vote of
the members entitled to vote present in person or by proxy, whether or not less than a quorum. When a meeting is adjourned, no further notice shall be required if the time and place to which the meeting is adjourned are announced at the meeting at which the adjournment is taken.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Section 1. Powers and Numbers. The Board of Trustees shall have general power to control and manage the affairs and property of the Corporation in accordance with the charitable purposes and limitations set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation and as set forth in Article II above, that is, to collect dues, to solicit and obtain money or property by gift, bequest or devise from individuals, private organizations and public sources and to invest and reinvest the same, and to apply the income and principal thereof, as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine, exclusively for charitable, scientific or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and to conduct any and all other activities that will from time to time be found appropriate in connection with the foregoing and that are lawful for not-for-profit corporations. The initial ***number of trustees constituting the entire Board shall be nine. The number may be increased or decreased by amendment of the Bylaws, but no decrease shall shorten the term of any incumbent trustee. The Board may by resolution create an honorary seat on the Board of Trustees in recognition of special services or contributions made to the Corporation. ****The Board of Trustees may determine the number and ranking of alternates.
Section 2. Election and Term of Office. The initial trustees shall be the persons named in the Certificate of Incorporation. The initial trustees shall serve for a term of two years and subsequent trustees shall be elected for a term of two years at every other annual meeting of the members, and each shall continue in office until his successor shall have been elected and qualified, or until his death, resignation or removal.
Section 3. Removal. Any trustee may be removed, for cause, by a vote of a majority of the trustees then in office, at any special meeting of the Board called for that purpose.
Section 4. Resignation. Any trustee may resign from office at any time by delivering a resignation in writing to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the acceptance of the resignation, unless required by its terms, shall not be necessary to make the resignation effective.
Section 5. Vacancies and Newly Created Trusteeships. Any newly created trusteeships and any vacancies on the Board of Trustees arising at any time and from any cause may be filled at any meeting of the Board of Trustees by a majority of the trustees then in office. They shall serve until the next general election.
Section 6. Place and Time of Meetings. The Board shall meet following the annual meeting of the members. The meetings shall be held at a time and place fixed by the Board. A special meeting may be called at any time by the President or any other officer or by written demand of any trustee at any time and place specified by him.
Section 7. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the time and place of each special or annual meeting of the Board, and, to the extent possible, a written agenda stating all matters upon which action is proposed to be taken, shall be mailed by the Secretary to each trustee, postage prepaid, addressed to him or her at his or her residence or usual place of business (or at such other address as he or she may have designated in a written request filed with the Secretary), at least 30 days before the day on which the meeting is to be held; however, notice of special meetings to discuss matters requiring prompt action may be sent to him or her at such address by telegram or cablegram or given personally or by telephone, no less than 7 days before the time at which the meeting is to be held. Notice of a meeting need not be given to any trustee who submits a signed waiver of notice whether before or after the meeting, or who attends the meeting without protesting, prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice.
Section 8. Quorum and Changes in Quorum Requirement. At all meetings of the Board of Trustees, *****two-thirds of the trustees then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 9. Action by the Board. At any meeting of the Board of Trustees at which a quorum is present, the vote of a majority of the trustees present at the time of the vote shall be the act of the Board. Participation of one or more trustees by conference telephone allowing all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other at the same time shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board or by any committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if all members of the Board or the committee consent in writing to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action. The resolution and the written consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board or committee.
Section 10. Committees of the Board.
(a) The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may establish an executive and other standing committees. Each committee so established shall consist of *two or more trustees and, to the extent provided in the resolution establishing it, shall have all the authority of the Board except as to the following matters:
(1) Make, alter or repeal any bylaw of the Corporation;
(2) Elect or appoint any trustee, or remove any officer or trustee;
(3) Submit to members any action that requires members' approval; or
(4) Amend or repeal any resolution previously adopted by the Board.
(b) The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may:
(1) Fill any vacancy in any committee;
(2) Appoint one or more trustees to serve as alternate members of any committee, to act in the absence or disability of members of any committee with all the powers of the absent or disabled members;
(3) Abolish any committee at its pleasure; and
(4) Remove any trustee from membership on a committee at any time, with or without cause.
(c) Actions taken at a meeting of any committee shall be reported to the Board at its next meeting following the committee meeting; except that, when the meeting of the Board is held within 2 days after the committee meeting, the report shall, if not made at the first meeting, be made to the Board at its second meeting following the committee meeting.
(d) The designation of any committee and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board, or any member thereof, of any responsibility imposed by law.
(e) Special committees may be appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees or the President of the Corporation if there is no Chairman of the Board with the consent of the Board and shall have only the powers specifically designated to them by the Board.
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall be a president, one or more vice-presidents, a secretary, a treasurer, and such other officers as the Board of Trustees may from time to time elect. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of president and secretary.
Section 2. Election, Term of Office and Removal. The officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the trustees for a two year term at the meeting of the Board of Trustees immediately following the election of trustees, and each officer shall continue in office until his successor is elected and qualified, or until his death, resignation or removal. Any officer of the Corporation may be removed, with or without cause, by the vote of two-thirds of the entire Board.
Section 3. Other Agents and Employees. The Board of Trustees may from time to time appoint such agents and employees as it shall deem necessary, each of whom shall hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees, and shall have such authority, perform such duties and receive such reasonable compensation, if any, as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine.
Section 4. Vacancies. Any vacancy in any office may be filled by the Board of Trustees. Any officer so elected shall hold office until the election and the qualification of his successor at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Section 5. President; Powers and Duties. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Trustees and shall generally supervise the affairs of the Corporation. He shall keep the Board of Trustees fully informed. He shall have the power to sign alone, unless the Board of Trustees shall specifically require an additional signature, in the name of the Corporation, all contracts authorized either generally or specifically by the Board of Trustees. The President shall also have such other powers and perform such other duties as the Board of Trustees may from time to time prescribe. In the absence or inability of the President to act, another officer selected by the Board shall perform all the duties and may exercise any of the powers of the President. The President shall be ex officio a member of all committees.
Section 6. Vice-President: Powers and Duties. The Vice-president shall be responsible principally for fund raising on behalf of the Corporation and shall have such other duties and serve on such committees as the Board of Trustees may from time to time prescribe.
Section 7. Secretary: Powers and Duties. The Secretary shall:
(a) keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Trustees in books to be kept for that purpose;
(b) serve or cause to be served all notices of the Corporation; and
(c) perform all duties incident to the office of secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the Board.
Section 8. Treasurer: Powers and Duties. The Treasurer shall keep or cause to be kept complete and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of the Corporation. The Treasurer shall deposit all moneys and other valuable effects of the Corporation in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such banks or depositories as the Board of Trustees may designate. Whenever required by the Board of Trustees, the Treasurer shall render a statement of the accounts. The Treasurer shall at all reasonable times exhibit the books and accounts to any officer or trustee of the Corporation, and shall perform all duties incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as shall from time to time be assigned to him by the Board of Trustees. At the annual meeting of the members during the calendar year, the Treasurer shall present a report to the members and the Board showing in appropriate detail:
(1) the assets and liabilities of the Corporation as of a twelve month fiscal period terminating not more than six months prior to the meeting.
(2) the principal changes in assets and liabilities during that fiscal period
(3) the revenues or receipts of the Corporation, both unrestricted and restricted to particular purposes, for that fiscal period, and
(4) the expenses or disbursements of the Corporation for both general and restricted purposes during that fiscal period. The report shall be filed with the minutes of a meeting of the Board. The report may consist of a verified or certified copy of any report by the Corporation to the Internal Revenue Service which includes the informa tion specified above. The Treasurer shall, if required by the Board of Trustees, give such security for the faithful performance of his duties as the Board of Trustees may require.
CONTRACTS, CHECKS, BANK ACCOUNTS AND INVESTMENTS
Section 1. Checks, Notes and Contracts. The Board of Trustees is authorized to select the banks or depositories it deems proper for the funds of the Corporation. The Board of Trustees shall determine who shall be authorized from time to time on the Corporation's behalf to sign checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, acceptances, notes or other evidence of indebtedness, to enter into contracts or to execute and deliver other documents and instruments.
Section 2. Investments. The funds of the Corporation may be retained in whole or in part in cash or be invested and reinvested from time to time in such property, real, personal or otherwise, or stocks, bonds or other securities, as the Board of Trustees may deem desirable.
OFFICE AND BOOKS
Section 1. Office. The office of the Corporation shall be located at such place as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine.
Section 2. Books. There shall be kept at the office of the Corporation correct books of account of the activities and transactions of the Corporation, including a minute book, which shall contain a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, a copy of the Bylaws, and all minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees.
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the calendar year.
These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Trustees by a vote of two-thirds of the entire Board of Trustees.
*Amended Fall, 1992
** Amended Fall, 1997
*** Amended Fall, 1998
**** Amended Fall, 1998
**** Amended Fall, 1998
*****Amended Fall, 2002
*Amended March 2003 (bold)
Amendment to the Bylaws, May 27, 2008
Section 4. Classification and Dues. There shall be six classes of members who shall pay annual dues, as follows:
A. Corporate Gold
B. Corporate Silver
C-1. Business - Enterprise
C-2. Business – Sole/dual Practitioner
D. Individual Member
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