The community project for our 2022 conference was focused on the YMI Cultural Center of Asheville. Through generous donations from Francis Lestingi (who created a beautifully carved mahogany sign), Easy Leaf Products (donation of Manetti 22k and 23.75K gold leaf and other gilding supplies), and Reed’s Gold Leaf (donation of the antique picture frame), we were able to accomplish our goal. Throughout the week, conference attendees volunteered to assist in gilding the carved lettering for the sign and helped in restoring/gilding the antique picture frame. Thanks to all who helped make this project a success!
Two Community Projects were undertaken: Interior work at the University Hospital Chapel and exterior work on a horse mascot.
In the Chapel, a half-dome in the ceiling, a sculptural piece, and the front of the altar were all gilded.
The University of Texas at Arlington horse mascot was entirely gilded and then had a chatoyant stenciled pattern (think something akin to spun centers). It was then be toned and waxed.
All work was done on site in genuine gold leaf using LeFranc slow oil size. The Chapel ceiling and top of the sculpture was done from scaffolding (not tall, but via a stationary platform with guardrails, etc.)
The ceiling and horse were gilded with patent leaf; there was a combination of patent and loose leaf on the sculptural elements.