About Us

art, conservation, and community in midcoast maine.

Lauren R. Lewis

Painting Conservator, operator of Lewis Conservation Services, LLC

A painting conservation studio located within The Kelpie Gallery in South Thomaston, Maine, committed to conserving works of art for future generations, and educating the public on preservation care.

I earned my MS and Certificate of Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation with a focus in painting conservation and preventive conservation, and I am a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. I moved to Rockland, Maine in 1998 to work for the Wyeth Study Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and here I have been afforded the opportunity to work personally with both Andrew Wyeth, before his death in 2009, and Jamie Wyeth, and their paintings. Through the Farnsworth, I curated two major exhibitions of Jamie Wyeth's work that traveled to other venues including the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. This working relationship has given me a unique perspective on the artistic process and has given the Wyeths a unique perspective on conservation. Seeing that this part of the country had a need for professional conservation services, I started Lewis Conservation Services in 2000, and incorporated in 2012. My clients have included the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Penobscot Marine Museum, the Monhegan Museum, the Needham Public Library and the Bar Harbor Historical Society, as well as artists, galleries, corporate collections and private collectors across the country. I have treated works by N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, John McCoy, Alex Katz, Andrew Winter, Abraham Bogdanove, Reuben Tam, William Pierce Stubbs, Lynne Drexler, Robert Hamilton and many others.

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"Every painting deserves the highest level of care."

We Offer The Following Services

Conservation and restoration of paintings and painted surfaces

Written condition reports and treatment proposals, with estimated costs

Full documentation of treatments including before and after photography

On-site consultation and treatments, if necessary

Collection or object specific survey

Shipping and storage advice

Preventive conservation advice

Lectures and workshops on conservation issues

Before & After

These before and after details demonstrate cleaning, tear repair and filling and inpainting of loss.

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