Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Library to Host Talk on Plaster Casts

Tompkins County Public Library, in conjunction with its current art exhibit, IthaCasts, will host conservator Kasia Maroney for a discussion on the importance of plaster casts and preservation November 29 at 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Maroney, owner of the Trumansburg-based, Boston Restoration, has been restoring and conserving art and antiques for 17 years. She completed her master’s degree and a five-year apprenticeship in Boston before relocating and developing her company in Tompkins County.

Maroney will provide an illustrated look at preserving plaster casts during her library presentation.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to view the IthaCasts exhibit, on-loan from Cornell University.

One of the oldest collections in the country, Cornell’s casts have been used for teaching art history and archaeology since the late 19th century.

“IthaCasts”is curated by Annetta Alexandridis and Verity Platt, associate professors of Classical Art and Archaeology at Cornell, and features Cornell’s holdings while emphasizing three areas of image-making in the ancient world: Olympia and the Olympic games, portraiture, and religion, magic and myth on gemstones. It also includes special photography by Danielle Mericle.

For more information, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or

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