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McHenry County Historical Society looks for donors to 'adopt' archival pieces in need of restoration

The watercolor shows the 28-foot-by-40-foot, two-story brick school that served the farm families of Greenwood before the small district's consolidation with Woodstock School District 200.

The painting was completed by Ed LeCrone, who taught at the school for 33 years, and is one of 150 pieces of artwork in the McHenry County Historical Society's collection.

The historical society is launching an initiative to restore LeCrone's paintings and many others in its collection, some of which need work because of age, damage or improper display before it arrived in the historical society's hands, according to the release.

The restoration work is necessary before the works can be put on display in a new exhibit titled “Art of the Past: Discovering History through McHenry County Artists,” which is slated to open next May.

Those donating to the new Adopt an Artwork program directly support restoration efforts. Some pieces simply need archival materials or framing, while others require more extensive repairs.

The art, which ranges from paintings to drawings to etchings, includes a pen-and-ink drawing of house on the corner of Woodstock Street and Walkup Avenue in Crystal Lake and a 1964-era print of the Old Courthouse in Woodstock.

In the case of LeCrone’s watercolor, the use of archival-quality matte and backing, removal of suspected mold and an easel for displaying the piece will cost $175.

Donors receive an Adopt an Artwork certificate, information packet about your selection, before and after images, formal acknowledgment of your tax-deductible contribution, recognition on the piece’s exhibit label and a personalized invitation to the May 2021 exhibit opening. You also may jointly adopt a piece with family, friends or an organization.

For details, go to mchenrycountyhistory.org/adopt-an-artwork or contact Exhibits Curator Kira Stell at kira@mchenrycountyhistory.org.

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