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August 9, 1999
CONTACT: Judith Proffitt

Learn the Art of Faux Finishes at Homewood House

Homewood House Museum will present a Faux Finish Workshop on Saturday, November 13, 1999 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Homewood House Museum, located on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University.

Marbleizing and grain painting are techniques long associated with the fashionable and stylish decorative manners of the 18th and 19th centuries and are still sought after decorative applications as we approach the 21st century. These fancy finishes, used on painted canvas and wood surfaces, produce finishes that defy the viewers perception, turning lesser expensive building materials into lustrous expanses of marble, mahogany, walnut, and rosewood through the use of paints, brushes, feathers, and sponges.

The Faux Finish Workshop will be taught by professional floorcloth artists Mary Plumer and Rosanna Moore, whose faux finishes grace the Homewood House Museum, Hampton Mansion, and Dumbarton House. Participants will use marbleizing and grain painting techniques to create "rosewood" boxes and marbleized placemats. Paints, materials, and light refreshments are provided.

Admission to the workshop is $22 for Homewood House Museum members and JHU faculty and staff, $25 for non-members. Reservations may be made by sending a check to Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 or by calling 410-516-5589.

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