Naglee Fine Arts Welcomes Professional Photographer Ann Cady

Naglee Fine Arts recognizes the needs of their clients may go beyond a mere snapshot and is partnering with ARC Photography to meet those needs. Museums, collectors and galleries all require high quality images of artwork at various times. Photos that are color balanced and high quality.

A painting, for example needs to be positioned at exactly 90 degrees to the camera so there is no distortion. (Harder than it seems.) Then there’s the lighting. If the painting is varnished high sheen can make for a very tricky lighting situation. If a matte surface, the colors can look dull. Sculpture presents its own problems. What is the best angle? Where does one set the white balance? What should the background look like? Don’t even get me started on glass! All those highlights.

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Situations such as these need the knowledge and experience of a professional photographer. Enter Ann Cady. With 17 years experience behind the camera, Ann has seen it all. Ann specializes in professional photography for artwork. Local artists know her as the go-to person for when they need excellent photos of their artwork – for a juried show, a catalog or for print purposes. As the owner of ARC Photography Ann has been contracted by the Corning Glass Market and the Corning Glass Studio. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including “Lark Books 500 Teapots”, “The Flow Magazine”, “Vendana Monthly”, “Early American Life” and various artist brochures and postcards.

Whether photographing in her studio or on-site, Ann strives to make the image as perfect as possible. Sometimes though there needs to be a bit of post-production tweaking. Experienced in both Lightroom and Photoshop Ann can adjust the image so it mirrors perfection.

When the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY needed a high resolution image of their famous Bougereau “Art and Literature”, Ann photographed it on-site at the Museum. The painting measures 6 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet – unframed.  When adding the dimensions of a massive Belle Époque frame, this painting is impressively large.


At the Corning Glass Studio Ann photographed student and teacher Glass Art during their winter and summer workshops, as well as for the Ennion fundraising event. She also archived each year’s photography for the studio.

Naglee Fine Arts is proud to partner with ARC Photography and confident their client’s needs will be met.

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We Build Crates! A New Woodshop!

There’s nothing like ‘brand new’ and here at Naglee the Fine Arts Division now has a brand new, heated Woodshop. We can build any type of crate for any type of object. In the past NFA has built crates for paintings, sculpture, glass – even large scale model ships and a stuffed swordfish. Standard crates are divided into two categories: ‘Dollhouse’ and ‘slat’.

A ‘Dollhouse’ Crate is a term used to describe any crate designed to house 3d work. Imagine a sculpture with an extended arm. The arm would need support inside the crate, as well as the body to protect it from shifting. A ‘Slat Crate’ is used for anything generally 2d. A painting or a mirror that needs to be temporarily protected during travel.

Specialty crates would include a museum crate designed for a painting or piece of art. Generally that crate is specific to that piece, and would be used for shipping the piece for the lifetime of the crate.  A museum crate, since it’s to be used for years, has much more of a ‘finish’, including a paint or polyurethane coating and a custom interior.

Our experienced woodworkers relish a challenge. Call for a free estimate. (607) 733-5725


Invitation Only! The Grand Opening of the New Contemporary Art+Design Wing

Naglee Fine Arts Staff were invited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Corning Museum of Glass new Contemporary Art+ Design wing on March 20, 2015.

Naglee Fine Arts Director Jared DesRuisseaux and his wife Molly
(l to r) NFA Preparator Supervisor Ian Christopher, CMOG Preparator Supervisor Matthias Smith, NFA Lead Preparator Jeff Perrault
Jared DesRuisseaux and his wife Molly with her favorite piece – Kiki Smith’s “Constellation”
Lead Preparator Jeff Perrault with NFA Conservator Klara Zold

Naglee Fine Arts Moves 120 Exhibits to the New Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design Wing

From January to the incredible March Opening, Naglee Fine Arts moved glass exhibits into the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass. The $64 million wing has 120 pieces bathed in natural light from the roof-sized skylight, tempered by a support system of concrete beams giving a dappled light effect. NFA moved all 120 pieces into the museum under the direction of Matthias Smith, CMOG Preparator Supervisor. The first day consisted of a safety lecture and tour. Every visitor to the construction wing was required to wear a hard hat, steel toed boots, safety glasses and vest.

Ian Christopher modeling safety gear on NFA’s first day in the new wing

Twice-weekly NFA personnel moved pieces from the museum’s offsite to the museum where Corning’s own preparators installed the glass art. Every move was complicated by a tricky maze of construction as workers raced to have the wing ready for the Grand Opening on March 20th.

The New Wing Ready to Receive Artwork
Concrete Support Beams

3image9aimage10aimageThe bright, open, airy space was designed by New York City Architect Tom Phifer to showcase the unique qualities of Contemporary Glass. “It is a huge privilege to bring these extraordinary works to life here,” Phifer said, adding his firm had never worked to showcase glass before. “When we got the job, we took a piece of glass out on the street in New York and saw how it became magical. The more light you put into it, the more light it pushed out at you. Light really infuses this glass with a new spirit. That was the start of it,” he said.

Crated Glass Waiting to be Installed
Matthias Smith, Preparator Supervisor for CMOG
Beginning of the Install

16aimage14aimageAll of the pieces were transported in Naglee Fine Art’s air ride suspension truck. Two preparators and a driver loaded the truck at Corning’s off-site facility then off-loaded at the museum. While the new wing has a spacious 10 x 10 foot elevator, it was still under construction as the art was being brought over. NFA staff had to transport the crated glass through the Museum itself, weaving between museum attendees and current exhibits. After the pieces were unpacked NFA transported the empty crates back to Corning’s off-site.


Naglee Fine Arts Driver Walter Ivey Browsing the Exhibits the Week Before the Opening

NFA Assists with the New Corning Museum of Glass Wing

The New Contemporary Glass Wing at Corning Museum of Glass

For three months NFA staff have been assisting preparators at CMOG moving art into their new exhibition wing. We’ve witnessed the space move from a hardhat/steel-toe construction zone to a polished work of art. Working closely with Matt Smith ( Preparator Supervisor) NFA made bi-weekly trips from the museum’s off-site facilities to the museum and back. Most days work began at eight in the morning and sometimes went till after 5:00 pm. The new wing opens this Friday at 7 pm and NFA will be there for the Grand Opening Celebration. Plenty of pictures were taken of the new wing in the past few months, unfortunately none of them can be posted until after the Opening. Stay tuned!

Naglee Fine Arts Welcomes a Conservator

Conservator Klara Zold is now affiliated with Naglee Fine Arts. Her education and experience are extensive, including work in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC as well as work for the Department of the Interior.  From 2008 to 2012 Klara was an Associate Conservator for Page Conservation, Inc. also in Washington, DC. Klara completed her Masters in Art Conservation (Paintings) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada in 2002.

Klara is the owner of Zold Art Conservation specializing in the conservation and restoration of easel paintings in oil, acrylic, water based paint or mixed media.  Klara also specializes in the conservation/restoration of murals, paintings executed directly on walls.  Ms. Zold is currently working on the restoration of a mural for the National Soaring Museum in Big Flats, NY


What is a Fine Art Preparator?

Installing a  Charles M. Russell exhibit at The Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Preparator Steve Carver installing the Charles M. Russell Exhibit “Harmless Hunter”

An Art Preparator is a trained individual who works directly with objects in museums and art galleries. They work in coordination with registrars, collection managers, conservators, exhibition designers, and curators, among others, to ensure that objects are safely handled and cared for. They are responsible for packing and unpacking art, installing and de-installing art in exhibitions, and moving art around the museum and storage spaces. They are an integral part of a museum and collections care.

Here at NFA we have perfected the fine art of Fine Art Handling. Recent jobs have included installing the Charles M. Russell Exhibit “Harmless Hunter” at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art as well as transporting the Thomas Paquette exhibit “Touching on Water”. NFA preparators are also assisting in the installation at the new expansion wing of The Corning Museum of Glass.