Educated as an art teacher, I have been restoring antique carousels, band organ fronts and other fairground art on wood since 1978.
That year I volunteered to work on a circa 1912 Dentzel Carousel in Pullen Park, Raleigh, NC. The volunteer position grew into a paid position. With a professional conservator serving as a technical consultant, and the State of North Carolina Division of Archives and History providing guidelines, I led a team of 10 artist/restorers to complete the Pullen Park restoration.
Working with these professionals gave me a background of sound technical and philosophical techniques for restoration that I have incorporated into my work. That initial experience also gave me a love of and respect for the original paint, particularly on carousels and fairground art pieces.
Since 1978 I have restored whole carousels, individual animals, and other carousel pieces. Preserving original factory paint has always been a priority. I have restored scores of band organ and dance organ facades as well as decoratively painted antique tower clocks, and I have restored decorative paint in several North Carolina historic houses. Over the past ten years I have also worked with other carousel restorers as a color and design consultant on their carousel restoration projects.
I maintain a studio in North Carolina, where I offer full or partial restorations of carousel animals and pieces and band organ facades, and I offer full services as a color and design consultant for other carousel or band organ fašade projects.
© 2011, Rosa Patton