Resumé

Rosa Victoria Patton (formally known as Rosa P. Ragan)

CAROUSEL AND BAND ORGAN FACADE RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Restoration and Conservation of Wood Fairground Pieces Including the Following:

Colorist
Carousels and Carousel Pieces Band Organ Fronts Wooden Fairground Facades
Conservation and Restoration of Paint on Wood
Wood Restoration and Repair
Wood Carving
Workshops and Consulting

Restoration of Antique Decorative Paint in Historic Houses

EDUCATION

BS in Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1965-1969. Majors in Painting and Crafts Design.
Graduate School, East Carolina University, 1969-71. Majors in Painting and Crafts Design.

EXPERIENCE

Restorer, Conservator, Artist.
Owner of restoration and conservation studio specializing in the restoration of antique wooden carousels and fairground pieces and decorative painting in historic houses.
Completion of numerous and successful projects in the US, 1983-Present.
Restoration Supervisor and Director. City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Raleigh, NC, USA.

LIST OF PROJECTS COMPLETED AND IN PROGRESS 1978-Present

WORK ON CAROUSELS AND CAROUSEL ANIMALS

Private Collections, Nationwide. .
Restored and or conserved scores of individual pieces from various companies for private collections. 1981-present
Privately owned carousel, Madison, WI. Herschell Spillman Company, c. 1915.
Currently painting 36 horses.
Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, MD. Dentzel Company, c. 1905.
Restored 4 animals, 1989-1993. Restored 2 animals, 2005. Restored 2 animals, 2006. Restored 3 animals, 2007. Restored 3 animals, 2008. Restored 3 animals 2009. Restored 2 animals 2010. Ongoing.
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA. Dentzel Company ("Smithsonian Carousel"), c. 1924.
Colorist, Painting Supervisor, restore and paint 10 animals, paint 6 animals, help with painting rounding boards and other pieces, 2008.
San Diego Looff Carousel now in private collection, CT. Looff, c. 1900.
Colorist, clean and touch up existing decoration and landscape paintings on 18 sections of rounding boards, shields, mirror frames and other upper rim decorative pieces, 2006. Produced 12 paintings and marbleized decorations and 12 paintings for center surround, 2007.
Glen Echo Park Carousel, Glen Echo, MD., Dentzel Company, c. 1921.
Original paint was conserved under historically based repainting. Band organ, chariot backs, ceiling canopies cleaned to original paint. Center barrel panels cleaned to 2nd landscape paintings. 1983-2003.
Eden Palais, Salon Carousel, French, Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington Hills, IL. c. 1897.
Researched original paint and planned, supervised and worked as an artist in the repainting of the show front façade and the carousel, 1994 -1998. (Worked with several other artists including Jill Bradshaw, Chris Cismesia, Ron Rozzelle, and Tony D'Angelo).
Highland Park Carousel, Meridian, MS, Dentzel Company, c. 1892-1896.
Original paint was conserved under historically based repainting on all animals, 1990-1995.
Rocky Springs Carousel, Lancaster, PA, Dentzel Company, c. 1920.
Completed written damage survey and restored one horse, early 1990's.
Oak Bluff Carousel, Martha's Vineyard, MA., Dare, C. 1876.
Original paint conserved under historically based repainting on all animals and chariots, 1990-1991.
Pullen Park Carousel, Raleigh, NC, Dentzel Company, c. 1910.
Supervisor and artist for complete restoration . Original paint preserved under historically based repainting, 1978-1982. Supervisor/artist for yearly paint maintenance, 1982-1989.
Chavis Park Carousel, Raleigh, NC, Allan Herschell Company, c. 1925.
Supervisor and artist for complete restoration. Original color and design documented, pieces stripped, prepared and repainted, 1982-1983.
Ontario Beach Carousel, Rochester, NY, Dentzel Company, c. 1905.
Original paint preserved under historically based repainting on one animal. Wrote survey and manual for restoration, 1986.

CONSULTATIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

Colorist, Illions Supreme Carousel now in private collection, CT. (For Brass Ring Entertainment).
Design color and decorations for carousel based on original color information. Produce color renderings of all pieces. Current project.
Colorist, Astro World Dentzel Carousel now in private collection, CT. (For Brass Ring Entertainment).
Design color and decoration for carousel based on original color information. Work with artist to implement plan, produce color renderings for all pieces. 2008
Colorist, San Diego Early Looff Carousel now in private collection, CT. (For Brass Ring Entertainment).
Design color and decoration for carousel based on original color information. Work with artist to implement plan, produced color renderings of all piece. 2006.
Colorist, San Francisco Zoo Carousel, San Francisco, CA. Dentzel Company, circa 1910. (For Brass Ring Entertainment).
Designed color and decoration for carousel based on original Dentzel color information. Worked with artists to implement design, 2000-2001.
Colorist, Carousel at the Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY, Dare/Herschell Spillman Company mix, Circa 1900/1912. (For Brass Ring Entertainment)
Found original paint and design and produced specs for 40 animals, 16 inner rim sections and 2 chariots. Worked with artists to implement designs, 2000-2001.
Resident Restorer, Herschell Carousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda, NY,.
Worked through a grant from the New York Council For the Arts. Produced a manual for restoration of the carousel, trained restoration volunteers. With volunteers restored two animals painted twelve animals over a total nine week period, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007 continuing.
Consultant, Luna Park Carousel, Melbourne, Australia, Philadelphia Tobaggan Company.
Gave a two week customized workshop on restoration to two carousel restoration artists, 1999.
Member, National Carousel Association.
Member, Board of Directors and Recording Secretary 1988- 1992, Annual Convention Co-Chairman, 1986 & 1998, Technical Assistance Conference Chairman, 1990 & 1994. Numerous talks and presentations, 1983-present.
Consultant, Cafesjian's Carousel, St. Paul, MN, Philadelphia Tobaggan Co. Carousel, number 33, c. 1914.
Planned and gave on site workshops for volunteers on the best methods of restoration for their carousel, 1991 & 1992.
Consultant, Shelby Carousel, Shelby, NC, Herschell Spillman Co. Carousel, c. 1919.
Gave on site workshops to volunteers on painting techniques for carousel animals. Produced 6 finished animals as result of workshop, 1991.
Consultant, Walentas Carousel, Brooklyn, NY, (Formally Idora Park Carousel, OH), Philadelphia Tobbagan Company, c. 1920.
On site review with owner/restorer methods of exposing and documenting original factory paint, 1987 and 2003.
Consultant, Prospect Park Carousel, Brooklyn, NY. Carmel Carousel, c. 1915.
On site survey and finishes analysis prior to restoration for Robert E. Meadows Architect, NY,NY. 1986.
Consultant, Dutch Village Carousel, Holland, MI. Allan Herschell Carousel, c. 1924.
On site consultation to review restoration plan, 1984.

WORK ON CAROUSEL PAINTINGS AND MURALS

San Diego Looff Carousel now in private collection, CT. Looff, c. 1900.
Clean and touch up existing decoration and landscape paintings on 18 sections of rounding boards, shields, mirror frames and other upper rim decorative pieces, 2006. Produced 12 paintings and marbleized decorations and 12 paintings for center surround, 2007.
Glen Echo Carousel, Glen Echo, MD, Dentzel Company, c. 1921.
Cleaned several layers of park paint and exposed original paint on nine paintings on Upsom Board (7x8 feet), 9 decoratively painted pilasters, 18 ceiling canopies and 3 chariot backs, 1983-2003.
The Museum at Michigan State University Carousel Paintings, Spillman Engineering Co., 1910.
Cleaned 14 landscape paintings of several layers of park paint to expose the original, 1985.
Pullen Park Carousel, Raleigh, NC, Dentzel Company, c. 1910.
Supervising Conservator. 40 landscape paintings on wooden panels were cleaned of several layers of park paint. Original paint was cleaned and preserved, 1981.
Chavis Carousel Paintings, Raleigh, NC, Allan Herschell Company, c.1925.
Supervising conservator and artist. Several layers of park cleaned from 14 masonite panels to expose original paint. Copied these paintings and recreated 14 paintings on tin rounding boards to complete the outer and inner upper carousel rims, 1983.

WORK ON BAND ORGAN FAÇADES

Th. Mortier façade, French, c. 1915. Dick and Cheryl Hack Collection, Annapolis, MD.
Paint façade, current project.
Wurlitzer 150 façade, date unknown. Arnold Chase Collection, Hartford, CT.
Full paint and wood restoration. Conservation of original oil paintings, current project.
A. Ruth and Sohn façade, German, c. 1915. Dick and Cheryl Hack Collection, Annapolis, MD.
Complete wood and paint restoration, 2010.
Wurlitzer Style 165 façade, date unknown. Arnold Chase Collection, Hartford, CT.
Full paint and wood restoration. Conservation of original paintings, 2009
Gavioli façade, date unknown, French. Wiegand Collection, Boston, MA. 2009.
Decorative painting and gilding, 2009.
Th. Mortier façade, date unknown, Private Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Paint and gild façade, 2008.
Wurlitzer 157 façade, date unknown, Arnold Chase Collection, Hartford, CT.
Full paint and wood restoration. Conservation of original paintings, 2007.
Verbeeck Street Organ façade, Belgian, new. Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington, IL.
Painted and did landscape paintings for newly carved organ front, 2006
Gavioli façade, French, (part of a Looff Carousel), date unknown. Private collection. CT.
Wood and paint restoration. Conservation of original paintings, 2006.
Gasparini façade, date unknown, Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI.
Wood and paint restoration. Conservation of original paintings, 2005.
Gavioli façade, French, Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington, IL
Full wood and paint restoration, 2005.
Gavioli façade, French. Kraus Collection, Ohio.
Wood and paint restoration plus new paintings. 2004
Gavioli façade, French. Milhous Museum Collection, Boca Raton, FL.
Painted and gilded 26 figures for this large façade, 2003-2004
Wurlitzer façade, date unknown. James H. Drew Expositions, Augusta, GA.
Wood repair and clean and touch up fairground paint job. Conservation of fairground paintings, 2004.
Bruder façade, German, Kraus Collection, Medina, OH
Painted and gilded, 2004.
Gavioli façade, French, Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI
Repainted and gilded, 2003.
Gaudin façade, French, Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI.
Repainted and gilded, 1999-2001.
Wurlitzer 150 façade, date unknown. Dick and Cheryl Hack Collection, Annapolis, MD.
Repainting based on historic colors and designs. Original paintings cleaned and left intact. 2000.
Limonaire Freres façade. French. Milhous Museum Collection, Boca Raton, FL
Cleaned and restored front to original color and design. Original paintings left intact. 1999.
Wurlitzer 145 façade, date unknown. Neil and Debbie Smith Collection, Chilicothe, OH.
Repainting based on historic colors and designs. 1997.
Wurlitzer Style 165 façade, American, c. 1925, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD., National Park Service.
Complete wood and paint restoration. Conservation of original paintings, 1996-1997.
Wurlitzer Style 180 façade, C. 1922, Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington Hills, IL.
Complete wood and paint restoration. New paintings by Jill Bradshaw, 1996-1997.
Mortier façade, Belgian, date unknown, Milhous Museum Collection, Boca Raton, FL.
Refurbishing of paint and metal leaf. 1997.
Wurlitzer 157 façade, American, c. 1924. Milhous Museum Collection, Boca Raton, FL
Refurbishing of paint, metal leaf and original paintings, 1997.
A. Ruth and Sohn or Gebr. Bruder façade, German, pre 1900. James H. Drew Exposition, Augusta, GA.
Complete and extensive wood and paint restoration, 1994-1996.
A.Ruth and Sohn 38 façade, German, c. 1915, (known as the "Gooding Organ"), Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI.
Complete paint and wood restoration of façade and 11 carved figures, 1993-1995.
Gavioli façade, French, c. 1905, (known at the "Royal American Shows Organ"),Circus World Museum, Baraboo,WI.
Complete paint and gilding restoration. Conservation of original "Bobby Wicks" paintings, 1993-1994.
Limonaire Freres façade, French, c. 1909. Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI.
Cleaned, stabilized and inpainted original paint with some repainting, 1991.
Limonaire Freres façade, French, c. 1910. Gilson Collection, Middleton,WI.
Cleaned, stabilized and inpainted original paint, 1992.
Gebr. Bruder façade, German, date unknown. Markey Collection, Dallastown, PA.
Painted and gilded prepared surface, 1993.
Ruth and Sohns 36 façade, German, c. 1912. Collection of Gavin McDonough, Richmond, VA.
Painted and gilded, 1988.
Wurlitzer Style 165 façade, American, c. 1910, Gilson Collection, Middleton,WI.
Complete restoration of paint and wood. Original paint exposed and saved, 1987. (Work completed with Jennifer Nygard).
Wurlitzer Theater Organ Console, American, c. 1920. Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI.
Applied 60 books of gold leaf, 1988.

WRITING

Glen Echo Carousel Restoration Reports for the National Park Service.
Extensive treatment reports for work completed at Glen Echo. 1983-2000.
A Manual for the Restoration of the Carousel at the Herschell Carousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda, NY, 1991-1992.
Survey of work to be done and restoration instructions for volunteers of the museum carousel.
Manual for the Restoration of the Ontario Beach Carousel.
Complete guidelines for the restoration of the animals, machine and paintings for Monroe
County Department of Parks, Rochester, NY, 1985. (Authored with Jennifer Nygard and William Hamlett).
Finishes Analysis for Interior Woodwork of Haywood Hall. Authored a report on original finish colors and treatments of this historic 18th century house for the Colonial Dames , 1988
Carousel Conditions Survey, by Robert E. Meadows, P.C., Architect, NY, NY
Authored section on Paint Survey for Prospect Park Carousel in Brooklyn, NY,1989.

DECORATIVE PAINTING WORK ON TOWER CLOCKS AND PHONOGRAPH CABINETS

Tower Clock, Saff Collection, FL
Painted and gilded decoration based on original designs, 2005
Tower Clock, Hack Collection, Annapolis, MD
Painted and gilded decoration based on original designs, 2004.
Howard Tower Clock, Gilson Collection, Middleton, WI
Painted and gilded decoration based on original designs, 2003.
Howard Tower Clock, Center Collection, Baltimore, MD
Painted and gilded decoration based on original designs, 2003.
Tower Clock, Saff Collection, Oxford, MD
Painted and gilded based on original designs, 2001.
Regina "Paintings on Wood" Style Phonograph Cabinet, Plyler Collection, Statesville, NC
Painted landscape scenes on cabinet, copying from a cabinet with original scenes. 2000.
AnsoniaTower Clock, Saff Collection, Oxford, MD
Restored factory paint, 1999.
Howard Tower Clock, Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington, IL
Painted and gilded, based on original designs, 1996.
Howard Tower Clock, Saff Collection, Oxford, MD
Painted and gilded, based on original designs, 1997.
Regina "Verni Martin" Style Phonograph Cabinet, Baumbach Collection, Sylmar, CA
Re-gilded entire cabinet surface leaving original paintings intact, 1997.
Regina "Chinese Laquer" Style Phonograph Cabinet, Baumbach Collection, Sylmar, CA
Cleaned and reconstructed original paint. 1998.
Howard Tower Clock, Saff Collection, Oxford, MD
Painted and gilded, based on original designs, 1998.
Howard Tower Clock, Sanfilippo Collection, Barrington, IL
Painted and gilded, based on original designs, 1994.

WORK IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS
(In 1996 I stopped doing restoration in historic houses except to do touch up in houses that I have previously worked in. I occasionally work in houses for friends.)

18th Century Farm House, Bracey, VA, Privately owned.
Developed a plan for cleaning and preserving extensive original paint on all of the woodwork in the house. Did paint touch up of cleaned original paint. 2008-2009.
Kelly Plantation House, Carthage, NC, 18th Century House. Owned by Nancy Blount.
Analysis of interior finishes. Reproduced original marbleizing and graining in some areas. Grained exterior doors. Conserved decoratively painted valances to original paint, 2005.
Haywood Hall, Raleigh, NC, 18th Century House. Owned by The Colonial Dames.
Completed analysis of interior finishes and restored a mantle and all interior doors matching original marblizing and graining, 1987-1996.
Red Hill Farm House, Oxford, NC, 18th Century House. Privately owned.
Cleaned and conserved extensive existing decorative painting, reconstructed decorative paint ing where missing, 1992-1993.
Mill Prong, Laurinburg, NC, 18th Century House. Owned by St. Andrews College.
Cleaned and conserved existing decorative paint, some reconstruction, 1993.
Page Walker Hotel, Cary, NC, 19th Century Hotel. Publicly owned.
Grained 5 exterior doors, 1991.
North Carolina State Capitol Building, Raleigh, NC, 19th Century. Publicly owned.
Cleaned door of several paint layers to expose and conserve original 1840's graining, 1991.
White Oak Manor House, Garner, NC, 18th Century. Privately owned.
Conserved original marbleizing on mantel. Grained door and baseboard like original, 1989.
New Hanover County Courthouse, Wilmington, NC, 19th Century. Publicly owned.
Conserved some original paint and reconstructed areas of missing paint to restore a decoratively painted wall safe in a 1892 building, 1988.
Springs Guest House, Fort Mill, SC, 19th Century. Owned by Springs Industries.
Extensive graining project for Springs Industries, 1988.
Davis House, Pollocksville, NC, 18th Century. Privately owned.
Grained 6 doors reconstructing the original graining pattern.
White-Holman House, Raleigh, NC, 18th Century. Privately owned.
Marbleized mantle, reconstructing original marbleizing pattern and cleaned and in-painted a decorative landscape painting on a second mantle, 1987.
Edwards-Franklin House, Mount Airy, NC, 18th Century. Owned by Surry Co. Historical Society.
Spent 1100+ hours cleaning and conserving decoratively painted woodwork. 1986-87.
Woodside, Yancyville, NC, 18th Century House. Privately owned.
Mahogany grained two doors and stair rail, 1986.
Stonewall, Rocky Mount, NC, 19th Century House. Owned by Nash County Historical Society.
Cleaned approximately 650 feet of marbleized baseboard to original paint from under several paint layers and in-painted, 1986.
John Rouse House, Kinston, NC, 18th Century. Privately owned.
Grained six doors and numerous panels on wainscoting reconstructing original mahogany and bird's eye maple graining. Cleaned and in-painted original graining on numerous doors and wainscoting, 1984.
Harmony Hall, Kinston, NC, 19th Century House. Owned by the Wayne County Historical
Society. Marbleized mantels and grained doors, 1983.