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West Palm Beach, FL | Alchemy of Art Conservation: A Private Peek Into the Conservator’s Studio

February 17, 2023 | 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Two conservators work on a large angelic painting. Their backs are to us.

Please join us in West Palm Beach, Florida for an educational and interactive private tour of what happens behind the scenes in art conservation.

Barbara Stella, ArtTable Member and President and Chief Conservator of Stella Art Conservation, will highlight how best to preserve your art collection and the common pitfalls to avoid.  You’ll be guided through the studio to see current projects in progress, how Barbara brought a painting severely damaged by subterranean termites back to life, and her discovery of a sixteenth-century painting hidden under a 1970s painting.

Make a day of it! After the tour, we encourage attendees to visit The Palm Beach Show that will be taking place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center nearby. We are pleased to be able to provide attendees with complimentary general admission to the show! Attendees will receive information on how to retrieve their complimentary ticket after registration.


  • ArtTable Members – $10
  • Member Guests/General Public – $20

Registration is required below.
Space is limited due to delicacy of artwork onsite and nature of the facility.

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Face masks are optional for attendees.

Participants who are feeling sick, have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 14 days, or who have had close contact with anyone who is confirmed or suspected of having Covid-19 are encouraged to stay home.

Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed.

On-street parking is available. There are limited handicap spots available. Please call ahead at 561-346-3402 for assistance if needed.

Please email Haley Carloni, National Programs & Chapters Manager at ArtTable, at if you require specific accommodations for this program.

Stella Art Conservation is located at 1210 Roebuck Ct., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Click here for directions from any location.

Valet is available at the Elizabeth Street entrance only. Valet service is complimentary; gratuities are encouraged and greatly appreciated.

The Brightline train is 1 mile away from Stella Conservation and 1 mile away from the Palm Beach Convention Center.  Brightline offers door-to-door transport to/from the train station to any location within a 5-mile radius that can be pre-booked based on your train times. Click here for more information about Brightline transport.

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About Barbara Stella

Barbara Stella stands at an easel working on conserving a portrait painting

Barbara Stella is an established name in the art conservation world for her meticulous, intelligent and informed approach to art restoration.

Barbara received her advanced degree in fine art conservation with a specialty in paintings from the Institute of Fine Arts and Restoration, Palazzo Spinelli in Florence, Italy. Before attending this prestigious school she received her Certificate of Professional Qualification in Restoration in the Tuscany Region, Italy. She fell in love with restoration during her study at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ravenna, Italy after obtaining the Diploma of Art by the Liceo Artistico, Ravenna, Italy.

Prior to moving to Florida, she worked for 20 years in Italy performing conservation treatment for the minister of cultural heritage, as well as public and private institutions that included museums, churches and private collections. Her clientele included Civic Museum of Ancient Art, General Director of Fine-Arts, Italian Institute of Culture, Archbishop’s Curia, public institutions, city councils, as well as for many private collectors and art and antique art dealers.

Barbara taught classes at the graduate level in art for the Ministry of Education. She also taught for the Association Classe Europenne du Patrimoine C.E.P.I.A. (Centre d’ études Sur le Patrimoine l’Italianité et les Arts) and for an exchange between the Italian region of Emilia Romagna and the French region Les Pays de la Loire, Assessorato of Culture in cooperation with the Civic Art Gallery of Ferrara, Assessorato alla Cultura of Ferrara in collaboration with the General Director of Artistic and Historical Patrimonies of Bologna and the Inspector of Environmental and Architectural Patrimonies of Ravenna.

Since moving to West Palm Beach in 2010 she works with art lovers, national and international galleries, private and corporate collectors, art advisors, fine art storage facilities, art dealers and auction houses, museums, insurance companies, art appraisers, interior design firms. Barbara has restored a large number of works by well-known painters and sculptors.

In the span of her 30-year career, she has performed treatments on paintings by prestigious artists such as Rembrandt (1606-1669), Claude Monet (1840- 1926), Paolo Cagliari, called “il Veronese” (1528-1588), Joan Miro’ (1893-1983), Salvador Dali’ (1904-1989), Kenneth Noland (1924-2010), Rene’ Magritte (1898-1967), and many others.

Barbara Stella is an AIC Professional Associate (American Institute for Conservation). She uses methodologies approved by the AIC and the (European) Institution of Preservation of Artistic and Historical Works, whose guidelines and ethics she stringently follows.

Many of her restoration works were published in highly respected European art and restoration publications (see Press Articles and Publications), as well as presented in TV programs in Ferrara Italy and in Belgium (TV De Wereld BVBA, trasmission Go2). Barbara’s passion for art conservation is reflected by her continuous development and training in her industry. She continuously stays up-to-date with new and innovative techniques that enable her to treat and preserve even the most challenging artworks.

Barbara is fully qualified to use Modular Cleaning with aqueous solutions and is one of the few Art Conservators in the US trained to use Nanotechnology in art conservation, for the treatment of very sensitive artworks. While her success in art conservation makes her stand out among peers, so too does her commitment to preserving what the masters had in mind when they created their masterpieces.

Images courtesy of Stella Art Conservation.

Stella Art Conservation

1210 Roebuck Ct
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 United States
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