My dad has been a painter in New York since he was 15 years old. His life's work, including hundreds of beautiful paintings, are threatened with destruction. Please help preserve this invaluable legacy and cultural treasure.
My name is Matthew Landfield, and my parents, Ronnie and Jenny, were flooded by hurricane Sandy at their home in lower Manhattan. My dad's art studio containing hundreds of paintings, drawings and works of art spanning fifty years, were flooded by two and a half feet of water from the Hudson River during the storm.
My parents have been displaced from their home, and have been staying with friends and relatives for the past month and a half.
But the work is currently in serious jeopardy, threatened by mold.
We are seeking support in the form of funds to cover an intensive art-recovery effort, and in the form of skilled volunteers to assist in that recovery effort.
"¢ Hundreds of canvases need to be removed from their wooden stretchers and rolled up for safe keeping
"¢ Hundreds of wooden stretchers need to be cleaned and treated to remove mold, and then sealed with shellac to protect the canvases
"¢ Stretchers that cannot be salvaged must be discarded and replaced, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars
This is a huge project, and help is being asked of all avenues including government, foundations, and private sources.
The cost of this recovery effort is falling fully on my dad's shoulders, as artist grants and government funds are slow to arrive.
Please help in any way that you can! Every little bit counts-- no amount is too small-- or too large-- to make a difference.
If you're a person of means and a patron of the arts and feel that you would like to become involved, please contact me directly.