Her first major gilding demonstration was at the
“Artisans & Kings - Selected Treasures from the
Louvre” exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
As part of the
Denver Art Museum’s continued focus on
innovative educational programming, the Artisans
& Kings exhibition featured working ceramic
artists, gilders, weavers and marqueters in
individual, scheduled demonstrations for
two-week periods during the exhibit.
Visitors were invited to watch Laurence as she
demonstrated her skills in gilding, using 17th
and 18th century gilding techniques.
She explained the process of the
traditional water gilding techniques, and
answered questions related to the craft.
provided these gilding demonstrations several times
everyday to groups up to 100 or more, including
a delegation from Stanford university, local art
teachers, art lovers and the general public.
of the benefits of these gilding demonstrations was that
the visitors then understood better the art they
saw as they toured the rest of the museum.
This was a new
activity for the Denver Art Museum and was
deemed very successful. Here is what the head of
the program had to say:
“… We wanted to
thank you for being a part of the demonstration
space during the Artisans and Kings: Selected
Treasures from the Louvre exhibition. As a
demonstrator, you facilitated a truly unique and
wonderful experience that thoroughly engaged our
visitors. We’ve heard nothing but great things
about you and your demonstration. Your
contribution greatly enhanced this exhibition”.
Head of Adult & College Programs, Denver Art