Board of Directors

Linda Carter Lefko, Independent Wall Decoration Researcher  
Linda is a professional historic artist acknowledged in the industry as one of the most recognized artisans for historic reproduction and restoration work. Linda continues to do private commissions, as well as lectures and research articles on various historic arts for several different publications. She has co-authored two books, The Art of Theorem Painting, CCI 2008; and Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School Viking, 2011. She served as an Advisor for the Rufus Porter Museum or many years and is currently an Advisor for the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. She has taught historic American decoration for over 35 years, and is actively lecturing and doing commission work in the historic arts, as well as serving as President and one of the founders of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation Inc.
David Ottinger, Architectural Salvage Contractor & Dealer Conservation of Historic Buildings
David helps individuals and organizations with:
  • Approaching salvage and demolition as the last resort
  • Sympathetic Design based on Vernacular Architecture 
  • Antique Buildings disassembled and reassembled throughout New England
  • Antique Materials and Buildings Salvaged, Bought and Sold. Emphasis on original surface, paint and decoration.
  • Antique Barn to House Conversions
  • Post and Beam Frame Repair
  • Stabilization, Moving, and Re-installation of Architectural and Decorative Materials
Jane E. Radcliffe, Museum Collections & Independent Maine Wall Researcher  
Jane first became interested in New England paint-decorated walls when she arrived as a staff member at the new Maine State Museum in Augusta in January of 1971, and discovered that the Museum owned a complete room — 4 muraled walls and accompanying architectural elements — from a recently demolished building in nearby Winthrop, Maine. Over the next 17 years, while at the Museum, she learned of and documented many other Maine muraled and stenciled houses throughout the State. Even after leaving the Museum in 1988 to pursue other collections management activities, Jane’s interest and work in documenting such walls has continued to the present day. In the late 2000s, she and Linda Lefko began to collaborate, producing the book Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School: New England Landscapes, 1825-1845 in 2011. Jane is currently Vice President and Treasurer, and one of the founders of the CPWP.

Helaine Fendelman, Appraiser, Antiques Consultant

Helaine is a generalist fine and decorative arts appraiser specializing in estate, divorce and donation evaluations and a certified member and past President of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. She is a longtime contributor to Hearst's Country Living Magazine, she co-authors a weekly syndicated column "Treasures in Your Attic" for Tronc (Tribune Information Services) and co-hosted  "Treasures in Your Attic," a television show seen on PBS stations.  She has extensive non-profit board experience and has worked as a consultant for numerous museums and historical societies throughout the US. 


Helaine has served as a curator for exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum and has written and edited over 14 books on antiques and collecting including All About Appraising: The Definitive Appraisal Handbook; Price it Yourself, Treasures In Your Attic; Tramp Art A Folk Art Phenomenon; Silent Companions; Dummy Board Figures of the 17th Through 19th Centuries, and The Official Identification and Price Guides to American Folk Art and Holiday Collectibles.


Helaine is a member of Art Table, a a former director of the National Arts Club, and member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Painted Wall Preservation Inc. and The Salvador Dali Research Center.

Dan Farrell, Appraiser/Consultant
Dan is the principal of Daniel Farrell LLC, an art consultancy and appraisal services firm serving insurance companies, private individuals, auction houses, museums and institutions. The company handles assignments in the categories of 19th and 20th-Century Art, Antiques, Design, Jewelry, Fine Wines and other valuable possessions. Farrell’s work as the Consulting Producer for the PBS television series, Antiques Roadshow, provides continued access to many of the top art experts in the country. In addition, he writes articles for insurance industry trade publications regarding insurance coverage for fine arts, art fraud and damage appraisals.

Dan is an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of American and has guest lectured at the NYU School for Continuing & Professional Studies on the subject of loss and damage appraisals. He has also been a featured speaker at the Appraisers Association of America Annual Conference.
Ron Kley, Partner, Museum Research Associates

Ron studied science and engineering (specifically, mining geology) at Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and Boston University, between 1956 and 1966. Uncle Sam turned Ron into a nuclear explosives engineer as "Research and Technical Operations Officer" for the Army Corps of Engineers' Nuclear Cratering Group, based at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, CA (1966-68).


Ron has primarily worked in the museum field first dealing with geological collections at the Boston Children's Museum, then as a full-time staff member at the Maine State Museum from 1968-88, at which time he started a Museum Consulting/Contractor partnership with Jane Radcliffe. It was through Jane, starting back in 1971, that he became aware of and interested in paint-decorated plaster walls, although he had previously studied and practiced furniture stenciling, starting about 1958 while he was a Dartmouth undergraduate, and he has also stenciled walls in my own 200+ year old home.


Ron’s pastimes include historical research/writing, wood and metal working, and (of necessity) old house maintenance and repair. He claims no artistic skills whatsoever.

Founder, Director Emerita

Julie Lindberg, Antique dealer and collector 

In 2005, Julie and her late husband Carl helped found the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Maine and she is a founding member of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation and remains one of its primary supporters.. She has curated several exhibitions from weathervanes to needlework and has done extensive research into the life and works of Rufus Porter. 

 Senior Advisor

Jennifer Mass, Ph.D, President, Scientific Analysis of Fine Art, LLC  
Jennifer is a cultural heritage science professional who specializes in studying questions of authenticity, state of preservation, attribution, and using innovative methods of analysis to address these questions. She has over 20 years of research, teaching, and museum experience, having held positions working with both major encyclopedic museum collections and in the decorative arts world, as well as teaching conservation science in both the Buffalo and Delaware Master's Degree Programs in Art Conservation. 


Tony Castro Conservator and Decorator

Tony Castro has been restoring and creating decorative painting for over 30 years. He has done work in many of Maine's premier buildings including Cumston Hall, Bowdoin Chapel, Joshua Chamberlain's House, The Readfield Union Meeting House,  The Norlands, First Parish Church in Yarmouth, Biddiford City Theater, The Middleton Town Hall in New Hampshire, and countless other private homes and village churches. 

Katey Corda, Conservator of Murals and Decorated Architectural Surfaces

Katey has worked on walls around the world, including on renowned art spanning centuries, from King Tut’s Tomb to segments of the Berlin Wall. She led the conservation of two unique, 19th-century stenciled mural fragments from a farmhouse in Charlestown, RI, depicting historic political figures. She regularly acts as a consultant for large institutions such as the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and the Houses of Parliament in London. Katey is skilled in both preventive and remedial conservation techniques, diagnostic investigations, and state-of-the-art methods of documentation. She holds an M.A. Degree in the Conservation of Wall Painting from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK.

Mary Lou Davis, Conservator of Decorative Paint and Gilded surfaces.

Mary Lou also designs and replicates historic decorative surfaces including wallpapers for museums, pipe organ builders and churches. Mary Lou apprenticed under European cabinetmakers, finishers and gilders in the 1970’s and holds a BA in Art History from Smith College. 


Burton Fendelman, Esq., Lawyer 

Burt has been a great addition to CPWP keeping us on the straight and narrow.  His resume is varied and wide ranging especially in the American folk art field and his wit and understanding of our needs is a wonderful addition to our Board of Advisors.

Polly Forcier, Wall Stencil Historian

After studying Early American Decoration for many years after the tradition of her mother, the 1980's found Polly with a developing interest in wall stenciling. Under the guidance of mentor, Jessica Bond, many walls of original stenciling in VT and NH were recorded.  In 1994, Polly started MB Historic Decor offering more than 700 original stencils for walls & floors.

Margaret Gaertner, Preservation & Historic Building Consultant

Since earning her degrees from Parsons School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania, Margaret has spent nearly twenty years working on a wide range of historic preservation projects.  She works with building owners on all phases of preservation projects from research, to project planning and specification writing, and working in the field with contractors for successful implementation.  

Amy Cole-Ives, Architectural Historian and Conservator

Amy is an architectural historian and conservator with Sutherland Conservation, a consulting firm she established 10 years ago in Augusta, Maine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in American Studies and Art History, and her graduate work in Historic Preservation and Architectural Conservation at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 Amy re-established her architectural paint research practice, setting up a state of the art microscopy lab at SCC’s Augusta, ME location. 

Suzanne Korn, Historian/ Researcher/Artist  

Suzanne has written several articles on historic wall stenciling and has served on the CPWP Board of Directors for a year, helping to develop a Business Plan for the non-profit.  She has agreed to be an Advisor continuing her support of CPWP.

Julie Lindberg, Antique dealer and collector 

In 2005, Julie and her late husband Carl helped found the Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, Maine and she is a founding member of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation and remains one of its primary supporters.. She has curated several exhibitions from weathervanes to needlework and has done extensive research into the life and works of Rufus Porter. 

Johanna McBrien, Executive Director, Dedham Historical Society & Museum

Johanna is a graduate of the Winterthur Program, was formerly a furniture specialist at Christie's New York, Northeast Auctions, and Wayne Pratt Antiques.  She is also a founding editor and current editor-at-large of Antiques & Fine Art magazine based in Massachusetts.

Christine Thomsom, Conservator

Christine is an independent Conservator who has worked in many different venues.  She is currently working with CPWP on a wall conservation project.

Laura A. W. Phillips, Architectural Historian 

Laura received a B.A. degree in history and art history from the University of South Alabama and an M.A. degree in art history specializing in American architecture from Tulane University. She held a one-year museum internship in 1974-1975 at Old Sturbridge Village, where she developed architectural interpretation for the museum. After working in the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, she moved to North Carolina, where she has been a consulting architectural historian since 1978. Her work has centered on architectural surveys, National Register nominations, and writing for publication with six books on North Carolina’s architectural history to her credit. Her seventh book, scheduled for release in Fall 2017, is Grand Illusions: Historic Decorative Interior Painting in North Carolina, the result of a long-term study of decorative painting in her state. Laura’s study explored not only wood-grained, marbled, stone-blocked, smoked, stenciled, trompe l’oeil, and scenic painting from the 19th century, but also the painters – both local and itinerant – who executed the work. 

Elizabeth Warren, Museum Consultant

Liz has devoted the past 35 years to the study and writing about American Folk Art.  After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she was a journalist at House Beautiful covering hone furnishings market as well as art and antiques. While working at House Breautiful she received an MA from NYU in Folk Art Studies. Since 1991 she has been consulting curator at the American Folk Art Museum.  In 2007 shewas elected to the Museum's Board of Trustees and also serves on the Board of Trustees at Bryn Mawr College. 

Nina Roth-Wells, Conservator

Nina is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she majored in Art History and French.  Nina continued her studies at Queens University in Kingston Ontario where she specialized in the conservation of paintings and painted surfaces.  Since 2000, Nina has run her own private conservation firm out of her studio in Georgetown, Maine.  Her clients include both institutional and private clients in the state of Maine.

P.O.Box 187

Hallowell, ME 04347

P.O.Box 187

Hallowell, ME 04347

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