Edward Dufner Painting Restoration Documentary premieres at Millburn Library

Friday June 22:  A documentary highlighting the restoration of Millburn Township’s two Edward Dufner paintings made its premiere at the Millburn Free Public Library this evening.

When the library needed to make repairs to the wall the paintings had been hanging on, Library Director Michael Banick saw the opportunity to give these paintings the cleaning and restoration they needed.  By reaching out to Laraine Barach of the Art Advisory Committee, the 10 month process to see the paintings safely cleaned, restored, reframed and re-hung was begun.

Seeing this was an intriguing subject for a documentary, Laraine enlisted filmmakers David Koh and Emma Quong to film and edit the process.

The film follows the paintings from the library to Nicholas Rizzo Fine Arts in Chatham to Chelsea Restoration Associates in New York City and back again.  Along the way the talents and expertise of Nicholas Rizzo, John Powell and Amy Sokoloff illuminate the time consuming and and lengthy process of restoring such large scale paintings.

The paintings “Mother and Child in a Meadow” and “Around the Campfire” are now hanging on the freshly repaired and repainted wall in Millburn Library, on display for all to enjoy.

Future screenings of the film are to be announced.

Laraine Barach and Michael Banick

Michael Banick acknowledging the hard work of all involved in the restoration and film

Event program

Paintings on display in library


John Powell, Amy Sokoloff and Michael Banick

Laraine thanking Brenda and Nicholas Rizzo

Emma Quong, Laraine Barach and David Koh

Brenda and Nicholas Rizzo with Emma Quong

Laraine Barach and Harold Lefkowitz

Filmmakers Emma Quong and David Koh

About Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee, a volunteer non-profit, has been in existence since 1998. We are a group of township residents and local advisors who are committed to enhancing the arts in Millburn Township.
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