Position Available

Chief Administration Officer

Black Creek Workshop LLC is seeking a highly motivated,  organized individual to carry out the management of daily operations for this Historic Preservation Firm. Duties will include scheduling projects and employees, developing and maintaining systems for daily operation and administrative tasks including payroll, accounting and bookkeeping. Previous experience using scheduling software, quickbooks pro, and or other office programming is desired. The successful candidate must be able to communicate well with others, be trust worthy, dependable and handle great responsibility. The individual we are seeking will be able to implement systems and management practices that will better structure our company and allow for future growth and expansion within the Historic Preservation Field. Full time position. Pay commensurate with experience.

Please send resumes to blackcreekworkshop@gmail.com

Black Creek Workshop LLC

VA Class ‘A’ Contractor- #2705136507
SWaM Certification Number: #724421
Historic Building Preservation Specialists
Benjamin Bristow
c- 757-784-0449
Maeve Bristow
c- 757-876-7256

September 2018 Program

When:  Wednesday, September 26th
at 5:30 P.M

Where:   DeWitt Wallace Decorative  

Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.,
Please Join the VCA and the Art
Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
for our first program of the season
which will focus on the new
exhibition ‘Upholstery CSI: Reading
the Evidence.

Image courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

This exhibition explores the pioneering work of Colonial Williamsburg
Upholstery Conservator Leroy Graves and is inspired by his landmark 2015 book, “Early Seating Upholstery: Reading the Evidence”, which describes in detail the investigative methods he developed and refined over an award-winning career.

The ‘Graves Approach’ has become ‘the’ method used by museums throughout the world as a non-intrusive way to restore a piece to its earliest appearance without marking or disturbing the frames or surviving upholstery.
‘Upholstery CSI’ will expose the fascinating research and conservation work that goes on behind the scenes in order to retrieve an appearance that would have been familiar to artisans and their customers two to three centuries ago,” said Ronald Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator andvice president for collections, conservation and museums.

We are delighted that Leroy Graves will give an introduction to the exhibition and has graciously agreed to answer questions from the VCA members.
The program will be followed by a business meeting and a reception with
refreshments provided by VCA.

Board Meeting for August

There will be a meeting of the VCA Board on Wednesday,  August 22nd at the Crosby Room at James City County Library in Norge  from 6:00pm-8pm. The location of the September member’s meeting is TBA.  


VCA Fieldtrip

Save the Date!  Thursday July 19th, 2018

The Virginia Conservation Association’s Field Trip to Prestwould Plantation!


Please join us for this highly anticipated Summer field trip to Prestwould Plantation.



Located on the Roanoke River near Clarksville, Virginia, Prestwould was built in 1794 for Sir peyton Skipwith and his wife Lady Jean. It stayed within the family for many generations and is the most complete gentry home in Virginia having retained much of its C18th and c19th furnishings, its original outbuildings and a two-family slave house, as well as extensive documentation and records. The day will begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of the house given by longtime director, Dr. Julian Hudson.  After this, we will take a lunch break (bring your own) which we can enjoy whilst sitting on the ‘old stone wall’.  The afternoon will focus on the outbuildings and gardens.

If you have carried out conservation or consultation work for Prestwould, please let me (Maeve Bristow) know ahead of time so I can make sure to include you in the program:  email: blackcreekworkshop@gmail.com

For those planning to go on this field trip, please fill out this transportation before July 1st:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8S7GN3X

More information and a sign-up will be sent out in due course.


Welcome to the WordPress version of the Virginia Conservation Association Website

This is the new format for the VCA website.  It was chosen so that there could be ease of interaction and input from the membership.  From this site, you should be able to fill out and submit your membership form directly to the membership committee.  On that same page, you should be able to pay online through PayPal.

Posts will be made on this page that will inform the membership of upcoming meetings, courses and other news that might be of interest.

Please feel free to leave feedback, thoughts or what you’d like to see included in the new site in the comments section of this post. Just click on the header of this post and it will take you to where you can leave a comment.  Or feel free to contact me at artconserv7 at gmail dot com.


Lorraine Brevig
Website Chair

VCA Meetings

VCA Meeting: Wednesday, May 9,  5:30 p.m. at Hollywood Cemetery, Entrance: 412 South Cherry Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Meet at President James Monroe’s Tomb

Conservation of the James Monroe Tomb Enclosure

VCA May Meeting

Please join the VCA for for our last VCA membership meeting of this season! The program will take place at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond and will feature a lecture by Andrew Baxter about the conservation and reinterpretation of the gothic revival James Monroe Tomb enclosure.

Map of Hollywood Cemetery with location of Monroe’s Tomb

Please RSVP at Signup Genius

2017-2018 Virginia Conservation Association Schedule

Date Location Topic Presenter(s)
September 7 Varina Library Town Hall: Civil War Monuments VCA and VAM
September 21 DeWitt Wallace Gallery, CWF Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home Gretchen Guidess
November 15 American Revolution Museum, Yorktown Conserving the Caldwell Collection Jane Hohensee, Melba Myers–
January 31 Cabell Library, Richmond Delamination Project at CWF Pam Young, Sophie Barbisan
February 15 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 10AM Issues Concerning Confederate Monuments Jane Klinger, Claudia Walpole, Kate Ridgway
March 28 Surry County Historical Society Restoration of the Cpt. John Smith Deckhouse Maeve Bristow, Ben Bristow
May 9 Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond Restoration of the James Monroe Tomb Enclosure Andrew Ba