Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Art Restoration Experts to Assess Paintings Damaged by Fire at Baker Arboretum in Bowling Green

A scene from the morning of June 27, 2013, when a fire broke out at the Baker Arboretum in Bowling Green.
A scene from the morning of June 27, 2013, when a fire broke out at the Baker Arboretum in Bowling Green.
Credit Joe Corcoran, WKU Public Radio

The estate manager of the Baker Arboretum in Bowling Green says more will be known within the next two weeks about paintings damaged during a recent fire.

The fire broke out the morning of June 27 in the building housing the world’s largest collection of paintings by the late artist and Hart County native Joe Downing.

Estate manager Craig Cunningham told WKU Public Radio Tuesday that a group of art restoration experts from different parts of the country will arrive within the next two weeks to assess what can be done to salvage paintings that suffered smoke and water damage.

Nobody was injured during the fire. Estate employees raced into the burning building to rescue the paintings from the flames.

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