So. You have your wonderful fine art piece. The Art Detectives have assisted you in determining the identity of the artist. Whether it is a portrait of a distant ancestor, or a work that speaks to you on another level, you love that piece and want to display it proudly. But…you may have noticed a small tear in the canvas, perhaps some yellowing or some cracking or peeling paint. You think repairs may be necessary, but where do you go? A good start is the AIC – American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works – website. I spent quite a bit of time poking around this site. It is a treasure trove of information about fine art conservation. You will find that an extensive education is required to become a conservator, and links to find the best-qualified conservators in your area. There are tips for proper display and environmental conditions – e.g. temperature and humidity – that are best for preservation. You will even find detailed instructions on when and how to dust it! Remember, if repairs are made, keep the paperwork with the piece. It is important for a conservator to know what already has been done. Elementary.