Artwork Damaged in 2017 Storm Returns to Georgia Museum | Entertainment

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Artwork damaged by a severe storm that ripped the roof off a Georgia museum five years ago is back on display for a summer exhibit.

Staff at the Albany Art Museum scrambled to save its collection in January 2017 as rain poured into the building for hours. More than 2,000 pieces were sent to Chicago to be processed for damage, WALB-TV reported, while others were stored in Atlanta.

“It was really shocking to see the museum in such a state, but we didn’t have time to sit with our mouths open,” said Katie Dillard, the museum’s director of curatorial affairs. “We had to take action.”

Dillard helped pack up the artwork after the storm, and now she’s unpacking it as the pieces go home. The restoration took several years, she said, as Chicago experts did tedious work such as extracting water from the wooden pieces. The coronavirus pandemic has further slowed down work.

An exhibition of the restored art will open in May and run through August.

“We’re just proud to have it all back and we’re excited to share it again with the community,” Dillard said.

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