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WILLIAMSBURG “Palette with a Past” Explored

Buildings in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City have been changing colors – inside and out. The fascinating story of why and how the changes have been made will be told in a free lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in the Hennage Auditorium in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 West Francis St. in Williamsburg.

Matt Webster, director of the Grainger department of historic architectural resources for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Liza Gusler, product manager for the WILLIAMSBURG brand, will share the story of how intense research led to the discovery of unexpected colors and to the collaboration between two iconic American brands – Colonial Williamsburg and Benjamin Moore.

Yesterday, Colonial Williamsburg announced a new licensing relationship between its WILLIAMSBURG brand and industry leader Benjamin Moore to launch a new collection of trend-forward paint colors informed by the rich color traditions of the 18th century. The extensive collection of vivid and intense hues includes colors not previously associated with the 18th century. Curated by both Colonial Williamsburg and Benjamin Moore, the collection reflects a shared passion for history, discovery and design in a palette that seamlessly fuses timeless color trends with contemporary design.

A representative from Benjamin Moore will join Webster and Gusler to discuss how research and conservation inspired the creation of 144 new colors. Attendees can enter a drawing for a chance to win two gallons of Benjamin Moore Regal Select or Aura paint in the WILLIAMSBURG palette and a fan deck of the new colors, approximate retail value $200.

The Benjamin Moore WILLIAMSBURG colors are available in Benjamin Moore stores and select independent retailers nationwide. In Williamsburg, the new colors are sold at Ace Hardware and the Benjamin Moore store in Lightfoot.

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown