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of professional art movers, the Packing, Art Handling and Crating Information Network, was established.The industry has changed a lot, said Mike Hascall, the owner of Artech, a fine-arttransportation and installation company in Seattle. Before, he said, “there were craftsecrets and trade secrets and people didn’t share information.” But the packinginformation group now sells manuals, he added, “and the Smithsonian has test labs, andthe museums have really set the standards for the industry of art handling.”Ms. Gomez’s work has earned her unusual respect.For several months she has been working with Mr. Heginbotham and Brian Considine,also a conservator of decorative arts and sculpture, to prepare a 17th-century Italiantable for transport to England in 2008.Several years ago, Mr. Considine recalled, he accompanied a piece packed by Ms. Gomezto Amsterdam for an exhibition.“We opened up the crate and the guy looked at me, and he said, ‘God, Rita’s amazing,’ ”Mr. Considine said. “I didn’t even know the guy knew her name. They didn’t say beautiful crate or anything. They just said, ‘God, Rita’s amazing.’ ”
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