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Monday, January 29, 2018

How to Protect Your Art During Shipping

I recently found out my painting "Department Store" was accepted into the 31st Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.  Since I live in the Baltimore-Washington area and the exhibition is in Old Forge, NY I have to ship my art out of state for the first time.  When you ship your art you want it to arrive safe and sound at your customer’s location or at the gallery.  You have invested yourself into your art and you want others to enjoy it, so you want to make sure that can happen. So I asked some friends their experience and recommendations for shipping to exhibitions and I spoke to my insurance provider about insurance during transit.  Here is the process I plan to follow.  If you have anything to add, please comment on this blog.

Every care must be taken to ensure the art is properly packed.  Since accidents can happen during shipping you may also want to have documentation to ensure you get reimbursed if it gets damaged in shipping.  You’ve paid for shipping insurance, so you need documentation to ensure you can prove you properly packaged your art.  You also don't want your packing materials misplaced at the destination so the art is properly packed at the end of the exhibition.  Here are the steps I will use when shipping framed art.
Department Story by April M Rimpo in shipping box
  1. Make sure your art is clean and ready to ship (properly labeled, your bio on the back of the painting with a summary of your inspiration for the buyer).
  2. Photograph the art (have the date turned on in your camera so you can prove it was immediately before shipping).       One shot of the full painting and frame.   One close up of each corner showing a segment of the art with a 2nd close-up of each corner showing the frame corner is free of mars or dents (show a little of the painting so it can be correlated with the artwork).
  3. Prepare the foam insert so your art fits snugly.
  4.  If shipping to a gallery or exhibition, label all packing materials with your name so none of the packing foam gets lost by the gallery or handling agent.
  5. Photograph the outside of the box to show the condition of the shipping container on the outside.
  6. Place your art in the shipping container and photograph it with the cover open to show the painting is secure within the box (insurance won’t cover your art if they can claim the art was not securely packaged.).
  7. Place a copy of shipping address labels inside your package in case the outside gets damaged.  This will allow the carrier to still deliver the art.
  8. Insert the Return Shipping Label in the carton per the exhibit shipping instructions.  Most shipping companies (FedEx, UPS) allow you to create a return shipping label. If you don't know how to create the return shipping label, take the art to the shipper without taping the box. They can make the Return Shipping Label for you to place in the package before shipping.  
  9. Close and tape the box and photograph one last time to show the final condition of the box.

RedDotBlog has a great post on the packing process for 2-D art. They show you how to create a shipping box and double boxing the artwork.  See it here

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Exhibit at Children's National Medical Center

January 10 2018 - March 31, 2018

The Children's National Medical Center
West Wing corridor
A Taste of Touchstone
111 Michigan Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20010

Buyers are to contact directly with Greg Scott, Gallery & Exhibit Coordinator, at the Children National Hospital. 

This exhibit features a variety of artwork by members of Touchstone Gallery.  We each have a small sampling of our art intended to nurture wellness for the patients, their families, and the staff.

Creative & Therapeutic Arts Services Coordinates the Gallery & Exhibit Space

Children’s National has provided artistic programming to patients, families and staff since 1978. Our Creative & Therapeutic Arts Services team of professionals brings the cultural and healing arts to over 10,000 patients annually regardless of condition. Our mission is to integrate the expressive arts, therapeutic animal visitation, the performing arts and healing space design with traditional medical practices to foster a holistic health experience where patients may continue their learning and growth development process during their hospital stay. Our goals are to foster an atmosphere of cultural tolerance, promote wellness through self-expression, support patients and their families during a difficult time, offer patients choice and variety, and create an aesthetically pleasing environment…all through the power of the arts.

22" X 15", available framed in a 27" X 20" brushed silver frame.

Acrylic on Canvas
9" X 12" painting in a 14" X 17"  frame

The Conservatory
18" X 12" 
in 24"X18" brushed silver frame with white mat
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