How to frame your art & Fabled gallery show

I recently had five pieces accepted into a gallery show in Minneapolis at the Altered Esthetics Gallery. The show is called Fabled and the theme is: Artists recall the triumphs, tragedies, and happily ever afters of folklore, legends, and tall tales. It runs from Sep. 5th to Sep. 26th, 2013.

All my pieces are for sale at the event. They are giclée prints, signed, stamped and framed. Each is $175. If the pieces do not sell during the show they will be available online in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KiriLeonard

This is my first gallery show in the US and the first issue I stumbled on was how to frame my artwork in a way that looked professional but wouldn’t cost a fortune, as I have a very limited budget.

I spent a while doing online research which I’d usually share with you here, however Mike Linnemann, who I previously interviewed for my ‘How to contact an Art Director’ blog post series, just posted a very thorough and excellent article on that very subject today:

Let’s get some facts out of the way:

  • Framing is stupidly expensive.
  • You and I should not frame it on our own. It will be terrible.
  • Due to framing being done so rarely, being objective about quality is difficult.
  • Rarely, if ever, will you frame more than two artworks at the same time.
  • Reframing an artwork is incredibly rare. Getting it right the first time is paramount.
  • Paper artwork, original watercolor drawings, lithographs, and giclee-on-paper images should always be under glass.
  • Oil paintings are traditionally not under glass.
  • Canvas paintings can be hung with or without a frame.
  • I have way more than one article worth of information on framing. To properly cover this issue, this is Framing 101.

– Mike Linnemann

You can find the full article here: Framing 101 by Mike Linnemann

Links:
Altered Esthetics: Fabled Exhibit
Facebook Event for Fabled
Framing 101 by Mike Linnemann

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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