At Frame USA, we pride ourselves at being pretty good with gallery presentations. There’s a lot that goes into launching your first fine art presentation – whether you’re displaying sculpture, installation or 2D artwork. People will be looking at your layout as much as they’ll be looking at the art itself! Because of the sometimes-puzzling nature of galleries, we put together a list of 5 tips for your art or photo exhibition.
1. Present your art well.
First thing’s first – have some high-quality photos of your work! If you’re a photographer, you should be good to go. Make sure that your work is printed on the best possible paper for your shots. For artists of other varieties, you still need to have good quality photos of your work to get you through the gallery doors. Either way, your work will need to be presented in a way that highlights your work. Should your work be screen-printed? Should it be laminated? Should it be framed? Matted? A popular option is floater frames for canvas work, or a sleek in-depth picture frame for eye-popping quality. Consider your options, there are many!
2. Research your gallery.
Time for some logistics! Who are you targeting in this area? What can you do to bring in buyers and gallery-hoppers? Explore different venues of social media, put up flyers in some local coffee shops, tell your friends and family. Are you trying to sell or just create some buzz about your work? These will ultimately affect the vibe of your gallery and any type of events you may have.
3. Think in layouts.
Establish which prints, paintings and sculptures will need to be the focal point of your display. Obviously they will all have value to you, but it’s important to know which pieces look best under what kind of lighting, at what height to display your piece, whether the picture frames you use are appropriate, etc. You’ll need measuring tape and sample lighting to decide what’s best for you!
4. Know your art.
Before you even start the process of displaying your gallery work, ask yourself the hard questions. What makes your art unique, and what will you say to any buyers? What is your focus as an artist? Knowing yourself and your art will save you time and embarrassment moving forward. Don’t be rehearsed, instead, be comfortable and confident in your abilities.
5. Enjoy the process.
Don’t become caught up in a black-and-white mindset of success or failure. Enjoy the process of what it means to have a gallery presentation! This is your project with your artwork, and it is definitely a learning process. Your first show may have been a flop in your mind, but in the end it’s valuable experience that will help you be more successful at your next showing.
As always, be sure to leave any questions for us and we’ll answer to the best of our abilities!
This weekend only, our metal frames are 10% off. What kinds of work will you be framing this summer?
Metal Frames are some of our best sellers around the art show season, and are far more affordable than other simple frames you’ll find on the web. If you need quality, volume and one low price, you won’t want to miss this metal frame sale from Frame USA!
Community. Whether you’re a business, a family, a nonprofit or an individual, you are formed and molded by your local communities. At Frame USA, we feel that communities from all across the United States can benefit from a little help here and there; especially when they’re making positive differences in their area. We received this great message from Grace Church after we helped them by donating 30+ Unfinished picture frames:
“Dear Dan [CEO, Frame USA],
I bet that by now you have forgotten about us here in Wisconsin, or at least thought that we forgot about you and were acting like the 9 out of 10 lepers who failed to return to thank Jesus after they were healed. On the contrary, we want you to know that we have never stopped thanking you for your kindness and generosity to Grace Church.
It has taken a long time…. to mobilize the missionaries to send in a new picture, to get the frames stained, to order the vinyl and then to get the authorized person to hang the frames on the wall. … The frames are in a really nice formation, and on two different walls as you leave the sanctuary. One side is for Global missionaries and the other for U.S. missionaries….”
Needless to say, we were glad to help such a great cause. Do you have any deserving causes that you’d like to see mentioned or considered for our Charity of the Month? Leave a comment below, or visit our Charity page to learn more.
*Note that these frames were sent as Unfinished frames, but wood-stained by the recipients. Just another way to add your own personal touch!
One day only – June 13, 2014 – you can save 13% on all of our websites! Get great deals on picture frames, wholesale poster, mats and affordable closeout frames. Don’t delay though, because this offer expires at midnight EST! Go to FrameUSA.com and start shopping…
We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!
Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!
Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!
Why Frame USA, Inc? We are operating our business from an 85,000 square foot building in Cincinnati, Ohio that started making picture frames about 20 years ago. From this building we have about 70 employees that work hard everyday to create Raving Fan Customers. Why should you try Frame USA, Inc. for your picture frame needs?
First of all it’s the moulding. Every single component of our picture frames is manufactured in the United States from a range of several manufacturers. Many of you heard about buying American Made Products on ABC’s made in American Segment last year—we were featured. In house we have close to 2 million feet of moulding in stock to take care of almost any picture frame need you have. The variety is substantial.
We offer an almost unlimited number of Wood Picture Frame choices, many of them are eco- friendly. Whether a simple black picture frame design or something more complicated and elegant or something to go in the living room Frame USA has choices for you. The beauty of these choices are that the frames come in 33 standard sizes, almost ready to hang, or they can be ordered in custom sizes that you need for a special project.
We also have a wide range of metal frames, in many different colors which are some of our top selling picture frames. The beauty of metal is it fits nicely in offices, banks, and is great for a permanent gallery display that you might offer from a group of college or high school artists. The suitability of metal frames for any given project never changes.
On top of wood and metal frames we make what we believe is the best Shawdow Box frame in the United States when comparing price to value. This frames are meticulously crafted by our framing experts and the frames we offer for framing Athletic Jerseys are top notch. We also offer everything from simple and inexpensive poster frames (some people say cheap poster frames) to our budget and economy lines of frames. A price-point for every buyer is available.
If your company is having a BIG event and needs some kind of a promotional frame or award you must consult with Frame USA about our award-winning plaques and laser-engraved frames. We’ve handled huge corporate requests from sports teams, weddings, special events. Let us help you capitalize on your logo, your name, your event.
Wholesale Picture Frames
On top of our great selection the real benefit to buying from Frame USA is that you get real wholesale pricing. These are not fake wholesale prices that some people call “wholesale pricing” these are real wholesale prices. Look around on the internet and you’ll find that there is hardly anyone even close to us in terms of price. We also offer a wide range of closeout frames—these are extra over-runs and seconds. You can get some serious deals on these frames at www.framecloseouts.com. Also a list of what we have in stock ready to ship today can be found at www.frameusafastship.com.
First determine where you would like to hang which pieces. Are you someone who likes eclectic surroundings mixing frame styles and sizes; or do you want to keep all the family photos in one area, creating a welcoming collage? Do you have one large main focal piece that hangs above the couch or in a more formal dining room? Are you hanging pictures up the stairwell? If you are unsure as to where you’d like to put a particular piece, try just placing the framed piece/s in that area and see if all the surroundings compliment the piece/s to give you the desired effect you are looking to create.
You’ll need a pencil, a tape measure, wall hanging hardware, any other tool you need for the type of wall hanging hardware you purchased such as a hammer or drill; a level, and if possible a “picture hanging helper”. If your artwork didn’t come with the wire already attached to your picture frame; refer to the last part of the this article to install the hanger yourself.
Now to determine the height at which you’d like your piece to hang. In general the piece should be at eye level. Meaning once the framed artwork is on the wall, you should be able to stand in front of the piece with your head level, your gaze should fall just about in the center or just below the center of the artwork. If you have a helper; have them hold the piece against the wall while you stand back a few feet and determine your optimal viewing height. Once you get this, take a pencil and lightly mark on the wall where the bottom of the frame is. (If you don’t want to mark your wall use a piece of painter’s tape, and lay the tape edge to the bottom of the frame.) Place the bottom of the frame on the floor, either lean your frame against the wall or have your helper hold the frame for you. Find the center of the hanging wire and use your finger to pull the hanging wire toward the top of the frame so all the slack is taken out of the wire. Using a tape measure, measure the distance from the bottom of the frame to where your finger is holding the wire taught. From the bottom of the frame mark, measure up the distance from the bottom of the frame to the wire and put an X on the wall; this is the spot you will be putting the wall hardware into the wall. Follow the instructions provided with the type of wall hardware you purchased to properly secure it into the wall. Now you can erase the bottom of the frame mark. If your piece is light enough for you to handle on your own, hold the hanging wire in one hand and the bottom of the frame in the other. Lift the frame towards the wall and wall hanger and use the hand holding the hanging wire to help guide your wire securely onto the wall hanger. (You can follow the same steps even if you have a picture frame with a sawtooth hanger instead of a wire.) If your piece is too large and awkward to handle yourself; have your helper hold the frame while you guide the wire onto the wall hanger. Once you got the wire onto the wall hanger, use a level (or smartphone level app) to level your piece on the wall. Now is time for the best part, stand back and enjoy your framed art!
A useful tip for hanging multiple frames for a collage type of a look; is to measure your frames’ widths and heights and cut matching pieces of newspaper. Then with a little bit of tape, arrange your paper “frames” on the wall. When doing a collage, try to make the spacing in between each frame as close to symmetrical as possible; or at least visually pleasing to you. If you take some time during this paper mock up stage and make sure all the papers are level; you should be able to mark where on the wall your hangers should go. Mark the vertical center of each piece of paper; then find the distance from the bottom of each frame to their hanging wires; mark that on the paper. Where your vertical line and that wire mark meet, is where you will want to put your wall hanger.
When selecting what kind of wall hanging hardware to use; you must take into consideration a few things:
1. What type of material is the wall you are planning to use made out of? Make sure you get wall hardware appropriate for that type of material.
2. How heavy is your piece? Most wall hanging hardware have sizes designed for certain pound ranges; select one rated for the picture frame you intend to hang. If in doubt, go for a stronger hanger.
For additional reference on how to hang your frames:
If you are a “DIY” type of person and use your creativity to frame your photos and artwork yourself, you may find yourself unclear on the hanging hardware on the back of the frame. If you are able to choose what type of hanger to put onto your frame, a set of D-rings/eyelets and wire combo is a great option. Wire hangers can hold more weight so they are more secure than a sawtooth, especially for frames larger than 11×14. If you are using a sawtooth hanger, lay your piece face-down on a flat surface (recommend putting a towel down to protect the frame surface from possibly getting marred) and find the center of the picture. Place the sawtooth at this spot (generally aim for the middle of moulding) and using a hammer gently tap the sawtooth in place. Attaching a wire hanger takes a few more steps. First, install the D-rings/eyelets. Lay your picture frame face down (again recommend putting a towel down). On one of the sides of the frame, measure about 1/3rd of the way down from the top of the frame and mark that spot. Measure this same distance on the other side of the frame and mark it. Try to aim for the center of the moulding when making these marks. Screw the D-rings/eyelets into the frame at these marks, the D part of the ring faces in towards the middle. Run the wire through both D-rings/eyelets, with equal amounts of wire sticking out of each D-rings/eyelets. Secure the wire to one of D-rings/eyelets by bending the wire back over the D-ring/eyelet twice and the wrapping it back around itself several times. Repeat on the other side; but before securing the wire, make sure your wire has just a little “give” to it; you don’t want your wire too tight OR loose. Now, you’re ready to get that picture frame onto the wall and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
One of our customer’s favorite qualities about Frame USA? Our frames aren’t just at a lower price point than our competitors, the frames also come to you ready-made. No assembly required. Sounds like a novel concept, right? Buy a frame, have it sent to you and ready to use.
Unfortunately, not all online framing companies send picture frames completely assembled by the time they hit your doorstep. Sometime’s there’s assembly required, and it’s not always easy to assemble. You may also be told that this makes the frames cheaper for both consumer and business. At Frame USA, however, we like to break those trends. We know that having your frames ready-made and ready to hang is important–just as important, in fact, as a low cost.
See the video below, where our CEO Dan Regenold covers our Wood Frame assembly and what you can expect from a wood picture frame from Frame USA!
Using FrameCloseouts.com has plenty of great benefits and is a great solution for many of our customers… But the model may not be for everybody. Here are three reasons why Frame Closeouts might be right up your alley.
1. Lowest frame prices on the web.
If you need a lot of frames and don’t have the money to buy from our wholesale website, then FrameCloseouts.com is your place to go. Whether you’re a budding photographer or looking for some cheap frames to turn a profit on in your store, you won’t find better deals anywhere else (Especially if you shop during one of our site-wide or wood color sales!)
2. Thousands of popular sizes in stock.
We have thousands of popular sizes in stock — 8×10’s, 5×7’s, 11×17’s… You name it, we have it. Frame Closeouts does not have any options for custom framing, but we can always take care of that for you on our main website.
However, for most art and photography, FrameCloseouts.com will have every size you want at the prices you need. Be sure to stop by the website and check out the deals of what we have in stock!
3. Fast shipping.
Having so many frames in our Closeouts department also means that there is less production time involved. While most of our products are made to order, pre-assembled closeout frames only need to be packed and shipped!
Sale may be extended. (But the only way to be sure to save is to shop now!)
Crafts can be a great way to pass the time on a rainy day, and it’s important to teach your child how to do crafts when bored instead of always watching television or playing on the computer.
Crafting with your children is also beneficial for your relationship with your children and for them as individuals. The following are four reasons you should do crafts with your kids.
1. It allows you to spend quality time together.
Everyone’s lives today are busy, and it’s hard to sit down with one another and truly enjoy each other’s company without some type of distraction. Crafting allows you to be with the ones you love and create projects together. You can spend the time making crafts and talking about anything you want, such as their likes and dislikes and what they’ve been doing in school or with friends. Quality time is extremely beneficial to your relationship with your children, and it’s something that doesn’t come around very often, so you should make sure to use crafting as a way to be together.
2. It teaches your children to be creative.
Creativity is important, and it’s a skill that many people lack. When you craft with your children, you’re allowing them to express their creativity. They can make something by following the directions, or they can take matters into their own hands and decide which colors to use, which products to use and what to make. Being able to express creativity is important to your child’s overall development, and it can help them realize that they have an imagination and a unique talent that they may have otherwise overlooked.
3. It can teach your children to be frugal.
With all the technological advances children have today, most children are growing up assuming that money grows on trees and that entertainment only comes in the form of spending money. Instead, you can teach your children the value of a dollar by crafting with them. Teach them that instead of spending a fortune on entertainment, they can be entertained at home by creating something. You can also teach them that instead of going to the store and spending money on a product, they can use objects around the home to try and build it themselves. Not only will your child learn about money, but also they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when the craft is finished.
4. It can start a tradition.
You want your children to have memories of time spent with you, and you want to teach them things that they can pass down to their children. Crafting is a way to do both of those. Your children will certainly remember all the things they made with you during craft time, and they’ll be able to recreate these memories and these crafts with their own children someday. Then, their children can pass the tradition along to their children, and your time spent crafting with your own children has suddenly turned into a family tradition for many years to come.
Jessica Brown is a freelance writer and mother of four who loves frugal crafting. She has recently been sharing some creative kids’ crafts online via blogging.