June 4th, 2008

Below are a few new selections of photos of the gallery for those collectors, artists, and friends who are out-of-state. We have been busy with locals and other gallery owners stopping by each day. And we’ve sure kept our delivery men hard at work: each day new work arrives and it is like Christmas opening each package, discovering beautiful paintings and sculpture.

Since I have been so busy unwrapping packages, now is a great time to write about the packaging and shipping of fine art. In my experience, collectors often have multiple homes and want their fine art to grace more than one home. Sometimes this means moving artwork from one state to another, or even overseas. Each piece of artwork requires special handling and consideration, but there are a few guidelines to follow.

Always use at least one strong layer of bubble wrap around each piece. For heavier or more fragile items, up to 4 layers would not be unheard of, with an under layer of paper or cloth. If you are using cardboard boxes, package the item inside with multiple layers of more bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts between the piece and the box. After securing the box with tape, give the box a shake. Do the items inside shift around? Do you hear peanuts settling? Time to re-open the box and stuff it tighter!

I always suggest using recyclable materials: better for the environment and more cost-effective. Biodegradable Cornstarch Peanuts can be found at www.ULine.com as well as other packaging websites. Cardboard boxes can usually be re-used three time before they’re recycled. More and more retailers are recognizing the need to cater to their “green” consumers, so seek out those options whenever possible. Most recycling centers (Park City’s included) will both accept and give away packaging materials. Try the “re-use” route before you buy new!

If you need more information or are shipping oversize items, you can always call Gallery MAR for more information and resources. There are also several national shipping companies who do both the crating and freighting of items. Safe and happy shipping to you, but remember… always get your shipment insured!