Art Smart: Frame Story – Sarasota Herald

August 28, 2016 - photo frame


Kristen McGuigan and Dari Goggans (photo Marty Fugate)

The initial order of art: Buy art. Now that we’ve got that out of a way, here are some tips on how to frame, display, store and pierce your two-dimensional art. Not “rules,” exactly. With art, there are no rules, customarily manners of thumb. To make matters even more complicated, any art order has an equal and conflicting anti-rule. (So, we speak about “preserving” art. Some art is designed to deteriorate, etc.) It’s a doubt of ambience and goal after all.

Readers beware: My organizational skills are only somewhat improved than those hoarding fear stories seen on HGTV. The imagination comes from Dari Goggans and Kristen McGuigan of Jessica’s Picture Framing. (Thanks and a tip of a aged beret.) Dari and Kristen wanted me to note that there are many other good framers in town; that they’re not museum conservators; and that these tips are simplified — if not oversimplified. Duly noted.

With that portion in mind, here are a few discerning discipline for what to do with your art once you’ve bought it.


The art is a star of a show. A support shouldn’t lift your eye divided from a categorical attraction. You’ve got scarcely gigantic tone choices; that doesn’t meant we should use them. You can’t go wrong with a simple black frame and white pad — it’s a minimalist classical for a reason. The anti-rule also holds: Sometimes it’s fun to mangle a settlement with a complicated, old-school frame. Some artists make a frame’s Baroque complexity partial of a artwork. The art doesn’t always stop when a support begins.

A support has dual jobs. It allows we to see a work of two-dimensional art. It also functions as a protective arrangement box protecting the design from manifest and ultraviolet light, heat, moisture, mold, mildew, insects, dirt, vigour and adhesion. The ideal is a sealed system. A timber support with non-glare, UV-protective potion (or Plexiglas) and an acid-free subsidy works best in a climate. Metal and potion framing is some-more like a scholarship project. Bugs and dampness get in. Mildew grows. Priceless family photos hang to a glass.  Avoid steel frames in Florida.

Sunlight is a secret enemy. Ever notice how reds blur to zero on billboards and posters in Florida? The same happens to visible art unprotected to sunlight — even surreptitious object filtered by a windows of your house. UV deviation leaches out a colors (not only red) in a shockingly brief duration of time. Museum-grade, UV-protective potion or Plexiglas is a bullion standard. There are affordable grades of UV-protective materials next that.


Rotate your collection. The same art in a same place becomes partial of a landscape and perceptually invisible. Every few years or so, barter paintings — or reinstate something on a wall with art you’ve stored away.

Make a core of a portrayal eye-level. Roughly, the core of a portrayal should be 60 inches above the floor. (Strictly speaking, a optical center of a painting— that is a small aloft than the actual center.) Another order of thumb, obviously. People come in opposite sizes. Paintings have opposite compositions.

Think of paintings in terms of layout. Graphic designers have scores of manners of ride for magazine and journal composition. (If a figure in a print is looking right, position it on the top left, etc.) What works on a page also works on a wall. Group identical pieces and array together; emanate a visible flow; don’t smoke-stack pieces; equivocate a cluttered look. Anti-rule: If we wish to put all your art out there, go for it. The Frick Gallery in Washington DC takes this approach.


Get a climate-controlled storage unit. If we can means it, do it. If not …

Don’t leave your art in a garage. Or, for that matter, any place with rash meridian and unprotected to mildew, feverishness and bugs. Keep your art cold as a ubiquitous rule.

Ideally, store art flat. Separate particular pieces with archival pad house or Foam-Core. Protect a art itself with conservation corners. (Protective coverings for art’s pointy edges.)

If we can’t store flat, store smart. If we have to, gaunt paintings opposite any other. Separate a pieces with a good things mentioned above. Never let a painting’s aspect hold another painting. Make certain a things is in a cold place and out of a sun.

What relates to paintings customarily relates to photos. Traditional print albums don’t safety your memories so most as blur them. Acid-free acetate sleeves work best for prints.


Work with a framer before we work with a mover. The cost for shipping framed art can be astronomical. A framer knows how to safely remove a canvases from their support and hurl them adult firmly in shipping tubes. Speaking of that ..


They’re not a oppulance for the one percent; they’re art consultants for everybody. If we can’t means a $500 frame, they’ll work with a support we bought during a Goodwill. These manners of ride only blemish a surface. Professional framers know all a manners — and all a exceptions.

Jessica’s Picture Framing, 1507 2nd Street, Sarasota; 955-8446

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