(Revised June 2017)
The following guidelines serve the interests of the gallery and its artists by establishing appropriate aesthetic and archival guidelines for framing and display.
• The purpose of a mat is to protect a work of art and set it off from the frame.
• Mats should always be acid-free board or archival board of rag and high alpha content,
• Four ply and eight ply mats are standard in framing.
• Mats should be neutral in color, white, off-white, light gray. Black is acceptable if it does not detract from the work. Brightly colored mats are seldom archival and rarely compliment a work.
• Mats should have a sufficiently generous border to separate the print from the frame.
• Prints should never be placed directly against the glass.
• Prints in the bins should be archivally matted and either shrink-wrapped or placed in archival polyethylene bags.
The purpose of the frame is to isolate the work of art from the wall without overwhelming the work itself.
• Generally speaking the baguette style of frame (also known as the presentation frame) is appropriate for most prints, drawings, and photographs. These frames are thin unobtrusive moldings of wood or metal in a variety of finishes and profiles.
• Hanging solo or group shows of similarly framed works is easier and looks more cohesive. It also allows the viewer to focus on the work.
• In solo shows it is particularly important to frame consistently and to use no more than two or three sizes, especially if the artist wants to crowd the show.
• Spacers, the thin strips of wood or plastic that separate a floating work from the glass, must always be used when a mat is not used to keep the work from direct contact with the glass.
• When preparing a frame for hanging, the artist must use hooks and wires.
• To accommodate the gallery’s hanging system, attach wires to the sides of the frame approximately 4 inches from the top so that when the middle of the wire is fully stretched up, it will be 1 to 2 inches below the top edge of the frame. Less than 1 inch may undesirably expose the cable hook above the frame. More than 2 inches tends to make the frame fall too far forward. Wires should be taut, but not so tight so that there is no play at all.
• Sawtooth hangers are not acceptable.
- When members submit works which the hanging committee deems to be poorly framed or not archivally matted, the committee will call the artist and ask him/her to rectify the situation as such works may be removed from the gallery walls.
- It is important to the membership and to gallery clients that artists exhibit recent work or pieces that have not been seen for some time. Recycled work will not be hung.
- Members who are sending their work to the gallery via UPS, FedEx, or USPS should purchase and include a label for return shipment unless they have made other arrangements to recover it.
Members’ Wall Instructions
Each month, members’ work is hung on the south wall of the Gallery. Full members may submit three small prints, two medium prints or one large print. A small work is 250 square inches framed or less. A medium work is 320 square inches framed or less. We may not be able to hang every piece submitted depending on the size of the pieces. Everyone will get at least one large work or two works of smaller dimensions into the show.
Please provide to the Gallery, two days before the last Sunday of the month, the following information for each work of art to be hung:
Title of Artwork:
Also, please email a JPEG of each image to the Gallery. These should be at least 700 pixels on the longest side.