FRAMING GUIDELINES

Framing should enhance your artwork. Here are some guidelines for preparing your work for our shows. If you have any questions, contact an exhibit coordinator. 

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The hanging wire should be:

  • Placed 1/4 from top

  • Tight and straight across

  • Attached to frame 

  • No loose glass.

  • Mats must be clean.

  • Glass must be clean.

  • No sawtooth hangers.

  • Hanging wire attached to frame with D-rings or screw eyes - no nails.

  • A painting on stretched canvas does not have to be framed if the sides of the canvas are nicely finished. No staples should be visible. 

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Why so picky about framing?
Most of our sites use a floating hanging system. The hooks are not stationary. So, a painting that is wired wrong won’t hang flat on the floating system. It will lean out from the wall at a 45 degree angle. 

Money saving tips:

  • Check thrift shops and yard sales for frames to reuse/refurbish.

  • Buy screw eyes or D-rings at hardware store. 

  • Paint in standard sizes so you can swap out paintings and reuse the same frame.

  • Buy inexpensive frames from craft stores – check the back to make sure you can attach screw eyes or D-rings.