While we offer free matting and framing, as well as printing at very reasonable cost, you are welcome to ship us a print, a matted print, or a framed work ready to hang. Please read requirements for framed prints here.
Prints or matted prints are easy to ship; just make sure you use plenty of stiffeners in the package (foam core is great, and lightweight), and take special care to keep the corners of your work well protected. Do not just sandwich your print between two layers of corrugated cardboard. Chances are good it will arrive damaged.
We strongly advise against mailing tubes; prints almost always arrive damaged. If you must use one, it should be heavy-walled and at least 4″ in diameter.
For framed prints, we have experienced great success with FedEx Medium or Large Framed Art Boxes. They’re light in weight, easy for you and for us, can be reused many times. Uline also sells Deluxe Shipping Boxes in a wide variety of sizes. They’re not cheap, but they’re padded and tough.
Of course, you may package and ship your work any way you want, but PLEASE do not use peanuts. They make a big mess, both when we are unpacking your work and when we are packing it up to return. Peanuts make us really grumpy. Twice.
When shipping your work, be sure to include a Gallery Exhibitor’s Shipping Form in the box, which is essential for telling us how to label your work in the gallery, and what to do with your work after the exhibition.
If your work does not sell and you’d like it returned, you must include a prepaid return label when you ship it to us. It’s easiest for both of us if you use a FedEx or UPS account (it’s free to open, and you pay with a credit card) which you can use for both outgoing and return shipping. The return label will not be charged to you until the return package is shipped, so if your work sells the label will cost nothing. We cannot hold on to work after an exhibit closes, waiting for shipping labels to arrive.
We will return your work in the same packaging in which you shipped it. Please make sure the packaging is sturdy enough for a round trip. And bear in mind that excessive tape makes it nearly impossible to re-use your packing materials. Please tape lightly.
If neither FedEx nor UPS is practical for you, you may also include funds for U.S. Postal Service return shipping.
If you do not want the work returned, just check the appropriate box on the Gallery Exhibitor’s Shipping Form. You may choose to either have us destroy it or donate it to an organization that will hang it in a hospital room or cancer treatment center. This service is performed by a few good people who are not organized as a non-profit, so your donation is not tax-deductible.