I've heard of people establishing an itinerary for their paintings and having them shipped from venue to venue. Sometimes the host organization will pay for the one way shipping to the next venue. No harm asking.

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On 5/11/11 10:38 AM, gretchen halpert wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Thanks, Linda. I did think of making giclées, but the cost of that is high, and the originals do show better. Interesting thought to framing all the same size and cutting the mats differently. 

I imagine the crate would have to be easily (dis)assembled to carry it and get it into the cab.

Thanks for your ideas,
Gretchen

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Congratulations, Gretchen. 

Is there any way to have high quality archival prints made of the artwork and send those instead?  I have had such success with my printer, she takes such pains to match the colors, I can hardly tell them from the original. 

On the other hand some people just like originals. I get it.

I had a colleague who shipped shows regularly. He build slim but handsome wood frames, all the same frame for about 25 pieces, all the same size (16x20" if memory serves). The mats varied with the size of the art (some were etchings, lithos, etc). The artwork varied in size. He built a wooden shipping crate, with small spacers between each frame, so they just slid in the slot and were protected from banging against each other. If one doesn't mind uniformity, it was really easy to put it together, and ship the show. I do not know if he shipped internationally or not. 

Definitely go with plexi.

Sounds wonderful. 
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On May 11, 2011, at 6:39 AM, gretchen halpert wrote:

I've searched the archives, read Bruce Bartrug's article, and had my own experience sending a piece or two overseas for a group show.
Now I am looking into the logistics of mounting a solo show overseas and am looking for advice.

My work is all 2-D, on paper (watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, so I do need the surface protected). I expect to have around 30 pieces, none larger than 35" framed, most smaller. All are currently framed with glass, in a variety of frames. I'm considering reframing everything with plexi for weight and safety. I have exhibited occasionally overseas, but only a piece or two in a group show, and even then, it was a challenge and expense to get the artwork released back in the US.

I will be traveling to the exhibition and setting it up when I'm there. I've considered dismantling all the work (hate the thought) and packing it matted only, with sheets of plexiglass packed together to take up less space. But then there are the frames. I thought of clips instead of frames, but the work really needs to look professional.

Whatever insights and experiences you can share with me regarding displaying, packing, shipping, etc. would be most helpful and appreciated. I'm excited about the show, now I'm looking into the logistics and expenses. My current thought is to travel with the artwork in both directions and having it on exhibition  just while I'm there (1-3 weeks).

Thanks for any and all advice and personal experience. 
Sincerely,
Gretchen

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