Gallery opportunity. Anyone with hanging experience?

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I have been given the opportunity to decorate a small gallery, which is actually the foyer heading into one of the highest end financial planners in town.
Fair amount of high end traffic. At least give me some more exposure in town. Will hang for about a year. Sales possible, but not common. I do get to keep the pieces after the hanging.
Usually they have large paintings, often 4x6feet or so. I have 3 wall spaces. 21x18x13 feet to fill. They usually have 3 to 5 very large pieces, but I will have to go smaller.
They are paying my costs, so I can print on any medium, any size, any framing. I have a budget of $3-4000.
They have seen and like both my black and white as well as color work. I will be using Florida wildlife as a main theme.
I have a couple of questions.
Most of my images are printed on a bartya paper, classic 3" white mat, 3-4" black frame. I can print these myself up to 40x60", viewed close- I think they look better about 20x30.
I am thinking of about 6-8 images.
I am concerned the "classic" framing may look little stuffy. I am thinking about acrylic or metallic prints, hung unframed for a more modern look. Never tried the format before, but have a couple of small samples on order.
Has anyone hung something similar? Any thoughts or ideas??
Just in the thinking phase, will hang in october.
Thanks
Gary
 
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I have been given the opportunity to decorate a small gallery, which is actually the foyer heading into one of the highest end financial planners in town.
Fair amount of high end traffic. At least give me some more exposure in town. Will hang for about a year. Sales possible, but not common. I do get to keep the pieces after the hanging.
Usually they have large paintings, often 4x6feet or so. I have 3 wall spaces. 21x18x13 feet to fill. They usually have 3 to 5 very large pieces, but I will have to go smaller.
They are paying my costs, so I can print on any medium, any size, any framing. I have a budget of $3-4000.
They have seen and like both my black and white as well as color work. I will be using Florida wildlife as a main theme.
I have a couple of questions.
Most of my images are printed on a bartya paper, classic 3" white mat, 3-4" black frame. I can print these myself up to 40x60", viewed close- I think they look better about 20x30.
I am thinking of about 6-8 images.
I am concerned the "classic" framing may look little stuffy. I am thinking about acrylic or metallic prints, hung unframed for a more modern look. Never tried the format before, but have a couple of small samples on order.
Has anyone hung something similar? Any thoughts or ideas??
Just in the thinking phase, will hang in october.
Thanks
Gary
First, congratulations! Now on to metal and acrylic.

I am a big fan of metal prints, and they are great for public display. They are very durable and if you print glossy, they have a lot of "pop". I have printed as large as 20x30 and find metal to be a durable material that can put up with abuse. I have lately printed on acrylic. Acrylic also has that "pop", but in a different way. It is more dimensional and more subject to the lighting it receives. Also, acrylic seems just a bit more delicate. It is a fingerprint magnet, and can be scratched. It is also heavy if you select a thicker piece of acrylic. And it can be quite expensive. If the piece was to hang where nobody could touch it, I would consider acrylic. If it is in an area where people can get right up, I'd probably stick with metal.

Good luck,

--Ken
 
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Yes these are hung in an area they can be touched, bumped, etc- although I have never seen any paintings damaged.
For the most part no kids or anything, but I had not considered the fragility of acrylic. Thanks for the info.
I am thinking unframed pieces would look more "modern" and in place with a foyer, the classic framed images look more like a gallery.
Still pondering
Thanks
gary
 

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I think your work would be stunning printed on metal. I have framed metal prints. The edges and corners of the metal are very, very sharp. If the edges are exposed, ask how sharp they will be.

BTW - I've never been hanged.....but I've been roasted! :D
 
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I have, obviously, never had to plan and hang before. I have always just handed off to a gallery. They hang, and I complain about the light. Now I have all the decisions.
I have a pretty large collection of 16x20 matted prints, I put a backboard, mat and print in a clearbag. I will take them in 20 or so and let them help pick what they want.
I have this print out for a 16x20 test print on aluminum.
I look at this as another opportunity to learn, but want to screw up as little as possible.
Gary

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I think your work would be stunning printed on metal. I have framed metal prints. The edges and corners of the metal are very, very sharp. If the edges are exposed, ask how sharp they will be.

BTW - I've never been hanged.....but I've been roasted! :D
Most labs will round off the corners if ordered that way.

--Ken
 

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I have used Bay photo for both paper and metal prints. They have always done an excellent job for me. Check their settings requirements carefully before ordering. I color calibrated before ordering...and didn't choose their higher level of support.
 
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Thanks for the heads up on the sale!
I have a pro account with Aluminyze, and have used them before for aluminum prints. A 20x30" sample should be here by the end of the week. If we don't like the look of aluminum I will try acrylic. I print my own on papers- but wanted to try something different here. I gave the gallery owners a portfolio of 30 images to pick from- they handed them back and said for me to pick. That makes this even harder. I think the entry wall is going to get one large color 40x60" piece. The other 2 walls will each get 3 20x30" prints. One smaller wall will be black and white, the other color. More work than I expected when I said yes- but I am learning a lot. I'll post as this goes, we can learn together. I will certainly post a couple of pictures of the completed project, but that will not be until fall.
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Interesting you bring this up.
These projects I have learned, tend to develop a life of their own. I started with 8 pieces all 20x30 or larger. I was very pleased with the prints, and my framer did a wonderful job. They loved the images, but then moved them around into different offices as well. That left one blank wall.
They decided they wanted one really large image on the entry wall. I have been travelling the last 2 weeks, so I just got off the phone with my framer as they want an 84x40" piece. Printing starts today.
I went with the classic frame look, as that is how my work is known, so these are all printed on epson legacy plantine paper. Wonderful glorious paper- except once framed behind museum glass it all looks about the same. We are using high grade acrylic on the big piece- we felt glass would be too heavy.
Once the original pieces were hung, they decided the entire foyer needed painted- so this turned into a larger project than anyone expected.
I learned a lot. Hanging, spacing, coordinating colors and shades between pieces was a new experience for me. Luckily I had help. It was a lot of work. Hopefully it all comes together shortly.
Gary
 
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I have, obviously, never had to plan and hang before. I have always just handed off to a gallery. They hang, and I complain about the light. Now I have all the decisions.
I have a pretty large collection of 16x20 matted prints, I put a backboard, mat and print in a clearbag. I will take them in 20 or so and let them help pick what they want.
I have this print out for a 16x20 test print on aluminum.
I look at this as another opportunity to learn, but want to screw up as little as possible.
Gary

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I would have Nevada Art Printers print this on their Lumichrome paper.
 
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I thought I should post a followup, in case someone else could learn something.
Hung the last large print for this client today. 84"x53". Wow, I learned a lot. This is the largest print I have had framed. My usual large print is 40x60"- 2400 square inches. That is normal for me. This new picture is 4450 square inches- almost twice as big.
First, I am lucky to have a great relationship with one of the local framers. He is a great guy to work with. Pricing is way more than fair. He takes care of me in a pinch, like I have a show in 3 days and need 2 images framed. He gets it done. On my side, I send him a lot of work, probably 50-80 large frames a year.
Well, he ruined the print. First time in way more than 100 prints. It had to be a print on paper that cost $400+ a 39' roll. Bummer. We have worked together a long time, it cost him some of the supplies he had used. It cost me a new print. He actually offered to pay for the new print, an offer I did not accept. Accidents happen. Relationships do mean something to me. 2nd print looks perfect.
Now I realize I do not have a truck big enough to carry this. I should have realized this a month ago, but I didn't. So I borrowed a friends pickup.
We thought the image was too heavy (40-60lbs) to safely hang in a public area with a wire on the back, so he mounted 2 D rings. Now my measurements as I hung this monster on the wall had to be perfect. Luckily it went up without a hitch. Measure twice, pound large nails into newly painted wall once.
The business foyer looks great!! Client is very happy.
Two other earlier images actually went to the owners home, which is why we had the wall space for this new large piece.
All in all this last larger piece was a LOT of work. As things get bigger everything has to be perfect. Tiny imperfections become large imperfections. Large becomes cumbersome. Large really does look AMAZING!!
Now they want another piece about 72"x36"!
By the way, while this print was at the framers a random customer wandered into the shop and saw it. Wanted to buy it on the spot. With any luck I sold a second copy- and they are Not cheap.
Get your work out there. Get it seen. Get critiques. Keep grinding away. If you are lucky, someone will like it enough to want to own it.
It still is a lot of work.
Gary
 

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Congrats on a successful effort! All your attention to details result in spectacular images and displays! Can you show us some photos of the gallery and the hung prints?
 

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