Monday, September 3, 2012

Big Changes

The Kiernan Gallery has made some big changes this month, namely the update to our website and our partnership with Frame & Design in downtown Lexington. These new developments are very exciting and we wanted to take a moment to explain what they mean for the gallery.

Our website has a brand new look! It is cleaner, more flexible, and better showcases the fantastic images that appear in our gallery. There are still a few glitches to be sorted out, but the redesign has made a world of difference. Be sure to check back often as the website continues to evolve.

Presentation is of the utmost importance to The Kiernan Gallery. A good frame can make a great photograph glorious, while a bad frame can bring a beautiful image down. The Kiernan Gallery has partnered with Lexington’s premier framer, Frame & Design, to provide the option of professional framing to our artists. All work is framed with acid-free, archival materials with expert attention to detail that comes with over 20 years framing experience.

Many of our exhibiting artists are from other countries and the cost of shipping framed work could be prohibitive. We try to reduce costs for our artists wherever possible since we realize how expensive exhibiting your work can be. All printing and framing is provided at cost to the gallery. Framing with Frame & Design can reduce the cost of shipping for artists. If the work sells, the artist will not have paid shipping at all. Even if the work does not sell, artists will pay only return shipping and have invested in an expertly framed piece for any future exhibition opportunities. 

Some exhibitors have inquired about renting frames for the duration of our show. We do not offer rental frames because the diversity of image aspect ratios demands a number of mats which we cannot provide. We would hate to have some images cropped, or having gaps or unwanted borders, because of an incorrect mat and frame. While this may not happen with every rental frame, print sizes and ratios vary so much today that “standard” sizes aren’t so standard anymore.

In addition to offering the option of professional framing to our exhibiting artists, The Kiernan Gallery is also happy to print your work. Pricing is dependent on the final print size (see below). All work is printed onto Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper in a light-jet process. This is a hybrid process in which a C-print is made from a digital file. Black and white images are also printed this way and have produced excellent results, although it is understood that black and white images are not traditionally C-prints.

Even though we are pleased to print your work, exhibiting artists are encouraged to consider printing their images themselves and flat mailing them to the gallery for framing. It gives you more control over the final presentation of the image, as well as the ability for you to sign your work.

About the framing:

Our framing is provided by Frame & Design. All work is professionally framed with UV protective glass and acid free materials and is also professionally wired and sealed. 

Files should be at these specs:
-       submitted as a PSD file
-       254 dpi
-       8 bit
-       adobe RGB 1998
-       Important: Be sure to send a file that is the correct size for printing.
Check the file at 100% to be sure it is the quality you are expecting.

In the event that your photograph does not sell by the end of the show, you may either pay the shipping costs to have your work sent to you or donate the print to the gallery.

Printing and Framing Options

Size options (in inches):

  1. 11x14 image, framed to 16x20 = $110                

  1. 16x20 image, framed to 20x24 = $140                

  1. 12x12 image, framed to 18x18 = $115                

  1. 20x24 image, framed to 26x30 = $165

Frame Options:

  1. Option #1: Black frame, white mat

  1. Option #2: Black frame, black mat

  1. Option #3: White frame, white mat         

I hope you are as thrilled as we are to watch The Kiernan Gallery continue to grow. Be sure to check back often for future updates as the gallery continues to bloom.

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