WaxingOn: Spring

Behind the scenes: Framing and shipping

Spring began with the exciting and busy preparation of two major shipments in succession. One for my first solo exhibition in Houston at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in May. The other for an April group show at Frederick Holmes & Co. in Seattle.


Amalgamation at Gremillion Fine Art & Co., Houston

In March, preparing the Houston shipment to Gremillion involoved making custom shipping crates. Since the edges of my paintings are a predominant characteristic to my work, I have taken a variety of approaches to preserve them. This simple design of a storage/shipping crate for the pieces to hang in are made from cedar fence planks.

The pieces hang inside the crate for shipping and easy gallery handling. This was a light weight simple solution to protect the edges of ten paintings in transit to Houston. The crates are stapled and the paintings hang with a 2" reveal all the way around and sink in about 1.5" to leave room for rigid insullation and so any plastic packaging floats over the face of the piece and doesn't touch it. The paintings are screwed in through the back of the crate.

Handling & Care Instructions






Having had to repair damaged work a time or two, all paintings shipped to Houston with care and handling instruction sheets taped to the back of each piece. These are a handy reference for the shipper and gallery that explain what materials were used to make the piece, what to wrap it in for transporation, storage recommendations and other details.


Off to the shipper

Depending on the time of year, encaustic paintings often need to be transported in temperature controlled vehicles. I used Craters and Frieghters this time. They picked up the work and secured it in their truck to take back and build a shipping crate for it. Each piece will have glassine paper on its face (where indicated on the handling instructions), and a 1" layer of rigid foam insullation cut to size. Temperature was on my side with this March shipment beating the arrival of the May Texas heat which also marks the end of the gallery season in Houston when clients flee to more bearable climes for the summer

Framing for Seattle

I also had five frames custom made for my large work to be shuttled up to Seattle for an April group show at Frederick Holmes & Co. The frames are made from poplar wood and coated in a durable paint finish. This was the most economical way to frame my paintings with a  reveal that showcases the edges. The paintings were screwed in from the back similar to the storage crates.

Time-lapse video of framing Pluto Atlas III. above

Talented furniture maker two doors down, who knew?!

Brendan Alvistur and Cleo's best pal Aengus.

Brendan Alvistur and Cleo's best pal Aengus.

Eight years ago, Brendan of Alvistur Studio moved to my block. Brendan is commissioned to create beautiful furniture, cabinetry and surfaces for private residences, local restaurants and businesses. In fact, he made the bar at the popular Grain and Gristle here in Portland among several other places. None of the above would be possible without the assistance of this skilled craftsman in the studio. From making my working conditions more ergonomic, to storage, making panels and framing, Brendan has been an enormous resource and help as my right hand collaborator, problem solver and neighbor. 

Here are a few of our projects from recent years.

The invitations are in, it's happening!

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