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Out of state artists looking to rent Frames for exhibit in my town at Art Center

Monark

Grumbler in Training
Hi! has anyone had experience with renting frames to Artists? The local Art Center has an upcoming exhibit with an artist from California, and another from Minnesota. The exhibit is in Florida, and instead of shipping framed works, they'd like to send me the Artwork and i would mount and frame it for exhibition, and then remove it at the end and the Art Center would ship it back. Has anyone dealt with this? I appreciate any help or advice you have to give, Thank you.

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bruce papier

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
I don't see that working out. Not for me, at least. What are you going to do with the frames after the exhibit? You've framed a bunch of pieces to match the size and style of those particular pieces. There's close to a zero percent possibility those frames will ever be used again even if they come back to you in perfect condition (which they won't). Run from this fantastic opportunity to lose money.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
My vote is with Brucey. Can't imagine any scenario where you charge less than full price. Actually I would charge more than full price for the PITA factor and the extra work before and after plus shipping after.
 

Ylva

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I don’t think I have ever seen the concept of renting out a frame.

It would only work if these would be standard sizes and if you would have a certain commitment from the place that is holding the exhibition.
At that point though, they might as well buy the frames and reuse as they see fit, maybe charging the artist for the use.

As a framer, you provide the product. You can’t use it after unless you have those connections.
So I see the rental being a part of the venue that holds the “show”
 
As a custom framer, this doesn't work.

If this is something you're interested in pursuing, it would mean picking a fairly neutral moulding and creating a ton of frames in several different sizes. Maybe a quantity of 10-20 each of 16x20, 18x24, 22x28, 24x36. You'd have to have enough storage space to house all of these stock frames when not in use. You would charge the client a rental fee for the frame/backing/glazing plus the full retail cost of custom matting/mounting/fitting/unfitting for each object.

This would only be worth your time and money if it's something you'd be doing on a regular basis. There's no such thing as renting a custom frame job.

It's no skin off your clients nose to ask you if this is a service you provide. Don't feel guilty for letting them know that it isn't.
 

Jim Miller

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I agree with the others, that frame rental would be a losing proposition for the framer. I would decline that proposal.

The inquiring artist is apparently trying to reduce the cost and risk of damage to framed artworks in shipping - especially on the way to the exhibit. So, maybe you can offer a suitable alternative to the frame rental request.

If you can offer competitive prices, maybe the artist would be willing to buy your framing. If so, he/she could send you the artworks for framing and delivery to the exhibit, as requested, which would accomplish most of the artist's purpose in reducing risk, and saving shipping cost one way, at least.

But then, the artist would own the framing and would be responsible for shipping the framed works home.

That would be my counter-proposal.
 

cjmst3k

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I would offer a price that equates to a 10% discount and not tell them the full price, just the price you're charging. If they say "but that's so close to the full price" say "Indeed, its a better investment to pay the normal price and get to keep the frames".

We're frame shops. Not rental shops. Try renting a CUSTOM made suit.
 

prospero

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
First Thought: "On That Path Lies Madness". 😲

Second Thought: "On That Path Lies Madness". 🤪
 

Monark

Grumbler in Training
thanks for all of the advice everyone! i'm meeting with the Art Center tomorrow, and will have the quote nailed down by Firday. I'm thinking i will offer regular price (minus my normal Artist Quantity discount), and will hope the Art Center will be interested in purchasing them for future use when the exhibit is done. I'll check back in with an update. thanks again!
 

shayla

WOW Framer
thanks for all of the advice everyone! i'm meeting with the Art Center tomorrow, and will have the quote nailed down by Firday. I'm thinking i will offer regular price (minus my normal Artist Quantity discount), and will hope the Art Center will be interested in purchasing them for future use when the exhibit is done. I'll check back in with an update. thanks again!
Good idea. Along with the above noted risks, it's almost guaranteed that anything you send would come back with damage. Your idea of suggesting that they purchase for future use is a good one. It puts the risk on them, not you.
 
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