Friday, February 4, 2011


Question: I didn’t put down the size because I’m not sure what to put down.  
Answer: the size would be the outside dimensions of the frame, to make for easier identification, and let the website viewer know what size the picture is to see if it fits their wallspace. Some people put the size of the print itself, and also the framed size, to allow the possible purchaser to think about framing themselves, perhaps to match their decor.
2) What price do you recommend to be taken seriously but also to sell?The price should be high enough to make it worth your time, and to suit the medium, and low enough to encourage sales so the library can make as much as possible! If the prints are 11" x 14" and framed 16" x 20", then the price might be anywhere from $100 - $300.00. If the print is 16" x 20" and framed 20" x 26", then the price might be $175.00 - $475.00. If the print is 20" x 24" , framed 26" x 32" then the price might be $250 - $575.00. The price is determined by the fame of the photographer, the quality of the printing, the number in the edition (if you limit the edition to 25, that will increase the value) the way the print is handled and framed (no dents or fingerprints, archival matboard, double window museum board, elegant frame, no gold bands, etc.,) the size of the print, who printed the work, when the work was printed and on which paper and what process was used, the difficulty of taking the shot, the excellence of the photo, and probably a few other things as well...Hope that helps, Laura

3) What size photo do you recommend entering?
16" x20" is nice, framed to 20" x 26". Then 11" x 14" framed to 16" x 20". Sometimes, when they make digital prints, it is more like 11" x 17" for the print. For the larger print 17.5" x 24" which fits nicely in a 26" x 32" frame. That would be a good size. For the price, for the smaller print, $200.00; for the larger print (framed, of course) $325.00. 

4) Is it possible to send the framed photo w/o glass since glass usually breaks in shipment?
Plexiglass. many people go with plexiglass for a traveling show. 

For a small fee, you can send the photo without glass to me and I will put glass in it that I have here already. That way you won't have to ship the glass at all. But it would have to be one of these sizes: 16" x 20"; 20" x 26" 22" x 28" 32" x 26", 24" x 30"

5) When is the actual deadline? I extended the deadline to March 10 as the final day to RECEIVE all jpegs, slides, applications, checks. Please make the check to "Friends of the HTFL" not to "Art of the Garden", as some people have done by not reading carefully. If you can't fill in the form electronically, no worries. It is just to make data entry less time-consuming. Some people's computers don't allow it as easily. The actual artwork is due by April 4th.

What is the 'Date (optional)' field for? Some people like to put the date they finished the piece, others don't. With photography, two dates are important, the date the negative (or digital file) was shot, and the date the print was struck. A photograph is considered a vintage photograph (and therefore usually more valuable) when the print is made close to the time the negative was shot. For some, historical records like this are important. Other people prefer to leave the date of execution off, as some art shows limit the pieces you can enter to work done in the last so many years, usually two or three.  I have always found this a bit arbitrary myself, as one might finally get around to printing a negative shot twenty years ago. Others would argue that the date of execution begins at the time the piece is first exhibited. However, for those who don't regularly exhibit, that would not mean anything! One often goes back to work again on a work, who is to say when a piece is really finished? Many people put the present date when they enter work in a show, to give it a longer exhibition life. The choice is yours! So I understand why you wouldn't know exactly what I meant! Broadly, date means when the work was finished.
--I do not plan to insure my work, so I will leave that blank. The work will be insured while in the library, and so we only need that to make out the insurance rider. You can make the insurance price the purchase price if you like.
--Size - this is the framed size or unframed? The size is framed, so I can plan the show out on the wall diagram I made, but if you would like to include the unframed size, that is sometimes helpful for a potential buyer, if they choose to reframe. 

QUESTION:I tried to fill in the forms electronically, but no success. So, I printed them out...
ANSWER:You will need to copy and paste the form into word to fill it out electronically. If you find this not possible, just mailing the form in will suffice. You can also send me an email to request the form as a non-PDF file. It is only for added convenience when preparing lists that I need the electronic version. I can also enter the data manually. 
Response: I pasted the form to a word document, but it was rough looking. So I pasted it to Apple Pages, with better results, then converted it to Word. 
ANSWER:  It will differ from computer to computer. I hope you will find it not too labor-intensive. I prepared it on a MAC. I basically just need the data requested on the form. An electronic version simplifies my task. It does not have to be written on the exact form electronically. You can just email me the data requested and mail the signed form in. 

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