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Is there a specific way to hang my art for display?

A professional framer should be used to secure the proper supports to safely hang art. The professional framer will add the proper protection to the back of the art. Hang the art where the temperatures and moisture are controlled. Avoid hanging art on outer walls. Protect the work by placing cork between the wall and the bottom of the frame.

Confirm your framer uses not only acid free products, but provides museum quality framing (MQF).

MQF is a method of matting, mounting and framing artwork to preserve it and reduce deterioration. This requires products, materials, techniques and knowledge in conservation to provide maximum longevity. This includes knowledge of matboards, mounting materials, hinging of artwork for future removal without damage to the art, standards for document preservation and conservation techniques. Condition is everything in art.

What is the best way to clean my art?

Dust lightly with a light sable brush or with light clean smooth surface cloth. The loops in textured cloth may damage the art surface. A feather duster should not be used because the quill will damage the art or frame. A professional should do everything else. Janet G. Smith is an associate member of the American Institute for Conservation, please contact us for a referral at info@jgsart.com. There is a difference in conservation and restoration.

Is there a proper way to handle my art?

Condition is everything in maintaining the value of art. Keep the environmental temperature stable. You and your art will benefit from a clean, smoke free, chemical free, insect free and dust free environment. Always wash your hands before handling art because dirt and oil will damage the paint and varnish. If the art dates 19th century and earlier wash your hands after handling because the pigments were lead base and in some cases other toxic mediums.The damage comes from moving, shipping and handling, so be careful.

We are moving my grandmother's art collection from our family home, what should we know?

You could call an art transportation expert. But here is some general advice. If the art is hung with wire, please hold the wire prior to removing the picture from the wall. This will prevent the wire from snapping the back of the canvas as the art is removed from the wall. Failure to do this will eventually cause the paint on the front to pop off the canvas. If the painting is large two or more people should remove it from the wall. Before removing any art from a wall find a safe place to rest or store the art.

If you move the art yourself without an art transportation expert check for any loose pieces, damage, and confirm the picture is tight in the frame before lifting. Always lift and carry the art painted side facing you.

How do I safely store my art?

Store the art in a dry, clean, insect and rodent free area. Do not stand it on a floor, but on a shelf approximately twelve inches from the floor with air circulating freely around it. Monitor the temperature season to season in the art storage area. Keep the art away from light sources, windows, radiators, pipes, furnaces, boilers, heaters, and heat or cold air registers. Protect all stored art from dust with an archive cover not plastic. A simple fabric drape over the top of the frames not touching the art will protect it from dust.

Additional Service Information:
Janet Gwendolyn Smith, ISA
Member of the International Society of Appraisers
Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works

Dear Friends of Art,
We appreciate your visit to our website. Please understand before you send an email "art is our business". Our business goal is to make a profit by providing a valued service to our clients. This profit allows the website and art research to continue.

There is a fee for our services. This includes review of emailed art photographs, as well as information about the artists not published on the website. Please do not send an email, if you want artwork information without paying our fee.

Please describe your art project needs in the contact inquiry. We will contact you via telephone or email with our consulting fees.

Example: The initial review is free without our opinion. A $100.00 fee is charged for a Walter Buckingham Swan picture. The fee covers the final review opinion, artist's cataloged number, documenting the picture for future reference, original provenance unique to your picture, letter of authentication, and certificate of authentication.

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Best regards,
Janet Gwendolyn Smith
Fine Art Consultant
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