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Old 03-15-2019, 11:16 PM
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Traveling with frames to distant plein air events?

I'm thinking of traveling by air to a couple plein air events this year, but each says I need to frame my work if I went to participate in event sales. That's a reasonable requirement, but I'm not sure whether to prep frames at home and stick them all in my suitcase, or just buy ready-made frames when I arrive on site. The frames I have at home tend to be heavy -- Jerry's Artarama plein air frames, which have 3-inch mouldings.

What's more, I like to paint in a variety of sizes, so I'm not sure I'd want to commit to bringing only 8" x 10" or 16" x 20" frames.

How do you folks handle this issue? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:00 PM
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Re: Traveling with frames to distant plein air events?

I would bring my own frames. You may have to pay extra for luggage - but if you didn't bring them you'd be paying for new frames. The frames you have were chosen for what looks best with your art, any new frames you buy at the venue will be "what's available". You'll be spending time shopping for frames instead of enjoying the trip.

After the show you'll have to pay to bring them back home and possibly pay extra for luggage, or leave them, then have to buy frames again at the next show.


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Old 03-19-2019, 04:01 PM
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Re: Traveling with frames to distant plein air events?

If you are going to use the jerry's frames, just have them ship to where you are staying (free shipping) and then decide if you want to bring them back with you, ship them back, or just gift them to someone else.

Of course, you will probably sell them all!

I would recommend sticking to a size or two, keep your traveling simple. I've gone to plein air festivals before, and painted in several sizes, which was a pain to have frames in every size.
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:38 PM
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Re: Traveling with frames to distant plein air events?

Thanks for your replies. Those are all sensible suggestions. I hadn't thought of shipping frames directly to the venue. Good idea!

That said, I wish Jerry's plein air frames weren't so heavy! If I don't sell everything, I've got to lug them back in a suitcase -- ugh. I suppose this is a question for a different thread, but is there a place to shop for nice-looking plein air frames that aren't so heavy?

Once again, I appreciate your taking the time to reply. Thanks!
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Re: Traveling with frames to distant plein air events?

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I've got to lug them back in a suitcase

So ship them back in the same box you sent them in.
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