Advantages of investing in a premium Gallery wrapped canvas instead of just a print
- Convenient—Open box. Hang on wall.
- Saves Time—How many times do you buy a print and it sits on a shelf or in a drawer for several years? Your gallery wrap instantly gives you a professional presentation without needing to take it to be matted and framed. Let's face it, we're all busy, and time is money.
- Durable—While I don't advise driving over your purchase, you will find that most gallery wraps are quite durable when given just a little respect.
- Lightweight—A 20x30 gallery wrap is going to be significantly lighter than a framed 20x30 print, making it easy to move from room to room. While I recommended a dry wall anchor for either, two well spaced nails might also do the trick with a canvas. I wouldn't even try that with a heavy framed print.
- Safety—While you don't want a gallery wrap to fall off the wall and hit you in the head, at least you won't have to worry about broken shards of glass.
- Everything Matches—No worries about finding matching frames to your other artwork. While there are subtle visual differences between various gallery wrapped canvases, they won't be nearly as noticeable as a variety of frames on the wall.
- Modern—While gallery wraps have been around for a little while now, they still lend a clean, contemporary look to your room.
Why I use a Minnesota lab
I've ordered gallery wraps from a lot of professional and non-professional labs. Personally, there is a big difference between a pro lab and Target or Costco. Of course price is one, and I've been burned by really crappy gallery wraps—bad color, bad craftsmanship, poor materials. Some people get lucky and have no problems. It's ok. It's a choice. But I need predictable quality. I use White House Custom Color (WHCC) out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a lab for professional photographers. I love the quality and finish of their gallery wraps. I live in Minnesota, and I'm happy to support a Minnesota business.
The slideshow above shows a couple of my gallery wrapped canvases from WHCC. All my new gallery wraps are ordered from here. Orders arrive quickly. No other company I've found does a better job in finishing their gallery wraps. It matters to me that the back is neat and professionally finished, not all jaggedly cut and untidy. The canvas is stretched tight. And they've proven to be durable, in that I transport them back and forth to art fairs. You'll simply be hanging them on your wall.
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How to Care for Your Canvas Gallery Wrap
You’ve made a wonderful choice in having a canvas gallery wrap for your home. Below are just a few key points on how to make sure your gallery wrap remains as beautiful as possible for decades to come!
- LOCATION – I recommend placing the canvas where it will not be in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Though your canvas is sprayed with a UV Protector, over exposure to sunlight can cause discoloration and damage of your print. It is also best to avoid extreme temperatures and humidity. This can cause the canvas to become loose and sag on the stretcher bars. If this occurs just lean your canvas against a soft surface, and mist the open back of your print with warm water. As the canvas dries it will tighten back up.
- CLEANING – If you would need to clean your canvas just use a soft, dry cloth or feather duster and gently wipe away dirt and dust. Do not use any type of cleaning products or other chemical solutions. This may have a reaction with the UV Protection spray.