The Framemakers Art Gallery
Since 2014, The Framemakers has dedicated wall and window space to celebrate creative works by local and regional artists. Need a great gift idea? Try original local art!
On display now until July 13th: Visual Echoes 2018
Photography by John Meader, and an electronic slide show by Pat Groleau
Photography by Chad Tracy in our opposite window
Indoors we have a compilation of works by Waterville Area Art Society artists
These are the Society's submissions for their annual themed project, "Reflections"
Zen Journals in our display case
Earrings and Greeting Cards by the Framemakers Staff
Small Window Display
Large Window Display
Are you an artist interested in displaying with us? We'd love to see your work! Following is our gallery guidelines.
1. Spaces are available in two month intervals. Shows and receptions for 2018 are as follows:
- January 15 to March 13, reception February 9
- March 15 to May 12, reception April 13
- May 15 to July 13, reception June 8
- July 16 to September 13, reception August 10
- September 15 to November 13, reception October 12
- November 15 to January 12, reception December 14
We have wall space, two storefront windows, and a display case.
- Display Case 69" x 19". Top and bottom shelf 69"x 19". Middle glass shelf 69" x 9.5"
- Single Wall Space approx. 4 feet x 4 feet
- Double Wall Space approx. 8 feet x 4 feet
- Small Display Window approx. 16 feet long x 8 feet tall x 4 feet wide
- Large Display Window: Same as small window but with large projections surrounding an alcove.
Wall spaces can roughly hold the equivalent of five 16" x 20" framed pieces. Relatively, the smaller the pieces, the more you can display (12-19 8" x 10" pieces); the bigger the pieces, the fewer. See photo examples of past displays for a better idea about amount of work.
Our display windows can hold a large amount of artwork; we recommend you stop by and see for yourself. Artists are encouraged to create dynamic window displays using both the wall and floor space, incorporating props and even showing work in progress. We have some easels and pedestals for use. Let's talk about what you need.
We will hang all 2D wall art. We typically exhibits 5 to 6 artists per rotation. Artists may reserve two spaces in a rotation.
2. Providing samples
If you are new to the Framemakers, please present samples of your work, a link to an online gallery, or e-mail images to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. The samples you present must represent the work you wish to display. Please keep artwork at a tasteful level: no erotic or violent images. Tasteful nudes are acceptable. Final decisions about what is included lies with The Framemakers.
3. Costs per two-month rotation
- Display Case $30
- Wall Single Space $30 ($25 for members of the Waterville Area Art Society and Common Street Arts)
- Wall Double Space $60 ($50 for members of the Waterville Area Art Society and Common Street Arts)
- Small Window $90
- Large Window $120
This fee goes toward promotion and helps fund the reception (food, drinks, live entertainment) for all the artists involved. For works that are sold, the split is 70% artist / 30% gallery. Artist checks are issued at the end of the rotation.
While on display, artists will be given a 10% professional discount on any custom framing of their artwork. (WAAS and CSA members will continue to get their usual discount).
5. Hanging requirements
Artwork must meet framing standards for hanging in a gallery. While we do not require artwork be framed by us, we do ask that artists adhere to our high quality standards on their framing. Frames and canvases must be wired and ready to hang (i.e. with two eye screws and steel wire). Saw-tooth hangers, "clip" frames, easel backs or unstable frames are not acceptable for installation. Metal frames must be like the Nielsen-style locking system. Mats must be clean. Works that fail to meet these specifications will not be accepted.
6. Artist identification
Pieces should be labeled on the back with the following information: artist's name, title, media and price (remember to factor in the Framemakers 30% commission).
Insurance/inventory forms are required for all pieces of art and must be revised if an artist changes out artwork. Insurance forms can be downloaded here in PDF format. (See page 4)
Framemakers will create wall labels from your insurance/inventory form to match the labels on the back of each piece.
Artists must deliver their work two or three days before the rotation start date. ALL artwork must be delivered at the same time. This enables us to hang your work cohesively, maximizes our curator's time, and allows us to adhere to advertised exhibit dates. Artists may bring a couple of extra pieces to replace work that sells. These extra works will be placed in safe storage and will fill the space as needed.
When delivering artwork, you are encouraged to provide an artist statement and/or bio, printed on 8.5" x 11" paper (or e-mail it to us before delivery) and business cards. Our customers love to take business cards!
We host an artist reception on the second Friday of the month following installation to promote the exhibit. Receptions are from 5:30-7:30 pm and include food, refreshments, and music. These events are excellent exposure for the displaying artists and usually draw a large crowd. We welcome you to invite your friends and family!
We will promote the artists' work on local event pages, social media sites, as well as print media (when applicable) and encourage you to share the event with your own e-mail and social media contacts! To assist in our promotional designs, please send a short description of your work and one to two high resolution images to our shop e-mail preferably a week before show start.
12. Pick up for artwork is by the 13th of the month.
If you are unable to pick up at the appropriate time, call ahead to make short term storage arrangements at 207-872-8927. A storage fee may apply. If the 13th falls on a Sunday, then pick-up will occur either Saturday or the following Monday.