How to Care for Artwork and Pictures

How to Hang Your Pictures

In a sit-down area, hang your pictures lower so that people sitting can enjoy them—approximately 6 inches from the top of the chesterfield to the bottom of the picture. Smaller pictures may have to be hung higher unless they are hung in a grouping that works with the space.

In a standing or walking area, hang pictures at eye level to the centre of the picture.

Use J-hook hangars, that are weight and size appropriate to hang the wire of the picture on the wall. The nail goes in at an angle for full support and a wall stud does not have to be hit.

Place rubber bumpers on the bottom 2 corners of the back of the picture. This will create an air space between your picture and the wall and also stop your picture from moving left to right.

These are general hanging tips and your circumstances may differ. Larger pictures may require 2 J-hook hangars or a larger hangar. Security clips are also available.

How to Clean Your Pictures

Washing the glass on your pictures:

Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to clean and dry the glass.

Spray an ammonia-free glass cleaner onto the cloth and wipe the glass. It is recommended that the cleaner not be sprayed directly onto the glass as the cleaner could drip down into the edge of the frame and into the mat and the picture.

Cleaning your picture frames:

Again, use a clean, soft lint free cloth.

Wood Frames can be treated like Fine Furniture. Wash the frame using water on a damp cloth and then fine furniture polish can be applied. It is recommended to spray the cloth not the frame to avoid water or furniture polish seeping into the edges of the picture frame. Metal frames can be washed with warm water and a mild detergent then dried. Again, spray the cloth not the frame.

Artist Photo - Dean McLeod

Artist Spotlight

Dean McLeod

Walk into Dean McLeod’s studio and your reaction to his artwork is likely to be a verbal and visceral “wow”. You are struck at once by the paintings visually deceptive spaces and the rich color of the saturated canvasses. Objects are depicted in a style that could be termed as “contemporary representational”. Handmade frames adorn each painting. Built from a wide variety of materials, the frames are an integral part of the artwork.

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