Hi! Davis here! I’ve taken over the blog from Arlene this week. I wanted to write about something that is an extremely important part of being an art collector and owner: insuring your art.
Every week we get numerous questions from collectors and owners about art including: how to sell art, what to look for when framing your art, and the best way to take care of your art. Another imperative topic is how to protect your art, specifically by insuring it.
I spoke with Anne Gundlach, owner of the Anne Gundlach State Farm Agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, to find out all of the details that art owners need to know when insuring their art.
If you’ve read our blogs, you know that Lenny and I recently sold our large home and have moved to a smaller one. Part of the whole buying-selling ordeal, I mean opportunity, was the use of Listingbook.com, a very handy web site for the real estate industry. Our realtor helped us put in the parameters we were searching for – price range, number of bedrooms, area of town, etc. Every day, we got an email update with new listings, price changes and open houses for homes meeting our specifications.
Also on the website is a list of “Preferred Providers” – movers, carpet dealers, painters, insurance agents, home inspection services – the agent has vetted. You name it – if it’s something you need in the process of buying, selling or moving into or out of a home, it’s on the list.
EXCEPT – art restoration and hanging services. That’s an oversight we hope to remedy.
Hanging a beautiful piece of art in a dark corner is an injustice to the art and a missed opportunity to show the painting at its best. It would be like going to a party looking drop-dead gorgeous and finding out the venue is a very dark room where you can barely be seen. No one can appreciate how great you look. What a waste!
The best way to light the art is from the ceiling, but that isn’t always possible. You may have very high ceilings or there may be no access to a power source. If that’s the case, another alternative is a picture light. Picture lights are mounted to the back of the frame and light the image.