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View Rebecca Schweiger's work at Walter Wickiser Gallery in Chelsea this fall from September 30th to October 25th. Enjoy an opening reception on Thursday, October 5th from 6pm-8pm. Also on view, are artists Aima Saint Hunon and Yu Zhang. 

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The time has come to move your beloved artwork, and you couldn’t be more nervous.


There are a multitude of websites, articles, and how-to guides available to help prepare your artwork for a big move. Some examples include Life + Storage and Wheaton World Wide Moving. Both websites offer useful tips, such as considering the value of your art and choosing the right supplies for the task. Each guide offers unique tips and tricks, but few online resources make the process as simple as you’d like.


Whether you’re visiting an art show, changing homes, or moving your pieces to a studio, packing up artwork can be stressful and scary - even if you didn’t craft it yourself.


Follow these four tips for a simple, stress-free moving process.


  1. Use Cardboard and Tissue Paper


According to Moving.Tips, you should start with a large sheet of cardboard or packing paper. Lay the material on the floor or a table. Ensure the space you’ve set aside is large enough for your heftiest piece of artwork. Then, place the piece in the middle and begin wrapping carefully. Artwork can be touchy, and you don’t want to take any risks. If necessary, ask for assistance from a close friend or family member.


Once the piece is wrapped, secure the edges with packing tape. This should be done as tightly as possible, with your focus on safety - not presentation. Use extra sheets of cardboard or packing paper, if necessary. Continue this process until you can comfortably say a trip down the stairs won’t break your piece. Repeat until all of your artwork is wrapped.


  1. Add Bubble Wrap


Next, you’ll need to add a layer of bubble wrap around the initial paper or cardboard wrapping. Secure this layer with packing tape. This will be the outermost layer of protection, so consider multiple layers of bubble wrap if you feel uncomfortable. When it comes to wrapping artwork, money spent on supplies is far less important than losing an irreplaceable piece.


Finally, add corner protectors for paintings or artwork with sharp edges.


  1. Obtain Transportation Boxes and Packing Peanuts


Spend as much time as possible finding the right transportation boxes for your pieces. You don’t want to use an oversized box that will leave too much room for jostling around in the moving truck. Instead, measure your artwork and find boxes with dimensions just two or three inches larger than your measurements.


After you’ve found a suitable transportation box and wrapping is complete, slowly place your piece into the box. Fill any open spaces with packing peanuts. Remember, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for help if the piece is too heavy for you to transfer on your own.


  1. Remind Your Movers About Valuable Items


When moving day comes, remind your movers about valuable items - in addition to labeling the box with large and clear font. If you don’t feel comfortable allowing movers to handle your artwork, consider moving the piece(s) yourself with the assistance of a friend or family member. You can rent or borrow a van. You can also use your personal vehicle, if you have enough room in the backseat or trunk. Learn more about additional protection and supplies through The Spruce.


There are few things you can overdo when it comes to moving expensive or priceless artwork. Whether you made the piece yourself or purchased the piece from someone else, the value is far higher than your clothing or books. Work through the process carefully and take it step-by-step. You’ll have your artwork transported and safely unpacked before you know it.


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Ms. Lyons created DIYDarlin to share her DIY knowledge and serve as a forum to learn from other DIYers.


 

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Next time you want to host a creative and unique event, think of The Art Studio NY! Art is for every age, and we can accommodate a birthday party for children all the way to a senior citizen painting party! We even host Bachelorette Painting Parties, which are always a blast! In recent years, we've enjoyed bringing our art classes to many corporations in the Manhattan area. This fun activity helps coworkers bond and creates a different atmosphere from the regular office.  

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We had such a great time this month spending time and creating with Arcesium in Midtown Manhattan. The creative event included a mix of new employees, and people that have been part of Arcesium for many years. Together with Arcesium, we coordinated a fantastic even which split the team into 7 groups of 4 people in each group. The different teams were mixed in order to allow people in the company to meet other people they may not regularly interact with. Each group was then allowed to pick an image they wanted to paint, then the paint was split into 4 paints, almost like a puzzle!  

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Published in Manhattan Sideways in June 2016.  

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Art isn't just for museums or your living room. ART is everywhere. Even small objects like our phones and are shoes require artistic and creative skills. Even our STREETS have become masterpieces. Here are a few spots where you will find incredible STREET ART.  

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Merge your brain's left and right hemispheres, and you will get an ARTrepreneur, a business savvy go-getter that is dedicated to making our world a better place through creativity and heART. Recently, Business Coach, CEO of The Round Table Business, and a very pleased art student from one of my prior painting retreats in Italy, Rena DeLevie (Her clients? Think JCrew, JPMorganChase, Cole Haan, and my personal favorite, David Yurman) shot me a quick email with a list of ARTrepreneur business questions about The Art Studio NY. In a nutshell, Rena's email asked me how important questions about how I built my art business in New York City. She was hoping to receive answers that would ultimately help her in coaching a new up-and-coming musician. 

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I must confess, I love throwing things away. The physical and emotional act of letting go floods my body with a giddy sensation of freedom and weightlessness that is a true delight! On the contrary, the sight of endless emails in my inbox pumps anxiety through my veins, and an overload of physical objects, papers and tchotchkies just make me plain dizzy. As my dear mother would say, "Why do you need that? It's just going to collect dust. Get rid of it!" I couldn't agree more. At this stage of my life, I realize that the "things" I need the most are within me, right inside of my heART. That's where I store my most valuable treasures. 

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I've lost count as to how many times I've witnessed this exact sequence of ever-changing emotional terrain in my New York art studioAnd now that I got your attention by using the word fuck, insert the word "life" for the word "painting". "I love my life, I hate my life, I fucked up my life. What should I do now with my life?!?! HELP." 

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