About two and a half years after we bought it, my baby, our first Dorset print Owls in Moonlight by Ningeokuluk Teevee, is finally hanging on our walls.
They're bloody big buggers, aren't they? That's Grand Entrance by Kenojuak Ashevak on the close wall, in case you were wondering.
This all happened remarkably quick considering how many years we hemmed and hawed on getting it sent back to Iqaluit. At first we had no wall space. Then there was the concern about it getting damaged when it was shipped up. Then we were worried it would cost a fortune.
In the end, none of that turned out to be a problem. We took the advice of a few people who said to contact Spurrell Gallery and talked to them about boxing up the print. Well, the price they asked was not only insanely reasonable, Myra also did some checking for us and managed to get the print shipped from St. John's to Iqaluit via Air Canada Cargo/First Air. The total cost for packaging and air freight for the whole thing was around $250.
Considering I thought it would cost closer to $500 just for the shipping, I'm over the moon. Plus she did a fantastic job with the packaging. Lots of layers of cardboard and styrofoam. Plus she did criss-cross layers of tape across the glass to protect the print in case the glass broke. The only way that was going to break is if someone handling it went out of their way to harm it.
So if you need someone to package and ship a framed print from St. John's, I highly recommend Spurrell Gallery. They did a great job.
Now my print is finally hanging on the walls and looks great. It makes me happy in a way only that great art hanging on your wall can do. And the best part is that as big as it is, there's still enough room on the wall to get another one. So when do the 2010 Dorset prints go on sale, I wonder...
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3. I will follow - U2*
4. 40 ft - Franz Ferdinand
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