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Exhibit disasters... and before Hersh got there on Tuesday..

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun May 25, 2008 6:44 am


I was out in St Joe dealing with an exhibit disaster :!: It would seem that despite the reassurances of the UPS guys in New Providence, NJ who did the packing that you could throw a large 20x30 framed print off a building without having any damage simply wasn't enough. We were trying to decide if A) Someone just stepped in the middle of the print going to get something else off a truck; B) Whether something in the load shifted and feel on it, or C) the gorillas saw the fragile and glass labels and just HAD to see if they could do it in. Judge for yourself from the following pair of pictures how well it was done in!

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Photos above courtesy of Tami Gadbois, Krasl Art Center, St Joseph, MI.

The old adage is, "The show must go on," and it did. Fortunately all of my large format prints are done by Kalamazoo Color Lab (Kalcolor.com) in Kalamazoo. I called Jamie Kavanaugh the owner and had a 20x30 replacement print by 11 AM the next morning. The gals at Waterfront Framing and Fine Art, who I've worked with for years had the mat boards and frame molding and by Thursday afternoon, a new 20x30 print was ready to hang for the exhibit opening reception on Friday night.

Tami Gadbois, the new exhibit curator at St Joe was hanging this as her first exhibit and, needless to say, was pretty distressed at having to deal with this sort of problem her first time out, but, all things considered, she handled it with a great deal of aplomb.

Meanwhile, back to Tuesday... I hadn't planned on shooting in St Joe on Tuesday evening, but after going out to see the damage and to start making arrangements to get a replacement print made I was there and went to the top of the dunes in Tiscornia Park to decompress from the UPS shipping debacle. The late afternoon sky was SPECTACULAR :!: :!: :!: Below is a sample. More later and I'll upload some photos of the exhibit.

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I guess if there's a moral to this story, INSURE YOUR WORK TO THE HILT whenever you have to ship something for an exhibit. All of the eight boxes shipped to St Joe for the exhibit were heavily insured. I don't have an answer back form UPS yet, but they packed it for shipment so they can't dodge liability for this one :!:
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun May 25, 2008 6:53 am


Gary, the first 2 photos are gut-wrenching, especially when you have a deadline!

However, the third photo, as you know, is definitely a new favorite of mine and is absolutely breathtaking! Thank you! :D And thank goodness for your "support group"!!!!
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Postby Blacktphoto » Sun May 25, 2008 7:22 am


Sorry to hear of your trouble Gary.

When I first started working for my current employer I worked under a shipping manager who affectionately referred to the parcel shippers as "The Samsonite Gorilla." My bet therefore is on disaster Theory C.

We actually had a customer call us stating they've received items damaged that were made of 1/8th inch thick stainless steel.

Hopefully the rest of the show will be smooth sailing.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun May 25, 2008 8:00 am


Thanks, Leah and John. I tend to agree with you on damage theory "C", John, although Diane's husband at Waterfront Framing was favoring "A" as he has frequently seen the delivery drivers walking across boxes to get to other boxes that they have to unload. When the prints were shipped to me from KalColor, they constructed a box screwed together with 1x6 sides and 1/4" plywood top and bottom that were screwed in place. They were taking no chances on step 1 of the journey toward the exhibit.

In any case, below is a fisheye view of the exhibit with all but one of the prints within the field of view of the lens. I'll post more prints of the exhibit as I get them downsized. On the whole, I was quite happy with the exhibit and the turnout for the opening reception was super :!:

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Postby Hersh » Sun May 25, 2008 10:14 am


Surely a lesson to be learned about shipping prints.... But the show did go on, and it did go well.

We stayed for only a short time, but there were a lot of people there and all seemed to be enjoying the Mad Scientist's work. There were two other displays open, one by a painter who uses geometric shapes to paint landscapes, some pretty nice stuff. The other one was supposed to be sculpture, but it was basically thin metal rods bent around things in wood boxes. That doesn't exactly convey the feel of the work, but it's good enough. I didn't think it very creative or worthy of an exhibition. No doubt Gary's photos were the best part of the show.
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun May 25, 2008 1:24 pm


Thanks, Hersh.

Here are some photos that were shot in the exhibit on Friday before the opening reception.

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The individual images are also posted on my website at the following link:

http://www.coastalbeacons.com/Krasl_exh ... allery.htm
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun May 25, 2008 1:39 pm


For those who don't live close enough to St Joe...

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Postby Grover1 » Sun May 25, 2008 8:21 pm


Ok ... so what's the word I am searching for ... not really supernatural ... maybe superterrestial? Gary, I'm looking at your unintended reflected translucent image hovering midsky over the pillar of light ... provokes an eerie, almost Lourdes-like iconic quality ...

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Of course, maybe I am looking a little too hard :wink:

This is just a little different than the setting in Clinton where I last saw some of your work hung ...

Hope the turnout is magnificent ... the work surely is!
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon May 26, 2008 5:39 am


I believe that might be the Mad Scientist himself, Barry........... :lol: Nothing supernatural, just well, super-imposed................ :mrgreen:

Seeing the artwork that is displayed at the KRASL exhibit, I can't help but feel that anyone who has visited the gallery HAS to have left wanting more! I would like to see a gallery just FILLED with Gary's photos! And I'm sure I'm not alone in that. :D
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Postby Tybeeisland48 » Mon May 26, 2008 9:33 pm


Gary...what a great honor to share this space with other artists.
But Leah is right...you need to be able to fill your own gallery!

I feel very fortunate to have many of your prints, and your extremely creative digital works of art!
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Postby Gary Martin » Tue May 27, 2008 4:02 pm


Thanks, Leah, Pam, and Barry.

As for the reflection... that would be the criminally insane sasquatch that Hersh captured in a photo last Tuesday night....
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Postby Biggy » Wed May 28, 2008 8:17 pm


Very nice stuff, Gary .... of course, with the exception of your aformentioned debacle.

I can't stand using UPS for anything. I once had a major shipping debacle in which they lost two boxes of a whole slew of mouse pads and coasters sent from my supplier two weeks ahead of a three-day craft show I was scheduled to do just before Christmas. UPS never found one of the boxes, but the other showed up a week after the show, and with half the product, mostly the ceramic tile coasters, broken in pieces.

As for your gallery display ... simply beautiful work, as we've come to expect from you.

And I too was wondering about that sasquatch reflection. LOL :lol: That's really impressive.
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Postby Terry Forrest » Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:25 pm


I have been lucky enough to have seen a cuople gallery shows of just Gary's work and it truly is BIG-TIME impressive! Seeing the pictures on-line is good but in person is 1,000 times better!

Knowing you, I'll believe that you WILL get reimbursed from UPS and hope that it will be without too much further hassles with them.

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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:28 pm


Well, FedEx showed up at home this afternoon coincident when I got home from work. I ended up helping the FedEx driver unload 8 large shipping boxes wtih the framed prints from the exhibit at the Krasl Art Center in St Joe. Guess the exhibit is officially over when the prints have come home.

Yep, after a month of hasseling with UPS, they did cut me a check for the full amount of the framed print that they trashed. But what a pain, particularly given that the UPS store packed the print :!: Oh well, life goes on...
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Postby Denise17 » Fri May 22, 2009 12:26 am


Gary Martin wrote:I was out in St Joe dealing with an exhibit disaster :!: It would seem that despite the reassurances of the UPS guys in New Providence, NJ who did the packing that you could throw a large 20x30 framed print off a building without having any damage simply wasn't enough. We were trying to decide if A) Someone just stepped in the middle of the print going to get something else off a truck; B) Whether something in the load shifted and feel on it, or C) the gorillas saw the fragile and glass labels and just HAD to see if they could do it in. Judge for yourself from the following pair of pictures how well it was done in!

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Photos above courtesy of Tami Gadbois, Krasl Art Center, St Joseph, MI.

The old adage is, "The show must go on," and it did. Fortunately all of my large format prints are done by Kalamazoo Color Lab (Kalcolor.com) in Kalamazoo. I called Jamie Kavanaugh the owner and had a 20x30 replacement print by 11 AM the next morning. The gals at Waterfront Framing and Fine Art, who I've worked with for years had the mat boards and frame molding and by Thursday afternoon, a new 20x30 print was ready to hang for the exhibit opening reception on Friday night.

Tami Gadbois, the new exhibit curator at St Joe was hanging this as her first exhibit and, needless to say, was pretty distressed at having to deal with this sort of problem her first time out, but, all things considered, she handled it with a great deal of aplomb.

Meanwhile, back to Tuesday... I hadn't planned on shooting in St Joe on Tuesday evening, but after going out to see the damage and to start making arrangements to get a replacement print made I was there and went to the top of the dunes in Tiscornia Park to decompress from the UPS shipping debacle. The late afternoon sky was SPECTACULAR :!: :!: :!: Below is a sample. More later and I'll upload some photos of the exhibit.

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I guess if there's a moral to this story, INSURE YOUR WORK TO THE HILT whenever you have to ship something for an exhibit. All of the eight boxes shipped to St Joe for the exhibit were heavily insured. I don't have an answer back form UPS yet, but they packed it for shipment so they can't dodge liability for this one :!:


:arrow: :!: An exhibit disaster? What are you trying to say?
Hmmm... Can you explain it further?



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