St. Augustine Art Association’s Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – It’s that time of year. The time for the St. Augustine Art Association’s Nature & Wildlife Exhibition. After missing the 2017 exhibition, I am very happy to have a painting in this year’s show. To ship my artwork from my home in New Jersey to St. Augustine, Florida, I used the MasterPak Box. I’ve found it to be a very reliable and reusable box for shipping delicate artwork. The MasterPak box features three layers of foam with a puncture shield just inside the cardboard of the box. The center foam has perforated square that allows the artist to tear away just the perfect shape square or rectangle to give the artwork a tighter fit inside the box.

My painting of the Golden Eagle will be on display until August 26th at the St. Augustine Art Association located at 22 Marine St. St. Augustine, FL. The opening reception is on Saturday, July 21st from 5-8pm. If you are in the area, please attend the reception. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - Here is the painting that will be on display at the St. Augustine Art Association.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – Here is the painting that will be on display at the St. Augustine Art Association.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - A close up of the MasterPak center foam. The center foam layer is perforated so the artist can break away just the correct space for their artwork for a tight, secure fit.
A close up of the MasterPak center foam. The center foam layer is perforated so the artist can break away just the correct space for their artwork for a tight, secure fit.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - Here is the center foam layer after tearing away the perfect shape to fit my painting.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – Here is the center foam layer after tearing away the perfect shape to fit my painting.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - The center foam layer with my painting on top (back of painting).
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – The center foam layer with my painting on top (back of painting).

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - Here is the painting with the center foam layer beneath it.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – Here is the painting with the center foam layer beneath it.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - The inside of the MasterPak box. Just beneath the outer foam is a puncture resistant shield just inside of the cardboard.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – The inside of the MasterPak box. Just beneath the outer foam is a puncture resistant shield just inside of the cardboard.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - The outside of the MasterPak box.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – The outside of the MasterPak box.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - The MasterPak Box showing the middle and bottom layer of foam.
St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 – The MasterPak Box showing the middle and bottom layer of foam.

St Augustine Art Association Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition 2018 - My Golden Eagle painting boxed up and ready to go to UPS to be shipped to the St. Augustine Art Association.
My Golden Eagle painting boxed up and ready to go to UPS to be shipped to the St. Augustine Art Association.

To read about how the Golden Eagle gouache painting was created from pencil sketch to finished signature, please refer to this series of posts.

St. Augustine Art Association’s 7TH Annual Nature Wildlife Exhibit

St. Augustine Art Association's 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition. Attaching the hanging wire on one of my paintings.
St. Augustine Art Association’s 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition. Attaching the hanging wire on one of my paintings.
St. Augustine Art Association's 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition. Two of my paintings that were selected for the St. Augustine Art Association's 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition are framed and ready to be boxed for shipping.
Two of my paintings that were selected for the St. Augustine Art Association’s 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition are framed and ready to be boxed for shipping.
St. Augustine Art Association's 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition. My framed painting inside the MasterPak box. Notice how well the painting fits inside the cushion.
St. Augustine Art Association’s 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition. My framed painting inside the MasterPak box. Notice how well the painting fits inside the cushion.
St. Augustine Art Association's 7th Annual Wildlife Nature Exhibition
MasterPak boxes come with cushioning that is made up of small perforated squares that you tear away to create a custom fit for your artwork. Genius!

St Augustine Art Associations 7TH Annual Nature Wildlife Exhibit – Fortunately, I have had two paintings selected to take part in the St. Augustine Art Association’s 7TH Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibition. This juried exhibition has been featured by the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery once a year for the last seven years. Now I have the privilege of exhibiting my artwork in this year’s show.

Being a New Jersey resident, this requires shipping my paintings to the gallery in St. Augustine, Florida. Once delivered, they can hang them and arrange them suitably with the fine artwork of all the other artists. To safely ensure the delivery of my artwork and make a good first impression, I purchased custom art shipping boxes from MasterPak.

MasterPak (http://www.masterpak-usa.com) has a great website that allows you to choose the correct box for your painting based on the framed width, height and thickness of your framed artwork. Additionally, each box is rated by a crush weight and have puncture proof barriers on the inside. MasterPak boxes contain three foam cushions. There is one cushion for the top. One in the middle which surrounds the framed artwork. And there is one cushion on the bottom. Also, one of the best features of the MasterPak boxes is that the center foam cushion inside is perforated into squares. This allows you to tear out a section of the middle cushion giving your artwork a custom fit inside the box. MasterPak recommends that you keep that section that was removed so you can use the box again for a different sized piece of art.

My hope is that my paintings will sell. The St. Augustine Art Association will be very happy and the boxes will return to me empty. The exhibition runs from July 23rd to August 28th. Please stop by if you are in the St. Augustine, Florida area during that time and check out the exhibition. I’ll be there for the opening reception on Saturday evening, July 23rd so please stop in and say hello.

St Augustine Art Associations 7TH Annual Nature Wildlife Exhibit