Gallery Services – Fleet Galleries Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:06:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Custom Framing Wed, 13 May 2015 16:24:27 +0000 The right frame can transform your art into a more powerful experience for your audience, but the wrong frame can ruin even the finest piece.  So how do you know if you are choosing the right frame?  Well, like your artwork itself, selecting a frame is more “art” than “science.”  There are no hard and fast rules for finding what’s going to look good.  The most reliable way to choose the right frame is to choose the right framer.

A professional framer knows from experience and instinct, which frames will work best with your particular piece.  Like an artist, a good framer has a good eye, understands the elements of contrast, composition, and colour.  We can help you sort through various design combinations to choose a beautiful frame that works with your art, its environment, and your budget.

At Fleet Galleries, we have over 1,000 INNOVATIVE FRAME DESIGNS TO CHOOSE FROM, so you can be sure your art is shown with style!  If you are looking for creative alternatives to traditional frames, be sure to ask about our new arrivals.  We bring in new samples weekly.

Metal Frames

If you’re framing larger-scale pieces—abstracts, photographs, or posters—most often the frames that will best enhance your artwork will be metal.  Metal frames tend to be sleek, simple and modern—a good compliment to modern art and most photography.  The minimalist look of metal can help “finish” the piece, without taking away from the artwork itself.  Because metal can have a “cold” appearance, it’s important to consult with your framer regarding the different colours and finishes so that your choice of metal frame compliments the artwork.

We keep a diverse inventory of metal frames on hand, along with a selection of hard-to-find styles not available anywhere else in Winnipeg.  Bring in your piece and TRY OUR SAMPLE FRAMES to get an idea of what will work best for you, and your art.

Wood Frames

If you are hanging watercolours, oils or reproductions, and depending on the size and style of your artwork, wood frames can be a good place to start the frame selection process.  Wood frames come in a wide variety of sizes, patterns and colours, with almost unlimited choices of finish.  For added impact, consider a moulded wood frame.  Ask your framer about this unique style.  For oil paintings, we recommend using a special mat, called a “liner,” to compliment the frame.  Choosing a small liner means you can use a wider frame, and using a wider liner will enable you to use a narrow profile frame.  For a more dramatic look for abstract oils, try a deep profile metal frame.  We have many examples of framed artwork in the Gallery—come and visit us, and see for yourself!

Our collection of wood frames is made up of distinctive designs and styles from the world’s best frame suppliers.  From New York, Rome, and Paris, we are continually adding to our inventory with the most sought after frame designs, so you can select from the best.  Let us help you make your choice—bring in your art, or call us for an on-site consultation to make sure your frame complements your piece and enhances your collection.


The mat is the material that surrounds your artwork, and provides a “border” between the artwork and the frame.  Its main purpose is to protect your artwork from contacting the glass and the frame, but it also serves as a creative design element to add impact to your piece.  Creative matting can add additional impact to your piece, by providing focus on the work itself.  A wider mat creates an illusion of perspective, adding drama.  A wider mat also reduces the “competition” between you art and its frame, allowing you added framing options.

Whether it’s your living room, boardroom, or gallery, at Fleet Galleries, we can make your art work!

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How to Book a Show Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:30:04 +0000 Book Your Own Show

Why should you have a Show?

If you are an experienced Artist or a new Artist you should consider having a show with us. We offer 2 professional Galleries for local Artists to showcase their work.  As an Artist it is important to have shows in a professional atmosphere so your works can be viewed and considered on a serious level. The hard work that goes into creating and executing a show as well as the feedback you get from your show are important steps in your evolution and development as an artist.

Here at Fleet we  have many people coming in to check out our new shows and permanent collection.  We also have many people coming in for our Custom Framing Service who take the time to look at what’s in the Galleries. This doubles the exposure your works will receive here at Fleet Galleries. We also participate in First Fridays which brings many people into the Galleries.

How to book your own show

If you are an artist and would like to have a show in one of our galleries here is some information to get you started.

The first step is to come down to the Fleet Galleries and meet with one of the owners. It would be best to call ahead of time to make sure one of them is in the building that day. When you meet with them it is important to bring a few pieces of your work and a clear idea of what your show would be like. ex How many pieces, size, content, prices etc.

If it is agreed that we will show your work the next step is to decide which gallery it will go in.

We have 2 Galleries here at Fleet.

-We have the Main Gallery in the front which is approximately 32 ft. x 26ft. . With the Main Gallery there is space to display a couple of pieces in the storefront window as well.

-Then we have the Hallway Gallery which consists of 1 wall approximately 36ft and the other wall is approximately 20ft.

The wait list to show in these galleries varies slightly. It is roughly a 1 and 1/2 year wait.

About 6 months before your show you need to provide us with a title for your show, a couple pictures of your work, a brief write up about yourself and the show as well as a date for the opening reception. This allows us to put it on our website and advertise for your show. We have an email list that we send out to inform our frequent visitors of the Galleries of upcoming shows but, it is also your responsibility to advertise and invite guests to your opening reception and show.

Closer to 1-2 months before the show you should supply us with a poster advertising your show and Opening Reception so we can put it in our window and on our sign. Again this allows us to advertise for your show. Some promotional cards are a good idea as well to have on the counter.

Usually 1 to 2 days prior to your show you need to come set up your pieces. It is up to you to hang and display your work during our hours of operation. However we have lots of experience curating shows and can offer you some advice and help.

When it is time for your opening reception a lot of it is up to you. If you would like food, wine or any refreshments you have to provide them. That includes cups, plates, napkins etc. Someone from the gallery will be here with you to help you with sales and in general throughout the evening.

Finally to discuss fees. There are a couple of options and it is up to the Artist and the Gallery to come to the final decision. We can either take a commission from the work that is sold or we can rent the Gallery spaces with a smaller commission. We rent in 1 week or 2 week intervals. To rent the Main Gallery for 1 week it is $250 and for 2 weeks it is $400. To rent the Hallway Gallery for 1 week it is $150 and for 2 weeks it is $250. If you are renting a Gallery the commission is 20%. If you are not renting we take 40% commission of what is sold. However if you have framed your show with us we will do 30% commission.

Why should you rent or do 40% commission?

There are a few things to consider here.

– How many pieces do you expect to sell?

-If we are going to take the 40% commission you as the artist should take that into consideration when pricing your work.

-If you are going to rent a Gallery you would not have to inflate your prices as much.

After your Show

Once your show is over you are expected to come and pick up your work as soon as possible and we can figure out any sales at that point too.

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Picture Hanging Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:24:37 +0000 Picture Hanging

If you need some help hanging art on your walls at home or at work we provide a picture hanging service and would love to help you out. Our experienced team can help you to decide where to hang your pieces of art and will make sure you are satisfied with the placement of your pieces.

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Stretchers Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:23:46 +0000 Stretchers

If you are looking for a raw stretched canvas to do your next painting or drawing on we can make you a custom one here. We carry a variety of stretcher material to accommodate any size and depth you desire. We can just make the stretcher for you or we can stretch a raw canvas onto it so it is ready to go.

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Jerseys and Sports Memorabilia Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:22:46 +0000 photo 1 (5) photo(1)Jerseys and Sport Memorabilia

If you have an autographed jersey from one of your favourite athletes or would like to showcase one of your own or a loved ones, we can do that. If you have any autographed sports memorabilia we can help you show it off while protecting it. We can even frame up your kids game winning baseball bat or lucky hockey stick.


DID YOU KNOW? that the most popular collectibles increase in value if preserved and displayed using protective frames?  At Fleet Galleries, we are specialists in framing sports memorabilia, especially SPORTS JERSEYS.  We have developed a special mounting and framing technique that ensures your collectables are preserved, and protected against environmental damage.  Come in and see examples of what we have done for some of the biggest sports collectors in Canada.

Thinking about displaying war medals, or military collections?  DID YOU KNOW? that military decorations should be displayed in a special order?  Our war medal consultant—an officer and gentleman from the Naval Museum of Manitoba—advises us on the correct protocol for displaying war medals, so you can be confident you are showing them with pride, honour, and respect.

Bring your collectables down to the studio and we’ll give you a FREE FRAMING CONSULTATION.  We’ll show you our process and equipment, and you can see for yourself how a professional frame can add value to your memorabilia.

To find out more about how we protect your collectables and artwork, visit our section about PROTECTING your Art.

Whether it’s your living room, boardroom, or gallery, at Fleet Galleries, we can make your art work!

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Creative Framing Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:19:51 +0000 photo 3 (3) photo 1 (5)Creative Framing

If you would like to preserve important memorabilia of any kind we can help you by coming up with a creative solution to protect and showcase your personal artifacts. Our decades of experience in the framing industry makes us a great choice to help you create a beautiful and safe way to display your memorabilia.

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