24 Hour Approval - This is a great option for those who find themselves unsure whether a piece fits their needs. The piece will be released to you under the stipulation that it will either stay with you and be purchased or returned to the gallery the following business day by 5 pm.
Art Consultation - River Gallery offers a range of consultative services to those seeking original works of art for the home or corporate setting. Whether the need is renovating an existing space or moving into a new home or office, original artwork completes and personalizes the environment, making it one's own. Properly chosen artwork in the office can also enrich the work atmosphere for both employees and customers, helping to create a productive and appealing ambiance.
River Gallery can assist in the selection, placement and installation of artwork in the home or business.
Our corporate and residential art consultations include:
-Initial site visit to discuss preferences and tastes, company image and budget
-Analysis of floor plans and locations for artwork
-Presentation of suggested artwork either at River Gallery or your residence or business office
River Gallery is available to work with your designer or architect.
Commissioned Pieces - Commissioned works can be created especially for your requirements and tastes.
Many of our artists are available to work on commissions. The process usually begins with a consultation between the client, the gallery representative and the artist. Portraiture usually involves a combination of live sittings with use of photographs. For landscapes, several of the gallery's artists are able to work from photographs to create that special painting for the buyer.
At River Gallery, we are confident with each of our artists' ability to create your specific requirements and will continue to work to ensure your satisfaction of the finished commission.
Customer History - River Gallery keeps records of customer purchase history for your future reference.
Email List - Sign up to receive emails about exhibits, promotions and artist demonstrations.
Gift Cards - Bluff View Art District gift cards are a great way to shop for someone who has everything! Cards may be purchased in any amount and can be used at River Gallery or in the Bluff View Art District. Please contact the gallery directly for gift card purchases.
Gift Registry - River Gallery is a great place to find one of a kind art works for that one of a kind couple. We are pleased to assist you in registering for special occasions. Let us help you find the perfect gift for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or other future events.
Complimentary Gift Wrapping on all purchases made at River Gallery
Layaway - River Gallery offers a layaway option for our customers. Payment schedule will be set up by gallery staff with customer needs in mind. Please contact the gallery directly for this payment option.
Shipping/Handling - River Gallery will pack and ship work via UPS, USPS and FedEx, per customer request. Shipping and handling is a separate charge.
Special Requests - If one of our artists is able to recreate a piece that we no longer carry, we are happy to contact them upon special request.
Wish Lists - Create a personal "Wish List" and record your favorite pieces. This record will be on file for you or someone you have in mind while shopping.
Developing an Art Collection
River Gallery provides a source for, and assists its clients in collecting quality fine art, sculpture and craft. We encourage our clients to enjoy what they collect.
Meaningful collections may eventually be willed to family members, bequeathed to museums or sold through auction. A collection can consist of a diversified body of paintings, sculpture or craft, or it can be developed as a thematic collection.
Examples of thematic collections include:
- Work from a particular era in U.S. or another country's history
- The work of one particular artist throughout his/her career
- Work in one particular medium or one particular subject
- Only traditional or only contemporary works
- Art that tells stories ("narrative" work)
- The work of a particular group of artists or school
Some questions to ask when considering an artist's work for your collection might be:
- Is the artist well-trained and does the work exemplify accomplished technique?
- Will this artist's credentials be recognized outside of the immediate geographic area?
Obtaining biographical information on artists that you are interested in collecting is important. Information sources may include galleries, museums, libraries and fine art publications.
Visit galleries and museums to familiarize yourself with art that is available and that you may want to collect. Research in the Fine Arts Department of the public library, over the Internet, or through relevant publications, will provide additional information on what is available and what interests you.
Suggested Fine Arts Publications:
American Art Review, American Craft, Art in America, ArtNews, Glass Magazine
Suggestions for Collectors:
- Visit galleries and museums (learn what you like and where you are comfortable)
- Learn about artwork and art processes
- Go to exhibit openings (meet artists, dealers and other collectors)
- Sign up to receive calls/mailings
- Research the artist's credentials
- Identify the artist's best work
- Know about the art process
- Consider the environment in which you will display the work
- Get to know your dealer
- Buy what you like (do not buy art as an "investment")
- Record every acquisition (request a Certificate of Purchase on major purchases)
- If you do not see what you are looking for, ASK
As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.
-Marshall McLuhan, philosopher (1911-80)