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Storing Art Supplies: Art Supply Storage Tips

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Many artists come to Florida for several months each year to work and create some of their most stunning pieces. Some of the most influential artists in the world work in Florida while living in a cottage by the ocean, while living in a high-rise apartment with a loft for a few months, or while living in a small artists’ community where creative collaboration begets greatness.   For many artists, a temporary change in location during the working months sparks new ideas and new ways of seeing the world. If you’re a traveling artist, you probably have art supplies and projects stored in the different cities you work in. Here’s a useful guide on storing art supplies safely.

Storing Oil Paints

Professional artist-quality oil paint can last for 10 to 20 years or longer if stored properly. In Florida’s climate, the humidity level and heat can cause oil paints to age faster if not stored carefully. Since oil paints are pricey, take precautions when storing them for extended periods of time. Before you store oil paints, unscrew the cap and wipe off any residue paint around the cap with a cloth. Then screw the cap tightly on and store cap end down in a plastic airtight container.

Storing Acrylic Paints

When stored, acrylic paints will not last as long as oil paints, but most can last for 5 or more years if stored properly. Professional-quality acrylic paints can last 10 years or more. First, make sure there isn’t a leak (such as a pinhole) in the tube, as this will ruin the paint and cause it to dry out. If you notice a leak, a small piece of duct tape can prevent air from entering the tube and ruining the paint. To prepare acrylic paints for storage, wipe away any excess paint before storing the tubes, as this paint will dry out and crust over, making it hard to open the tubes again. Store acrylic paints in a waterproof, airtight plastic container.

Watercolor Paint Storage

Watercolor paints can last a few months even on the palate, but you won’t want to leave a dirty palate before packing up for the season. Prep tubes of watercolor paint for storage by wiping excess paint off the caps and dispenser end. Make sure tubes are sealed tight. As long as the paint tubes haven’t dried out, they’ll be just as good as new next season when you need them.

Storing Pencils

The general rule with art pencils and colored art pencils is that the higher the quality of pencil, the more carefully they should be stored.. The primary damages that can occur with pencils is heat damage and moisture damage. Colored pencils with soft wax content (such as Prismacolor® pencils) can melt or lose some of their pigment potency if subjected to extreme changes in temperature for an extended period of time. For example, if they’re left in a box in an un-air-conditioned garage, or left in a hot car. If you have many art pencils (colored or otherwise) consider storing them in a cool, dry place.

Storing Chalk and Charcoal

As long as chalk and charcoal are kept in waterproof and airtight containers, they will last for years and years. Sharp changes in humidity can damage these art supplies so even though they’re quite durable, keeping them in a plastic container with an airtight lid is a wise idea.

Paintbrush Storage

The most important thing to remember when storing paintbrushes is to put them away in good, clean condition. Good paintbrushes are an investment and should be washed and dried carefully right after each use. Prior to  long-term storage, use a brush cleaner rather than just washing the paintbrushes the way you usually do, with water or paint thinner. Paintbrushes should be stored away from leaky paint tubes. Most paintbrushes will store well for many years as long as they are in good condition and impeccably clean when they’re put away.

Storing Partially-Completed Art Canvasses

Unfinished works of art should be stored away from risk of moisture damage, vertically on a canvas storage rack, preferably in a museum-quality storage unit. Make sure the canvas is dry before placing it on a rack.   If you need storage space for your art supplies or art collection, Museo Vault is here to help. Museo Vault offers clean, climate-controlled, and secure art storage units of varying sizes in Miami. To reserve your art storage unit today, contact Museo Vault.

Fine Art Management: The Benefits of Collections Management Services

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Portrait of the curator

Humans collect things. What’s more, we collect things from a young age and continue as we age—from seashells gathered on a beach during a childhood vacation to curating hundreds of pieces in an art museum. Because of this tendency to collect, we all practice some form of collections management. For a child with seashells, it means putting the shells in some sort of order to best facilitate his imaginative play; for a busy stay-at-home mom, it means keeping track of all the accouterments of child rearing; for a building contractor, it means knowing what needs to be done and what obstacles stand in the way of completing a build or remodel; and for art collectors, it means knowing where each fine art piece is at any given moment in time.

But fine art collections management is far more than just knowing where your collection is physically. For dedicated collectors, collections can get so large or unwieldy that other specific tasks related to the care, movement, and distribution of individual pieces become vital. What’s more, you may not have the time or knowledge to adequately take care of an important collection and its needs. This is where professional fine art management services come in.

While you attend to personal or business matters, a collections management service takes care of the following:

  • Procuring, designing, and maintaining proper storage spaces
  • Creating and updating collection inventories
  • Finding and designing exhibition spaces
  • Tracking individual pieces as they are loaned or moved from one place to another
  • Implementing proper insurance policies, including regular assessment of the policies to make sure they always accurately reflect an evolving collection
  • Providing resources for financial appraisals
  • The physical tasks of moving and handling art works and pieces
  • Deciding which pieces require conservation services and when

As a fine art collector, the benefits of a dedicated and experienced collections management service are invaluable. Museo Vault, located in South Florida, offers expert fine art management services, allowing you to enjoy your collection without feeling overly burdened by its needs. Visit our Services page now to get more information about how we can help you manage your valued fine art.

Art Southampton Modern Art Fair: July 9-13, 2015

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Art collectors, critics, designers, curators at VIP Event.Thursday, July 9, 2015 — This weekend kicked off the opening of highly acclaimed international modern art fair Art Southampton. Over 5,00 international art collectors, curators, and art critics who had VIP Preview tickets to this premiere modern art fair filed into Nova’s Ark sculpture fields in Bridgehampton for the early sneak peek at the fourth annual Art Southampton.


Put on by Art Miami, Art Southampton will continue to run through July 13, 2015. Art Southampton has emerged in the last few years as the premiere modern art fair event in the Hamptons and an important international art event. Attendees at Thursday’s opening event were some of the world’s most respected curators, art critics, art collectors, designers, and art advisors. The two-tier, 100,000 square foot pavilion set up in the sculpture grounds houses the most sought after pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. Each day during the art fair, more attendees will be pouring in daily to see the works offered in the modern art arena.


Thursday’s VIP Preview was held to benefit the Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital. It was extremely successful, bringing in over 5,200 guests at the cocktail reception. Art Southampton was founded and put together by Art Miami, presenting work to 85 international art galleries. The New York Academy of Art has an exclusive relationship with Art Southampton and returns to this year’s event with celebrated artist April Gornik, who will be available for book signings.


This year’s fair is being held at:

  • Nova’s Ark Project
  • 60 Millstone Road
  • Bridgehampton, New York

Art Southampton will continue through the weekend, from Noon to 7PM on Friday and Saturday and Sunday and Monday it will close at 6PM. An exclusive discussion with the Editor in Chief of Luxe Interiors + Design will be held during the fair, highlighting the interaction between interior design and contemporary art. This invitation-only event will be held on Friday July 10 in the VIP lounge, at 5PM.


At last year’s event, over 5,000 collectors and art critics attended the contemporary and modern art fair, with total attendance topping 21,000 by the fair’s end. The previous Art Southampton fairs were held at Southampton Elks Lodge grounds. This is the first year Art Southampton has held the event at Nova’s Ark Project.


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