- You like diverse selection. Unlimited by geography, you’re more likely to discover a wider range of artists and artwork than you might find at your local gallery.
- You appreciate free shipping. Do you like surprises when you go to check out? Neither do we.
- You are reassured by our return policy. Although we don’t exactly encourage it – artwork is delicate and usually one-of-a-kind and the less manhandling the better – you can return a piece you’ve purchased if it really, really doesn’t work for you and we’ll give you your money back.
- You are a patron of the arts. Anybody can go to a big box store and pick up a Van Gogh poster for twenty bucks, but you, no, you have more discerning tastes. You prefer hand-crafted pieces over those spit out of a printer by the thousands. You prefer unique work that won’t be found in every fast food washroom and car mechanic’s waiting area. You prefer to spend your precious art-buying dollars on supporting living, breathing, developing Canadian artists.
- You want to deal with real people. Herringbone Gallery isn’t some soulless Internet behemoth staffed by anonymous, vaguely disgruntled employees. We’re a family business, operating out of what should be the TV room in our house in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, and we believe wholeheartedly in treating our artists and buyers as we would like to be treated.
Short, honest answer: you can’t. Our artists take great pains to ensure the photographs of their work resemble the original as closely as possible, but they judge that by how it looks on their computer monitor, of course, and monitors (not to mention eyeballs) vary widely. Cherry red on one monitor might read as fire engine red on another. Or coral. Or burgundy. Or raspberry.
Admittedly, this could be problematic if perfect colour coordination is super important to you. If the colours really have to match, you should definitely go buy something in person, couch cushion in hand.
If, on the other hand, you’re buying art because you love the subject matter or the artist’s style or the medium in general (and not because you’ve finally found something that goes with that couch) then this is the place for you.
If we were gazillionaire trust-fund dilettantes who were dabbling at this gallery thing for a little something to do between ski vacations, Mediterranean cruises and rehab stints, the answer would be absolutely. Operating Herringbone is a full-time job, however, and we work really, really hard seven days a week to promote our artists and make sure this site does the best possible job of selling their work. The modest commission we receive on each sale pays the NS Power and Eastlink bills so we can continue being here for everyone.
Not at this time. We’re mulling over how to make this idea work, though, and renting may become a possibility at some not-too-distant date. Stay tuned.
If you are the artist: yes. If you are not the artist: no. At this time, we are only interested in representing active artists who can vouch for their own work.
Sure do. Let us know what you’d like at [email protected].
At the moment, we only require our artists to ship anywhere within Canada, but let us know your hoped-for destination and we’ll see if the artist is okay with it. Additional shipping charges will apply.
Yes, if you return it within two weeks of its arrival. Email us at [email protected] as soon as you realise you’re unhappy with the piece and we will provide you with the artist’s address so you can mail it, in the original packing materials, back to him or her. We will issue your refund as soon as the artist confirms the piece has arrived safe and sound.
Email us at [email protected] to let us know ASAP. Adding a photo of the damage would be extremely helpful, especially if the artist needs to make an insurance claim to the shipper. (Insuring the parcel is a choice we leave up to the individual artist.) We’ll give you the artist’s address so you can mail it, in the original packing materials, back to him or her and will issue your refund as soon as the artist confirms the piece has arrived.