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Introducing Fine Art Rental

November 4th, 2013


Introducing Art Rentals

Anderson Rentals is a pioneer in the equipment rental industry. Back in the 50s Raymond "Andy" Anderson along with some other Kansas City businessmen formed what would later become the American Rental Association, which today is one of the largest trade organizations in the world. Back then the goal was bringing professional grade quality equipment to homeowners and other markets, who had no choice but to buy. Today Anderson Rentals is pleased to introduce the availability of fine art in it's rental products that also were hereto only available in museums and high-end art galleries for purchase.


Renting Art

People rent art for many reasons. They may need art to stage for a special event or to attract buyers in a home sale. They may simply like the variety of renting instead of owning, or how much further their budget goes with rental instead of sales. Or they many find renting-to-own as their way to collect art. For this reason then we offer both short-term and long term rates, as well as rent-to-own programs. The most common reason for renting, among all types of art renters, is to have pieces rotating in and out of their space that enables them to spark up conversations with guests either on a continuous basis or just for special occasions at a lower cost.


Why Individuals Rent Art:

• People choosing art for their homes are often intimidated by the thought of making a major investment in art. Renting allows the customer to “try” before they buy. Want to check if your art matches your couch cushions? Rent it for a week and see. The vast majority of renters do end up purchasing but renting allows buyers to spread this cost out, afford more art, and allow them to fine tune their collection.
• Renting artwork allows home owners to have beautiful art in their home at any time (maybe they are staging their home for sale, or trying to impress visitors for a party, need ‘props’ for wedding pictures or family portraits, etc), and when they want a new look they can simply rent a different piece.
• Apartment renters and student housing residents like rental because their space may change frequently.
• As your taste change so can your art, or maybe you have limited space. Keep it at least 3 months at low LT rates and you can return it or swap it for new art. Just perfect for a new look each season of the year.
• Just got to have the original or commissioned piece but need to make payments, rent-to-own is for you.


Why Companies Rent Art:
• Many businesses are choosing art rentals instead of purchasing because it allows them to keep their decor fresh without having to invest a lot of money into new art.
• Changing the artwork regularly enables employers to set the tone of the room(s) depending on how they want to be seen by their clients or create an atmosphere for their employees.
Find out for yourself how practical and easy renting art is at MEA Fine Art.


Weekly short term rates are available on giclee reproductions and art prints. The short-term rates are perfect for the special occasion, or just to take it home and see if it matches the couch. Selling your house? Fine art can make you listing inspiring but it also makes you memorable. Fine art is extremely memorable, people looking at open houses will get confused on which house had what features, but they’re sure to recall the one that had the great art. Are you having a wedding or family portrait taken? Dress up the occasion and your guests’ enjoyment with great art for the occasion. Fine Art is an amazing conversation starter. Even film makers commonly need art on a short-term rental basis. Because we are real fine artists and not just an internet brand, we can advise you on what art is suitable for you needs, and help make your event and space say what you mean and get noticed.


Long-term rates aren't really long-term, just 3 months, and available on original paintings as well as all prints and special orders. How you can rent original fine art at unbelievably low rates and after 3 months return it or swap it out for something new. Our rent to own rates on originals are even lower. Try it before you buy by renting. 50% of the rental fees paid can be applied against the purchase price. Fine turn your collection to perfection with the versatility of our rental programs.



Purchase prices for the originals, prints and merchandise available on the artwork are listed in the “add to cart” dropdowns on the artworks page. Rental rates posted are for a museum wrapped giclee reproduction on canvas, with solid black sides, in the size of the original artwork. The ST minimum weekly rate and LT 4-wks rates are for renting the reproduction. LT Rent-to-own rates on originals are 1/10th the purchase price.


Rentals can be converted into purchase at anytime. 50% of rental fees paid can be applied on up to 80% of purchase price at renter’s request. Purchase credits are not transferable between artworks. Conversions are not automatic or reversible after the fact. Although, we make every effort to notify renters if they have reached the 80% ceiling on purchase credits or qualify to convert the account to long-term rates (rentals > 4 wks), you are responsible for notifying us of any term changes you desire.


Paintings are photographed and condition noted with customer on renting. Customer is responsible for all losses, damages and liabilities on the artwork or other personal, private, or public property while out on rent (including transporting and hanging). Appropriate proof of insurance is required on all original and enhanced giclees, and recommended for all collectors.


A security deposit is required on all art rentals. Security deposits are higher the shorter the term. This is because the wear and tear damages, losses, costs, and risks are higher on ST frequently turned art. Security deposits on LT or RTO rentals are 25% of purchase cost, and abt 50% on ST rentals. Special orders (size and configurations not in stock) can require 3-5 weeks lead time. A 50% cancellation charge applies on all special orders. A full refund is issued on cancelation of in stock items prior to delivery or shipping. Early cancellation fees apply to LT and RTO contracts cancelled during the required term of 3 mos.


MEA Fine Art also accepts credit cards and PayPal financing is available on qualified purchases. Shipping or delivery charges are additional. Shipping is an actual cost and sites that offer free shipping have built this cost into their pricing; please call for shipping quotes as we are happy to work with you to reduce these costs. The shipping calculator on our website is the highest estimates of shipping. Actual shipping and handling charges will depend on your method of shipping desired. Call (785) 843-2044.

Advances in Printing Technology Make Art Collecting Available to Everyone

November 4th, 2013

Advances in Printing Technology Make Art Collecting Available to Everyone

Making Fine Art Available for Everyone.

Just about everyone loves art and recognizes how fine art is different and the personal connection you have with these one-of-a-kind artworks. The thrill of collecting your favorite artist is the same as the first car you bought with your own money when you were a kid. Years later you’ll still remember when you first saw it or who you were with. Because the artwork is a one-of-a-kind, it’s just yours. This is the joy of buying and gifting things you love.




Why buy Fine Art Prints?

But original fine art is costly. Without digital and printing technologies than in the past artists were limited to just selling originals. Because the entire artist’s cost and expenses had to be recovered in just a few sales a year, than they were very expensive. The more popular an artist got the more expensive their originals became because they were each hand painted custom pieces and therefore rare. For the novice collectors with small budgets, limited art knowledge and no appetite for the intimidating atmosphere at many established art galleries there were few options.



But with Giclee Art Reproductions, artist’s can now offer reproductions at a fraction of the original artwork. Producing Giclee art reproductions is a great way for artists to make their art more widely available at lower prices, and increasing their collector bases by offering affordable alternatives to more expensively priced originals. If someone loves a particular image, and the only way they can own it is by buying it in the form of a print or even as a t-shirt than that's absolutely OK. MEA Fine Art makes these new technology available to some of the best fine artists around the world so that contemporary fine art can now be available to anyone.



Technology has also increased buyers options. Buyers now have many choices in size and configuration of their art, and can order through POD(print-on-demand)services to best fit their available space and budget.



• Prices, are based on material cost not artist’s originals prices. MEA fine artists want to make their art available to even new collectors on a budget. No matter how expensive your favorite artist originals are for a limited time you can buy prints at a flat rate for all MEA artist. Collecting great art has never been so affordable. Now collecting even ‘blue chip’ artists is the same cost as an unknown but personal favorite. Discover your own taste in art with these affordable prints. This is the joy of art collecting or shopping; looking for that perfect piece. How you can afford to explore your taste in art with minimum investment risk. Do your own research and avoid the frustrating, confusing, and intimidating "talk" of high-end galleries? Take advantage of the special limited time offer of cost based pricing on our prints and merchandise to start building your collection with amazing values and your own style.

• Flat Rate pricing. We're serious about wanting to help new collectors experience the joy of collecting fine art, so we're currently pricing our giclee reproductions at flat rates for all artists (as opposed to the traditional way of basing pricing on the prices of the artist’s originals). MEA fine artists want to make their art available to even new collectors on a budget. No matter how expensive your favorite artist originals are for a limited time you can buy prints at a flat rate for all MEA artist. Collecting great art has never been so affordable.

• Lower investment risk.

• Configurations and POD selections

• Commercial uses (resale and licensing)




But the advances in digitizing and printing technologies has given us more than just inexpensive reproductions of fine art that are almost indistinguishable from the original. It has also led to a new original painting called an Enhanced Giclee. This is a print of the original painting on canvas that has been repainted by hand and signed by the original artist. Although pricing on Enhanced Giclee Originals is based on the artist labor rates, the artist is passing through to the buyer the inherent time saving obtained from current printing and digital technologies. Personalize customization is available; want the boy in the original painting to be a girl in your painting, or your signature bike painted into the shop scene? Then an Enhanced Giclee might be for you. In the end you have an original custom painting by your favorite artists for about ½ the price of an original work by that artist. And because it’s just yours and unique than it’s truly an original with the same feeling of connection and proud ownership that was hereto only available in original and limited editions offered through high-end galleries, auctions houses, and museums. Increase the collectibility of your art prints by having it enhanced into a brand new original or having it signed or personalized by the artist.



MEA Fine Art also uses advances in printing technologies to offer unique products based on artist original paintings. Think how amazing a wet bar or kitchen sink looks accented in custom ceramic tiles. MEA Fine Art is much more than just wall art. Use fine art anywhere you’d use any art. Fine art adds a richness and specialness to any card or merchandise. Don’t miss MEA Fine Art Collectibles - a unique line of artist designed gifts and ornaments. See how many ways we have for indulging your love of beauty.



If that’s not enough to get you to take the fine art plunge, than consider renting art. The most common reason for renting among all types of art renters is to have pieces rotating in and out of their space that enables them to spark up conversations with guests either on a continuous basis or just for special occasions at a lower cost.
Why Individuals Rent Art:

• People choosing art for their homes are often intimidated by the thought of making a major investment in art. Renting allows the customer to “try” before they buy. Want to check if your art matches your couch cushions? Rent it for a week and see. The vast majority of renters do end up purchasing but renting allows buyers to spread this cost out, afford more art, and allow them to fine tune their collection.

• Renting artwork allows home owners to have beautiful art in their home at any time (maybe they are staging their home for sale, or trying to impress visitors for a party, need ‘props’ for wedding pictures or family portraits, etc), and when they want a new look they can simply rent a different piece.

• Apartment renters and student housing residents like rental because their space may change frequently.

• As your taste change so can your art, or maybe you have limited space. Keep it at least 3 months at low LT rates and you can return it or swap it for new art. Just perfect for a new look each season of the year.

• Just got to have the original or commissioned piece but need to make payments, rent-to-own is for you.

Why Companies Rent Art:

• Many businesses are choosing art rentals instead of purchasing because it allows them to keep their decor fresh without having to invest a lot of money into new art.

• Changing the artwork regularly enables employers to set the tone of the room(s) depending on how they want to be seen by their clients or create an atmosphere for their employees.



How Is Fine Art Different than Other Art?

November 4th, 2013

How Is Fine Art Different than Other Art?

How is fine art different than other art?

The line between 'fine art' and 'commercial art' is often hotly debated. Often these debates center on a subjective list of criteria that can be applied to a body of art and judged. Certainly there are such lists, it’s just that each “expert’s list” is different, but this doesn't mean that there isn't some commonality.



Four ways fine art is different.

1. Deeper and more unique interpretation. There have been many ways of describing that eye-catching quality of fine art but perhaps the simple “something you just love” describes it best. Fine art is a sharing of the human experience; it creates a connection with the viewer that is very personal, moving and memorable. Fine art is no ordinary product and makes exceptional gifts. Fine art will make you or the recipient feel like they are the most important person in the world. You'll be remembered for a signature style or giving a personal gift unlike any other. Every time someone admires your collection, it’s a personal affirmation of you too.


2. Master artists are trained and experienced artists. Fine artists are working artists. In all things, including art, there is a road to proficiency that will hone and challenge the artists to reach the limits of their talent. The methods of development will vary (some artists are self-taught, some are college educated) but there is a sincere dedication to ethical growth and artistic improvement built on long records of practice and achievements.


3. Not commercially created. By this I mean two things:

a. That the work is not created solely for commercial or fad goals. That the artist’s motivation was providing that “deeper and more unique interpretation” and not just something that will sell or is popular. This is the basis behind the stereotype that a fine artist must live like a monk and produce art untainted by consumer demand. But an artist must be part of life in order to interpret it, and the success or failure at obtaining a fine art status rest in the actual paintings under consideration not in the lifestyle of the artist.

b. What I don’t mean is that fine art must be a certain discipline or substrate, like a painting and not a photograph or a t-shirt. It’s not the substrate that art is on that defines whether it’s fine art, or the type of artists (photographer, painter, sculpture, etc.), but it does mean that there was an original artist that makes a unique original work. The work was not made from kits or other artists work, and is produced in limited quantities on exclusive original designs.



4. Collectable and Archival

Many factors will influence the value of an individual piece of art and the collectibility of an artist. But in order to be collectible than an artist’s must have gotten their work out there, had it seen and a reputation established. Besides being working artists than fine artists often participate in juried shows and contest, and hold active memberships in professional organizations and acclaimed art guilds. You might not understand what an art judge sees in a particular artists work but you can understand that it’s between the artists that entered the contest. Likewise, you might not understand why an artist is popular, but you do understand that you see it everywhere. If the artist, you’re collecting isn't out there working on building a reputation, than it’s unlikely that the collectibility of their work will increase.



Collectible art also requires archival methods and materials involved in creating the artwork to ensure longevity for the work. Only quality materials and substrates are used. Collectible work will be passed down for generations, and with proper care will stay beautiful indefinitely.



Collecting fine art is the ultimate personal statement. New technologies have made collecting fine art more affordable and versatile than ever before. Now you aren't limited to just wall art. Wallpapers, ceramic tiles, apparel, even cards and stationary don't have to be limited to mass produced choices. Fine art is available today on almost every substrate but was first created as a unique fine art original. Defining your home and business with affordable, collectible and unique original fine art by contemporary (living) artists is new and exciting.




DISCOVER THE FINE ART DIFFERENCE!

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Announcing first ever MEA Fine Art Collectibles

October 10th, 2013

Making fine art available to everyone is a mutual goal of MEA Fine Art artists. So we challenged our artists to design a unique line of one-of-a-kind gifts and ornaments for the 2013 holiday season and are proud to announce MEA Fine Art Collectibles.

Master artists have recreated the charm, variety, and skill lost in the mass production process and with these wonderfully unique designs and original fine art. An artist's eye can capture so much more than a machine or camera. Art should be personal and individual, and now it can be. Each gift comes gift boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. New works are arriving daily, and commissioned work is still being accepted for the holiday season. We don't get every piece posted on the web so call or come by our gallery for current selections. Check back regularly or follow us on social media as new pieces are posted.


MEA Fine Art are licensed artist with the University of Kansas and is offering it's first ever 2013 KU Christmas Tree Ornament for all our Jayhawk fans. On one side the WWI memorial campanile against a striking KU blue winter sky. On the other side the Jayhawk logo (see Jayhawk Christmas below).

Each ornament is an original unique piece of art and a truly special keepsake and collectible. Comes in a stunning gift box with a Certificate of Authenticity.


4" diameter glass or plastic ball. Custom, personalized, and commissioned work available. See website for all ornaments and gifts by MEA Fine Art Artists.

Start making fine art a part of your style, with truly unique designs and products by master artists. MEA Fine Art is more than a traditional gallery selling originals. The gallery has teamed with different POD (print on demand) services to offer a wide range of products based on our artists professional and award winning work. Our Giclee reproductions are the finest quality and produced in North America. Collecting fine art has never been such a value, so versatile, and so affordable.

Please note: Photography doesn't do justice to these beautiful ornaments, due to distortion of curved surface and reflection.

Please join us at the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, KS on October 19 & 20, 2013. MEA Fine Art is proud to be a part of this annual historic fair. Artists will be present during the fair, so we welcome you to come by and browse. Our booth is located in the school gym. We will also be introducing our latest gallery artist, Monty Sneegas latest line of benches, tables, and home furnishings.




Selling and Buying Art - Does your wall art match your sofa pillows?

July 3rd, 2013

Selling and Buying Art - Does your wall art match your sofa pillows?

Selling and Buying Art - Does your wall art match your sofa pillows?

Art Prints


Often time’s artists and gallery staff scoff at decorators that want art that matches their sofa pillows. It seems so silly that someone would want to furnish and decorate a room around a $20 throw pillow, but that’s not what’s going on here. That pillow represents the decorator’s artistic view. A decorator is creating a new original artwork, the actual room or setting. That pillow is a memory-aid to this work-in-progress. It keeps the decorator focused on the colors, themes, space and light of their vision.


Artists that fail to understand the true needs of the decorators are missing an opportunity to serve them. As artists, most of us love collaborations on our works-in-progress. We're all more receptive to advice and change during the creation process, and so are decorators. Decorators as artists have the same creative spirit as painters, photographers, or any other artists. They want to explore their medium, be creative, and get feedback. Help them wade through the overwhelming selection of artwork, frames, etc. that are available to them. Help them avoid the newbie or common mistakes. These can be great opportunities to get a following and for custom or commissioned work. Even the decorator may not be used to thinking of themselves as an artist. Help them see that artist in themselves and what they are really looking for; it’s more than a color match.


Sofa pillows should make you excited because someone is going to show you a WIP. Try to understand it just as you would any other piece of art; ask questions and get involved in their vision (did they take any cell-phone pictures of the space?). Treat pillow-carrying decorators as you would want your own artistic efforts treated; with respect and appreciation. Even if your work doesn't have a place in this particular WIP, then just the understanding you show for that decorator’s vision will bring them back the next time. It also gives your real insight into what’s selling. Decorators are artistic peers; as artists their visions is MORE valid than yours because it’s their artwork. As a professional, you offer your experience to help them achieve that vision, not defeat it. If you talk someone into something they hate then they (and anyone who listens to them) will never come back.


But here is the final reason why you want your art to match the sofa pillow, because just as the pillow is the overall connector on the WIP stage, then your art will hopefully become that connector to the finished project. It is you art that now says what the space is about, and connects the furnishings; your physical art has replaced what was just an artistic vision in the decorators mind into a new original work that’s incomplete without it.

About Us

June 24th, 2013

Mary Ellen Anderson Fine Art is more a personal shopper service for fine art than a traditional gallery. No matter whether you're looking for a painting or that perfect card, we specialize in finding that unique perfect match for you. We have scoured the net for the best-of-the-best, and we really can find exactly what you're looking for.

Mary Ellen Anderson is a real person with a half-century career in fine art. Our featured artists are personal choices representing some of the best contemporary (living) artist in the world. Whether you are a collector, decorator, or just looking for that signature logo or gift idea we represent both established and emerging artist in all disciplines and medium. Abstract or realistic, painting or sculpture, local or international, we represent exceptional artist for all your fine art needs.

What is Giclee? What makes it a Fine Art Print?

June 12th, 2013

What is Giclee? What makes it a Fine Art Print?

Giclee Prints

What is GICLEE? What makes it a Fine Art Print?

Giclee – pronounced (zhee-klay) - The French word ’giclée’ means a ‘spray’ or a ‘spurt of liquid.’ Giclée is a process not a brand or a product. When a print is created using the Giclée process, it is most often referred to as a Giclée print.

What is a Giclée Print? The term "Giclée print" represents a modern advanced elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from the highest resolution digital scans possible and printed with archival quality inks onto various high quality substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The Giclee printing process provides a higher degree of color accuracy than any other means of art print creations.

The prints that results from the Giclée process are considered reproductions if there is a traditional fine art original (oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel painting or drawing) that was digitally captured, thus creating the original digital master file. The colors are rich, seamless and amazingly vivid. The archival inks, papers and practices allow them to last for generations. This will allow you to pass them down generation after generation to your contemporary art admirers. Giclee prints will exceed your expectations in quality, color and presentation.

Giclese are not mass edition reproductions such as a quality lithograph that easily runs into the tens of thousands and posters (usually cheaper paper and ink are used). The owners of open and limited edition Giclée original reproductions, know that they have the highest quality reproduction possible. They are almost indistinguishable from the original and with proper care will last for generations.

Giclee is an exciting new medium for both artists and art print buyers because it has unparalleled quality, longevity and the much sought after desirability of custom art printing.

The Giclee Process
Giclée is a process that results in a print that is called a Giclée art print. It is a new type of original that is reproduced on-demand from a master digital image file that is the digital scanned version of an original piece of art. The art is scanned, digitized, and color proofed with systems that are tightly calibrated to create true fine art print representation of the originals, all under the original artist’s supervision.

Professional grade large format printers are used with archival pigment inks. This printing method results in an extensive color gamut allowing the prints true colors to be representation. They look stunning and will last for years. Whether you choose giclee prints on paper substrates or canvas, the quality remains outstanding. Just like the ones found in art galleries & art museums.

A Giclee Print is simply the closest replication of original artwork that is currently possible. The result is brilliant, eye-catching prints that you’ll enjoy viewing every day in your home or office with your family, friends, employees and colleagues. Your art will be admired by everyone who sees it and you’ll feel good that you made a smart decision, buying quality art prints at an affordable price.

Giclee Advantages
Fine Art
These fine art reproductions are no ordinary pieces and make exceptional gifts. Giclee art reproductions are the closest prints possible of the original art and also the most affordable way to own and collect fine art. Fine art is a sharing of the human experience. Art is very personal, moving and memorable. These fine art prints will make you or the recipient feel like they are the most important person in the world. You'll be remembered for giving a personal gift unlike any other. Just think how great it will feel every time you or they proudly show off their unique gift to their friends and family.

YOUR CHOICE – GICLEE SIZE, PAPERS, CANVAS, FRAMING
Another tremendous advantage of Giclee printing is that they can be custom printed in many different sizes and onto various paper or canvas substrates, while maintaining the highest quality. This gives the artist and art print buyer the ability to customize prints for their own specific needs and desires. What all of us want is to have a wide selection available and choose our own configuration of an art print. We want quality art prints that are affordable. We can choose exactly what we want, without being limited to size and type of art in stock at stores and gallery.

Giclee Longevity
What distinguishes Giclees from other print methods is that much attention is paid to using archival materials and practices. Now Giclee prints can be created using pigmented inks and papers developed specifically for fine art prints. With this in mind, giclee that are properly cared for can last a lifetime or more.

Collectable - Giclee’s in Museums, Galleries, Famous Artists
Giclee prints are widely accepted at many museums and galleries. Many museums in the United States and abroad have mounted exhibitions of Giclée prints or purchased prints in their permanent collections. Those include the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim (New York), The Museum of Fine Art (Boston), The Philadelphia Museum, and The Smithsonian Institute. Many distinguished photographers and artists, produce works that are Giclee art prints. There have been recent auctions of Giclee prints that have fetched tens of thousands of dollars.