Thursday, August 16, 2018
I am going to have a solo show in November focusing on my many daily art projects over the last two decades, and I'm getting serious about what pieces to exhibit and how to display them. I decided that the best way to show four years worth of collage work on index cards would be to choose maybe 20 of the cards and pin them to a foam core board, and put the file boxes with the rest of the cards on a table where visitors could leaf through them at leisure.
So I needed some big foam core boards.
After not finding them at my local office supply store, I went online and discovered that Office Depot had a pack of ten for sale. Great! But they were not available for instore purchase. Instead, they would deliver them to my house tomorrow for free. Seemed like a great deal, so I bought them.
Tuesday came and went, but nobody showed up to pick up the boards. I called. She looked up the order -- and there was no pickup scheduled. I should dispose of the boards myself, and did I want her to put the replacement shipment in.
I asked if they were just going to send a new pack of boards in the same packaging. She consulted something and finally came back to say there was no way to request special packaging, the next shipment would be just like the first one. I declined. Could I have the boards delivered to a store so I could see what I was buying? She consulted something and finally came back to say no.
So now I own ten FREE foam core boards with busted-in corners, but none that are pristine enough to be put in a gallery. One friend suggested that our local art store might be able to cut the corners off neatly. (Because if you've ever tried to cut foam core, you know that home tools just give you a big mess.) I will pursue that. But if they can't, I guess I will have a search for some place in town other than Office Depot that can sell me big foam core boards.
I'm glad I have started on this show planning with plenty of lead time.