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Artwork Display Panels For Artists

I have been marketing my artwork through art fair venues for well over 20 years. In that time I have used a variety of display units starting with a home made version and then progressively swapping them out for better, more user friendly and sturdy units. Creating an effective and rugged display will factor largely in how successful you will be.

On this page you'll find some of the professionally designed artist units and I'll discuss a little bit about each, as well as a few thoughts regarding some home made ideas.

A quality display will help you sell effectively. Depending on what you create will factor into what kind of display you choose. A jeweler, a potter, a fabric artist or a two dimensional artist will all seek something different for displaying their product.

This page was created to show the various options and to answer some of the most commonly asked questions. If there is something that isn't covered here feel free to leave me a comment in the guestbook at the bottom of the page.

Display Panel Topics Covered On This Page

  • What To Ponder BEFORE Buying
  • Display Options
  • The Major Display Companies
  • Thoughts About Home Made Displays
  • Lighting & Hanging
  • Accessories

Image is a Armstrong System which is the display company that I use for all of my events.


All copyrights are retained by the artist, Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.

The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.

What Kind Of Artist Display Do You Use? - A Quick Artist Poll.

example of a flourish panel

example of a flourish panel

4 Things To Consider Before Buying Your Artist Display Units

Choosing The Right Display Unit For You

1. Are You Doing Primarily Indoor or Outdoor Events?

For indoor events I recommend getting covered units as they will have more of a gallery look. Also most companies offer matching accessories like print bins, pedestals and seller table. This creates a wonderful gallery look.

For outdoor events I recommend mesh as it will breathe with the wind, not fight against it. I use the Armstrong mesh panel system which sadly they no longer make. I love the rigid structure of their panels over the more fabric like mesh from other companies. I can zip tie them to my tent legs to make a truly superior structure that still allows for the winds to pass through while holding the artwork securely.

2. What Color Carpet Is Best For You?

Whatever color choose be sure to imagine what you artwork will look with the color you've selected. Different artworks will be set off by different background colors. Also imagine it in less than ideal lighting as both indoor and outdoor events may have less than ideal lighting. Particularly outdoor events are far less likely to offer electricity for your own lamps so you will have weaker early morning and dusk natural light.

Black While black looks really sharp you should remember that black absorbs light. Be sure you will have plenty of lights to showcase your art. Also black will show dirt, rubs and lint more easily. Additionally when used outdoors during any kind of heat black displays absorb heat and may make your booth uncomfortable to be in. Not a good thing when the goal is to keep people in your booth. Black makes a stunning statement indoors though, where heat and lighting are under controlled conditions.

Dark Gray is the most common used color. It's dark enough to have a gallery quality look but hides dirt much better than black. They still eat the light on overcast days when doing outdoor events but don't radiate the heat like black does.

Light Gray is my personal favorite. It's light enough in color that it doesn't eat too much light but also dark enough to hide smudges and rubs.

3. The Size Of Your Vehicle

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Most professional artists have vehicles big enough to haul all their wares but the average full sized panel may not fit in most mini vans. So be sure to measure your vehicle before purchasing. All the companies listed here make half panels that fit in almost any vehicle and after assembly create a full wall. Also be aware the some of the more rounded style vans don't pack display units as well as the more boxy vans.

4. The Type Of Artist You Are Will Determine What You'll Need

Most companies offer a couple of size and construction options so you can select the option that is right for you whether you be a potter, glass artist or painter. Also all of them come with various accessories like shelving units, pedestals and baskets to accommodate any product.

The 4 Types Of Artist Display Panels Are:

* Carpet Covered

* Wire Mesh Or Grid

* Raw Metal Tubing with no Insert

* Non-rigid fabric mesh


The Major Artist Display Companies

The Various Companies Make Panels Which Showcase Different Art Or Artists

If you're an artist who participates in art fairs or are planning to, you'll need something to display your work. As with all things there are many companies which makes units to fill this function but here are the four most used by the professionals that I know.

All these companies offer pretty much the same thing, which are panels that can be joined to together to form a gallery-like look in your booth. Some are carpet covered with various colors to choose from. While others are fabric or wire mesh. All come with various accessories like print bins, shelves, height extenders, half walls and podiums.

The carpeted version really pulls off a gallery look which is pretty amazing when your trying to create a gallery in the middle of a parking lot during an art fair.

Pro Panels are probably the most used company among artists.

Armstrong Panels are pretty much the same thing as Pro Panels, but additionally they offer a wire mesh version which is the one I use.

Graphic Display This is the more economy minded version which only comes as a wire grid system.

The Flourish Company They make the non-rigid fabric mesh panels that require little space for storage.

Pro Panels

Pro Panels

Pro Panels

Artist Displays For Every Kind Of Artist

Pro Panels

This is probably the most widely used company for this type of product.

This is an excellent company for carpet covered panels as they have an excellent selection of carpet colors and accessories.

Pro Panel Options

* Extensive Carpet Color Selection

* Wide range of Accessories including pedestals, stands, desks, baskets and shelving.

* Variety Of Panels Sizes including half panels and extenders.

* Pro panels sells only carpet covered panels.


Armstrong Panels

Have Both Mesh Wall and Carpet Covered Options

UPDATED: Armstrong has quit making their wire mesh panels. I am sorry to hear it as it is my panel of choice. I have left this section intact however because there are other companies who make them so the information provided below still bears some useful applications.

The Armstrong Company is the company I use. I chose them because in addition to making the carpet covered options they also made these nice wire mesh panels.

I prefer the wire mesh to carpeted for outdoor events because it lets the tent breathe.

* On windy days the wind just rushes through them while it pushes on the carpeted walls in some cases tipping them.

* Also for the completely windless days it allows what little breeze to stir through the tents while the carpeted walled tents are stifling.

Armstrong Artist Display Panels Options

* Extensive Carpet Color Selection

* Wide range of Accessories including pedestals, stands, desks, baskets and shelving.

* Variety Of Sizes including half panels and extenders.

* Sell both carpet and mesh walls. They did offer a tube display but have since discontinued that item

On A Personal Note: I have used these exact panels for over a decade. They have been through many storms including 120 mile an hour straight line winds and most recenty they were pushed several feet down the street when an artist left his pickup complete with stock trailer unattended and in gear. Because they are solid metal, though they were damaged, no artwork was lost. Not so much as a single painting hit the pavement and that to me is, as the commercials says ... priceless.

Lighting Your Pro Panels Or Armstrong Company Display - These Units Are Designed For Swing Arm Type Lamps

I cannot express the importance of good lighting enough. Whenever possible (not all events offer it) purchase electricity to light your booth. Some events charge a nominal cost while others can run rather expensive. Whatever the cost it will be worth it. If your neighbors booth are well lit and yours are not, the average patron will pass you by and move on to the warm glow of someone else's booth. Yours will look like a cave by comparison. Plus always remember the S-Rule. Shiny-Stuff-Sells.

These swing arm type lights work really well and usually come in a variety of colors to coordinate with your art panels. The nice thing is they are also inexpensive which is good because you'll at least 10-15 to fully light your booth. More if your doing a double booth or have a corner spot where you are lighting both sides of the panel.

Note: This is actually the lamps we use because we have the silver wire mesh walls and they look awesome with it.

Example of a Graphic Display unit

Example of a Graphic Display unit

Graphic Display Systems For Artists

Wire Grid Style Artist Display

Graphic Display

Graphic Display is the more economical of the companies listed here.

Graphic Display Wall Options

* Only sells wire screen panels

* Wide range of Accessories including baskets and shelving.

* Variety Of Sizes including half panels and extenders.

example of a mesh panel by Flourish on Trimline canopy

example of a mesh panel by Flourish on Trimline canopy

The Flourish Company Display System For Artists

Fabric Mesh Style Display

Flourish Company

This company offers the non-rigid fabric mesh panels that are hung from the tent's interior frame. They make them for both EZ Up and Craft Hut style tents. Plus they also make fabric covers for wire mesh walls like Graphic Display. And lastly they also sell art fair tents.

Flourish Artist Display Options

* Are White in color so virtually disappear inside the tent.

* Are made for both EZ Up Style and Craft Hut style tents

* They roll up for easy storage that requires minimal space.

The downside to these (if there is one) is that they require a structure or frame to hang them on. This means you must have at least a 10x10 booth. While this is the standard for most art fairs many indoor events have smaller or odd shaped spaces. You may not be able to use them when doing those types of events. And the other thing is you are stuck with a 10x10 square shape. With my hard mesh walls I often open up one side for additional flow during indoor events or simply created cubbies and half walls. Again not something that can be done using the mesh sidewalls..

Mesh detail on Flourish panel

Mesh detail on Flourish panel

A Word Of Caution Regarding Fabric Mesh and EZ Up Style Tents

Be Sure Of The Weight Bearing Strength Of Your Tent

Do not hang heavy objects from fabric mesh when using them in conjunction with EZ Up style tents.

While the panels will hold the weight if you encounter windy outdoor conditions, the tent will not. With wind the artwork will pull and sway and on a lightweight tent and it will snap the joints. If the weather is even mildly windy your tent will crumple like a house of cards. I've seen it time and again so heed my warning here.

Flourish company

Flourish company

Flourish Does Offer A Stabilizer Bar For Your Mesh Panels On EZ Up Style Tents

Which seems like a really good idea for artists using EZ-Up style tents.

They have both an upper and lower stabilizer bar that you can purchase to use on your EZ Up style tents with the fabric mesh panels. The Flourish Company claims it adds stability and.I would assume this would help dramatically with the issues of windy days causing collapse of the tent. But I really don't know.

Lighting Your Graphic Display and Flourish Company Artist Display Panels - Using clip on lighting

For any display that doesn't have a feature to allow for swing arm style lighting you can simply use clamp or clip on lighting. In regards to the Flourish Company they would have to be attached to some sort of support like the tent bars.

Grid System Artist Display System

This type of grid system artist display tend to work be for things like clothing and fabrics. The pegs allow for items to be hung widely spaced apart and is not too eyecatching when covered in clothing and fabrics. Depending on the artwork that you do though they can certainly work for flat art. Just be aware that the large grid can detract visually from your work as opposed to a flat panel or a small mesh style wire panel.

This particular artist display system however has all sort of wonderful hooks, bars and miscealleous attachments for you to create exactly the art fair booth you want.

Grid System Display Description

* Durable Epoxy Coating

* Made of .25" Steel Wire

* Double Wire Sides for Stability

Grid System Artist Display Extras

The great thing about this system is you can literally build it panel by panel. Just don't forget to get all the extra bit to put it together. You'll need legs to hold your panels up and hooks with which to hang your work.

Please Note:

There are a great number of these items on Amazon so be sure that you get all matching display parts. Grid Panel Displays come in black, white and chrome.

Amazon Product Description

* Quality production

* Easy or no assembly

* upgrade your retail space or public areas

Color: Chrome

Rectangular Tubing Leg for Grid Panel, Chrome

A Few Thoughts On Home Made Artist Display Panels

Peg Board Artist Display and Others

Well I couldn't really consider this a comprehensive page on panels until I added some home made variations. I would say that this sort of thing is fine for trying out art fair venues but if you want to go pro you should really invest in the commercial grade variety. All of the DIY examples listed below I have seen at one time or another.

Home Made Panels Can Be Made From

* Pegboard This is the kind of thing I started with. I paid $50 for a used set which I painted and used for the first couple of years when I was doing only a couple of small events a year. They are cheap and easy to construct, but they are heavy, tip easily in the wind and take up a lot of space in the van.

* Plastic Coated Wire Shelving Like the stuff you buy at Menards. They are generally white and Zip-tied together. They work only for light weight items like jewelry. Can be cleverly hidden with fabric covers but again are only usable for light items.

* Dog Kennel Panels Work as well as regular panels but really don't look good.

* PVC Some who have cobbled together something with PVC pipe look pretty darn good. One lady had used dark velvet blankets and at a casual glance they looked like the real thing. Again this was a good way to try out a venue but if she was to continue she'd have to upgrade.

Use Your Creativity To Create Something Truly Awesome For Your Artist Display

Anytime you don't need to pull off a gallery look, a person could probably get away with the above listed options. However I also I think depending on what you're selling you might be able to employ some truly unique displays. I've seen some fabulous booths which used old wood doors left in their rustic condition. And also a booth using old suitcases (like 20's - 60's era) on tables and pedestals opened like they were revealing foreign treasures. So if you're really creative you might be able to create something spectacular that doesn't require spending thousands of dollars. But for most of us who decided to make selling our art a living, the professional panels are the only way to go.

One Last Thought On Do It Yourself Booth Display Panels

The Booth Slide or Image And The Important Of A QUality Artist Display

When I started out in art fairs (over 15 years ago) none of the events I did required a booth slide submitted with your artwork slides for jury panel. Now nearly every event of size does. What this means is that the same people who are critiquing your work to see if it's good enough to belong in their event are now also critiquing your display. So if you are making display panels yourself, make sure they pass for the professional grade kind in your slide.

Honestly most patrons don't really care. When it 95 degrees and humid, whilst baking on the pavement, most patrons on a conscious level could care less if your display cost $10 or $1500. However some events are really pushing the high end outdoor gallery look. If what you create is intended for that market. Buy something professional.

Drapery Hooks For Hanging Artwork On Your Display Panels - The Drapery Hook Works For All Art Panel Systems

Hanging Artwork On Your Artist Display

The Drapery Hook Works For All Artist Panel Systems

Virtually all of the artist display panel systems shown here, carpet covered, fabric and wire mesh walls use the same kind of hooks. Drapery hooks.

The carpet covered panels offer a rod system as well which works nicely for hanging larger items but takes a lot more time to get the art to hang where you want. But you'll still most likely want the hooks for hanging medium to smaller sized art on your artist panels.

That's not to say drapery hooks can't support weight. They certainly do.. I use them on my Armstrong wire mesh display panels and I have some 5-10 pounds pieces that two hooks holds fine under all kinds of windy conditions.

I'm pretty sure you can buy these hooks with your panels from the company but in general they are far cheaper to get elsewhere.

Tip: Using two hooks per artwork hung will keep the art framing hanging crooked even in moderately windy conditions.

Example Of Accessories Available From Graphic Displays

Example Of Accessories Available From Graphic Displays

No Matter What Artist Display System You Choose Be Sure To Get All Your Accessories

Some Of These Extras Help Make Your Artist Display A Success.

All artist display systems require you to get additional items in order to make them work.

Necessary Accessories

Cross bars

Corner braces


My advice is to buy more than you think than you're going to need. Things get lost or damaged in the mad rush of doing art events. There is nothing so upsetting as not having a part of some sort that is indispensable for securing your display. Just buy extra and bring them along.

Non-essential Accessories


print bins and baskets


stands and counters

height extenders

Brochure holders

Sign Holders

The extras will add a certain uniformity to your artist display and often improve upon the look of professionalism. Have a counter where patrons can write out a check or a print bin that matches your artist display goes a long way to creating a display that showcases your talent ant quality.

Always Keep A Good Selection Of Cable Ties For Your Artist Display. - A Size Variety Pack Is A Smart Way To Go.

And Finally Zip Ties: An Art Fair Display Necessity

Useful For Everything Including Securing Your Display panels To Your Art Fair Tent

Every Artist should have a good sized stash of Zip Ties. These perform multiple functions for doing art fairs.

In regards to using them with artist display panels, they are used to:

* Help bind unstable panels together

* Bind the panels to the tent structure

* Bind lamps wires together for keeping your booth looking neat.

* Secure tent zipper for overnight security.

Fortunately Zip Ties come in both black and white so you can get the color that will be the most invisible against your display.

I personally use a ton of them for keeping my lighting wires neat. But I have also been known to zip tie my artist canopy tent zippers as just a little more of a deterrent to someone wanting to sneak inside overnight.

Are You Looking For Display Panels?

Or Do You Have Some? If so what kind and what do you like and dislike about them?

What's Your Opinion On The Best Artwork Display Panel? - The Best Artwork Display Panels Guestbook

Mona (author) from Iowa on April 25, 2014:

@joy-raskin: Nice tip.

joy-raskin on April 23, 2014:

Another option is pop-up walls. I tend to stick to indoor, higher-end craft show, so rather than the usual display cases, Propanels or Ez-Up tents, I use 1 or 2 curved pop-up walls in black. I use small hooks with velco on the back to hang my jewelry/metalwork on the ways. It gives a very sleek, professional look and the pop-up walls are easy to do. I can have them set up in less than half hour. It's attaching the lights and artwork that takes the longest. I've gone from Abstracta to pipe/drape with display tables, to pop-up walls in almost 20 years.

TheArtLibrarian on January 25, 2014:

Great ideas here, thank you!

Mona (author) from Iowa on July 06, 2013:

@anonymous: I'm afraid that is something that would most likely have to be custom made. You might a cabentry shop.

anonymous on July 06, 2013:

I am looking for a display structure that looks more artistic than "officey" that can be used as the base for collaborative art installation using magnetic mosaic tiles. Anybody know of a structure, base or display concept that looks cool (could be industrial but not Staples-like) and that is magnetic?

anonymous on July 03, 2013:

Hey!!! Just starting out as a soap vendor and your articles are just wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge; helps us newbies not repeat mistakes : )

sue826 lm on April 23, 2013:

Very unique lens. Great ideas. I worked a fair once and professional display was one of my downfalls.

anonymous on April 08, 2013:

I just want to thank Mona for this page. Am about to show in an event in Benecia, CA - first time ever in this sort of setting and had NO idea where to start in regards to hanging. This page has EVERYTHING I need to know!! I feel ready to tackle this art fair thing when previously I just felt mystified.

PinkstonePictures from Miami Beach, FL on March 05, 2013:

Useful lens

Mona (author) from Iowa on February 20, 2013:

@anonymous: I think both armstrong and propanels would work for temporary display. They come in modular pieces and a wide variety of carpet color for matching many décor options.

anonymous on February 10, 2013:

we need a modular display system for a gallery that is a multi- use space- movies, music, artwork. should be lightweight and easy to store, but sturdy and able to hang moderately heavy paintings....

Mona (author) from Iowa on February 01, 2013:

@anonymous: That would be something yoou'd need to find in your local area. Art centers and party supply renters are a good place to start. Though I've never heard of art panels as something you could rent.

anonymous on February 01, 2013:

I want to rent them for indoor art exhibits.

anonymous on February 01, 2013:

Olease where can we rent the panels ?

anonymous on January 26, 2013:

Corporate Look ! Awesome !

anonymous on November 24, 2012:

Very nice Display Panels for Artwork!

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on September 07, 2012:

revisiting your lens. I am short on wall space in my home to display artwork, and I like the gray display panels at the top of the lens.

JoshK47 on August 31, 2012:

Popping in to bless this awesome lens!

DMVAgent on August 05, 2012:

Nice and very professional.

DMVAgent on August 05, 2012:

AWESOME! very professional design. I'm gonna take note of this.

Spiderlily321 on July 28, 2012:

Wow very informative! Great lens. Thanks for sharing

anonymous on July 03, 2012:

This is a wonderful guide lens, which I think artists will find most useful; therefore, I am featuring this article on my sailor and fisherman art page. Bravo!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on June 19, 2012:

A proper display is sure to go a long way...

sandi_x on June 18, 2012:

nice lens, thank you

UKGhostwriter on June 17, 2012:

Essential stuff for pop-up exhibitions and the like

dream1983 on June 15, 2012:

Nice topic well done! Squidlike

Angela F from Seattle, WA on June 08, 2012:

I use pegboards to display my photo greeting cards. Good tips! *blessed

Lori Green from Las Vegas on June 02, 2012:

I liked the one with the overhead tent.

TwylaN LM on April 27, 2012:

I never realized that there were other types of panels besides cardboard - you have really opened my eyes up with your lens. Thank you.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on February 27, 2012:

I never thought there are so many display panels. Very useful, thanks!

Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on February 23, 2012:

A great resource. Right now I have just gridwall which is fine for some of the scifi conventions I do with my artwork, but eventually I want to upgrade to something nicer for outdoor artfairs. Bookmarking this so I remember the different manufacturers - nice to have all the comparisons in one place.

Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm on February 09, 2012:

Very informative lens.

Li Li

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

Thanks so much! I very much enjoyed reading this lens and I got a LOT out of it! Off to read your other submissions!!

seosmm on January 11, 2012:

Lots of great info. Very nice lens!

anonymous on December 29, 2011:

Display panels like this are one of the cheapest ways you can set up an art display quick and they look good. I've used them before and highly recommend them.

Close2Art LM on December 12, 2011:

Great lens, Blessed, I've used the chicken wire looking system with two doorways and a freestanding wall, I've been happy with it...I do believe thought the better the set up you have the better your sales will be...:)rob

9seconds on November 18, 2011:

Great lens:)

spartakct on November 13, 2011:

Nice lens! thanks for sharing!

creativeinc lm on October 24, 2011:

Great lens! Very helpful for artists too.


Christabel from UK on October 21, 2011:

Creative lens.

anonymous on October 20, 2011:

I love the panels that you have on here to hang the artwork on, gave you a 'thumbs up' for your creative lens.

bhthanks on October 04, 2011:

your options are nice.

Mona (author) from Iowa on July 14, 2011:

@anonymous: I've not shopped for used panels so no idea where to even begin. Perhaps if you have some galleries or art centers in your area ask them. Also if you have any local artist trade rag (I live in the boonies ands we have a couple of artsy local newspapers) they'd have a listing section. The freight on panels is kinda high so finding something close enough for you to pick up will make it easier. Good luck with your hunt.:)

anonymous on July 13, 2011:

I'm about to enter the world of art festivals for the first time. Thank you for compiling all this useful information! All I've purchased so far is my canopy. Can you suggest a place to shop for used panels?


kimpaul on July 05, 2011:

what a clever idea for a lens! we use closet dividers and tie together, it works but is a major pain to set up.

Mona (author) from Iowa on June 07, 2011:

@anonymous: Lena,

I apologize for the delayed response as I've been out on the road for the past few weeks doing art fairs. My season is in full swing and I travel a lot.

The heaviest piece I hang is around 20 lbs so I really am not an expert on hanging very heavy work. My best suggestion is to use the hanging bars that hook over the top bar of the display (see the armstrong panel photo) I think drapery hooks won't do the job for you and would tear through regular carpet panels. The wire mesh of armstrong probably would work but the wire mesh would sag and potential ruin the panels.

I would strongly suggest asking the manufactures if the panels will hold this weight using the bars in this manner. In this case you may be better off creating your own display system.

Best of luck. I'd love to know what you finally do. :)



anonymous on May 23, 2011:

I am looking for a way to display (hanging) very heavy mirrors with a seashell frame. They are approx. 36" wide and 46" long and weigh between 80 & 100 lbs. each. Any ideas?

Aquavel on April 21, 2011:

Wonderful and comprehensive resource! Excellent lens! Looking forward to reading more of your art & critter lenses!

scar4 on April 04, 2011:

love the lamp pictures, great lens, thumbs up:)

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on April 01, 2011:

Fantastic resource for those looking for display panels. Blessed!

Philippians468 on April 01, 2011:

wow i really fancy the EZ Up Style Tents! they look really good! cheers

JoshK47 on March 31, 2011:

Great lens here - good job! :)

hlkljgk from Western Mass on March 29, 2011:

great info and resources. thanks :)

jvsper63 on March 22, 2011:

Wow that's terrific, thanks for sharing ..Joni

CreativeMind2011 on March 15, 2011:

I love display panels and when I saw this lense, It gave me a lot more to learn on the work of arts you have on the panels..Great work!

kathysart on March 13, 2011:

Wow.. this is fabulous!

Mona (author) from Iowa on March 03, 2011:

@anonymous: For stability you'll need more than just feet though they'll help. Are you having three sides up to make an open box shape? If so an above the display brace will be more effective than feet. Either run the brace across the front like in the accessories photo on this page or brace two shorter legs back toward the center back.

I think I need you to draw me a picture. :D Actually if you'd like a more in depth conversation feel free to click on my bio in the upper right corner of this page and it will pull up my lensmaster page. Under that photo is a contact me which is an email. That might be easier than trying to answer too much in this forum. Though continuing in this manner is fine with me as well.

anonymous on March 03, 2011:

@WildFacesGallery: I hang 12"x24" framed photos on my mesh panels. What I need for indoor is a single panel like the one labeled "Freestanding Walls" on this page:

Since I already have the panels, and the two horizontal bars as shown in the picture, I'm thinking adding the two vertical bars and the feet using what I can find at Home Depot.

Mona (author) from Iowa on March 02, 2011:

@anonymous: I've not built my own display before. The handmade one I used when I started out I bought from another artist for $50. It would mostly depend on what you sell. Mernards and such have white plastic coated wire shelves that come in varying lengths and can be zip ties or even bracketed together. But this may not work with heavy weight items liked framed artwork.

What do you sell?

anonymous on March 02, 2011:

Just found your great article.

I have used my Flourish mesh panels with an EZ Up canopy outdoors for a few years. Now I need a standalone single panel for an indoor show. Instead of purchasing one from Flourish, I'm trying to build one using what I have, namely a single panel, the three stabilizing bars, and whatever else I can come up with from Home Depot. Do you have any suggestions on how to go about this? Thanks.

fashionality lm on February 16, 2011:

Great lens!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on February 13, 2011:

Wow, you've done an excellent job with this :)

Delia on February 09, 2011:

I have a couple of different panels for different occasions...mesh for hot our doors and covered for indoor...

Nicely done and very informative lens...Blessed by d-artist Squid Angel.

Blonde Blythe from U.S.A. on February 08, 2011:

You did a fantastic job on this lens! Everything pertaining to display panels and accessories is here! Great presentation! Thank you so much for blessing my Margaret Keane lens! :)

anonymous on January 17, 2011:

Mona, you've provided a ton of helpful information; easy to follow, nicely laid out, great pictures!

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on January 12, 2011:

very detailed info about display panels. some of them are very attractive especially the flourish co's hut type panels. thanks for the info. well presented lens.

darciefrench lm on January 01, 2011:

Spent several years helping my aunt with her home-based business, traveling Canada and doing craft and trade shows. Nice selection of art display panels here.

anonymous on December 25, 2010:

I am pretty artistic at times. Good to know where to go once I collect enough to have a sale.

Katherine Tyrrell from London on December 19, 2010:

As somebody who has struggled with display panels in the past, this is an excellent practical lens which I'm recommending to other people. Liked, favourietd, lesnrolled and featured in the marketing section of my Art Business - Resources for Artists lens

MargoPArrowsmith on December 10, 2010:

lots of great information here

katiecolette on December 06, 2010:

Great information! Very nice lens :)

gypsyman27 lm on December 02, 2010:

I have to favorite this one, great lens. I will come back to it as I think I will try art fairs in my immediate future. See you around the galaxy...

Annamadagan on November 30, 2010:

Cool. Lens!

Tempus on November 19, 2010:

Awesome lens and really helpful too. Thanks

Asinka Fields from Los Angeles, CA on November 17, 2010:

Thanks for dropping by and liking my lens. You have such good tips on art work display here. Was quite a revelation for me.

anonymous on November 14, 2010:

Hi Mona, Excellent site. Everything I wanted to know about purchasing and setting up screens. I am an acrylic artist and looking for a decent set of the wire mesh screens. Good work on the site. Thanks, Don

GetSillyProduct on November 10, 2010:

terrific lens! My wife and I take her art to conventions and there's lots of practical information here to help us maximise our stalls and really show off her work :)

kathysart on November 07, 2010:

I used to do craft fairs when I had my souvenir pottery business. I remember those mornings of arriving at shows, unloading my wares and setting up stands. Sweet memories. Happy day to you and thank you for visiting my lenses.

scar4 on October 25, 2010:

Very informative lens. Thank you for bring me to a brand-new area. Thumbs up.

ZablonMukuba on October 19, 2010:

the lens is very informative

anonymous on October 13, 2010:

Very nicely done, and the panel are just wonderful for displaying art work on.

John Dyhouse from UK on October 12, 2010:

thanks for the information, great lens. I belong to a leisure art group and we have made our own display boards. I hope to do a short lens on the construction and hanging methods we use. I was just checking what info was on Squidoo and found this .

David Gardner from San Francisco Bay Area, California on October 01, 2010:

Very nice! My daughter is an artist (oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolor, pen&ink) and I'm a photography nut... we both like to display our work. This lens has given us a bunch of ideas. Thumbs-upped, favorited, liked, and lensrolled! Congrats on a great job! (Now I must go through all of your other lenses for more good info!)

anonymous on August 06, 2010:

Thanks for this very informative page...... Just what I needed.

Mona (author) from Iowa on April 13, 2010:

@Rachel Field: Thanks Rachel, I had intended on adding a section on homemade panels and completely forgot so glad that you mention it. I started with a second hand pegboard set that worked okay but was heavy as all get out. :)

Mona (author) from Iowa on April 13, 2010:

@indigoj: Thank you thank you for the title poke. I think that's the first time I've missed a title. :)

Indigo Janson from UK on April 13, 2010:

Excellent advice for artists, once again!

Rachel Field on April 13, 2010:

I love the idea of the fabric panels that the wind can get through - much lighter to carry to and fro, I'd imagine. I've only ever used those really heavy wood panels - never outside of course! Great ideas, great lens!

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