Product Review: Genie Canvas
by Michael Damico
As a fine artist, I’ve participated in my fair share of art shows, gallery exhibits, and the like. I landed in the perfect business as a custom framer, too. Because I’m constantly immersed in the world of art and photography. That also means that I’m regularly talking to artists about the trials and tribulations of their craft. One thing you can always count on: transporting (or worse yet, shipping) your artwork for display is a pain in the butt. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re actually pros at creating custom shipping containers for every kind of artwork.
But if you have an exceptionally large piece or if you need a fast and easy solution to packing, shipping, or storing your artwork, have I found the product for you! Genie Canvas has created collapsible and portable canvases for quick assembly and disassembly. Not only did I start using them for myself and my customers, but I recommend them to all my art and photography friends who use canvas. They are perfect for your traveling art needs.
In fact, if you’re an artist or photographer with a lot of canvas items, Genie Canvas is the best solution I’ve ever found. They collapse in the rails and can be rolled for shipping in a tube. It’s completely broken down and ready to ship in under five minutes. Literally. Actually, their website says less than five minutes, but the video you see here takes is less than three minutes.
Since I discovered Genie Canvas, I have come across similar products, but in my opinion, they are over-engineered. And they also start to get more expensive than Genie Canvas. And speaking of costs, take a look at this example they offer on their website:
“A 48” x 72” painting in a box will cost around $700 to ship from NY to LA since it must travel as freight. The same Genie Canvas will be about $40 for the same trip via FED EX Ground. A 48” x 72” travels from London to Madrid for about 55 British Pounds.”
You can’t go wrong with Genie Canvas. Give it a try and tell us what you think. Or, the next time you come in and need us to ship your artwork, we’ll definitely tell you about that option if you’re working with canvas.