This piece of art by Bruce Head could be hanging in your dining room. (courtesy WAG)
The rental program is the best way for a client to take the painting home and see how it will fit.
—Aiden Quiring, WAG art rental and sales assistant
Although it has only been available through the Winnipeg Art Gallery's art rental program for a few years, it's been hard to keep Bridge by Bruce Head in the building.
The 20 x 24 inch mixed media piece has been rented privately by people to keep in their homes, and is also available to businesses. It was recently returned by a film company that used it as part of a local shoot.
Bridge was created in 2004 and was acquired by the gallery shortly after the Winnipeg artist's death in 2009.
Aiden Quiring is the art rental and sales assistant at the WAG. She says rentals are a great way for potential shoppers to test drive a particular piece.
"The rental program is the best way for a client to take the painting home and see how it will fit. A great many of our sales are the result of rentals," Quiring says.
To facilitate this, renting a piece of art is quite affordable. Quiring says the cost to rent this one would be $30 per month for a minimum of three months. Then if the renter decided to keep it, the cost to buy would be $950.
But if this particular piece isn't available, there are lots of others to choose from. With about 600 works representing 200 artists, Quiring says other popular choices include: Ewa Tarsia, Brigitte Dion, Robert McInnis, Miriam Rudolph and Rand Heidinger.
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