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Information For Exchange Participants

Remember to visit http://www.barenforum.org/exchange/index.html for the theme, paper, size, and other information pertaining to the Exchange. See the Exchange Rules page http://www.barenforum.org/exchange/rules.html for general rules about exchanging prints.

Some additional helpful information:

  • The most important thing to remember is that an exchange is a committment to 30 fellow artists and 1 anxious coordinator! Please observe the exchange requirements and the general exchange rules and mail your prints on time or, if something comes up, withdraw in time for a fellow printmaker to take your place.
  • E-mail the coordinator anytime if you have questions or concerns about the exchange and be sure to respond to the coordinator's emails when requested.
  • Submit your print details as soon as you have them or finish your print. This information is copied and pasted into the colophon so be sure to submit print details exactly as you want them to appear.
  • Be sure to observe the exact paper size limits since many of the participants will be ordering presentation cases for their prints.
  • Please plan in advanced so that you mail your dried and completed prints prior to the deadline. If you include protecting sheets between your prints, be sure that they are slightly smaller than the print and no thicker than standard glassine or tissue.
  • Should something come up and you believe you will be unable to complete the exchange, cancel well in advance of the deadline, to allow a substitute to take your place. Remember, everyone is making 31 prints, many participants begin early. Your commitment is not just to the coordinator, but to 29 fellow artists.
  • Mail prints in a re-usable sturdy box or envelope, with sufficient packing to avoid damaging the prints. If you ordered a presentation case, remember to send a box large enough to accommodate the case.
  • Include with your mailing:
    1. A mailing label with your name and address
    2. Sufficient postage, a check for sufficient postage, or a pre-paid air-bill (see approximate rates below) 

Shipping within the U.S. is approximately (2008 rates please check http://www.usps.com for exact rates):

  • $4.95-8.10 standard Priority Mail USPS for up to 2 lbs.
  • $5.65 USPS insured
  • $6.20 USPS certified
  • $12.00 and up Federal Express Home Delivery - See http://www.fedex.com
  • $17.00 UPS 2-3 day - See http://www.ups.com

    Outside the U.S.:

  • $17-27 USPS Priority Mail International
  • USPS Ground or Non-air is no longer available through the US Postal System

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