Frequently Asked Questions


 Are paintings ever sold unframed?

Occasionally a piece isn’t framed and is available for purchase unframed.  Most original artwork is framed and the price includes the framing.


What if I purchase a painting and it doesn’t work in our home?  May I return it?

Yes, you may within 15 days for a full refund.  If you are not satisfied with a piece, please call the gallery immediately and we will help you with how to insure the piece is packaged and shipped correctly to insure no damage to the piece.  The customer is responsible to pay for all return shipping and packing and that any returned merchandise is not returned damaged.


How does one discover if an image is available as a fine art reproduction, poster or some other format?

By phoning the gallery at 406-755-2727


What is a Giclee?

“Giclee” (gee-clay) is French for spraying of ink.  Each Giclee reproduction is printed individually with pigmented, archival ink and then protected with a UV inhibitor varnish to produce a print of lasting quality.  Giclees are known for the brilliant color range and detail in the reproduction.  Giclee prints will last from between 75 and 100 years and cost more than a Lithographic print.  Giclee prints can be reproduced on 100% cotton rag paper, matted and framed behind glass or printed on canvas and stretched on standard stretcher bars and framed.  For a more contemporary finish, a “Gallery Wrap” extends the painting around the sides on wider bars and hung without a frame.


What is a Gallery Wrap Giclee?

A Gallery Wrap canvas is a contemporary alternative to traditional framing.  The canvas image is stretched on heavy-duty stretcher bars that are 1 1/2 inches deep. That means the painting will have a three-dimensional look and feel on the wall.

The giclee image is either cloned to show a mirror of the image as it wraps around the four sides or can be a solid color.  A Gallery Wrap Giclee comes ready to hang on the wall.  The cost is higher than the same size giclee on canvas due to the increased size of the image to accommodate the wrap as well as the labor to do the stretching.  Regardless, the total cost is always much less than traditional framing for a regular giclee.


How to care for a Giclee?

Please store your Giclees away from heat and moisture sources. Always lay your Giclee print on a clean, dry surface as moisture can wick through the back of the print to cause damage to the image. Giclees printed on 100% cotton rag watercolor paper are NOT sprayed with any protective coating. The paper Giclees should be matted and framed as soon as possible. Giclees printed on canvas are water and UV resistant, but NOT waterproof. These prints are susceptible to streaking and smudging if they come into contact with any liquids; therefore, treat them as you would any valuable piece of art work: only wipe off a canvas with a dry cloth, keep out of direct sunlight, keep the piece dry and protected.


When are you open?

Nancy Cawdrey Gallery & Lounge & Lounge is usually open from 10 AM – 6 PM Monday-Saturday & Sunday 12 PM – 8 PM.  On weekends and holidays, phone 406-755-2727 to make an appointment.


How do I find the gallery?

Here is a link to a map that will provide directions.


Do any of the artists at the Gallery offer classes?

Yes, all of them offer some classes.  Call the Gallery to inquire.