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Retractable 30 Foot Metal Extension Cord is Perfect for An Artist

Updated on December 22, 2013

Designers Edge E215 30-Foot Metal Extension Cord Reel with Diamond Plate

As a visual artist without gallery representation I'm gung-ho for the opportunity to exhibit my work. When the offer is for solo use of a gallery space it's just too good to pass up.

Recently, with the help of volunteers, I mounted two massive art shows of my work over the past decade. The first show held 34 paintings and mixed-media drawings.

The recent exhibit holds 12 pieces that reflect my Take on Arab Spring. I incorporated a fundraiser for the locale's homeless population, dedicating a roomfull of paintings for the cause.

We spent hours and days arranging everything to best advantage. For those who struggle with home art arrangement, you know just what I mean, but thirty times over.

Forty square feet of white walled gallery space, even in a storefront that's not designed to showcase art, is an exceptional find. I was the beneficiary of the largesse of my chiropractor who enlarged her practice, adding massage therapists, acupuncturist, and dedicating the massive entry as a gallery space to show my artwork.

My chiropractor is an exceptional provider with an expansive heart

who epitomizes the spirit in this article ChiropracticJoy and a willingness to invest in the well being of her patients. She had brought me through the challenge of Peripheral Neuropathy and showing my artwork was close to her heart, as a jump start.

My art career had begun with inclusion in the 1985 Omak Stampede Western Art Show, a solo show in my town of Tonasket, WA, a tiny spot on the state highway, and subsequent enrollment in a university art program. I began exhibiting in national juried shows in 1990, taking frequent awards.

I continue to produce art yet haven't recently entered juried shows

so putting my work out there seemed like a natural object, and we cooperated to present the events in Serenity Gallery.

Properly lighting artwork in a temporary installation, where rewiring is not an option, can make or break an art show. I create my works to display in a well lit environment and today's typical office building has areas of great light and pockets of indoor dusk.

As we laid out the plans and hung the work I dismayed over the lighting challenges. Some of my strongest work retreated from the viewer to such a degree that I considered removing it from the show, not having any suitable light system to add.

Oh, if I had found this retractable electrical cord last month it would have saved the day.

One of the most popular features of the set is its two mounting variations. It can be hung (I would have chosen a stud near the wall corner) either in a position so it can be pivoted, or hung with a stationery position. For my next venture this cord will be invaluable.

Photo Gallery

here's the painting that suffered from poor lighting
here's the painting that suffered from poor lighting

Having the right cord is the beginning. Then light selection can take place.

Improving the lighting means buying the right cord system and then selecting individual lights, or going cordless and lighting each painting.

Rite Lite LPL601XLDBZRC battery operated LED Picture Light
Rite Lite LPL601XLDBZRC battery operated LED Picture Light

For an inexpensive individual picture light system this is idea. Having LED bulbs means nearly everlasting service.

Rite Lite LPL606XLGRC Wireless 8 LED Picture Light w/ Remote Control, Brushed Gold Metal
Rite Lite LPL606XLGRC Wireless 8 LED Picture Light w/ Remote Control, Brushed Gold Metal

Depending on the picture the design is a winner for even lighting in poor circumstances where your work demands more light than is available.

Remote Control LED Picture Light Cordless – Polished Brass – for Pictures up to 3 Feet Wide- Safe for Artwork – No Uv and No Heat – Solid Steel Frame 1.3 Lbs – Dimmer Included
Remote Control LED Picture Light Cordless – Polished Brass – for Pictures up to 3 Feet Wide- Safe for Artwork – No Uv and No Heat – Solid Steel Frame 1.3 Lbs – Dimmer Included

Cream of the crop lights protect the artwork from harmful rays and heat.

Knowing it has a dimmer can make all the difference, and since much of my artwork is three feet wide I can be sure that they are adequately lit.


Art shows are just one use for this good looking 30' extension cord. My dad would have liked it because it's metal protected and I like it because I can use either mounting hook for just my purpose. How would you use it?


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      4 years ago

      I'd use it suspended from my ceiling so no one could trip over it and the cat couldn't chew on it. These are great in the garage - plus it's safer to keep these up high. My dad would've owned several if he was around - even if he didn't ever use them.


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