• Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2018

    artverb* a sponsor of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2018

    Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2018
    from Anahita Azrahimi Executive & Creative Director, TOAF
    artverb* proud to support TOAF 2018

    artverb* was again a proud sponsor of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair! We developed an innovative onsite art storage solution for artists during the 3 day event.

  • April Fool’s Day 2017!

    AprilFoolsJoke.jpartverb* APRIL FOOL’S JOKE 2017!
    Unfortunately drone art delivery services are not starting May 1st in the Toronto, area. Sorry we fooled quite a few folks out there. Although drone delivery is the future for many industries, we are quite a long ways away for it to make sense in the world of fine art services….

    Here is the full April Fool’s posting:

    In an effort to be innovative far beyond its competitors in the Fine Art Services industry, artverb is now incorporating the latest in drone technology to safely deliver your valuable and fragile artwork to your home. Launching Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from atop delivery trucks doing city deliveries is the future for package delivery companies. With companies like UPS, Amazon and Dominos already doing test scenarios involving drones, it make sense that art delivery wouldn’t be that far behind. If a pizza can be delivered by a drone, why not a painting? artverb is the first to offer this amazing breakthrough in delivery technology.

    Art deliveries can often be miles apart by road, sending a drone from a truck to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency and reducing emissions at the same time.

    “Our art handlers are the face of the company, and that won’t change, but what’s exciting is the potential for drones to aid drivers at various parts along their routes, helping them save time and increasing customer service needs. The future of art delivery is not in sophisticated trucks, but automated unmanned aerial vehicles. The future is NOW!”
    -Ryan Barrett Founder & Owner of artverb*

    Beginning May 1st, drone art delivery service will be available to clients in the Toronto area. Please email ryan@artverb.com for pricing on your local UAV delivery*

    *There are some weight and size limitations with this service.

  • Words from the Founder

    Ryan Barrett, March 2017

    I started artverb* in Toronto in the fall of 2003. My vision then was relatively simple: provide an affordable art transportation and installation service dedicated to serving the needs of Toronto’s visual arts community.

    Currently artverb* has 3 large commercial trucks and our home base is still downtown Toronto. My vision now is focused on providing the highest level art installation and transportation services, and offering regular shuttles to New York City, and Montreal. Art fairs are also a major part of our business. We are the experts in North American art fairs. No other Canadian art handling company has more experience with the fairs than we do. We believe the future is in art fairs, so we regularly service all of them across North America, with special attention given to New York and Miami.

    My vision for an art services company in Toronto looks different than others. For example, the reason why our trucks look different is because they reference New York City art shipping companies. Being in New York regularly for many years now, our business is now a reflection of their standards and processes for fine art handling. Our newer trucks were custom made to fulfill the high requirements of New York City art delivery. Of course, we have brought those standards to Toronto now. I strongly believe in Climate-controlled, air-ride suspension, high-security trucks. We currently have two trucks with these high standards: “Yoshi” and “Hiro”. When I first introduced “Yoshi” to Toronto, it raised the bar in Toronto, by having a superior inner-city art transportation service in a compact package. Our latest truck “Hiro” was also custom built for fine art transportation and in my opinion is arguably the best temperature-controlled and secure truck in New York & Toronto. I incorporated never-before concepts that improve temperature consistency and security that I believe sets us apart.

    Trucks are just trucks though, our people are also what sets us apart.

    I pride myself on having talented, smart guys that are personable and always professional. I have implemented high standards for safe art handling and installation, and we always use the best in art hanging tools and hardware available. Every job has at least one Lead installer/art handler present. Our Lead guys are the red blood cells of the artverb* blood stream. With at least three years of experience they are the best at leading a team and finding solutions for fixing your art emergency.

    Some things haven’t changed though; we are still primarily an artist-run business, and we continue to focus on Toronto and its growth in the global art world. Also, being quirky artists ourselves, we have a deep understanding of the art world, but we also have a fun attitude towards it.

    artverb* continues to grow and evolve organically, with changes of improvement happening constantly. I hope you will purchase a ticket and be part of the “green team” experience!

  • Art Toronto’s Cultural Partner

    art-toronto-partner.jpgCultural partner with Art Toronto
    artverb* is proud to be a cultural partner with Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art.

    Friday, October 28: 12 PM – 8 PM
    Saturday, October 29: 12 PM – 8 PM
    Sunday, October 30: 12 PM – 6 PM
    Monday, October 31: 12 PM – 6 PM

    Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
    255 Front Street West, Toronto