Still Life Stage

This product will be discontinued once stock is depleted. Buy now so you don’t miss out!

The Still Life Stage is a handy tool for the still-life painter. Made of furniture-grade PVC pipe and hardboard, it functions as a shadowbox, eliminating the frustration of ever-changing light coming from a window. Just line the box with colored paper or draping fabric, and then set up your still life. Cover the outside of the box with light-blocking fabric, and illuminate with an artificial light source.

This kit, built for you by Jeff Nobbe, is derived from the original shadow box design created by Carol and David Marine, and is a solution for artists who do not wish to build their own. It is with Carol's and David's endorsement that we offer this product to our fellow artists.

The Stage comes partially assembled, snaps together in 4 easy steps.  It will collapse down for flatter storage when not in use.

Price $145 plus shipping and tax (if applicable).


Regarding international orders outside of the U.S.:

Please contact us prior to ordering.  We will quote you a shipping cost, and if that is agreeable with you, we will email you an electronic invoice for ordering. 

***Please note- Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost.  These charges are the buyer's responsibility.  Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying.

To view an informational video with dimensions and additional photos, see below!

TESTIMONIALS from customers:

Hello Connie,
I received my "stage" yesterday and it is up and functioning. I am very impressed with the quality of workmanship, ease of assembly, and packaging. Thrilled to finally have a nice still life setup. I highly recommend this purchase! Thank you so much to your husband, as well, for his superb craftsmanship.
Linda, SC

Hi Connie...I just wanted you to know how much I love the still life stage! You can read what I wrote on my blog...Thanks so much for a great product! Happy New Year and all the best!

Hi Connie...
I got it a little bit ago and have assembled it! Yay!...I’m all set now, and will most likely be writing about the Still Life Stage and Carol Marine's book and how it has impacted me in my new blog ( soon... I really like the SLS and feel "professional" with it...

(Here is her subsequent blog post about the SLS)

About the table:

We have had many inquiries about the table/stand that appears in the photo. Unfortunately, we do not sell these. But here is a suggestion on how to get one:

Go to

In the search field, type in "Adjustable Heavy Duty Work Table". You can scroll down the page and see a couple options from different manufacturers. They are typically red in color, have castors, and are height adjustable. You will see that the tops are recessed, for the purpose of keeping tools from falling over the edge. We filled in the top of ours with thick foam core to make it flat. They are very sturdy, but you do have to get under it and support it to change the height, which takes some strength. They go up to a height of about 47 inches.

Another option is to type in the search field, "Overbed table". These are the tables you see in the hospital. They raise and lower with some hydraulic assistance, just by squeezing a handle on the side. You will need to compare the different brands by reading their details, as they can range in how high they will go. Some brands only go only 42 inches high, and some will go as high as 47 inches. Linda, a customer in New Hampshire, recommends this table (click here). She said that it works really well, and is very reasonably priced.

The weight of an empty Still Life Stage is 17 lbs. Tables usually list their weight capacity, so keep that in mind as you compare your options.

Hope this helps!