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Industry News

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Jim SemitekolMacPherson’s esteemed Chief Operations Officer and Executive VP, will be retiring at the end of 2017.  Jim joined MacPherson’s in 2001 as Director of Operations and has played a key role in our growth and success. After the new year Jim will continue to serve MacPherson’s as a consultant three to four days per week. Please join all of us here at MacPherson’s in wishing him all the best in his transition to retirement. Read more about Jim and MacPherson’s organizational changes here.

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Strathmore’s Senior Account Manager for the Southeast, Don Bradley, will be retiring from the company at the end of 2017. His knowledge, customer care, mentorship, character, integrity, humor, and, most of all, his overwhelmingly loving heart will be missed by many. Please join his colleagues at Pacon in thanking Don for his service to the art materials industry, and wishing him the best for his retirement! Find the complete announcement here.

Who else can say they work with a colleague that has an icon of the company brand tattooed on their arm for eternity? That’s commitment!

Who else but Don has the company brand tattooed on their arm? That’s commitment!

With great sadness we report the recent passing of Barbara Berger, Nuremburg-based marketing and sales manager at STABILO responsible for North America. We will miss you Barbara.

KatieKatie Geldhof and her late husband, Mark, opened the Kent, OH art supply store All Media 40 years ago. A community-based locally-oriented store, they’ve always believed in giving back starting with those who they employ. “It’s all artists that work here,” says Katie, proudly. Now it is time for a transition so Katie is planning to sell the store to one of those artist employees, Brian Smith, a landscape painter. Brian has been working at the store for 25 years. Read the whole story on All Media.

Golden News December 2017

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

GOLDEN Launches NEW QoR® mini

Compact color for artists on the move.

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QoR® Watercolor will be launching the QoR mini 12 Half Pan set and adding QoR Masking Fluid to the product line.

The totally new solid half pans of color within QoR mini re-wet beautifully and deliver the lively painting performance artists expect. QoR mini fits 12 half pan watercolors in a tin smaller than an index card. It fits perfectly in your pocket or purse for urban sketching and plein air painting. Features include:

  • Stamped wells on tin lid offer convenient mixing space
  • Innovative non-staining silicone insert with embossed letters next to each pan to reference colors
  • Standard size removable/refillable half pans
  • Watercolor paper insert to paint out a color reference key
  • Vibrant, clean mixing primary colors along with convenient secondary and earth colors

Order Details:

Item #: GD7000015-0 (Coming soon)

UPC: 738797012295

List Price: $99.99

Terms:

  • Available February 12, 2018. Standard freight.
  • No minimum order.
  • Standard discounts apply.
  • Get an extra 20% discount on pre-orders now through March 16, 2018.

See your MacPherson Sales Representative for more information.

More GOLDEN Heavy Body Colors for 2018, Same Footprint

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All Heavy Body retailers can now offer a greater selection of colors within their current GOLDEN cabinets with the introduction of a new tube shelf for 2 oz. Heavy Body cabinets that increases the tube count from 10 to 12 per shelf. That’s a 20% increase in colors with no additional space required! And just as conversion kits are available, GOLDEN is also launching several new colors!

Cobalt Teal is back! Very popular when it was previously available, GOLDEN had to discontinue it when the pigment became unavailable. The launch of QoR watercolors helped us discover a new pigment supplier, so we can bring this very desirable single-pigment color back to Heavy Body acrylics. The Phthalo and Titanium blended Teal will remain available.

New Light Value Colors! For 2018, seven new light value colors add bright and convenient blends to what is already the most extensive palette in artist acrylic colors. Colors include Light Bismuth Yellow, Light Orange, Titan Violet Pale, Light Phthalo Blue, Light Phthalo Green, Titan Green Pale, and Titan Mars Pale.

New Yellows with Exceptional Lightfastness! We continuously test our products to make sure that we are providing the best materials available to artists. Recent tests reveal that the pigments PY3 and PY73, used in our Hansa Yellow Light and Hansa Yellow Medium formulations no longer meet the highest ASTM Lightfastnesss standards. To provide the bright and lightfast yellows artists need we are introducing Benzimidazolone Yellow Light and Benzimidazolone Yellow Medium across all acrylic color lines in 2018. The Hansa colors will remain available in open stock tubes, however, the new Benzimidazolone colors will replace Hansa Yellow in sets beginning February 12, 2018.

All of these changes are highlighted in MacPherson’s Spring Catalog. For specific information regarding conversion kits and color changes detailed above, reference the MacPherson website OEX Golden or contact your MacPherson Sales Representative.

 

Williamsburg Adds Seven NEW Colors in 2018!

WBNewColorBlade_462X1200Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors will be introducing seven exciting new colors exemplifying the beauty and quality of our paints while extending the largest range of oil colors available anywhere. Additionally, in response to concerns surrounding the use of zinc oxide in oil paint formulations we have reformulated 12 color blends to be zinc free.

These new Williamsburg colors for 2018 exemplify the beauty and quality of our paints while extending the largest range of oil colors available anywhere:

  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Tranpsarent Red Iron Oxide
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Nickel Azo Yellow
  • Bismuth Vanadate Yellow
  • Titan Buff

Space for new colors will be created from the discontinuation of Mars Orange Deep and Slate Black due to pigment availability. For existing planograms, conversion kits will be available starting February 12, 2018.

For further details, please contact your MacPherson Sales Representative.

Visit GOLDEN at Creativeworld 2018

For close to 20 years, GOLDEN has been exhibiting at Creativeworld, the leading international trade fair for paper, office supplies, stationary and art supplies.  Every year we look forward to having this time to visit with our friends and trading partners. Please plan to come see us in our booth location, Hall 4.1 Stand C12, where we will be featuring all three of our brands: GOLDEN Acrylics, Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors and QoR® Watercolor.

Please be sure to stop by and visit during the show, which is from January 27 – January 30, 2018. If you would like to schedule a specific meeting time during the show, please contact Bill Hartman at bhartman@goldenpaints.com.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing what’s new!

Industry News

Monday, November 27th, 2017

pacon_sun_mainPacon Corporation, parent company of Strathmore announced that it acquired certain assets of Carolina Pad and Paper International LLC’s Arts and Crafts Division. Under the terms of the agreement, Pacon acquired CPP’s Ghostline and UCreate branded product lines. CPP’s arts and crafts business will be moved to Pacon’s facilities in Appleton, Wisconsin. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

In news from MacPherson’s Marketing & Creative Department, we have welcomed some new faces over the past few months: Ryan Broussard is our new Brand Manager for Lifestyle brands POSCA and Montana. Krystal Willis has been promoted to Creative Manager. Meghan McLean is our new Graphic Designer, and Greg Houston is now our Photography Production Coordinator.

The MacPherson’s team also wants to send a hearty congratulations to our Marketing Director, Dionne Mallins on the birth of her son, Joshua Triptree. Dionne, her husband, David Triptree, and baby Joshua are all doing well.

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Strathmore Artist Papers™ is pleased to announce that Peter St James of St James Solutions, Inc. will be representing the line in Canada beginning December 1, 2017. Peter has been in the art supply industry for decades. After graduating from McGill University in 1991, Peter started as a sales representative for Talens CAC, an Importer/Distributor of fine art materials in Canada.

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main-logo (1)Logan Graphic Products, Inc. US maker of high quality hand mat and framing tools is pleased to announce they have won a federal lawsuit against TCP Global (U.S. Art Supply), and its President, Dean Faucett  of San Diego, CA. In its multi-count suit, Logan accused TCP Global and Faucett of infringing Logan’s trade dress by importing, manufacturing, and selling Chinese-made mat-cutting equipment specifically designed to appear identical or nearly identical to well-known Logan products.

Dick Guiry, President of Guiry’s in Denver, Colorado, passed away last week. He had just turned 80. Dick took over the family business in 1962 and added Art Supplies to what was already a well-known paint and interior design store. His son Sean is now running the company. Guiry’s recently opened their tenth location in the Denver Metro area.

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Dick Guiry is on the right, along with his daughter Tiffany Pedrett and son Sean Guiry

GOLDEN Working Artist Program Director, Patti Brady, will be retiring in December. Read the entire story in Golden’s November news in this issue of the Art Dog Blog.

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A.C. Moore’s parent company has announced they have purchased Blitzy, a leading online retailer of arts and crafts products. They also announced they have made a major investment in Zibbet — one of the fastest-growing peer-to-peer handcraft online marketplaces. Read the whole story here.

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Artograph announced it is  terminating its Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy as of November 1, 2017. In a letter to the trade, Artograph’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) John Davis said, “We are of the opinion that this situation is no longer sustainable in the current retail environment.”

National Art and Hobby in New Orleans has closed it’s doors for good after 90 years in business.

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Golden November 2017 Industry News

Monday, November 27th, 2017

GOLDEN Working Artist Program Director, Patti Brady, Announces Retirement

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It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement this December of Patti Brady, the Director of the GOLDEN Certified Working Artist and GOLDEN Artist Educator Programs.

An accomplished studio artist, Patti joined Golden Artist Colors in 1994 and embarked on building these innovative education programs artist by artist, market by market. Today 34 professional artists comprise the Working Artist Program, providing in-depth lecture/demos to audiences across the US and in several international markets. Patti also led the development of the GOLDEN Artist Educator Program, a network of over 180 independent workshop teachers who feature GOLDEN products in their events.

Furthermore, Patti has had several individual contributions which have helped generate artist engagement in numerous media outlets, including the writing of technical articles for the GOLDEN Just Paint newsletter, the development of various instructional videos, and authoring her acrylic text, Rethinking Acrylic: Radical Solutions for Exploiting the World’s Most Versatile Medium, published by North Light Books in 2008. Over time, Patti has become the face of the GOLDEN brand to many artists throughout the world.

In retirement, Patti is looking forward to more time dedicated to her work and travel. Please join us in thanking Patti for her service to the industry and wishing her the best in retirement. You can contact Patti and stay up to date with her work on www.pattibrady.com.

Industry News

Friday, October 27th, 2017

IMG_6167Alain Assoun, founder of Assoun Distribution near Paris in 1969 (and which was acquired by Mitsubishi Pencil Co. in 2016), announced he has left the company. The company is the exclusive distributor of uni-ball and Posca for most European countries. Maxime Brasseur has replaced Alain as General Manager of Mitsubishi Pencil France.

North American Copic agent Imagination International is in the local news for donating more than $130,000 in tools to Springfield High School in Eugene, OR Read the story here.

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ryanIn Colart people news, Ryan Testa has joined this summer as Field Sales Representative with responsibilities for retail stores in the Northeast. He comes to Colart with sales experience in the education field.  You can reach Ryan at: rtesta@colartusa.com.

margheritaMargherita Imburgia has joined Colart as Fine Art Multiples (Chains) Sales Director on August 21 and her responsibilities will include stores in the Northeast. You can reach Margherita at: mimburgia@colartusa.com. 

CarolCarole Lallay Guzman joined Colart as Field Sales Representative on September 25, 2017, covering the Southeast in an area extending north to North Carolina and West to Louisiana. She will be based in the Atlanta area. She started her career at Binders in Atlanta, and handled Sales and Project Management for a theming company in Atlanta.  Reach Carole at: cguzman@colartusa.com.

DanaLastly,  Dana Koeppel joined Colart on July 15, 2014, as Customer Service Representative, moved to a Junior Sales Representative in August 2017. Reach Dana at dkoeppel@colartusa.com.

Golden News October 2017

Friday, October 27th, 2017

GOLDEN Supports O+ Art Festivals

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Founded in 2010 in Kingston, NY, by a small group of artist-activists, doctors and a dentist, O+ is a national nonprofit working in cities around the country to support the exchange of “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.” O+ brings together artist communities, health and wellness providers, and corporate sponsors to make possible the exchange of mural painting, music, poetry and other artistic performances for free medical services made available to underinsured artists. The organization’s year-round efforts culminate in one-day and weekend-long festivals in select cities. 

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GOLDEN has been supporting mural artists participating in O+ for the last 4 years, but decided to heighten its participation this year in several ways:

    • GOLDEN donated paints to 5 mural artists for the Kingston festival, as well as paints to mural artists at the Poughkeepsie, NY, and Haverhill, MA, events earlier this summer.
    • Mark Golden spoke on a panel at the Kingston event in collaboration with the Good Work Institute, engaging the audience in the importance of building communities and how to sustain those communities in the future.
    • GOLDEN was a lead monetary sponsor for the Kingston festival this year.
    • GOLDEN sponsored 15 optometry appointments in Kingston.
    • GOLDEN supplied a bus for close to 30 staff members to attend the Kingston event and experience all that the O+ Festival has to offer.

To learn more about the O+ Festival, visit http://opositivefestival.org/. For more information about the Good Work Institute, go to https://goodworkinstitute.org/.

 

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GOLDEN Sites Now “Responsive”

All three GOLDEN websites for its brands are now “responsive,” making it easier for site visitors to navigate the sites on smart phones & tablets. The most recent changes were made to the GoldenPaints.com website. One of the areas on the site most affected by this upgrade was the Store Locator section, so now consumers will experience improved functionality and search results. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do so and especially on your smartphone or tablet!

If you have any questions about any of the above information, contact your MacPherson’s Account Manager.

Artist & Art Materials Survey: Help Spread the Word!

Friday, October 27th, 2017

The New Artist & Art Materials Survey went live on Monday, October 16, and stays open through mid-November.
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  • Here’s the link:

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•  The survey gathers the demographics, brand preferences and insights of a wide variety of North American consumers engaged the making of art. It produces a trove of actionable information that suppliers and retailers can take advantage of.  Non-NAMTA members are welcome to promote the survey, though only members can view the reports.
•  Help NAMTA get the word out by promoting the survey to your artist customers – see the details on the Artist Survey Promotional Page

 

FAQ’s

  • The focus of the 2018 study is active artists, typically those who have created ten or more artworks in the past year
  • The study will cover the USA and Canadian artist markets
  • The results will be FREE for NAMTA members in 2018
  • Help NAMTA get the Fourth Edition of the Artists & Art Materials Survey out to your customers – and give your customers a chance to win one of five $100 gift certificates to their NAMTA member store of choice.

 

Industry News

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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Dick Wiest, west coast art material pioneer and long time MacPherson’s account manager, passed away on Sept 1st. He was 87 and had long battled heart disease. He is survived by his wife Edna and sons Karl and Kris. A proud and loyal Marine, the family feels Dick would have been grateful for any support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

 

At MacPherson’s our hearts goes out to our customers in Puerto Rico as they deal with the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Massive power outages have lead to terrible food and water shortages. Clean up will take years. We have heard from a few of our customers and, while they are ok physically, long-term survival is the immediate challenge.

The recent hurricanes have devastated many parts of the U.S., and victims’ needs are huge. A group of us at MacPherson’s spontaneously came together with a plan for how to help. Our team members chipped in $3,635 of their own money, with a matching pledge from MacPherson’s. These funds will go to various organizations in  Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Our clothing drive collected garments which will be sent to the affected areas. We also heard that shelters in Houston, TX asked for supplies to keep children and adults occupied in the shelters while getting back on their feet. We identified two shelter organizations in Houston and, working with our Inventory leader Tammy Kyle, are sending thousands of dollars of coloring books, canvas, coloring pencils and paints in response to their request.

  • One shelter is run by the City of Houston for displaced citizens.

  • The second shelter is run by the 7th Day Adventist Church.

With great sadness we report the passing of George Ebert, co-founder of what became one of the leading Northwest retailers in Medford Oregon, Central Art. He was 87 years old. In 1967 George and his wife at the time opened a store called la Petite Gallery. With the help of his wife Winnie and, later, his son Dan and daughter-in-law Ann, George evolved and transformed the store into one of the leading art materials seller in the Northwest. Read the obituary for George Ebert here.

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The world-class United Kingdom-based art retailer Cass Art is on a mission to “fill the towns with artists”. Mark Cass, Cass Art’s owner, caught the attention of the Daily Telegraph newspaper. The recently-opened Glasgow, Scotland location brings the group’s store count to 12. Read the whole inspiring story.

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Chartpak has entered into an agreement to buy the specialty paper converter called W.G. Fry, a private label manufacturer of specialty notebooks, sketchbooks and boutique papers located in West Springfield, MA.

Gamblin: Finding Your Happy Medium

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

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The “best” painting medium is the one that best supports your process and your artistic intentions. So how do you figure out which one that is?
Over the years, we’ve created a number of tools to help you find the medium that’s best for you. Now we’ve brought it all together in one place on our website.
Not getting everything you want from the medium you’re currently using? Looking for some new possibilities? Check out what we’ve put together for you  and feel free to give us a call if you have more questions.

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From all 25 of us at Gamblin, thank you for supporting an independent and American colorhouse.

Kind regards,

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Scott Gellatly

Product Manager

Gamblin Artists Colors

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Winsor & Newton Celebrates World Watercolor Month

Monday, August 28th, 2017

WCMONTHWinsor & Newton was honored this year to be a sponsor of World Watercolor Month in July.  Charlie O’Shields whose love of the medium inspired him to create a movement dedicated to inspiring the use of watercolors and encouraging creativity originated the World Watercolor Month concept.  Winsor & Newton was one of several brands that provided products for prizes.
Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers were shared as giveaways and watercolor sets were won as prizes.  Additionally Winsor & Newton provided over $1,500.00 in art supplies for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing underprivileged children and young adults around the world the opportunity to explore creativity and the arts.
This exciting event encouraged over 9,000 artists to join the movement and hashtag their work, #worldwatercolormonth.  Over 37,000 watercolors were produced and via Charlie’s efforts, the Dreaming Zebra Foundation received over $7,500.00 worth of art materials.  Winsor & Newton is looking forward to continuing their support of such a worthwhile endeavor!

It’s never too early to plan for next years World Watercolor Month!

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Industry News

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Houston, TX Art Stores Quick Report 

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 Art Supply (Vikki Trammell & Ben Russell)  No flooding. The store will open on Wednesday. Vikki Trammel is asking NAMTA members for donations of art supplies for those artists who have been hit so hard.  She will be working through Printmatters (she is on the advisory board) and another non-profit to make your donations tax deductible. At this time, if you are able to contribute, please begin to set the product aside and as soon as the Houston area is able to receive deliveries again we will notify you and provide detailed shipping information.
Texas Art Supply Co. stores at Montrose and Voss are not flooded, and have only experienced minor damage. The Montrose location is planning to re-open Wednesday 8/30.  Unfortunately, due to flood conditions on local roadways, the Baybrook store is inaccessible and its status is unknown at this time. Complete updates on company personnel are not available at this time, however, there have been confirmations that several employees experienced flooding in their homes. Our credit manager suffered severe flooding at her house. She lives in a flood-prone area, and has suffered almost total loss twice before this flood, and I was told the she was informed by her insurance company that they will not rebuild/replace at her current address. She will have to move this time. As for logistics in and out of the area, it will probably take a while before things get normal here. Some of the freight terminals may be under water. If you have any shipments headed our way it would probably be a good idea to hold onto them for awhile.
Jerry’s Artarama in Houston is reporting the store is not flooded, however, due to flood conditions on local roadways the store is inaccessible and the manager (Daniel Elliott) has not been able to confirm any potential damage. Pending his ability to navigate the flooded roadways, the store will attempt to re-open on Thurs 8/31. One employee is confirmed to have experienced flooding damage at their residence.

IMG_0160Stuart Shapiro has left Binders in Atlanta to embarks on a new career path in the physical fitness industry. Stuart has been with Binders for 10.5 years and without a doubt represented the best in Binders and our industry. All of us who know him, and the entire team at Binders, salute Stuart with a hearty “Job well done Stuart and thank you!

Thursday night, August 17th, Beth Martin of Hyatt’s Graphic Supply in Buffalo, NY gave birth to their second daughter Lydia Christina Martin.  She was 5lbs and 18in long.  Mom, baby and proud papa Seth are doing well.  She is also the second grandchild of Greg and Lynn Hyatt.

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Meet the MacPherson’s Brand Marketing and Creative team!

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Color! Sweet Color!!! The quirky flipbook artist known as the Flippiest has been using STABILO pens & pencils for a long time…so cool to finally make us a flipbook that can be used by like-minded retailers to re-post on their favorite social media pages! #FreeYourTrueColors #ad 

Bob & Susan Leigh, recently bought Fine Line Art Supply & Custom Framing in Sonoma, CA and have relaunched in a bigger space in the Sonoma Marketplace. Read the whole story.

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End of an Era Department:

Frank Koerber the founder of Du-All Drafting & Art Supply would have been 115 years old on August 10, 2017. He worked at Chrysler as a Draftsman in the late 40s. He would repair his coworkers drafting tools and and made his own triangles, curves etc. The coworkers called him Mr DuAll so when he left Chrysler he started Du-All Instrument Service out of his home in Detroit. He built the business by going from shop to shop selling drafting tools and doing repairs. He had a reputation as a honest and fair merchant.  Du-All has evolved into what is known today as Du-All Drafting & Art Supply. Unfortunately, 67 years after Frank started Du-All it closed its retail store on August 19th, 2017.

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Steve Aufhauser is also in the process of closing Continental Arts after a 57 year run in Reseda California. The San Fernando Valley institution was begun by his father, Robert, who fled Germany during World War II. Steve took it over after his father retired. Steve plans to move to Oregon to be close to his twin brother. Read the full story Here

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Wondering what is going on at FILA, the Milan Italy based owner of Canson, Daler-Rowney & Dixon Ticonderoga? In a recent article entitled “Dixon-Ticonderoga’s Italian owner promises growth in digital age” in the Orlando Sentinel, CEO Massimo Candela gives a hopeful vision of the company’s future while explaining how he plans to manage the north American subsidiary from their headquarters in Italy Dixon Ticonderoga

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Help your customers re-discover the joy of putting pen to paper with Rebecca Cahill Roots’ inspiration video that you can share on social media. Become a master of modern letter forms and inject some personality into your penmanship, as the founder of Betty Etiquette makes a quirky case for getting in touch with the slower more stylish means of communicating.

Greeland KevinGOLDEN is happy to announce the hire of Kevin Greeland as its new Education Coordinator! Kevin is a tenured GOLDEN Certified Working Artist with existing relationships with many retail store owners, arts organization leaders and artists. He will be responsible for managing both the Working Artist Program (WAP) and the Golden Artist Education Program (GAEP). Kevin will maintain connectivity with artists in the programs, lead recruiting and training for new WAP and GAEP artists, and develop new educational formats and content. We anticipate great success for Kevin in this new role and wish him the best!

Check out the recent Google Doodle celebrating the birth of Hip Hop (and Street Art Renaissance) 

It’s been LeFun…

Monday, August 28th, 2017

9cb6a29e-96f1-4aea-9123-c212d90bdd29Simply put, LeFranc & Bourgeois will no longer be available in North America. This is due to their new global marketing focus and the cost to re-certify most of the product range to be compliant with USA health and safety laws (ACMI testing).

The good news? MacPherson’s will continue to carry the unique and ever popular LeFranc & Bourgeois Flashe, an extra fine, vinyl-based professional grade of matte permanent colors.

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Manuscript News: World Calligraphy Day is August 16!

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Calligraphy and hand lettering continue to trend and open doors to a whole new demographic of customers. In honor of this, Manuscript has launched World Calligraphy Day! They will be celebrating this on social media and hosting an event at the Pen Museum in Birmingham, England.

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Retailers can maximize on this event by hosting demos, classes and/or promotions during the month of August and specifically on the 16th. Make sure you shout it out on social media and make your customers aware. For retailers that do not currently have a robust calligraphy department, this is the time expand! Great ways to do this are with several easy assortments that we have put together.

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Item # MUENTRYAS – Manuscript Entry Assortment contains 10 basic and best-sellers from Manuscript. To easily kickstart calligraphy in your store.

Item # MUEXPAS – Manuscript Expanded Assortment contains the 10 items in the entry assortment, plus 15 more key items to give your customers an impactful calligraphy assortment.

Item #s SP3094 and SP3095 – Speedball Intro Calligraphy Assortment and Complete Calligraphy Assortment are optimized to feature the 43/70 best-selling drawing and lettering products, they include pens, inks, nibs, books and even a poster!

Check out these assortments and many more hand lettering products on Online Express.

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Derwent: a Journey into the World of Pencils

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Derwent has been making high quality drawing materials including colored pastel pencils and graphite lead pencil sets since 1832, when they were known as the Cumberland Pencil Company. Rumor has it the story dates even further back to the 1500s, when a violent storm uprooted many trees and the shepherds discovered a black material under the soil with which they could mark their sheep. This turned out to be graphite, and a local business began making pencils with the discovered material. Today, Derwent has an unswerving reputation for innovation, inspiring artists with new products like Procolour, Inktense, Graphik Line Painters and Tinted Charcoal, alongside their classic range of Artists, Graphic and Watercolor Pencils.

Industry News

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

7e1829e2-aa5d-40c4-af10-638eae88816cThe well respected industry personality Arthur Long passed away on July 5, 2017 in Dallas, TX. He was 59 years old and battled heart disease for a short period. His last position was Vice President of Fine Art Channel at Dixon Ticonderoga. He received the President’s Club Award for Outstanding Sales Accomplishment from ColArt Americas, Inc. in 2002, and was Salesperson of the Year for Canson, Inc. in 2013. Arthur is survived by his spouse, Jocelyn, his brother, Charles, and his sisters, Linda and Laura. Donations are welcome in his honor to the Wounded Warriors Project(https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

The Orlando Sentinel has written a piece about Fila/Dixon Ticonderoga, owner of Canson and Daler Rowney telling more of the story behind CEO Tim Gomez’s recent departure from the company. Click for the details Here

Arch Supplies in San Francisco has been featured in the Cool Cities San Francisco Guide

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1033395-good-deed-entertainment-open-loving-vincent-nyc-922-la-929The award-winning animated feature Loving Vincent, Solving the Mystery of the Artist Death will see its North American premier this fall beginning with New York City on Friday, September 22nd, then Los Angeles on Friday, September 29th and expanding to top regional markets throughout October and November. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted with Royal Talen’s Van Gogh Oils by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. Royal Talens North America has been working closely with the film’s distributor Good Deed Entertainment to create retailer partnerships opportunities for stores who stock the Van Gogh Oils range. Interested retailers should contact Kyle Richardson(k.richardson@royaltalens.com)

Colart has been shortlisted as finalists in the Sustainability Team of the Year category at the Ethical Corporation’s 8th Annual Responsible Business Awards. Ethical Corporation’s mission is to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. Colart is in the finals because the company’s entire team has embedded sustainability top down and bottom up with their ambassador network. The winners will be revealed and celebrated at an Awards ceremony on 16th of October in London.

IMG_0299At Art Things in Annapolis, MD Laurie Nolan and her family have operated a community treasure for more than five decades. Recently Laurie has decided to retire from retail. She is working to identify a new owner who will lead Art Things into the lives of even more generations! If you can think of anyone who might be a good fit to purchase and operate this business, please have them contact their broker Bob Phillips (bobphillips@tworld.com).

IMG_4706The Manitoba Arts Council has appointed ), Janeen Junson  owner of the Artist Emporium in Winnipeg as one of its newest Council members.

With sadness we report the passing of Manny Franquinha founder of Crest Garden and Hardware in Brooklyn who passed away on July 9th at the age of 89.

Strathmore July 2017

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Strathmore is excited to expand their initiative to offer consumers educational information as it relates to art. The video series called “Artist How-To” videos launched in May, 2015, and in these short video segments, Strathmore has paired with professional artists to offer artist tips and techniques as it relates to a specific type of art and mediums.

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The newest additions to the collection of “Artist How-To” are three new videos created by artist Justin Maas. In these short 2-4 minute videos, Justin explains his tips and techniques for creating portrait artwork using toned papers. This content is great for artists just starting out with toned papers, or for those who have interest in creating portraits but need a bit of guidance on where to begin. In the first video, Justin provides an overview of why an artist may choose to use Toned paper, and how to use it. In video 2, he covers materials needed to create portraits on Toned paper and shows viewers how to set up their work space. In video 3, he demonstrates a finished piece from start to finish, while narrating his tips and techniques.

The three videos available in the Toned Paper Portraits “Artist How-To” set include:

  • Video 1: Introduction

 

  • Video 2: Materials Needed
  • Video 3: Demonstration of Finished Portrait

 

All of these new videos are available on Strathmore’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/StrathmoreArtist

You can download the videos directly from Vimeo. Simply click the “Download” button below the video.

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To support consumers interested in learning about using Toned Mixed Media, Strathmore has also created a new Art Blog posting with some additional information about this innovative line of products. Be sure to check out all of Strathmore’s art blog postings at https://www.strathmoreartist.com/blog.html

Additionally, Strathmore offers a quarterly newsletter at https://www.strathmoreartist.com/artist-newsletter.html which features an artist and their work each publication, along with new product information, current consumer promotions, and frequently asked questions from our website. It’s a great resource for artists and retail stores to keep up to date!

Along with the Artist Tips and Tricks videos, Strathmore is proud to offer product videos, a brand video, archived years of Online workshop videos, and short videos answering artist frequently asked questions. All the videos are now available on the Retailer and Distributor Tools area of Strathmore’s website! Follow us on social media to stay in touch with all of the tools available for consumer engagement and education.

Interested in learning more? Contact your MacPherson’s sales representative for ideas of how you can drive more traffic and sales with Strathmore’s Video Series.

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Liquitex Expands Basics Acrylic Range to Offer Artists More Choice

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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Liquitex is launching a new range of Basics 400ml squeeze bottles, Basics mediums, and Basics sets developed for students and artists who are looking for dependable quality at an economical price.

Basics 400ml provides a size option between the 250ml tube and the 946ml jar in an easy-to-use squeeze bottle. The squeeze bottles are available in 24 colors at the end of July.

Liquitex launched eight new mediums in July designed to help student artists explore their creativity. In addition to Gesso which already exists, the new products consist of core mediums: Gloss Gel, Modeling Paste, Iridescent Medium, Coarse Texture Gel, Gloss Fluid Medium, Matte Fluid Medium, Gloss Varnish, and Matte Varnish. A Mediums Trial Set priced at $14.99 for student artists who want to enter the mediums range without price being a barrier rounds out the offering.

An expanded set selection includes a Basics Best Sellers Set in a clear brick format that contains 24 – 22ml best-selling colors and has a handle for easy carrying that will be available to ship in late October.

In appreciation of your support of Basics, Liquitex is offering a Dealer Loyalty Program growth rebate (over and above any Colart rebate program) for the calendar year 2017. For further details about this program please contact your Colart sales representative.

Liquitex will also offer various point-of-sale items, such as a hand-painted blade with all 48 Basics colors in July and August to help the Basics presentation in store stand out and help educate student artists. There will also be a Fall Back to School promotion, offering 15% off the entire Basics range.

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Show off Your Winsor & Newton Paper and Canvas Display & Win Big

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Ready to show off your creativity? In celebration of the newly launched Winsor & Newton paper and canvas range,  Colart has announced a new contest!

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Take a picture of your display, share it with us and get rewarded if your display is the best of the bunch. The reward: $1,000 of Colart product at MSRP. One winner will be chosen and featured in their next newsletter. Submit your paper and canvas display photo to getintouch@colartusa.com by September 1, 2017. Colart looks forward to your submissions!

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Industry News

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

IMG_0101The owner of Blaine’s in Anchorage, Rene Haag passed away Saturday June 24th after a valiant fight with pancreatic cancer. Much loved within the art material supplier community for her generous spirit and renowned hospitality, she will be missed and much remembered. Her husband Dave Haag survives her.  Rene’s Memorial will be held Saturday July 22nd at 2pm at the 1st United Methodist 725 W. 9th Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 Preferred Florist: (she did ALL of Rene’s events!) Hummels Flowers phone: 907-272-78Z57. Any donations can be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Pancan) www.pancan.org/ways-to-give/

Stacey Smith of Binders wed Rich Wetzstein on May 6th.   Stacey’s son, Jarren was happily included in the ceremony.

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Office products mass market and online retailer Staples, Inc. is being acquired by the private-equity firm Sycamore Capital for $6.9 billion.  The sale includes Staples Canadian operation. Sycamore Capital plans to make the publicly traded  Staples private and has not yet revealed their plans to restructure the company who has suffered in recent years from sliding sales and profitability.

IMG_3165There have been sales organization structural changes at Newell Brands (Sanford’s) Art & Craft division. Senior Sales Manager Jim Kelly will be moving to lead their Home Hardware Sales Division and Heather Rooney will take over much of Jim’s responsibilities in the role of Director of Sales Arts & Crafts

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Tonya Lutz joined MacPherson’s as Brand Business Development Manager on Monday, June 19th.  Tonya brings 17+ years of industry experience in both Brand Management and Sales.  Tonya has spent the last nine years at Faber-Castell where she was a Senior Leader in Brand Management for their adult brands in the US, developing programs to increase brand visibility and sales turns for our customers. Tonya’s role at MacPherson’s will be to work closely with the Derwent Brand Team. Her focus will be to set the strategic stage for Derwent and to translate brand stories into retail placement opportunities and supporting in the field execution. Tonya will be working from her home office in Berea, Ohio and reporting to Dionne Mallins.

Leo and Jim from DalerJim Gary, formerly Southern California-based Sales Manager at Canson, has taken a position at Royal & Langnickel, with the retirement of Andrea Hand, Western Regional territory manager.

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Cliff Stieglitz, founder and publisher of Airbrush Action Magazine has announced the sale of his company to Gail Fishback and Brian Woodruff. Brian has been Airbrush Action’s Art Director for over 11 years. Gail was with American Artist Magazine for 27 years. Gail served as NAMTA President in 2002.

Jerry’s Artarama’s Nashville store will relocate from its Antioch location to East Nashville this Fall, with plans to take about 7,500 square feet of space in a building located at 711 Main Street.

MacPherson’s and STABILO proudly hosted thousands of colorful doodling fans at last weekend’s San Francisco Pride, a Celebration of Diversity.  Postcards and STABILO Point 88 pens and Pen 68 markers were provided to create messages of love and fun that were mailed far and wide.  Check out the photos:

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MacPherson’s Dealer Workshop – with thanks from Colart!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

MacPherson’s Dealer Workshop – with thanks from Colart!

Thank you to all the retailers who joined us at the MacPherson’s Annual Dealer Workshop and checked out the launch of the Liquitex Cadmium Free range and Winsor & Newton surfaces. The annual conference is always a special time to connect with our retail partners and offer you a glimpse of new products. This year was no different as we offered demos and workshops for Liquitex in one room and Winsor & Newton and Arches in another.

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In the Liquitex room, Cadmium Free demos were the focus. Attendees tested the product side by side with the Cadmium paints and saw just how comparable the two are. In addition to the demos, we unveiled a blind sampling kit concept that customers can use in their local art communities. Attendees were also impressed with the Liquitex Cadmium Free merchandising kits for offering a complete introductory merchandising solution.

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Liquitex also launched the new Basics sizes and Basics planogram at the event, and customers were excited about the various Liquitex sets, particularly the $14.99 BASICS Acrylic Mediums Textures & Effects Set. In the Winsor & Newton room, we explored the newly launched surfaces: the Stretched canvas and Watercolor paper. We also featured Arches’ new free-standing floor display, five-sheet pack, and the 16 x 20 oil sheets. Both were a big draw for attendees.

Throughout the workshop, we discussed the features and benefits of the new ranges, as well as product pricing, merchandising opportunities, launch materials strategy, and specials.

Thank you again to MacPherson’s and all the retailers that attended the conference.