• In Your Store

    Building Your Kits Program, Step By Step

    In my time as a buyer and retail manager, before I came to MacPherson’s, a dedicated member of our retail team actively worked on building and maintaining kit business for at least five months out of every year. From reaching out to teachers and following-up, and following-up…and following-up, to picking brands and price points for professors unfamiliar with the options available, to ordering and finding appropriate replacement items, to assembling, spot checking and labeling kits, to distributing them to students and their parents unfamiliar with the uses or costs of materials…it’s tough work. With every kit success came many (many)…

  • Vendor Voices

    New Videos from GOLDEN: QoR Watercolor

    We recently added four new videos to our Video Library that we think your customers will be interested in. Videos are quick and easy content to share on Facebook and a great way to boost your organic reach. Please visit our YouTube or Vimeo page to check them out! Transparent Pyrrole Orange QoR Transparent Pyrrole Orange is a clear, bright color, perfect for glazing and mixing. Ideal for creating the warm golden glow of a fiery sunrise or sunset or for mixing with Cobalt Green to create a beautiful speckled weave of green and orange. QoR Transparent Pyrrole Orange Watercolor…

  • Vendor Voices

    DIY Wrapping Paper with Krink

    Use Krink to create DIY wrapping paper! Krink paint and ink markers are permanent, opaque, and come in a range of colors. They are a fun and easy way to make a great looking present! Please feel free to share these images to inspire your customers this holiday season. Krink is handmade in the USA. Submitted by Krink, Inc.

  • Industry News

    iAMart Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Last month the buying group iAMart celebrated their 20th anniversary with a gathering in Chicago, IL. iAMart prides itself on being a diverse group, containing stores of varying sizes that represent all corners of the market and the map, including Alaska and Hawaii. In their annual meetings they share ideas, support and have a little fun. The initial concept of the iAmArt organization came from Larry O’Connell. In 1998 Larry brought together Steve Aufhauser of Continental Art Supplies and Claudia Myers of Spokane Art Supply. Over months of meetings, input from Jeff Morrow, Beth Bergman of Wet Paint and George…

  • Art Dog of the Month

    Art Dog of the Month: Zeus

    The God of Thunder is a little camera shy… Zeus is the chief pup of Forstall Art Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He was rescued about 13 years ago when he was around two years old. He has modeled for the store’s PR materials with great success (see the handsome snapshot of a 4th of July advertisement). He used to work full time in the store but has now gone to part time work, greeting customers in the afternoon and patrolling the store. Zeus has made a lot of friends with customers over the years, artsy locals who bring him treats,…

  • Industry News

    Ben Lapin Announced President of Speedball Art Products

    Speedball is pleased to announce that Ben Lapin has been promoted to President of Speedball Art Products Company. Ben started with Speedball in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer and handled all financial matters during the start-up years. He later took on responsibility for Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service and proved that he was much more than a bean counter. In October 2006, Ben became Chief Operating Officer responsible for all day-to-day activities of Speedball. In the past 12 years Ben has led the integration of several acquisitions while strengthening Speedball’s core business. “Good is never good enough” with Ben; he…

  • Community

    Creative Holiday Traditions From MacPherson’s

    Once you are a part of the MacPherson’s team, whether or not you’ve dabbled in the arts before working here, the creative spark rubs off on you. It’s inevitable, with so many art supplies around! In celebration of our creative endeavors on and off the clock, we wanted to share some of our creative holiday traditions with you. Gratitude Place Cards “Every year for as long as I can remember I’ve created place cards for every guest with the question “What are you thankful for?” written with a space to answer. When guests arrive or before dinner is served, everyone…