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Golden News March 2018

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

GOLDEN Conducting Training for Artist Educator Program

September 30-October 5, 2018

Golden Artist Colors is seeking painting and mixed media teachers for its GOLDEN Artist Educator Program (GAEP). The Program grants certification after the week of training and successful completion of a test. The training is being held in the beautiful Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarters of New Orleans. Interested candidates need to complete an application by June 1 for consideration. Please visit goldenpaints.slideroom.com to complete the application and for more details.

NAMTA Art Materials World 2018 is Just a Couple Weeks Away!

At NAMTA Art Materials world 2018 in Dallas, TX, we hope many of you took the time to stop by our Booth (#307) to say hello and see some exciting new items!

While at the show you would have had a first-hand look at the NEW! QoR mini and QoR Masking Fluid. There was also a chance to see several new Heavy Body Acrylic colors and sets while learning about new tube merchandising, better utilizing retail space and a gravity fed system to improve efficiency in stores by 20%! Williamsburg Oils introduced seven new colors at NAMTA. We also shared two consumer promotions with you for GOLDEN Acrylics and Williamsburg Oils, aimed at increasing foot traffic in your stores!

As always, thank you for your continued support!

Strathmore News March 2018

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

NEW STRATHMORE® 400 SERIES OIL PAINTING PRODUCTS

Available starting in March of 2018, we are pleased to introduce 400 Series Oil Painting products. Modern convenience meets traditional technique in these products made specifically for artists creating finished work with oil paints and oil pastels.

Our new 400 Series Oil Painting pads and sheets are a convenient alternative to canvases or boards. They’re easy for artists to take on-the-go and there is no gesso required to prevent oil saturation. As part of the paper-making process this sheet has been pre-primed with vegan materials, so artists can simply tear out a sheet and starting painting! You won’t get any oil halos or seepage through the sheet. The fabric-like linen surface mimics canvas while providing texture to help blend and hold layers of paint in place. Officially launched at NAMTA 2018, the NEW 400 Series Oil Painting line started shipping March 5, 2018 from Strathmore.

Strathmore 400 Series Oil Painting features include:

  • 215 lb / 350 gsm heavyweight paper.
  • Acid free, vegan friendly, natural white color paper.
  • Linen textured surface stands up to layering, blending, and scraping techniques.
  • Appropriate for finished work.
  • Sheets are easily removed from glue binding.
  • 10 sheets of paper per pad.
  • Available in 9” x 12” (SM430-309), 12” x 12” (SM430-312), and 18” x 24” (SM430-318) pads. Also available in 18” x 24” sheet stock (SM431-3)

All of our Oil Painting products are featured on an introduction promotion which runs through Back To School promotion May 1, 2018 to September 13, 2018. Learn how this new program can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson sales representative today!

400 Series Oil Painting support materials for retailers including, shelf labels, samplers, headers, photography, and sell sheets which are all available on our Retailer and Distributor Tools section of the website at www.strathmoreartist.com. Also, watch for an upcoming product video featuring this exciting new line!

INCREASE STORE SALES WITH STRATHMORE® ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Strathmore® is excited to once again offer their free Online Workshop Series, which started March 5, 2018! Take advantage of this consumer workshop series and increase your store’s traffic and sales. Promote the start of the workshops in your store, on your website, on social media, and drive sales as students purchase from the class supply list (there were over 51,000 video views on the workshop site in 2017).

Original artwork by workshop instructors: Kelly Eddington, Sarah Becktel, and Robert Burridge

The Strathmore 2018 Online Workshop Series will again feature 3 different workshop series, with each series including 4 videos and downloadable instructions created by incredibly talented artists. Students follow along as instructors guide them through various topics

An end cap at University Arts.

and demonstrate useful tips, techniques, ideas and inspirations to get students creating and learning about art. Visit Strathmore Artist Papers at http://www.strathmoreartist.com/artist-studio/ for more information about the 2018 Workshop Series.

Just as a reminder, participants are no longer required to create a student account to view the videos. Once the videos are released on the site, they are available for anyone to view at any time, for free, without creating an account. However, if students want to interact with the instructors in discussion forums, or upload images to the gallery, they still need to create an account to access those special features. Students can also still create an account to interact with their friends on the site, and to create their own profile. No changes have impacted any existing student accounts. By removing the previous account set-up to view the video content, more artists are encouraged to engage in the wonderful free content that is available in the workshop series.

Here are three ideas for retailers to take advantage of the program:

1. Create Workshop Supply End Cap – Download this poster/handout pdf and create an end cap featuring the workshop supply list. Use the poster on the end cap to promote the workshops as well as in the window and at check out.

2. Follow Strathmore Artist Papers social media platforms and share our posts like below with your fans. This is a really easy thing to do! We share on-going information and reminders about the Workshops on Facebook and other social media channels.  Ask your fans to stock up on class supplies at your store! You can also check out #StrathmoreWorkshops on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

You can follow Strathmore on our social media sites including: Facebook. Pinterest , Twitter , YouTube , and Instagram.

3. Create your own in-store workshop from content delivered in Strathmore’s Online Workshops! Each workshop provides you with a supply list, educational video and supporting information. Makes hosting your own event easier!

As a reminder, at the end of each year Strathmore will post that year’s Online Workshop Series videos to their YouTube channel. Look for the 2017 Online Workshop Series videos that are now available, which include workshops on Brush Lettering and Watercolor, Techniques in Pastel Art, and Ethereal Mixed Media on Toned Paper. Also offered on Strathmore’s YouTube channel, you will find an expanding library of videos around product information, quick tips and tricks for using Strathmore products, and helpful information on frequently asked questions.

Interested in learning more? Contact your MacPherson sales representative for ideas of how you can drive more traffic and sales with Strathmore’s 2018 Online Workshop Series.

2018 Workshops kick-off on Instagram (left) and Facebook. (right)

R&F Handmade Paints Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

In 1988, Richard Frumess, founder of R&F, started the business in the basement studio he rented in Brooklyn, NY.  His interest in encaustic painting as an artist, and the lack of a significant source for quality encaustic supplies, led him on a path that eventually developed into what is now R&F Handmade Paints.

For R&F’s first 2 years, Richard focused on being an encaustic paint manufacturer.  In 1990 artist and Williamsburg Paint manufacturer Carl Plansky, a close friend of Richard’s, suggested R&F start making an oil stick.  Carl felt that the natural synergy between wax/resin materials used in encaustic and the wax/oil materials needed for the oil sticks seemed like the natural step to take.

In 1990, R&F Pigment Sticks® were born.

R&F Handmade Paints takes pride in manufacturing these 2 distinctive yet similarly milled products.  Artists’ interest in both Encaustic Paint and Pigment Sticks® has grown steadily over the years….30 to be exact. Under the leadership of Darin Seim, R&F’s President and a truly dedicated staff, R&F is confident that the trend will continue for many years to come.

Jacquard’s YouCAN wins Creative Tool Award at Creativeworld 2018!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Jacquard is proud to announce that the YouCAN Refillable Air Powered Spray Can won 2nd Place in the Creative Impulse “International Innovation Award for Creative Tool of the Year” at the 2018 Creativeworld tradeshow!

From the Creativeworld Press Release:

“The Creative Impulse Award is a trend barometer that reflects the great innovative power of the DIY sector. This year, a new record was set for the number of entries with 74 products. A jury of top experts from the trade, industry and media met to assess, test, discuss and evaluate in detail all entries for the four categories.”

Jacquard was also featured prominently in the “Trends” exhibition at Creativeworld with:

  • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments
  • Basic Dye
  • Indigo Tie Dye Kit
  • YouCAN Refillable Air Powered Spray Can
  • Piñata Alcohol Ink

We can attest to the association’s keen eye for trending products: all the items featured have skyrocketed in popularity in markets all over the world over the last 6-12 months. All these items are available from MAcPhereson’s.

Product link –  YouCAN

YouCAN Refillable Air Powered Spray Can from Jacquard Products on Vimeo.

Industry News- A Note from Frank Stapleton

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

This is a hard note to write. Besides my family, there’s nothing I love more than MacPherson’s and the community we serve. For 45 years (yikes), my chief passion has been building MacPherson’s from its humble beginnings, helping it flourish and finding creative ways to navigate and conquer the many challenges that come our way. I’m so proud of what we’ve built and of the heart, soul, and hard work of so many people over the years.

As our talented leadership team finds its way, it’s time for me to exit stage right and give them space to make their own successes, stumble occasionally, and learn from their experiences. I have every belief that this is exactly what will happen

It has been a wonderful 45-year ride! Thank you to my many friends in the industry, and thanks for your support in making our amazing company such a successful supplier to our industry’s retailers.

I have been asked to continue on as a member of MacPherson’s board of directors and to play a role in the transition of strategic responsibilities. These include acting as a mentor on the sales and vendor side, and being the editor of the Art Dog Blog.

MacPherson’s will now engage in a search for a great Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who I know will do us all proud. In the meantime, the top leadership of the company will be supported fully by our very capable and committed outside board of directors: Alison Norton Nelson and Renee Thomas Jacobs.

I encourage all to reach me at my personal email address for any reason; fmstapleton@mindspring.com

All the best,

Frank Stapleton

Industry News

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

 

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On January 16, Pacon Corporation, the parent company of Strathmore Artist Papers™ announced the acquisition of Princeton Artist Brush Co.™, the number-one supplier of fine art brushes in North America. Howard Kaufman and his team will continue to manage and operate Princeton.

Speedball reached an agreement to purchase Global Art Materials, Inc. from owner and founder Tom Dix. “When Tom approached us about buying his business, the answer was easy,” said Speedball CEO Walt Glazer. “And when he expressed a desire to stay involved as part of the Speedball Team, I was thrilled.”

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Tom Dix added, “My goal was to make sure that the Escoda, Folia, Art Graf, Coate, Handbook Journal, Fluid, and Pastel Premier brands are in the best hands for the future.” After several months of planning Global’s operations and production will be moved to Speedball’s facilities in North Carolina.

A.C. Moore has announced that Anthony Piperno has been named the company’s president. The first A.C. Moore store opened in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1985, and has since grown to more than 130 stores. In related news A.C. Moore has been named the art and craft supply partner for the Create and Craft cable TV shopping network. Read the press release here.

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Derwent’s parent company ACCO has announced some personnel transitions; Nicola Shepherd will join the Derwent team on March 5th as Marketing Director, replacing Astri Thomas Saunders who left the business earlier in January. Also, Jackie Williams leaves ACCO/Derwent at the end of January. She played a huge sales role at Derwent for 22 years, opening up new markets in Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe and recently managed the successful transfer of business from one global distributor to individual country distributors, particularly across Europe. We will miss Jackie and wish her all the best.

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At ColArt Americas people are on the move; Jim Allery ends a 3+ year gig as Vice President of Operations just in time for an exciting move of their distribution centers a mere stones throw from the current warehouse and office in Piscataway, NJ. In related news Theresa Kuiken, Vice President of Marketing for the past 2.5 years has left to pursue new opportunities.

At the Creativeworld show in Frankfurt, Germany this week the Mariotto family celebrated the 70th anniversary of their Milan Italy based M.A.B.E.F., maker of the world’s finest handcrafted wooden easels.

Sandro Tottoli, Laura & Paolo Mariotto

Newell Brands, parent corp of Sharpie, Elmers and Prismacolor stock value dropped more than 22 percent in trading on January 25th after announcing it will restructure its business, possibly selling off assets that could also close as much as half its factories, warehouses and product volume. Brands under consideration for sale include: Waddington, Process Solutions, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Rawlings, Goody, Rubbermaid Outdoor and U.S. Playing Cards. The company plans to refocus on nine core consumer businesses, which generate in total $11 billion in net sales, roughly 82 percent of its fiscal 2016 sales. None of the art, school or craft materials brands will be affected.

Talk about wonderful imagery perfect for eye-popping social media sharing, photographer Christopher Payne’s New York Times photo essay on the General Pencil factory in Jersey City, NJ is both beautiful and inspiring!

Check out this feel good local business story on Posners Art Store, serving artists in Tucson, AZ for the past 100 years!

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Manuscript Pen has launched their new website. The manuscript YouTube channel has lots of great info as well as lots of shareable calligraphy videos.

Here’s a fun BBC Scotland video showcasing the handiwork of signwriter Ciaran Glöbel. Notice the wall signs touting STABILO and Montana Black Spray cans in his tool crate! This is a fun share on social media sites.

Golden News January 2018

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Winter B-T-S Promotional Period Reminder

All GOLDEN  Artist Colors brands and associated products can be advertised up to 40% off every day until February 8, at which time advertising goes back to 30% off every day. Please contact the GOLDEN  Sales Department directly with any questions.

GOLDEN  to Attend CAA Mid-February in Los Angeles, California

For a number of years, GOLDEN  has been exhibiting at the College Arts Association (CAA) Annual Conference. As the world’s best-attended international art conference, CAA’s meeting will facilitate networking opportunities and enable participants to exchange ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe. It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with college and university professionals in the art community. This year, the show will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 21 – February 24, 2018.  GOLDEN  folks from the US will be present in the Golden booth (#424 & #426), so please stop by and visit.

Master Teacher Art Exhibition at GOLDEN Artist Colors Loft Gallery

GOLDEN  Artist Colors has partnered with its local DCMO, Madison-Oneida and Herkimer County BOCES to host its second Master Teacher Art Exhibition. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in The Loft Gallery at GOLDEN Artist Colors. The exhibition will feature artwork by 17 local art teachers who participated in the recent Master Teacher Program, which was held at GOLDEN  in the fall of 2017. The 8-week-long Master Teacher Program offered two professional painting instruction courses for art teachers in the local community and was focused on helping participants explore a range of painting media and techniques to reinforce or establish their own voice.

Just Paint #35 Will Be Online and Landing in Mailboxes Late February

Our intention is to offer Just Paint as a valuable resource, providing interesting ways for artists to engage with materials and we sincerely welcome your feedback.

Articles in the upcoming issue include:

  • Statement from Mark Golden
  • Zinc Oxide: Warnings, Cautions & Best Practices as it Relates to Oil Paints
  • New Colors from Williamsburg Oils
  • Introduction of Benzimidazolone Yellow Medium & Light
  • Sam & Adele GOLDEN Foundation (SAGF) 20th Anniversary Art Auction Benefit
  • Scholastic Educator Residency

To read these articles and much more, go to www.justpaint.org, a site dedicated to housing all past issues of the Just Paint newsletter and so much more. If additional printed copies of Just Paint are required for in-store presentation or staff distribution, contact your MacPherson Representative for ordering instructions.

Gamblin News January 2018

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

“Color is an artist’s most important tool.”

Robert Gamblin

In our last interview on the Savvy Painter Podcast, we dedicated an entire episode to answer your technical questions about mediums, pigments, varnishing, and solvent-free painting. Based on listener feedback, we’re doing it again. And this time it’s all about COLOR!

Listen Now

 

Join Antrese Woods, host of the Savvy Painter, for an in-depth conversation with Robert Gamblin and Scott Gellatly.

We hope this podcast will help answer some of your lingering questions about color. (And perhaps even create some new possibilities for you!)

P.S. Thanks to everyone who submitted these great questions.

Gamblin Artists Colors

 

Industry News

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Transitions:

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. 

O+Jia Sung

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

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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Lydia Christina

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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