Archive for the ‘NAMTA 2008’ Category

NAMTA Board of Directors; Call for Nominations

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Our trade association, NAMTA – The International Art Materials Trade Association, is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors. Positions that are open are two Domestic Retailers, one International Retailer, and one Manufacturer’s Rep.

Click here to review the qualifications and to download a Nomination Form. Nominations will be accepted until December 31, 2008.

Each Director serves a three-year term, commencing on the first day of the month following the conclusion of NAMTA’s International Convention & Trade Show, and is eligible to run for one additional three-year term.

Industry News: NAMTA Board Meets

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The NAMTA Board and Executive Committee met October 3-5 in Charlotte, NC and accomplished many initiatives on behalf of the membership and the industry. This meeting was the annual review of the strategic plan, which was left basically intact, with discussions centering on how to accomplish those goals and objectives. Additional decisions and initiatives discussed included:

• The operating budget for ’09 was approved with no increase in dues.

• A substantial increase in the educational content at the NAMTA show in Louisville will be made.

• The traditional seminars will be conducted on Wednesday, May 6, but will be held in the afternoon, allowing some attendees to travel in that morning rather than having to come in the night before.

• Two large general sessions with keynote speakers and solid business information will be conducted both Thursday and Friday mornings (May 7 and 8 ) from approximately 8-10 AM, with the show opening each day immediately thereafter.

• Saturday morning, May 9, will feature three concurrently running member sector meetings for retailers, manufacturers’ reps and suppliers.

Be on the lookout for continuously unfolding information on speakers and topics for all of these sessions, but for now the key is to “save the dates” and plan your schedule around these dates and events.

This is just a brief recap of a few things the Board and Executive Committee discussed.  The complete minutes will be voted on for approval at the next meeting and then posted on the NAMTA website for all members to view.

GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics Has Left the Building!

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Since the launch of OPEN Acrylics at NAMTA, the support and response from retailers has been incredible. Our commitment to retailers was to begin shipping orders by July 1. We are pleased to announce that even with the overwhelmingly strong demand, we were able to ship the product out not only on time, but early. This was a tremendous achievement for the entire GOLDEN staff, in part due to the early order writing completed by our trade partners!

OPEN Acrylics are already creating buzz and excitement in the artist community and artists who have begun experimenting with it have been sharing their experiences with others. Here are some links to commentary from independent artists who have tried the new products:

Robert Bissett, International Society of Acrylic Painters, page 12 of newsletter

Jamie Grossman, Signature Member of New York Plein Air Painters

Don’t miss out…for a listing of current store order commitments for OPEN Acrylics

To see a cool video product demo

Visit Mark Golden’s Blog

Technical information about the OPEN Acrylics product line, including application sheets, color charts and additional resources for reference is available at

Canson NAMTA Follow-Up from Kevin Morrison

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Make a color statement in your store! To celebrate the introduction of the Amsterdam Acrylic Standard Series (formerly known as Van Gogh Acrylic), a new merchandising system has been designed to accent the features of this vibrant 70-color student range. This new merchandiser has a very sleek and clean look that allows color to take center stage. The ultra-clear tubes let the intensity of the individual colors show through. After all, you’re not selling tubes, you’re selling color!

New to the range this year are hanging 250ml Amsterdam acrylic tubes, large 500ml and 1000ml jars, Amsterdam acrylic mediums and painting nozzles. The addition of these new items makes Amsterdam a versatile, extensive and complete range of student acrylic color. If you have not already done so, now is a great time to upgrade to the complete range of 70 colors. In most fine art retail stores, student acrylics boast the highest unit sales of any other paint category, yet offer the fewest color choices for consumers. Many consumers benefit from a larger range of colors as they may not know how to mix paint or prefer to paint straight from the tube. Royal Talens was the first to acknowledge that these consumers want more color choices and the Amsterdam acrylic range offers quality, price and a large selection of color.

If you want to make a statement that says “I sell artist color”, consider adding the Amsterdam Tower Assortment to your store. This impressive, eye-catching tower of color contains both 75ml and 250ml tubes and makes quite a powerful statement when placed in a prominent location in your store. Right now you can purchase the Amsterdam Tower assortment for only $515.00 net drop ship with free freight. In addition you can add full cartons of any other Canson, Talens or Arches brand items to receive standard drop ship discounts. Ask your MacPherson’s sales representative how Amsterdam acrylics can make an impact on your sales.