Archive for October, 2014

Industry News

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Fine Arts Weekend is Westminster, CA’s Art Supply Warehouse’s signature annual customer appreciation event held at the end of October. As the photo shows, Apple and their iPhone launches have nothing on ASW. Hundreds of deal, promo and goodie bag hungry creative folks lined up in the middle of the night to be first in line. Congratulations to Mark Ball and team for a truly amazing “show us how it’s done” event!

Fine Arts Weekend

Fine Arts Weekend

Tom Konieczko, the well respected purchasing manager at Artist & Craftsman in Portland Maine has moved on to pursue other opportunities. 

pacon_sun_mainPacon Corporation, parent company of Strathmore recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Roselle Paper Co. Inc. a maker of educational paper products Under the terms of the agreement, Pacon acquired Roselle’s equipment, inventory and trade names.

urlDuro Art Industries, Inc., makers of Lyons Artist Canvas has announced that they will cease to operate within the next few weeks. The large family owned factory property is located in the center of Chicago’s white hot and trendy real estate market.

Ribbon Cutting at Artist & Craftsman New Haven

Ribbon Cutting at Artist & Craftsman New Haven

Artist & Craftsman has been in the news recently. They opened a store in New Haven, CT, just a few steps from the legendary Yale University Art Department. On hand for the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor of New Haven, Toni Harp. Read the news article here New Haven Artist & Craftsman. New Haven is their 23rd store. Store # 24 will be a second location in Charleston, SC. located in a soon to renovated Historic church on Charleston’s famed King St. and will open sometime early 2015. Other A&C store openings this year have been Long Island City, NY in the Historic Breyers Ice Cream factory on Queens Blvd, Downtown Los Angeles(the second LA location) located near the Arts District and, in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, NY ( the second Brooklyn location).


Justin WraightJustin Wraight, who recently left ColArt has been named President of ALEX BRANDS in Europe and Darren Silverman, formerly with Crayola has been named Executive Vice President of Sales for North America. The ALEX BRANDS family of brands, includes ALEX TOYS, POOF, SLINKY, SCIENTIFIC EXPLORER, IDEAL, ZOOB, BACKYARD SAFARI, ZILLIONZ and CITIBLOCS. Additionally, toy industry veteran Neil Friedman has joined the ALEX BRANDS board of directors as an advisor to senior leadership on new ventures and growth opportunities.

Namta LogoNAMTA has announced that the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) will again create a CHA Exhibitor Pavilion on NAMTA’s Art Materials World show floor, April 15-17, 2015 in Denver.

Golden News October 2014

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

GOLDEN Launches Its Newly Designed Website!


The new Golden Paints Website site is designed to offer more dynamic content with the visual artist in mind, giving artists a more visual, user-friendly, interactive experience when visiting the site for product information, applications and inspiration. In addition, the quad lingual product section of the site gives artists from all over the world more access to information than ever before. Retailers and Distributors will find the new site easier to navigate as well, helping them to respond to their customers’ needs more quickly and thoroughly.

Enhancements arise, no matter the time of day or night!

The site will continue its evolution introducing new content and visual enhancements, so please check back often!

MacPherson Holiday Buyer’s Guide Available

holiday14_bgBe sure to check out the new Holiday Guide which is currently active and will remain effective through mid-December. The catalog features purchasing opportunities on all GOLDEN, Williamsburg and QoR paint sets and assorted set-ups.

Reminder: Retailer Growth Incentive Program

As the year comes to an end and plans begin for 2015, please be sure to evaluate your current GOLDEN status and any growth opportunities that may exist. The GOLDEN Growth Incentive Program is intended to reward retailers who continue to support and grow GOLDEN brands: GOLDEN Acrylics, Williamsburg Oils and QoR Watercolor. Under this program, retailers can earn cash rebates based on sales increases of our products. Please be sure to review this document as part of the GOLDEN SMI Program. For further program qualifications or details, please check with either your MacPherson’s Account Manager or your GOLDEN Sales Representative.

Introducing Strathmore 400 Series Heavyweight Drawing

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Strathmore Artist Papers is committed to developing innovative new products that meet artists’ needs, and they are excited to introduce Strathmore 400 Series Heavyweight Drawing Pads. With 5 new pad sizes available, artists now have more flexibility of formats to create their work.


Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper has been one of Strathmore’s most popular papers since 1940. The 400 Series Heavyweight Drawing pad line will begin shipping November 17, 2014 from MacPherson’s.

Heavyweight Drawing available in these sizes

Strathmore 400 Series Heavyweight Drawing features include:

  • Cream colored paper.
  • Medium surface.
  • Stand up to repeated erasing and reworking.
  • Durable wire binding.
  • “Actual Size” sheets.
  • Acid free.
  • Made in the U.S.A.

400 Series Heavyweight Drawing pads are featured on an introductory promotion in MacPherson’s Winter Back-to-School Buyer’s Guide through 2/7/15. Learn how this new program can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson’s Account Manager today! Also, be sure to connect with Strathmore Artist Papers online at and through social media outlets to stay informed on up to the second information.

Sarah Becktel Artwork

News from Faber-Castell, USA

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


Rotating-Display At NAMTA this year Faber-Castell introduced 8 new colors of the popular PITT Artist Pen and also discontinued 6 colors. There are now a total of 60 colors of the original PITT Artist Brush Pen. With this said, it’s time to upgrade your existing fixtures with the new colors. If you have a PITT Tower Display (FC167666), the Upgrade Conversion Kit (FC118100R) contains 10 each of the new colors, 5 each of the new wallet sets and new shelf strips for the tower fixture. For those of you that have the PITT Artist Brush Pen & Artist Pen Wood Counter Top Display (FC167465), the Upgrade Conversion Kit (FC267159R) contains 10 each of the 8 new colors and new shelf strips for the wood display. Each upgrade assortment drop ships at 50/20% off (actual = 60% off) with free freight.

Order today so you’ll have all the new colors!

new and discontinued Pitt pens