Archive for September, 2017

Industry News

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Dick Wiest

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.


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.


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.

Golden & QoR September News

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Holiday Set Promotions from GOLDEN

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the holiday set promotions from GOLDEN. Paint is the perfect holiday gift for artists. With this in mind, GOLDEN is offering a 10% discount on select sets for the 2017 holiday season.  Get up to 60% off on GOLDEN sets featured in the Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2017 through December 31, 2017!


  • Standard freight. No minimum order.
  • Extra 10% discount.
  • Orders accepted: July 3, 2017 – December 1, 2017.
  • Shipping period: September 18, 2017 – December 8, 2017.
  • Limited MAP Policy Adjustment (US Only): Limit of 40% off from September 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017 on these items only.



GOLDEN Holds Artist Educator Program Training, Continuing to Expand Reach

From October 1-6, Golden Artist Colors will be holding an intensive training for 20 artists who will be joining the GOLDEN Artist Educator Program, an affiliated collection of GOLDEN trained independent workshop teachers. Meeting in New Orleans, these teachers will explore new and innovative ways to teach color mixing and applications. They will also gain an in-depth understanding of GOLDEN Gels & Grounds and numerous acrylic techniques to offer their workshop students, both in traditional and contemporary styles. The training will give participants new tools to increase their workshop offerings, assist them with teaching a wide range of subject matter and help them increase their student population. GOLDEN Artist Educators currently offer workshops in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Barbados, USA, Northern and Southern Europe.


QoR® Watercolor Sets Getting Updated

The wraps on QoR 6 color and 12 color sets have been updated to make it easier for artists to distinguish between the sets. Changes include:

  • Greater difference in color washes between sets
  • Contents portrayed graphically on the face, including swatches for all colors and tube size
  • Larger type for set name and number of colors

The method of contents listing have also changed on the back of the packaging, making it easier for artists to confidently decide which set offers the best selection of colors for their work. Sets with the updated packaging will start shipping this month.


GD7000001-0 QoR Introductory 6

GD7000002-0 QoR Earth Colors 6

GD7000003-0 QoR High Chroma 6

GD7000010-0 QoR Introductory 12

New QoR Set Packaging Old QoR Set Packaging QoR Set Back

Derwent Procolour Gets Rave Reviews

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

This month’s issue of the respected Colored Pencil Magazine features a glowing review of the world’s newest artist quality line.

“…the Derwent Procolour is an excellent pencil that beautifully bridges the gap between Derwent Artist and Derwent Coloursoft… If you like them as much as I do, that purchase will pay off in a lifetime of inspiration.”

Read the whole article at the link below, beginning on Page 10: ColoredPencilMag_ProcolourReview

Gamblin: Finding Your Happy Medium

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017



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.

Finding Your Happy Medium

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

Kind regards,





Scott Gellatly

Product Manager

Gamblin Artists Colors

503-235-1945 X112


Jacquard Body Art Family

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

With the new addition of Jacquard’s ‘Jagua Temporary Tattoo Kit’, there are now three body art kits available in the Jacquard Body Art Family; Mehndi Henna Kit, Glitter Body Art Kit and Jagua Temporary Tattoo Kit. Jacquard is now your one stop for premium and specialty body art materials.

Jagua and Henna are all-natural and can be mixed together to create a color pallet that ranges from the deep blueish black of Jagua to the warm burnt reddish brown of Henna.

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Henna is natural colorant made from the dried leaves of the Lawsonia inermis shrub that produces a beautiful orange-brown color.   Henna has been used for thousands of years to stain skin (mehndi), fingernails, hair, leather, silk and wool.

Henna on hand

Juice from the unripe Jagua fruit (Genipa americana) has been used for body adornment for millennia. The Amazonian fruit produces a permanent, bluish-black stain that, like henna, lasts approximately 1-2 weeks.

jagua hand

Jagua is great for accenting henna designs, mixing with henna for various shades of “hengua,” or used on its own for beautiful, dark colored designs. Because it looks so much like a permanent tattoo, it is increasingly used to test drive tattoo ideas and embellish existing tattoos. Jagua is widely available in liquid or gel forms that have very short shelf lives unless refrigerated. Jacquard’s dehydrated jagua powder performs just as well as gels, is free completely of impurities, and has an extremely long shelf life. Certified safe, easy to use and with better economy than liquids and gels, powdered jagua is truly a game changer for serious body artists!

These are a perfect gift for the Holidays and are on sale with MacPherson’s through December 31st. The glitter kit is a big hit for kids; party activities, Halloween, festivals, parades or to add accents to our other body art kits.

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