Archive for January, 2018

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

 

Howard Kaufman

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.”

Anthony Piperno

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.

Jackie Williams

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.

Theresa Kuiken

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!

Posner’s Tucson, AZ

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.

New Strathmore® 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Available starting in February of 2018, we are pleased to introduce 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media pads. At Strathmore, we are extremely proud to be able to provide quality products that meet the ever-changing needs of artists, which is why we have created a new 3-ply grade of product in response!

Strathmore

The newest member of the Strathmore Mixed Media® family is an extra heavyweight, 3-ply 100% cotton surface, which is internally sized for wet media while having a durable vellum finish for drawing techniques. This grade is excellent for use with watercolors, gouache, acrylic, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, marker, pastel, and collage. The paper can stand up to heavy media use and multiple layers of media applications, including the continuing-to-trend technique of pour painting.

Bison by Christine Karron on 594 paper

These pads are archival, are lignin free, and are available in convenient ready-to-use and frame sizes. Officially launching with Strathmore’s Spring 2018 promotion, the NEW 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media pad line starts shipping February 5, 2018 from Strathmore.

Strathmore 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media pad features include:

  • 350 lb / 570 gsm heavyweight paper.
  • 3-ply, 100% cotton, acid free, natural white color paper.
  • Vellum drawing surface with the wet media characteristics of a watercolor sheet.
  • Appropriate for finished work by advanced recreational or professional artists.
  • Sheets are easily removed from glue binding.
  • 12 sheets of paper per pad.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Available in 6” x 8” (SM584-6), 9” x 12” (SM584-9), and 11” x 14” (SM584-11) pads.

500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media pads are featured on an introductory promotion which runs through the Spring promotion, February 15, 2018 to April 30, 2018. Learn how this new program can increase the productivity of your retail space by contacting your MacPherson’s sales representative today!

500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media support materials for retailers including, shelf labels, samplers, and sell sheets which are all available on our Retailer and Distributor Tools section of the website at www.strathmoreartist.com.

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