Industry News – NAMTA Edition

Help! We at MacPherson’s have begun the search for a replacement for Steve Iantosca in our New England sales territory. This is a great opportunity for the right person who possesses both sales and art materials industry experience. We offer full benefits including the ability to join the ESOP program and be an employee-owner of MacPherson’s. Interested candidates should contact Neil McIntyre ( or our Human Resources department in Emeryville (

Congratulations to the NAMTA Art Materials World 2013 award winners!

• Best Small Booth – BLUM formerly Milan USA (Blüm’s website) (Canson took over Milan’s distribution in the United States)

• Best Medium Booth – Masterpiece Artist Canvas

It's a Masterpiece!

It’s a Masterpiece!

• Best Large Booth – Chartpak

Team Chartpak!

Team Chartpak!

• Best New Exhibitor – Miira Artist Tools

• Judges Special Recognition – ColArt Americas’, Try it Table

Try it Table

Try it Table

• Best Point of Purchase – Canson’s Roll Rack (available via Drop Shipment, see your MacPherson’s contact for details)


• Best Packaging – HK Holbein, Half Pan Set


• Best New Product – Pebeo’s Liquid Art Panel (in stock at MacPherson’s, look in our OEX catalog for items beginning with PO777…)


• Best New Kids’ Product – Faber Castell USA’s Connector Paint Box (see MacPherson’s item number FC125029)


A note from Greg Daniels, Da Vinci Brush: “We had the great pleasure of spending a week in April with Professor Stephen Hawking, who was lecturing at Cal Tech in Pasadena on the “The Origin of the Universe”. My wife, French artist Olivia Barratier, is Stephen’s first cousin. They hail from a great old Scottish family descended from King James IV of Scotland. Also pictured is my nephew Reef Oldberg, who was just accepted into USC’s Film School. He made all of us and especially his grandfather, Peter Daniels of Graphaids, very proud. It was a wonderful week.”

aav-fanArt Alternatives Marker Sets are in the news!  Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar, recently shared a list of her favorite things with O, The Oprah Magazine. Included on her list was our “oh so cool” Rainbow Fan Marker set, which is featured in the current June issue! A direct quote says it all, ”The spectrum is pretty enough to hang on my wall, but I use the set to sketch new projects…”  Check out review in O, The Oprah Magazine pages 3 and 30, or better yet order some today. AA Fan Markers Sets at OEX.

FYI… New video from DMOTE in Australia using Montana BlackLine. Came out pretty cool.


iAMart has recently welcomed three new members:  Artist’s Guild of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin;  Endeavours of New Brunswick, Canada; and Herweck’s of San Antonio, Texas. iAMart serves proudly as the voice of 30 Independent Dealers to the Art Materials Industry.

Ex-Marine and Manager in MacPherson’s Elgin DC Marco Auriene wants to point out that Montana Paint was used at the Camp Pendleton branch of West Coast Customs in Oceanside, CA. They sport 3 garage bays to help our service men and women customize their cars! Click here to see the website.

In NYC, Long Island City artists are demanding a local planning review board block a plan to tear down a world-renowned graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz to make way for a luxury housing project. Read the entire Queens edition of the Daily News article here:  Artists howl as developer moves to tear down Long Island City graffiti palace 5Pointz.



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