• Community,  Who's Who

    Who’s Who: Catherine Thoele, Account Manager Extraordinaire

    Header Image: Account Manager (and artist!) Catherine Thoele sketching in Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico on a hike to Chimney rock, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted. On the right, one of her plein air artworks. Account Managers are on the ground, “in the field” and in the know. They work with our customers to the benefit of all parties—they are experts in the industry and team players. It takes determination, wisdom and experience with art materials to really make a great Account Manager. Oh, and you have to like people! Catherine Thoele, a seasoned art supply aficionado, fits the bill…

  • Art Pulse,  Featured Artists

    Artist Spotlight: Lisa Elley, “Knife Queen”

    Lisa Elley’s studio smells like heaven. Art people get it, and painters in particular; the earthy, welcoming smell of oil paint, invoking the stillness of a softly lit museum hall, the tranquility of a studio or, for those of us in retail, the promise and potential of a fully stocked paint department. Painting almost exclusively with palette knives, Lisa has been nicknamed the “Knife Queen.” Her paintings are colorful, lush and inspired by the natural world. While palette knife painting can sometimes be seen as an intimidating style of painting, Lisa describes it as freeing and energizing. In hopes of…

  • Vendor Voices

    Just Paint! All Things GOLDEN

    Read on for GOLDEN’s most recent news: international expansion, an exciting new online resource and Just Paint newsletter you know and love coming out at the end of the month. Material Application Specialists Team Grows Internationally GOLDEN is pleased to announce the growth of its company internationally with the recent hire of Mirjam Hintz as its new Material Application Specialist for the EU market, based on Frankfurt, Germany. Starting February 1, 2019, Hintz, an artist and paintings conservator with extensive training in GOLDEN products and technical recommendations, will be handling phone calls and email responses in both German and English…

  • Vendor Voices

    GOLDEN Spring Promo & Upcoming Events

    Reminder: QoR® Watercolor Spring Promotional Period The QoR Watercolor spring advertising promotional period begins February 9, 2019 and concludes on May 3, 2019. Advertisements should be planned accordingly. GOLDEN to Attend CAA Mid-February in New York City 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,…

  • #SocialEngagement

    Check Your Calendar: National Craft Month

    Our next social media kit is coming your way! Time to strategize for the next featured theme, National Craft Month. This month is a great time to inspire customers to craft, whether they are trying something for the first time or revisiting a well-loved hobby. Crafting is a broad term that encompasses kids, fashion, upcycling, home decor, gifts, framing, knitting, party decorations, decoupage, gilding, glitter, jewelry, quilling, scrapbooking—and this list is hardly extensive. Choose a craft that’s popular in your community or pick four, one for each week, to feature in tandem with various sales. You can also promote a…

  • Industry News

    Remembering Chip Festa Jr., 1956 – 2019

    “Frank Mario Festa Jr., fondly known to his family and friends as Chip, passed away peacefully at his parents’ home in Pacific Palisades on January 18, 2019. Chip was born in Garwood, New Jersey, in 1956, and in 1962, at the age of 6, moved to Pacific Palisades where he lived the majority of his life. Chip attended Corpus Christi School, Paul Revere Junior High and graduated from Palisades High School in 1974.” Excerpt from The Palisadian Post Chip joined the family business Graphaids Inc, where he was a partner in the company until his death. One of the owners…

  • Art Dog of the Month,  Art Pulse

    Art Dog of the Month: Misty

    Misty is our President & CEO Dave Schofield’s sweet golden retriever (who evidently, is also an avid Packer’s fan)! She just turned 8 years old and is enjoying the sunshine in San Diego, CA. We thought we’d celebrate Misty in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up this week; turns out the holiday is a big part of her story: “What made getting Misty even more special was that my wife Lindsay (back then, my girlfriend) surprised me on Valentines Day with the best gift ever: an adorable puppy. That was when I knew I had to marry her!” When Dave’s…

  • Industry News

    The Art Supply Depō Joins iAMart

    The Art Supply Depō, located in Toledo and Bowling Green, OH officially joined iAMart in December. Owner Jules Webster shares the news: “We were excited to join a group with such a vast collective product knowledge and connection to others in our industry. I started my first art supply store in 2011 in the middle of a recession, in a depressed area, with no retail background. With the help of an amazing team of employees, all of whom are passionate community-centric artists and designers, we have built up the first location in Toledo and in 2016 opened a second location…