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    Blaine’s Art Supply Bounces Back After 7.0 Earthquake

    Earthquakes are simply a part of life for Alaskans; tremors and quakes are commonplace when your home is on the edge of what is known as the Ring of Fire. But that doesn’t make the 7.0 quake on November 30th of 2018 any less intense – it just means that communities who brave the tectonic activity become more prepared and more resilient every year. Blaine’s Art Supply was one of the many businesses impacted by the recent earthquake; despite about $10,000 worth of damage (and mess to clean up) owner Dave Haag and his store crew had the 9,000 sq.…

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    Remembering & Honoring Bob Toth, 1949-2018

    Robert James Toth, 68, died November 6, 2018 at Berkshire Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on 12/29/1949 in Bridgeport, CT and raised in Fairfield, CT. After graduation from Roger Ludlow High School, Bob served in the US Navy aboard the USS Mullinix during the Vietnam War between 1968-1972. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and later earned an MBA from The Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst. Bob began his career in the art paper industry at Rising Paper. Since 1987, Bob had been employed by Canson, Inc. of South Hadley, MA, most…

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    Adam Reiner, New CEO of Sakura

    Sakura Color Products of America, Inc. d.b.a Sakura of America—the leading writing instrument manufacturer and supplier of art materials—is announcing that Marc H. Chisaki is retiring from his role as Sakura of America’s Chief Executive Officer and President effective end of day December 15, 2018. Marc Chisaki has successfully led the company over the span of a 25-year career.   Additionally, the Board of Directors of Sakura of America is pleased to announce that Adam Reiner will lead the company forward as President & CEO effective December 16, 2018. Mr. Reiner comes to Sakura of America from The Clorox Company…

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    Art Dog’s Fresh New Face

    The Art Dog has been publishing industry news and announcements since 2008 and here we are, ten years later, with a new vision and a renewed mission: Connect the world through creativity by engaging our audience of art materials retailers and vendors to foster an interconnected community by publishing timely, shareable resources and industry news. Whether you’ve been following Art Dog for a while or joined us more recently, we hope you’ll enjoy our new blog design as well as the new approach we’re taking to the stories and news we share. We encourage you to interact and participate with…

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    Art & Soul Grand Opening

    Art & Soul, an art supply store in Sebastopol, CA recently moved to a spacious new location complete with ample parking and plenty of floor space. Co-owners Margaret Conner and Sabina Fried closed up shop for a break during relocation and re-opened a few weeks ago for a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with interactive activities and a sale. The new space is airy and light, with plenty of room for the wide range of supplies they carry.  With the smoke from the disastrous Camp Fire about 150 miles northeast impacting the town, one would expect a spotty turnout; however families and…

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    Honoring Mark Kline, Vice President of Chroma

    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mark Kline, Vice President of Chroma. He was 57. With over 34 years at Chroma, Mark was a generous and vibrant industry personality who loved life and inspired all those who knew him. He will be sorely missed by his wife of 31 years, Donna, his daughter Melissa, his brother, his mother, countless friends and employees in the USA, AU and EU. Donations are welcome in his honor to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Humane Society of Berks County. Chroma business will be carried on, as we…

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    iAMart Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Last month the buying group iAMart celebrated their 20th anniversary with a gathering in Chicago, IL. iAMart prides itself on being a diverse group, containing stores of varying sizes that represent all corners of the market and the map, including Alaska and Hawaii. In their annual meetings they share ideas, support and have a little fun. The initial concept of the iAmArt organization came from Larry O’Connell. In 1998 Larry brought together Steve Aufhauser of Continental Art Supplies and Claudia Myers of Spokane Art Supply. Over months of meetings, input from Jeff Morrow, Beth Bergman of Wet Paint and George…