Archive for September, 2010

Industry News

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Alison NortonAt Michaels, Alison Norton has accepted the new role of Vice President – Business Development, reporting to Mike Cairnes.  She will lead the company’s efforts in developing new business opportunities, leveraging current products and manufacturing capabilities to meet customers’ needs.  Rich Gartmann has been promoted to Business Unit General Manager – Frames and Fine Art reporting to Philo Pappas.  And Michelle Ruocco, currently Vice President – Private Brand Product Development, has accepted the role of Business Unit General Manager – Kids.

In related news, Michaels announced that Charles “Chuck” Sonsteby has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the company, effective October 4, 2010.

At the recent 13th annual CEO Summit in Dallas, Michaels’ execs handed out vendor awards. ColArt Americas won the 2010 Vendor Partner of the Year award for the second year in a row along with Halcraft , Deco Art, JetMax Int., JM Manufacturing, MCS Industries, ShurTech Brands, Tri-Coastal Design, Tru Vue and Wilton Brands.

p1010394At ColArt, Scott Present, former Liquitex product manager, has left the company to pursue other opportunities. We wish him well!

A new Montana Store has opened in Frankfurt. This is the second Montana store in Germany; the first is in Heidelberg.


Julian Lennon’s edited collection of portraiture and landscape photography is on display at The Morrison Hotel Gallery Bowery at 313 Bowery St in New York City. The photos were printed exclusively on Canson Infinity Fine Art Papers. “We are delighted that Julian Lennon selected our fine art papers for his new exhibit ‘Timeless’,” said Bob Toth, Vice President of Marketing at Canson. “Julian’s photography has left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to be a part of this exhibition at the Morrison Hotel Gallery.”


Graffiti Art Evolves – The Art of Yarn Bombing!
Retailers take note, you may want to stock up on yarn next to your spray paint section. The art of Yarn Bombing is taking the graffiti world by storm! These rebel knitters are hitting the streets and “tagging” up cities with lamp post cozies and tree doilies all over the place. Check it out:

Yarn Bombing!


Stock Up and Save BIG on ColArt’s Holiday Sets!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Hot deals on holiday sets like…lq-hb-set
• 70% off on Winton Oil Colour Painting Sets (WN1490627)
• Up to  68.5% off on Cotman W/C Sets
• 80% off on W&N Drawing Ink set (WN1090097)

60% off Liquitex sets…
Heavy Body Complete Set (LQ103204)
BASICS Sets: 24-tube set (LQ101024), Paint-It set (LQ101084) & Easel set (LQ101083)

57.25% off new Derwent Pencil sets…
• Coloursoft
• Inktense
• Pastels

How about 80% off!
Color & Co children’s art and activity products (choose from 19 sku’s)

Not Enough?
• Check out ColArt’s Holiday Drop-Ship Program featuring unique selection of Wood Box sets at up to 66% off!
• Create your own ColArt Holiday Set end-cap(s) from these Great Deals!
• Ask your MacPherson’s rep about these and all the other ColArt holiday sets.

Did you know that Winsor & Newton has its own Youtube channel? There are lots of videos including artist interviews, painting techniques, and explanations of product families like this one on Retouching Varnish:
Winsor & Newton Youtube Channel

Golden News: September 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

GOLDEN joins MacPherson’s for Sales Meeting
sales representatives will join the MacPherson’s sales team in a training meeting to learn more about Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors. This collaborative effort is focused on collectively meeting the needs of retailers served by distribution. Ask your MacPherson’s sales rep to share what he/she learned with you!!

just-paintJust Paint Newsletter #23
This new issue focuses on “Defining the Acrylic Patina,” and “Following the Research on the Acrylic Media,” both written by Mark Golden. Another area of focus in this issue is the 40 new OPEN Acrylic colors launched earlier this year.  You’ll also get an up-close look at Technical Support Services staff member, Mike Townsend.  2010 has proven to be an exciting year at the GOLDEN facility and this issue of the newsletter will give you an inside peek at the shop and its employee owners.
•  To read these articles and much more, go to Just Paint
•  Sign up to receive Just Paint electronically: Just Paint Sign Up
• If additional printed copies of Just Paint are required for in-store presentation or staff distribution, contact your MacPherson’s sales rep for ordering instructions.

GOLDEN Working Artist Nancy Reyner Publishes New North Light Book

Nancy’s newest book, Acrylic Innovation, delves into acrylic’s potential to create unique styles, with methods and techniques for allowing artists to find their own voice in the Medium.  A variety of successful acrylic painters are featured, each using acrylic in unique ways to create their own original styles.  By looking at how other artists find ideas, along with the books’ 29 step-by-stop demonstrations, artists will be able to explore ways of personalizing their own art.  Contact your MacPherson’s sales rep for more information and be sure to provide the following information: Book # Z5687, ISBN # 13:978-1600618642.

Plansky and Friends” Gallery Exhibition Featured at the SAGG
The Sam & Adele Golden Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition entitled, ‘Carl Plansky and Friends’ opening on September 25, 2010 and running through November 20, 2010.  This exhibition celebrates the legacy of painter Carl Plansky, founder of Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, as both artist and paintmaker.  Carl’s works are displayed along with those of a group of his fellow artist ‘Friends’.  The ‘Friends’ included in the exhibition are Pat Passlof, Milton Resnick, Jake Berthot, Susanna Coffey, Cora Cohen, Bill Jensen, Margrit Lewczuk, Judith Linhares, and Mary Jo Vath. These ‘Friends’, several of whom knew Carl for nearly thirty years, are from a much larger group of intimates that due to limits of space, regrettably, could not be represented.  This exhibition is dedicated to Carl Plansky and to all of his friends with whom he shared an artistic vision.  If you are unable to attend the show opening, you can view the artwork on through a virtual tour beginning on September 26, 2010.

New GOLDEN Videos on YouTube
If you are a subscriber to the GOLDEN YouTube site then you already know about the new video that was posted recently.  If you’re not a subscriber yet, here’s the link to the video on Pumice Gels.  Golden Youtube Channel

If you have any questions about any of the above information, contact your MacPherson’s sales representative.

Sanford News for September 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

• Don’t forget that your customers can still make qualifying Prismacolor BTS Consumer Rebate purchases through October 15, 2010. You can post the rebate coupon on your website; just email Dan Canny at or go to the new website, click on current promotions and download the coupon. The rebate is a great value for your customer and an incremental sales tool for Fine Art Dealers.

Prismacolor will also run a Consumer Holiday Rebate for eligible purchases between November 12, 2010 and January 15, 2011. This is a great sale builder for WBTS as well as for Holiday. Make sure any Prismacolor set retailing for $50 or more has a rebate coupon attached to it. This will be a tiered rebate based upon the total dollars worth of Prismacolor products purchased at your retail prices:
-> Buy $50 and get a $10 rebate
-> Buy $100 and get a $20 rebate
-> Buy $200 and get a $40 rebate
-> Buy $300 and get a $70 rebate

sharpie-liquid-graphiteMacPherson’s now has the Sharpie Liquid Pencil in all distribution centers. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the introduction of this product, so be sure to have the product visible for your customers as they shop your store.  It has been approved for use on standardized tests and is equivalent to a standard #2 lead. It is available as a 1/cd with three spare erasers, 2/cd with six erasers, open stock not bar coded and a carded Liquid Lead refill. Consult your MacPherson’s representative for ordering details.

MacPherson’s just launched a great promotion on the retail canister displays from Prismacolor and Sharpie. The Prismacolor Canister SA1773594 features 36 of the 0.5 Black Fine Line Illustration Marker and the SA1773596 features 36 of the Black Brush Tip Marker. The Sharpie Canisters feature the Sharpie Pen Family; SA1765430 features the original Sharpie Pen, SA1760176 features the newest member of the Sharpie Pen family the Sharpie Pen Grip and the SA1758393 features the Sharpie Pen RT (retractable). Each canister has 36 pieces. All five canister displays are ideal for generating incremental impulse sales at BTS and throughout the year.

sa92804-new-packaging• You will soon see a new look for Prismacolor Scholar. The line has been re-positioned to target the young artist who has out grown Crayola but may not be ready to move all of the way up to Prismacolor Premier. Pencil Sets will be available in 12, 24, 48 and 60 ct sets, a 12ct Erasable Colored Pencil Set, and 10 and 20ct single ended marker sets in a bullet tip and a brush tip. The markers will launch in February 2011. The Prismacolor Scholar line will also include a carded eraser, carded sharpener and a 9 piece Graphite set. The current Scholar pencil set item numbers and UPC’s will not change. Those sets will transition from the current red box to the packaging pictured as inventory of the red box sets is depleted. MacPherson’s will feature the available pencil items in the Winter BTS Buyers Guide.

• Thanks to all of you who participated in the Prismacolor Merchandising contest. We received many outstanding entries. The judges will truly have a difficult time picking the finalists.

OOK: Add-On Sales Magic!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

ook1Introducing the OOK line of Picture Hanging Hardware! MacPherson’s is the first Art Materials Distributor to carry this best-selling line. Contact your MacPherson’s Rep for the FREE display board with a starter assortment of the 11 most popular SKU’s and for information on the great 50/20% drop ship deals on all OOK assortments.

This is a basic category that can easily add $5.00 to every framing customers’ purchases. Don’t miss out on those additional sales!


News From Chartpak: September 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

v9At last Grumbacher’s V9 “Jumbo-Stick” charcoal has arrived! Grumbacher’s vine charcoal, proudly made in the USA, is a staple for any artist. The new V9 jumbo-stick is a medium charcoal that measures ½” X 6”. It is a great Back-to-School item that comes beautifully packaged in a single-pack box (GRCV9) at $2.95, or a sleek self-liquidating display of 25 individually wrapped pieces (GRCV925) at $59.95. Please contact Steve Rossney or your MacPherson’s rep for details.



Art Dog(s) News

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Our vote for Art Dog of the Month goes to Shultz, a charming dachshund and famed guardian of the front door at the GBS Art Depot in Mechanicsburg. PA. Pictured here with Shultz is Brian Edmondson, dog’s best friend and manager of the store.


On a sadder note, Bingo a 15 year old Golden Retriever and mascot at Marty’s Art Supply on Edgewood Avenue in Burlington, SC passed away  Sept 9. He was the faithful family dog to Marty and Karen Harrison and their three children. Bingo was a true Art Dog. Read the whole story: Bingo


Hot New Titles from Walter Foster

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Projects from some of the most famous movements in art history are brought together in a way to help kids learn while they create!

mastersFrom Monet’s famous water lilies to Picasso’s exaggerated shapes, Walter Foster provides aspiring artists with an exciting selection of masterpieces to re-create in You Can Paint Like the Masters.  Kids can explore the painting styles of famous artists from seven different art movements: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Dada, and Pop Art. The easy step-by-step instructions and project templates will allow young artists to experiment and develop their painting skills.

The book also offers a tools and materials section, highlighting what’s needed to re-create the featured projects, as well as an overview of color mixing and basic acrylic paint techniques. This is a fabulous learning tool for kids of all ages!

Item Code: FOAIT1

Format: Paperback, 96 pages

Retail: $12.95

Learn to Draw the Wild World of Drew Brophy and personalize your world!

htdWalter Foster has teamed up with world-famous surf artist Drew Brophy on a new book, How to Draw with Drew Brophy.  Brophy has gained global recognition for his vibrant artwork and now fans can follow along as he shows step-by-step how to draw crazy sea creatures and bugs, Hawaiian flowers, flames and skulls, suns, custom lettering, and more!  Readers can also learn how to customize their own gear with easy-to-follow instructions for painting surfboards, tennis shoes, skateboards and whatever else tickles your fancy.

Brophy, whose art can be found on everything from skateboards and wakeboards to water bottles, shoes, and guitars, uses techniques that he developed with water-based paint pens and explains artists can use acrylic paint, colored pencils, or markers to achieve a similar look.

Walter Foster is thrilled to collaborate with such a unique artist and offer readers an inside look into his work.

Item Code: FODB1

Format: Paperback, 48 pages

Retail: $8.95

The Art of Drawing Fantasy Characters

fantasyFans of the popular fantasy, science fiction and horror genres will find The Art of Drawing Fantasy Characters a great resource.  Illustrator Jacob Glaser shows, step-by-step, how to draw more than 40 unique characters.  Glaser introduces the basic tools and techniques of pencil drawing, covering information on shading and creating depth, understanding anatomy and proportion, and suggesting textures.

Projects include tips on using computer software to digitally color images, providing full-color examples and color palettes so readers can see the characters come to life in vivid detail.

Item Code: FOCS11

Format: Paperback, 144 pages

Retail: $19.95