Archive for January, 2011

ColArt’s Winter Back-to-School Hot Deals; There’s Still Time!

Friday, January 21st, 2011

You still have time to save big on all of ColArt’s Winter Back-to-School Hot Deals!

CAP Dealers take +15% Off!
·         W&N Artists’ Acrylic Tube Colour & Mediums
·         Liquitex Acrylic Ink
·         Conté Open Stock & Blister Pack Carrés
·         Conté Carrés Countertop assotments and sets

Paint Big – Save Big!  W&N 200ml Tube colours & LIQUITEX Heavy Body Acrylic 4.65 oz +10% OFF! (open stock & asst’s)
·         Artist’s Oil & Artist Oil Brushes
·         Galeria Acrylic
·         Artisan Water Mixable Oil
·         Liquitex HB 4.65oz tubes

Liquitex Mediums and “Free-Style” Painting knives get +10%

Derwent: Sketching & Drawing pencil Asst’s, Tubs, Tins and Blisters get +10%
(Price change February 15th ! Order now & save even more!)

CAP Dealers always save more! Join and save BIG now!

Please ask your rep about these and all the other great savings on ColArt brands along with MacPherson’s Dating Program

Lefranc & Bourgeois Showing at CAA Show!

Friday, January 21st, 2011
lb_bluelogoLefranc & Bourgeois will be educating college professors and other attendees on its Lefranc Oil, Flashe, and Louvre Acrylic lines at the College Art Association Show in New York City from February 9th through 12th.  Come check them out at booth #230 if you are at the show!

Industry News

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

sidsmithNamta’s Executive Director, Sid Smith has announced his resignation. Sid was also owner and president of consulting firm Salco and will continue to advise the board and staff on Strategic Planning***** Correction; Sid Smith reports that his contract with Namta to assist in the association’s strategic planning process was not renewed by the board, thereby explaining his resignation. ********After a thorough search, the Board of Directors has chosen Reggie Hall as its new Executive Director, effective February 7, 2011. reggie_hall_headshot_for_webReggie has more than 30 years of association management experience having served most recently as a Senior Vice President with the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) in the Washington DC area and prior to that as Executive Director of the International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives. He has had a wide range of association leadership and management experience with responsibilities that have included sales, marketing, membership, communications, social media, websites, meeting management, revenue generation, budgeting, foundations, association mergers, strategic planning and large expositions.

markketchumNewell Rubbermaid CEO Mark Ketchum announced his retirement on January 11th. He will remain with the company until a successor is named. It is expected that process will last between four to six months.

joannslogoLeonard Green & Partners offered to buy fabric and crafts company Jo-Ann Stores Inc (JAS.N) for about $1.6 billion in cash, less than a month after the private equity firm took part in a controversial buyout of another retailer, J Crew Group Inc (JCG.N). Los Angeles-based Leonard Green’s offer of $61 a share is at a premium of 34 percent to Jo-Ann’s close prior to the announcement in late December.

The winners of the ColArt USA President’s Club honors were announced recently. Taking top award is Kathy Brennan (Midwest region), second place goes to Ray Doty (South Eastern Region), and Bill Worley (Midwest region) and Craig Schottenstein (Western region) tied for third. Congratulations to all!

Big news from Portland, OR… Robert Gamblin reports that he and Pete Cole have purchased Gamblin Artists Colors back from Vic Petrov and his group of investors.

We send our deepest condolences to Strathmore’s Tom Brighton and his wife Kathleen, who  mourn the passing of their 22 year old son Christopher. Our heart also goes out to the entire Brighton clan. The family requests contributions in Chris’ memory to Old Union Nursery School, 152 W. Rose Valley Rd, Rose Valley, PA 19086 or A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Cardiac Center, 1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

The former Purchasing Manager at Opus in Vancouver, BC, Jesse Burgess, recently passed away.  She had just retired a couple of months ago after almost 25 years at Opus.

stevehansonSteve Hanson, former Canson sales representative and all around industry personality, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Kennesaw, GA . He was 54 years old.  The service was held on January 9, 2011 at Summit Baptist Church in Kennesaw. The family has kindly requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Steven’s honor to the Hanson Children’s Education Fund at Wells Fargo Branch. 2778 Cobb Parkway NW., Kennesaw, GA. 30144

ilenePentel of America Names Ilene Albert-Nelson as Director of Marketing. Ilene is a veteran of consumer package goods companies with over 25 years within the crafts and office supply industries, has been named Director of Marketing. Albert-Nelson will lead all marketing efforts for both Pentel products and Pentel Arts products. Albert-Nelson previously held various marketing and sales positions at Avery Dennison, General Binding Corp. and the Crayola Company.

P1010393Doug Mooney won Salesperson of the Year with ArtBin. He had the highest percentage increase over the Sales plan. Congratulations!

Here is a look at a local San Francisco Bay Area TV segment featuring General Pencil’s drawing and animation kits for kids:

Dr. Toy Segment on KRON-4 featuring How to Draw Cartoons!™ from General Pencil on Vimeo.

Check out this new series of “How to Calligraphy” videos presented by Manuscript Pen:

How To Learn Calligraphy Styles

It’s a Snap! Selling Brushes by Princeton

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

New from Princeton – an entirely new SPIN on selling brushes!


The Snap! Brush spinner display is determined to increase your brush business. The brushes themselves are real stand-outs with their bold 3-color paint jobs. Clear acrylic display pockets let them show off their good looks. Color-coded signage strips clearly communicate the real fun of Snap! – they’re very affordable. There are only 5 price-points – one for each row of product.

In today’s economy, retailers find it a particular challenge to merchandise the impulse areas of their stores. Shoppers now require a stronger rationale for making a purchase “in the moment.” Snap! is a product that your customers will want that has the added value of being useful and practical. Snap! brushes are fun, but not frivolous.

The design and quality of the Snap! mobile spinner display is outstanding. It fits in a very modest piece of real estate. Because it spins, it can go almost anywhere – floating free or tucked up against a counter or column. Roll one up by your cash-wrap and you’ll move more brushes.

The best news of all is that Snap! is available for immediate drop-ship, freight pre-paid, from Princeton

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


Canson Infinity Paper in the News

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

On January 30, renowned celebrity photographer Timothy White’s latest exhibit, Timothy White: Portraits, opens at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. His large-scale pop icon portraits, printed exclusively on Canson Infinity Platine Digital Darkroom paper, feature unique images of various celebrated pop culture figures including Aretha Franklin, Harrison Ford, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. The 30 portraits on exhibit represent a collection of photographs taken by White during a two decade time span.

Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag gives photographers the benefits of traditional darkroom paper in an inkjet paper created specifically for digital printing applications. Platine Fibre Rag paper combines 100% cotton Platinum paper with the latest microporous coating to ensure vivid colors, exceptional white and gray tones and image longevity. Platine Fibre Rag paper dries instantly, is water resistant and is compatible with pigmented and dye inks, producing incredibly detailed imagery of the highest quality.

Harrison Ford by Timothy White

Strathmore Introduces Ready Cut Watercolor Papers

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Ready Cut Watercolor offers the convenience of standard size sheets precision cut for readymade frames and mats. The program was created to address the needs of the growing number of artists who create smaller-sized original paintings and sell them online and at art fairs.

Ready Cut Watercolor saves artists effort, time and money. There is no need to measure, calculate and cut down paper from larger sheets. Art can be framed using readymade frames, mats and glass, which are readily available and less expensive than custom options.

ready_cut_image-for-art-dog-blogThe line features 500 Series 100% cotton watercolor paper. Paper is archival, lignin free and acid free.

Ready Cut Watercolor is packaged in a peggable, resealable, sturdy clear plastic bag. This protects the paper from damage and serves as storage after purchase.

Available in cold and hot press finishes. Sizes include 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″ and 11″ x 14″.

Contact your MacPherson’s sales representative for more information on the new Ready Cut Watercolor program from Strathmore Artist Papers™.

All That’s Golden, January 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Bill HartmanBill Hartman reports:

CAA 2011
Golden Artist Colors
is a longtime supporter of the College Arts Association ( trade show and will be attending in New York City early February. Visit us at our booth (# 303, G) to learn more about our comprehensive product offering. In addition, please visit our Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors’ booth (# 307) to learn more about what makes this line of oils irresistible to artists!

Winter B-T-S Reminder
The winter B-T-S advertised promotional dates are 1/2/11 – 2/10/11.  Please check with your MacPherson’s Sales Representative for details regarding GOLDEN offerings in 2011.

2011 Pricing Changes
The Golden Artists Colors, Inc. 2011 price change documentation has been sent out and is effective February 14, 2011 for all products, including the Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors line.

Support Available from GOLDEN

As we embark on the New Year, please remember the plethora of ways you can find out information on GOLDEN products or help your customer to do so:
• Technical Support Services
• Over 50 YouTube Product and Application Videos
• Technical Product Information Sheets
• A live person answering the phone at 1-800-959-6543
• Working Artists Program
• Social media interactivity through Facebook
•, which contains an incredible amount of information
Please contact your MacPherson’s Sales Representative about any of the above resources.

New Video: Exploring Fiber Paste

Golden fibre

In this video, Working Artist Melanie Matthews shows the versatility of Fiber Paste.

The link below will take you to the online GOLDEN Video Library.  Once there, you will want to look for the video titled, “Explore Fiber Paste with Melanie Matthews.”

Golden Video Library

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

Sanford News – January 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

• The new Sharpie 80’s Glam colors will be available from MacPherson’s in February of this year. The colors are available in 5 per card Fine and 5 per card Ultra Fine sets. The new colors are listed below:
• Legwarmer Orange
• Jellie Pink
• Valley Girl Violet
• Argyle Green
• Banana Clip Yellow

stained-by-sharpieSharpie will soon offer two carded Fabric Marker sets called Stained by Sharpie. These are brush tip markers Stained by Sharpie is designed to draw or doodle on most fabrics. The ink does not bleed or fade and does not wash out during normal wash cycles. Sharpie will offer a 4 per card Black, Red, Blue and Green as well as an 8 per card Black, Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange, Purple and Yellow.


• Ask your MacPherson’s representative about the new Prismacolor Scholar line. This product line addresses the gap between Prismacolor Premier and the children’s coloring lines such as Crayola, Dixon and Rose Art. The Colored Pencils are far superior to entry level products and are moderately priced. Scholar pencils are excellent for layering and blending. Prismacolor will have 10 color bullet and brush tip marker sets available in early March which will complete the Scholar category offerings.

• Starting in mid February, Prismacolor will introduce a new carrying case for the Prismacolor Double-Ended Markers. The durable, black nylon zippered case holds up to 24 markers. It easily converts to a desk top easel for class room or studio work. The MSRP is $18.52. Your MacPherson’s representative will have details soon.


• The Design Brand name will get phased out as we move through 2011. Your MacPherson’s representative has specific SKU information. Please feel free to contact Dan Canny with any questions or concerns as well as your MacPherson’s representative. You can email Dan at There’s a short summary below as to what will occur with the remaining Design SKU’s. One of three things will happen with the existing Design products; they will transition over to Prismacolor Scholar, they will transition over to Prismacolor Premier or they will be discontinued by the end of 2011. Again, for specific SKU information, please contact either Dan Canny or your MacPherson’s representative.
• The Design brand will disappear over the next year
• Open Stock Graphite Pencils discontinued by 12/31/2011
• Five 2/cd plus the 2052 drawing set will transition to Prismacolor Scholar during 2011
• The Ebony Pencil, design Art Gum, Kneaded, Magic Rub and Design 2000 Plastic Eraser will all transition to Prismacolor Brand products during 2011
• All transitioned products will be labeled “formerly Design” in order to ensure consumer recognition and continuity

Come See Letraset at CHA!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

letrasetatchaLetraset will be exhibiting at the winter CHA show in Los Angeles, CA from January 29th through February 1st.  Stop by booth # 758 and check out ProMarker, one of the hottest topics on craft blogs at the moment thanks to the amazing quality and super-affordable price!  Get sneak previews on the hot new ProMarker sets to come for 2011.

Chroma’s International Student Art Contest Winners Announced

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Chroma, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of its International Student Art Contest.  There were over 270 submissions by students from the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.  They used Archival Oils, Atelier Interactive Professional Artist Acrylics and A>2 Student Acrylics to create their exceptional paintings. The $5,000 Grand Prize was awarded to Kirsten Low from the University of New South Wales (AU), for her painting, Eyes of the Dark Interior.


The $1,000 Best Acrylic Prize was awarded to Shannon Gilbert from Virginia Commonwealth University (US) for Historical Perspective, painted with Atelier Interactive Professional Artist Acrylics.   The $1,000 Best Oil Prize was awarded to Alexander Carletti, from the Adelaide Central School of Art (AU), for Autopsy, painted with Archival Oils.

We would also like to congratulate the following students, who were awarded Commendable prizes: Mark Stewart from the Tyler School of Art (US) for his painting, Battle, created with Atelier Interactive Professional Artist Acrylics; Barbara J. Briggs from the San Francisco Academy of Art University (US), for her painting, Wonderful Day, created with Atelier Interactive Professional Artist Acrylics; and Will Pierce from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (US), for his painting, Study, created with A>2 Student Acrylics.

To view all the winning paintings, please click here. Contest Winners