Archive for July, 2012

Industry News

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

We are sad to report that our stellar southern California Sales Representative Dawn McKay will be leaving MacPherson’s at the end of July. Dawn is planning to become an independent rep working for Mooney Sales and Marketing. Dawn has been with the company for thirteen years and we shall miss her but we wish her the best, and we look forward to working with her in her new role! We are searching for a  qualified and motivated individual to take on Dawn’s territory. Those interested in learning more about the job or our company should email a resume to either Marc Jalbert ( or Steve Robinson (

Good news for Ballard, WA artists: Dakota Art Store, after 22 years on Roosevelt Way in Seattle, has moved to the nearby community of Ballard. Owner Craig Lemley says they were happy to relocate to what he notes is a “very artistic community.”

Neil Capozzi, the owner Jay Mar Art and Party Supply of Stuart, FL, announced that he will be closing the store on July 21st after 21 years in the Art and Craft business. We wish you all the best, Neil, and hope to hear from you again soon!

Utrecht is on the move. This week they have opened a new large format store in Santa Monica, CA.

Check out this Montana Cans-sponsored project in Detroit, MI:


Wayne Brooke, long time buyer at Central Florida Art & Office, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.




Hot New Sketch Books From Stillman & Birn

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Stillman & Birn is introducing a hard-bound edition of its Beta (white) and Delta (ivory) Series. The paper in these sketch books is 180 lb. (270 gsm), probably the heaviest paper ever offered in a commercially-made hardbound sketch book. Months of research went into the developing the process of folding such heavy weight paper and the result is a unique, multi-media hardbound art journal that opens perfectly flat.

The Beta and Delta Series hardbound series will be available in two sizes:  5.5 x 8.5 and 8.5 x 11.

This line extension was developed specifically in response to consumer feedback and requests for heavy-weight sketch books in a hard-bound format. Many multi-media artists do not want to use a pad or wire-bound book, but rather want the ability to draw a two-sided spread, a surface which can only be provided in a hardbound book. Furthermore, because these books open perfectly flat, artwork can easily be scanned on a flatbed scanner.

Look for these new items to ship by mid-July.

Check out this link for more details:
Beta-Delta Hardbound Product Announcement


Red Hot Newsprint Tote Board Combo Pack!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

As Back-to-School creeps closer, we’d like to remind you about a very special deal we’re offering on 2 of our best selling BTS items (as well as clarify a few questions about it.)  Through 9/22/12, receive our deepest discount ever on the 23″ x 26” Art Alternatives Tote Board (AA17701) and Strathmore‘s tape-bound  18″ x 24″ Newsprint Pad (SM307-818) when they are purchased together as assortment # AA17711 which contains 30 of each item.  To keep the cost to a minimum so that you can discount them deeply, the pads and tote boards will not ship packed together. Instead they will ship separately in their regular cartons and can be stacked out next to one another or combined into 1 item in store. Downloadable signage is available from Mouse over the Promotional Support tab and select Merchandising > Art Alternatives, then scroll to the very bottom of the page.