Archive for December, 2012

Industry News, Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for a Healthy Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Steve Chamberlain has been named ColArt Americas new Vice President Sales. Previously Steve headed ColArt’s commercial sales effort in Great Britain. Over the next 6 months Steve will transition from his old job to his new home in the USA.

FLAX was voted Most Awesome Artistic Art Supplies for kids. With a total vote count of over 200,000, Red Tricycle’s Awesome Awards honor kid friendly brands, products and services as recognized by the Red Tricycle Community.

Alvin & Company has hired Mike Mayerck to be its Director of Sales. Before joining a sewings notions supplier, Mike had worked for the Grimstad Comerford manufacturer’s rep group. In related news, Dorrie Boyd has been promoted to Alvin’s Marketing Manager. She joined the company in 2001.

Big news at CC Lowell in Worcester, MA.  After 23 years at the helm, Bill Cavanagh has sold America’s oldest art supply store to longtime employee and co-collaborator, Kristen Sciascia, who has been part of the CC Lowell family for almost 18 years.  Through much trial and error, Bill and Kristen found the right combination of product, promotion and environment that allowed CC Lowell to weather the constant change that has been part of the landscape for Bill’s 40-year art materials career. Bill will now be free to explore new opportunities and to volunteer near his home on Cape Cod, MA.

At JoAnn’s, head of Art Supply Merchandising Josh Belt reports that one of his team, Kevin Richards, has left the company.

Some art and craft industry holiday cheer:  Jo-Ann’s employee Deborah Browning has her job back after her story broke in social media channels. The 22-year company employee had been terminated from her job at JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft in Redlands, CA while receiving treatment for cancer. Community members, co-workers and customers who supported Deborah celebrated the good news with joyful hugs in early December.

Here’s an interesting take on urban art fantasy – San Francisco artists Mel Waters and Max Ehrman use Montana GOLD to merge their styles together, bringing life to a fantasy muse!  The Muse is presented by Zatoon Music and Apparel, a music and apparel company based in San Francisco, CA.

Richard Snowden’s
WeeScapes from Simi Creative has been getting buzz in the world of craft blogs. Check out Stampendous, Inc.’s Rubber Stampers blog for an example: Stampendous Blog

Marcus Pfauser, of Montana Cans in Heidelberg, Germany and his wife Zazie welcome their first child into the world. Johan Eduard was born Sunday December 9th. Congratulations to all!

The Maped Group has decided to merge its Maped U.S.A. and Helix U.S.A. Ltd subsidiaries in first quarter of 2013. The new company name will be Maped Helix USA. The merged business will operate from existing facilities of Helix USA Ltd in Joliet IL. Hubert DeMarolles will lead the new company.

Allan Franklin

Allan, Jeremy, and Stacey of the Allan Franklin & Associates will take over the sales representation duties for GOLDEN Artist Colors, Inc. in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee (Memphis only) and Texas (except El Paso) effective the first of 2013.

Want to see a busy store? Check out this timelapse video taken at Meininger’s Denver store on Sunday December 23rd, 2012.

Golden News for December 2012 (a little late)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

This announcement is a little late, but the product is a winner any time of the year.

Beguiling Iridescents!

Following the Uncommon Blues, Provocative Yellows, and Divergent Reds promotions is the GOLDEN Holiday season promotion — Beguiling Iridescents! At a time of year that is inherently festive, GOLDEN’s  22ml, limited edition set of Beguiling Iridescents features three Iridescent colors from the Heavy Body line, each with unique qualities:  Iridescent Silver (Fine), Iridescent Gold Deep (Fine) and Iridescent Pearl (Fine). This promotional set is available for a limited time only!

The Beguiling Iridescents set is available at a low introductory retail price of $9.99, representing a 20% savings for consumers over open stock.

Designed to generate interest in the full range of Iridescent colors offered by GOLDEN, and to give artists a low risk opportunity to give these colors a try, the set includes an informational piece of literature and is supported by a series of pages on the GOLDEN Web site highlighting all the Iridescent colors in the GOLDEN line.The sets (#GDP78-0) are in stock in MacPherson’s Distribution Centers now, so order today!

The limited edition Beguiling Iridescents Promotional Heavy Body Set is not subject to the MAP policy and will be available at an extra 5% off standard discounts. Insider tip:  Buy the Beguiling Iridescents set in the case pack of 6 and get a clip strip for easy merchandising.

GOLDEN ‘Powerful Store’ Makeovers

As you remember from a previous issue of Art Dog Blog, the following 4 retail stores were awarded “Store Makeovers” at a presentation conducted by GOLDEN Sales for MacPherson’s dealers.

Delila Barnett, ScrappyCraft – The Artist Attic, Phoenix, OR
Ken Harcus, Colours Art, Edmonton, AB
Del Walkenshaw, Desert Art, Las Vegas, NV
Kerry Kemp, Art Outfitters, Little Rock, AR

Through collaboration among the store owners, the MacPherson’s Sales Reps, the GOLDEN Sales Reps, and GOLDEN Product Manager Dana Rice these exciting store initiatives are underway!  Rep surveys and owner interviews have lead to unique action plans, based on the individual needs of each store. Engagement from the entire team created collaborative opportunities to focus not only on in-store resets for the GOLDEN and Williamsburg product lines, but beyond to training, customized enhancements to the store’s street presence and website initiatives. Stay tuned for more updates!

New Williamsburg Oils Video 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 new Williamsburg video. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors – see the factory floor, labor, materials, art and science that go into every tube of paint made! Golden Youtube Channel Once you click on this link, which takes you to the GOLDEN YouTube homepage, you can watch this video (and many more) as well as become a Subscriber. Just click on the “Subscribe” button next to the company name.

Golden Foundation Artist Residency Program

Applications are now being reviewed for the 2013 Golden Foundation Residency Program. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint. The 2013 sessions include:

April 21 – May 18
June 2 – June 29
July 7 – August 3
August 4 – August 31
September 15 – October 12
October 20 – November 16

For future reference, the online application can be accessed here: Online Application.

For 2012, nine artists were selected for the shortened inaugural year with sessions running from mid-July through October. Attending the program were artists from California, Pennsylvania, New York, Canada and Germany. For more information about the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, go to Golden Foundation.

Video Short Cuts Featuring Catalyst™ Tools by Princeton

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Innovation is the name of the game for Catalyst™ Tools and Princeton recently released ‘Short Cut’ versions of their videos! Around 1 minute each, the videos are perfect for retailers who want to loop visual content in their stores that will capture and inspire what artists think about how paint, tools, and brushes work together.

See how artists in several different mediums incorporate Catalyst into their painting and mark making. The versatility and ease with which Catalyst shifts from clay to encaustics, from fluid acrylics to heavy body mediums, is garnering excitement from not just professional artists, but also from teachers who want an exciting tool to introduce to their students.

The ‘Short Cut’ videos can be found on Princeton’s YouTube channel. Look for the ‘Short Cut’ version.