Archive for May, 2017

Industry News

Monday, May 29th, 2017

daniel roggerFaber-Castell has appointed Daniel Rogger to be the successor to the late Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell, who died last year. It will be the first time the 256 year old German pencil-maker has filled the position of CEO with a manager from outside the family. Rogger joins the company as an experienced senior manager in the luxury goods industry previously working at the Swatch and Richemont Groups. Roggers most recent position was as CEO for the family-owned eyewear maker Silhouette International where he was responsible for the worldwide business. Gerhard Berssenbrügge, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said, “We exercised the utmost care in searching and selecting a suitable candidate, and are certain that we were right in appointing Daniel Rogger. “

Proud parents Claire Stapleton and Shane Neufeld welcome a beautiful and healthy boy,  Malcolm Scott Neufeld to the world. Vital stats: Born NYC, 7 lbs 11 oz on Sunday May 21st, 2017. Also very proud and “over the moon” are grandparents Pam & Frank Stapleton.


In more baby news, Andrew Kimball, ColArt’s Field Sales Director reports the birth of Cordelia Rose Kimball was born April 8th, at 12:31pm. 6lbs, 14oz.  Proud Andrew says “My wife and the baby are both healthy and doing well.


IMG_0028.JPGWell respected Toronto area purchasing manager at Curry’s, Bill Waters has retired after 40 years.

markgolden (1)Americans for the Arts interviewed Mark Golden, CEO of Golden Artist Colors. With 30 years of industry experience. With numerous awards including having been chosen as a recipient of the Small Business Person of the Year for New York State award(1996) Mark has a lot to say. In the interview he discusses his vision for arts advocacy and the value to community and his company that strategic connections to art groups plays Read the whole interview here.

993acbe2-7e55-42aa-8720-a4c9a432c09cSavoir-Faire is pleased to announce that Laurent Duthoit formerly with Daler-Rowney has joined the company starting May 1st 2017 as Executive Vice-President Commercial.

paul stormoPaul Stormo, former owner of Artograph, passed away on May 4th at the age of 80. Mr. Stormo served as a NAMTA Board Director, NAMTA President (1987-88), and received the NAMTA 1993 Hall of Fame Award. He will be remembered for his indomitable, optimistic spirit that inspired us to be more than we are.  Read Paul’s obituary here: Paul Stormo



Check out this very cool billboard for ArtCenter Supply in Memphis, TN advertising Montana Gold. This came together as a great collaboration between Art Center Supply and the MacPherson’s Creative team.

Montana Billboard Artcenter Supply

In an old post on Johanna Basford’s blog contributor Pen Geek gushes about the versatility, features and benefits of the Posca Paint Pens

Pen Geek : Uni POSCA PC-3M bullet tip / fine line

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AI Friedman has lost its 18th Street, Manhattan lease and is in the process of liquidating inventory and fixtures. For now the offices will be moved to their Port Chester, NY location which continues at full steam ahead. Friedman’s plans to look for a replacement location to open in NYC in the future.

AI Friedman

Golden News – May 2017

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Reinvigorating the QoR® Watercolor Brand

In February Golden Artist Colors introduced an investment in pricing and consumer marketing to reinvigorate the QoR Watercolor brand. The long term success of QoR watercolor is a key pillar within the Golden Artist Colors vision. The brand’s patented Aquazol® binder, which enables high pigment concentration and increased application options, and its line of innovative watercolor grounds are loved by many artists who have tried the brand. Due to significant premium pricing and the introduction of an entirely new brand identity (QoR), the QoR brand was not delivering the consumer adoption rates that GOLDEN, or you, desire. To reset QoR on a growth trajectory of significant scale, GOLDEN is introducing an integrated long term investment strategy that combines a pricing recalibration with an amplified consumer marketing plan. Through these efforts it is our firm belief that the QoR brand will be recognized as one of the most important contributions to watercolor artists and to all artists that want to reach a new level of possibilities of performance, depth of color and permanence.

As part of that initiative, on May 6th, 2017 the MSRP on QoR will be reduced by 15%.  This investment is designed to maintain a price premium that Golden believes is warranted by product differentiation and performance, while making the brand more accessible to new users.  Below you will see the new pricing by series.

By now you should all be aware of the specific key areas of focus that have been put in place for this effort. Please contact your GOLDEN Sales Representative for any additional questions that you might have. Thank you for your continued support of all the GOLDEN brands.

GOLDEN Attendance at Upcoming MacPherson’s Dealer Workshop (DWS)

GOLDEN is looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming MacPherson’s Dealer Workshop in Anaheim, CA!

Join Golden Artist Colors for a fast moving, one hour session, designed to reintroduce our non-color products. This session will include hands-on activities that will give you a fresh understanding of the powerful capabilities available when using GOLDEN’s Gels, Pastes, Mediums, and Varnishes.

Explore the versatility of these products through techniques like monoprinting, image transfers, wood staining, fiberglass structures, floorcloths, mural protection, and hard edge techniques. Restore your understanding of these important products to help stimulate incremental sales of GOLDEN colors, just in time for your non-color store resets.

  • Date: June 6th – 8th
  • Location: Wyndham Garden Grove
  • Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Santa Rosa Ballroom, B2)

GOLDEN Introduces Four New Certified Working Artists

Golden Artist Colors continues to invest in artist education by bringing 4 exciting artists into its Working Artists network. These artists will participate in extensive training on GOLDEN products from July through the end of 2017, and will be ready to conduct lecture demos in 2018 in their geographies. Please reach out to your GOLDEN Representative if you have 2018 lecture/demo opportunities in Texas or Utah!

  • Maureen Seeba: Houston, TX
  • Jenny Granberry: Austin / San Antonio, TX
  • Justin Burns, Fort Worth / Dallas, TX
  • Stacy Phillips, Salt Lake City, UT

Golden Artist Colors “Lifts” Artists as National Sponsor of O+ Festival

Haverhill, MA, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Kingston, NY

Involved with the O+ Festival for the last several years, GOLDEN has decided to enhance its support of the organization in 2017 not only by providing mural artists with expertise from its Materials & Application Specialists team, but with a donation of materials for the murals in three festival cities as well. GOLDEN will also be providing funds for Optometry care for visual artists and defraying lift costs in each of the cities.

O+ Festival is a non-profit organization powered by volunteers whose mission is to build long-term relationships between artists and health and wellness providers to help strengthen local communities. The organization’s year-round efforts culminate in a weekend long celebration, during which artists and musicians create and preform in exchange for a variety of wellness services donated by local doctors, dentists and complementary care providers. The entire community experiences the healing power of art and music as well as wellness education offerings that take place throughout the weekend. Through the creative local exchange of art and music for diverse holistic care, O+ has been able to bring awareness and meaningful care to those in need while boosting its community’s economy. To learn more about the O+ Festival, visit

A Note From Steve Chamberlain, ColArt Americas

Monday, May 29th, 2017








Dear Valued Customer,

As many of you will recall, from our first trade newsletter last November or from various conversations and communication with any number of the Colart team, we went live with our new ERP system, M3, on schedule at the start of March. We are acutely aware that this has been a challenging time for many inside of Colart and more importantly for you our customers. Be it the year end closure for a full stock count (important to ensure integrity of information transfer to M3) or the slower than expected restart after M3 ‘Go Live’ we appreciate the support you have shown us. When any business moves to a completely new platform there are always challenges – some businesses virtually grind to a halt for months on end.

We have had some challenges, mainly around receiving stock into the Distribution Center, but the business is starting to get back up to speed. Some of our fill rates have been, and continue to be, lower than we want and for that we apologize. We did have some difficulties receiving stock and making it available for orders but we believe we have ironed out most of the technical issues. We expect to see only improving service levels and fill rates from here – albeit we believe May will still be below the levels we aspire to. The new M3 system, already integrated on many other Colart sites, will ultimately help us to service you, our customers, and with you our consumers better for many years to come.

Thank you again for your continued support of Colart, our brands and our people. Should you have any questions please reach out to your local representative in the first instance.

My best regards






Steve Chamberlain

Commercial Director – North America

One Shot, the Iconic Sign Paint Brand, Comes Alive!

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Great news from One-Shot paint! There will be a mid-year (May 1st) retail price adjustment that will coincide with an increase in dealer discounts. At the same time, a price policy (MAP) is being established and enforced to fully support Brick-and-Mortar retailers. Click here for a copy of the 2017 price list with the new list prices and price policy. MacPherson’s new discounts on May 1st are: 43% and 45% (EC+). There is more exciting news from One-Shot to come, including marketing support materials, color charts and strips for retail presentation. Also, retail displays are coming soon (with aggressive drop-ship discounts)!

One-Shot Logo


Groovy, Baby! Jacquard Goes Hippie Retro

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Although resist dyeing techniques (including ones involving binding of fabric prior to coloring) date back at least 2,500 years, tie dyeing as it has come to be known is a distinctly American artform that was born out of the freewheeling hippy days of California in the 1960’s. Even today, multi-colored tie dye motifs like the rainbow spiral are widely associated with the love movement that took America by storm some forty years ago. Though tie dye has been absorbed into more mainstream aesthetics in recent years (see “tie dye chic,” for instance, a popular “yuppie” fad), it remains a markedly American tradition.

Believe it or not, Jacquard was the very first to offer a “tie dye kit”—a package containing everything you need to tie dye like a hippy/pro. Jacquard has been offering this kit since 1982, proudly manufactured in the San Francisco bay area, the birthplace of hippiedom! These days, tie dye kits abound in the US—there is a whole aisle of them in Walmart!—but they are all knock-offs of Jacquard’s original kit, mostly manufactured in China, and it goes without saying, none of them are nearly as high quality nor of equal value to Jacquard’s. The Jacquard Tie Dye Kits are still the gold standard, and it is a high bar they have set: the kits yield intense and lasting colors that to this day are unmatched by any other brand in the world!

With summer upon us what better way is there to celebrate than getting outside and tie dying your shirts, jean shorts, headbands, socks, bedding, dresses or underwear! All Jacquard’s Tie Dye kits are easy-to-use, and no two results are ever exactly alike. The design possibilities are endless and unique as fingerprints! They make great gifts and are wonderful party activities. Kits contain everything needed for dyeing (except the fabric): pre-measured Procion MX Dye powder (in convenient applicator bottles), Soda Ash dye fixer, rubber bands, gloves and easy-to-follow instructions.


Jacquard Tie Dye Kits are available through MacPherson’s in two sizes JAC9444 and JAC9445 retail at $11.99 and JAC9320 and JAC9325 retail for $19.99.

Princeton Brush 2017 Signage Updates

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Princeton Brush has updated color coded price strips for all of its displays based upon the 2017 price increase. Here are the options available:

  • SNAP! Spinner Floor Display
  • 9100 Real Value Wall Rack
  • 9100 Spinner Floor Display
  • 3750 Select Wall Rack (not counter/spinner displays)

Retailers are encouraged to email Howard directly at with specific details of what they would like and they will be sent immediately

Snap Price Strips