Industry News

At Arch Supplies in San Francisco, owner Susie Colliver and her top team of Kate, Mac, Tom, Caryn & David celebrated the company’s 38th birthday at their amazing and new Carolina Street location with all the bells and whistles of an exciting grand opening. Congratulations Susie!

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schjerning_logo-1Royal Talens has acquired Schjerning Farver A/S as of November 15, 2016. With this acquisition, Royal Talens has further reinforced its position as a leading player in artists’, school, hobby & crafts materials and coloring, drawing and writing products. Schjerning Farver holds a strong position with its eco-friendly, high quality products in the school, hobby & craft and private label market. Royal Talens sees this as a perfect addition to its portfolio in more than 100 countries worldwide. “We are very happy with this acquisition,” says Ronald Benning, CEO of Royal Talens.”

11b3096Edouard André-Hessig who served as the VP of Marketing(Simply) at Daler Rowney, North America reports that November 30th was his last day. Good luck Edouard !

Another great newspaper article and more insights into Opus Art Supplies chain in Vancouver BC and their owner David van Berckel. Read the article on the Vancouver Sun website.

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pearl-copyRobert Perlmutter, founder of the iconic Pearl Paint passed away on November 8th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Known as Bob by his colleagues he was credited with creating our industry’s first national chain of discount art supply stores in New York in 1953. Pearl closed the last of their locations in April of 2014. Bob Perlmutter Obituary

jim-pluthJim Pluth passed away on October 13th. Jim served 20 years in the United States Navy and went on to be Executive Vice President of Tara Materials/Fredrix Artist Canvas – West Coast Manufacturing and Distribution Operations. For more about the rich and remarkable life of Jim, stories and memories are being collected and shared at Celebrating Jim Pluth.

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