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thumb_104523Ilka Lohaus has joined the ColArt Group as Chief Brand Officer to be based at the company’s headquarters in Wealdstone, England. A German citizen, she speaks three European languages (German, French and English), and has had substantial consumer marketing experience  including stints at Johnson & Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser and more recently Henkel as Global Marketing Director.

michaels-manhattan Michaels Stores Inc. has opened its first Manhattan store featuring a new urban store design that focuses on providing creative inspiration, according to Reuters. The store, whose week-long grand opening celebration began Oct. 25, is located in the new Columbus Square development at 808 Columbus Ave. at 97th Street. The new 14,700-sq.-ft. store features a modern, open design with wide aisles, warm colors, “inspiration kiosks” for project ideas and work spaces for customers to lay out their designs before purchasing. The store takes cues from its new prototype opened last year, with key merchandise categories–such as fine arts, custom framing, jewelry, scrapbooking and kids–organized in store-within-a-store layouts. The store will also be the first for the company to offer a delivery service, tailoring to the Manhattan urban shopper.

0001qdArt Supply Warehouse in Westminster, CA. was named the 1st place winner in the Prismacolor®  Retailer Display Contest based on the creative display they developed to showcase Prismacolor art products in-store. Art Supply Warehouse won $1,000 for its first place winning entry. ASW’s submission featured a whimsical archway of bold colors flanked by two columns of Prismacolor art supplies.  The archway created a store-within-a-store shopping experience, inviting customers to stroll the full Prismacolor product offering along with paper, card stock and cardboard in a variety of styles, weights and sizes.

0002o1Arizona Art of Temple, AZ was the second place winner with its display titled, “A Wonderland of Possibilities.”  Displayed amidst a topsy-turvy dresser of drawers, art supplies were displayed in shelves while also peaking out of drawers, alongside familiar faces of animated characters. Arizona Art, received $750.00.

Jerry’s Art of Norwalk, VA won third place.  Jerry’s Art displayed a giant-sized yellow Prismacolor marker and a maroon-colored pencil atop an end-cap assortment of Prismacolor sets, along with a display of individual Prismacolor markers and smaller sets. Jerry’s Art received $500 for third place.

Steve Golian, Sterling Art

Steve Golian, Sterling Art

This just in, Sunday, November 1st will be Sterling Art’s last day after 49 years serving the artistic community in Orange County, CA.


Steve Gallisdorfer, ColArt America’s intrepid and ever vigilant Pacific Northwest Sales rep forwarded this photo shot recently in Vacaville, CA outside a Safeway market. Now that’s a receptive market for today’s aerosol artists!


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