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Industry News

With great sadness we report the passing of Bill Sethre founder of Allards Fine Art Supply  of Fresno, CA. He died October 30th, peacefully at home at the age of 86. Bill was a retail marketing and merchandising genius way ahead of his time.  He is survived by his wife Colleen; three daughters, Sheryl Johns, Lisa Heard and Tracy Spawn; three sons-in-law, Gary, Greg and Jeff; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  Remembrances may be made to Saint Agnes Hospice, 6729 N. Willow, #103, Fresno Ca. 93710; or the Fresno Dixieland Society. PO Box 16399, Fresno Ca. 93755-6399
Bill Sethre
Bill Sethre
P1000111The Herald News of Monterey Bay California reports that John Wiseman will be closing Art Max due to lawsuits and claims filed by his son and ex-daughter-in-law. It makes for quite a sad and sordid story and proves that Murphy’s law is alive and well in family businesses. Read the whole story here:  Art Max to close.
Congratulations to Art Outfitter’s owner Kerry Kemp and beau Tim Joiner who recently tied the knot in New Orleans!
Tim & Kerry
Tim & Kerry

Matt_at_Mill_to_camera_crop“The Science and Spiritual Resonance of Paint” What a great title that would have been for an article and Pete Cole reports the National Endowment for the Arts is featuring Gamblin this month in their magazine and online. The article is available online so check it out: Painting the Town Napthol Red.
Robin McLane, owner of Bellevue Art and Frame has announced that she will be closing her doors at the end of 2013.

Check out  the commercial some very creative customers made for Raw Materials in downtown Los Angeles. Say hi to the store’s mascot Wonton! httpv://

There’s a amazing new smart phone app called Art Around Town: It tracks street art and fosters community. It’s a community-generated map, tagged with the locations of publically accessible art, including murals, sculptures and, yes, even graffiti. It already features hundreds of pieces of public art in Washington, San Francisco, New York and Oakland, Calif., and it’s growing – a street in Spokane, Wash., already features seven tags. Check out a PBS article with lots more details. Art Around Town on PBS


On October 18th, 2013, Creative Catalog Concepts(CCC) was acquired by Catalog Solutions, Inc. Creative Catalog Concepts has been providing Website support and publishing the Sourcebook for MacPherson’s dealers. Catalog Solutions offers similar products and services and is looking forward to bringing many of their improved and advanced systems to the Art Materials community. Those dealers that currently are using Creative Catalog Concepts service can plan on uninterrupted service and support.
Check out this great video link of artist David Flores painting his interpretation of Dali in the Water in mural form with Montana Gold on a huge wall at Graphaids in Culver City, CA.
Here is another fun video of the very respected urban artist David Choe painting a mural in downtown Los Angeles.

Consumers respond to well laid out stores that make finding what they need and want easy and alluring. Now is a perfect time to tune up merchandising and NAMTA has a great how-to guide for members buried in their resource library. It’s entitled Visual Merchandising 101; How to Increase Your “Shelf Esteem!” If you are a member or would just like to join this trade association go to NAMTA

Mele Murals Project Kicks Off in Hawaii!
Mele Murals is a youth development, arts education, cultural preservation, and community-building project.  Over a five-year period, starting in late 2013, local artists, youth, and other members of communities spanning the eight major islands of Hawai`i will create a series of large-scale outdoor murals focusing on Hawaiian lyrics (mele) that explore mo`olelo `aina (stories of place) and cultural and historical heritage.  Montana Cans and Art Alternatives have partnered with the Estria Foundation to help sponsor the initial murals of the project.
The project has just kicked off with the first mural in the series and is already receiving great media attention!

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