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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Get Ready for Back to School with Ampersand

Ampersand Booth at Namta in Phoenix, 2011
We are back from a successful trip to Phoenix where we attended the annual NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) trade show. We showcased a number of new display items for retailers for the Fall Back to School Season. If you missed us at the show, be sure to contact us for pricing and details on these great new displays for your store. And artists, be on the look out for these displays this Fall!

First, we have a new Artist Panel™ Pallet Stacker. Easily unload it right from the truck into your store. Available in both mixed 3/4" and 1.5" profiles or in just the 1.5" profile. It comes with the bright green skid! 
New Artist Panel Pallet Stacker for Fall
Next, we have a new product. It's a smooth version of the Artist Panel™ that can be used with oils, acrylics and mixed media. It's perfect for the artist who prefers a smoother surface in contrast to the canvas texture of the standard Artist Panel. Portraits, landscapes, this is your surface. The 1/8" profile fits nicely into pochade boxes as well. Prices to artists start as low as .59 each! This little counter top display was very popular at the show. Contact us if you'd like to get one for BTS.

New Smooth Artist Panel in a compact counter top display for Fall
And, we have these fun Gessobord™ blow-out multi-pack boxes. Each box comes filled with Gessobord and priced to sell. We have four varieties available each packed with top selling skus. Contact us for pricing.
 

Gessobord Blow-Out Sale Multi-Pack boxes for Fall
And last, but not least! Scratchbord™ artist Linda Sheets designed six new scratchbord kits and showcased them at the show. The new kits feature the most adorable characters. She created over 100 monkeys and dogs in scratchboard for our dealers over the course of the show. The new kits will be available in stores for Fall. Contact us for pricing and availability.
 
Linda Sheets monkeying around
"Crowned Monkey", one of Linda Sheets' new kit designs

All of these new store displays will be available for shipping mid-late June. 
 
In other news, we'd like to congratulate our newest Encaustic Painting Center, Sarnoff Artist Materials. They picked up our show display and loaded it right into their store that weekend. Tucson artists can now buy all the Encausticbord™ and R&F handmade paints and accessories they could possibly desire. See the store for details.
 
Ampersand/R&F 44" Encaustic Painting Center

We did manage to explore some of the sites in Phoenix, there was plenty of wonderful art in public places and museums just waiting for us to find.

 
Ampersand's own Dana Brown and friend
500 Hopi Katsina dolls at the Heard Museum

And, of course we got to see some good friends.

Patti Brady from Golden® modeling our swag.

Our friends at R&F were right across from us.