Staff in the spotlight- Week 4!

Aug 19, 2013

 

 

This is the third installment of our "Staff in the Spotlight" series so you can get to know all of us!  

 To learn more about our Licensing Associate, Courtney Gonyea, check out her uncensored answers to our questionnaire below.  

 

 

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire 

 

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Name:  Courtney Gonyea   

 

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Title at ALI:  Licensing Associate  

 

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What does your job require you to doKnow my clients likes, make sales, and direct artists. 

 

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What is your favorite type of art? Colorful pieces that tell a story.   

 

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What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)?  Surtex 

 

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What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)? Jenny Newland, William Vanderdasson, Nicky Boehme, and Lucie Bilodeau.  

 

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Where did you grow up?  Whitehall, NY  

 

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What is your family like? Loving, caring, fun, and LOUD J

 

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What do you do in your free time? Spending time with my fiancé (Josh), stepson (Elijah), and 2 Pitbulls (Levy and Ammo). We try to do as much as we can outside.  

 

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What is your favorite TV show? Parks and Rec, The Middle, and Modern Family.  

 

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What is your favorite song? Way too many. I am always singing with the radio.  

 

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What is your favorite book? “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss  

 

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What is your favorite food? Scallops 

 

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If you could visit 1 place on Earth for 24 hours, where would you go?  Greece 

 

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What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share? You think my last name is hard now, wait until I get married J  

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Dan Monteavaro around the world!

Aug 19, 2013

Our artist, Dan Montevaro, is being recognized world wide for his pop art. You can see his fun and colorful images plastered all over NYC, Paris, Rome, London, and Geneva!

 

   

 

  

  

To see his whole portfolio, click here

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You will never guess what Matt found!!!

Aug 14, 2013

Matt finally found one of those crates from the end of “Indiana Jones” and when he opened it, he found this masterpiece by Dean Russo!

 

Now, if he could only get him to take the hat off ;)

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Watch this painting of Santa come to life!

Aug 14, 2013

International artist, Steve Henderson, puts the oil painting sequences of his Christmas work, "These Gifts Are Better Than Toys," to the music of "Carol of the Bells" performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, featuring Metallica. Make sure to pay close attention to the details on the nativity figurines near the end! Take a look at this amazing video

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 3!

Aug 12, 2013

 

 

This is the third installment of our "Staff in the Spotlight" series so you can get to know all of us!  

 To learn more about our Licensing Associate, Syrena O'Neil, check out her uncensored answers to our questionnaire below.  

 

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire 

 

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Name:  Syrena O'Neil  

 

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Title at ALI:  Licensing Associate/ Social Media Liaison   

 

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What does your job require you to do?  I make sales, work with artists to develop art for my customers, update the social media sites, organize trade shows and plan travel accommodations.  

 

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What is your favorite type of art? My favorite type of art is Whimsical, but I am inspired by photography.   

 

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What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)?  My favorite show is the Atlanta Gift Show!  

 

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What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)? Color Bakery, Jennifer Nilsson, Fiona Stokes-Gilbert,  Karen Middleton.  

 

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Where did you grow up?  Whitehall, NY  

 

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What is your family like? Fun! 

 

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What do you do in your free time? I love spending time with my husband and 2 dogs (Marley and Bear) camping, kayaking, swimming, snowmobiling, etc.  

  

Marley         Syrena and Her Husband          Bear

                                     

 

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What is your favorite movie/TV show? Favorite movie= Clueless. Favorite TV show= The Middle or Modern Family 

 

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What is your favorite song? “Sugar Magnolia”- The Greateful Dead   

 

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What is your favorite book? Too many to choose just 1 

 

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What is your favorite food? Tacos 

 

 

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If you could visit 1 place on Earth for 24 hours, where would you go?  Greece 

 

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What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share? I love to laugh and have a good time. I am rarely serious- 90% of what I say is a line from a funny movie.   

  

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Southern Delights- a new collection by Anderson Designs!

Aug 08, 2013

There has been a lot of interest in Southern culture lately—everything from food to music to lifestyle. Several Southern cities have been designated as top U.S. cities to live in this year (music city is at the top of that list)! Since The Anderson Design Group firm is located in Nashville, Tennessee, coming up with lots of great material came naturally to them! The result is a new line of art that Southerners love because it reflects who they are. People from other places fall in love with the simplicity, comfort, nostalgia and whimsical qualities associated with southern lifestyle reflected in this series. 

 

   

 

 The Anderson Design Group has also added over a dozen NEW National Parks designs to their Art & Soul of America series. They plan to create several more park designs over the next few months, and they are open to requests from folks who have a favorite outdoor destination that they would like to see depicted in their classic style.

 

  

 

 The Anderson Design Group  is currently working on a new series of designs for men! Often, we have customers tell us that they are having trouble buying a gift for Dad, a husband, brother or friend who is a dude. Anderson Design understands that guys like to decorate with art, but they LOVE art that doesn’t look like it was picked out by a girl! Men crave art that celebrates the things they care about,  so this manly new line of images will focus on sports, dogs, beer, cars, planes, trains, fishing, hunting, outdoor adventure, man caves, etc. This new line of designs should be ready to unveil in November or December so keep checking our website to see if the images have arrived! 

 

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 2!

Aug 05, 2013

 

This is the second installment of our "Staff in the Spotlight" series so you can get to know all of us!  

 To learn more about our Licensing Director, Matt Appelman, check out his uncensored answers to our questionnaire below.  

 

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire 

 

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Name:  Matt “the closer” Appelman 

 

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Title at ALI:  Licensing Guru (a.k.a. Licensing Director)  

 

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What does your job require you to do?  I discover great artwork and expose it to the world, ultimately developing a brand.  

 

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What is your favorite type of art? Dean Russo  

 

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What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)? Surtex.  

 

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What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)? Dean Russo, Anderson Design, Dan Monteavaro, Moises Levy  

 

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Where did you grow up?  Vermont 

 

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What is your family like? My boss and the H.R. director!  

 

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What do you do in your free time? Garden, hike, and spend time with my family.  

 

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What is your favorite TV show? Arrested Development 

 

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What is your favorite band? DAFT PUNK 

 

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What is your favorite book? What is a book? 

 

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What is your favorite food? Sushi 

  

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If you could visit 1 place on Earth for 24 hours, where would you go?  That really big warehouse in the end of “Indiana Jones.” I would open those crates. I always wanted to know what was in there!   

 

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What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share? Boxers or briefs…neither! ;) 

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HUGE selection of Anderson Design wall decals available NOW!!

Aug 05, 2013

Wall decals are the newest fad for Interior decorators as well as Do-It-Yourselfers because they make decorating so easy and fun. Wall Decals can be used on windows, walls and tiles for decoration. They are a great way of adding color to an appartment, condo, or dorm room without having to paint or put holes in the walls! Decals even serve as a tool to inform people that there is a glass door or window.

   

We are excited to announce that our artist, Anderson Design, now has designs available as wall decals. These removable vinyl wall decals feature your favorite retro character and themes, and are easy to apply and reapply. You can add a unique decoration to any wall in a flash! Order your favorite Anderson Design image as a wall decal today! 

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The Evolution of a Painting

Jul 31, 2013

When people are purchasing items in the marketplace, they are looking at the finished goods. They will admire the art on the product, but never stop to think about where the art came from.  Licensing art is such a fascinating industry because we ALWAYS think about where the art came from.  It is our job to help the artists make images that will work for each manufacturer and eventually become a finished good!

 

We thought you might be interested in seeing how one of our painters, Karen Middleton, will transform her idea into a finished good!

 

Step 1: The artist comes up with an idea for a new piece.

 

Step 2: Rough Sketch.

 

You can see that Karen has sent a rough sketch of "firemen pets" (dogs and cats) to show the general idea of what she would like to paint. The agents provided her with feedback of ways to make the image more marketable.

 

 

Step 3: Revised Rough Sketch

 

 

You can see that Karen made the requested revisions. Then the agent gave the “thumbs up” to begin her color sketch.

 

 

Step 4: Review Color Sketch

 

 

The ALI team suggested a few more "tweaks" and then she will be "OK" to begin painting this image.

 

Stay tuned to see the final product!

 

If you are one of our artists and would like assistance with your creative process, contact the art director, Zoe Anderson. If you are not signed with us, but would like a portfolio review, click here to learn more!  

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Rescue Pitbull "Steals Your Heart"

Jul 30, 2013

At ALI, we love hearing stories with happy endings. This time the happy ending was close to home, which makes the story even better!

 

Meet Scarlet.

 

She is an adorable 2 year old Pitbull who was rescued right here in VT. You can see her looking good, rocking her stylish new "Steal Your Heart"  Dean Russo collar! You should order one of his fun and funky collars for your favorite pet!

 

 To learn more about Dean’s products, take a look at his website. To learn more about licensing Dean’s art, contact us

 

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