Artist Tom Antonishak is a one man show

Apr 18, 2012

Our very talented artist, Mr. Tom Antonishak recently had a one-man show in a gallery in Ohio. Fifteen of Tom's original were included in the show.  These images have been licensed for puzzles and they were also available for purchase. Attendees were able to meet with Tom, purchase the original paintings or the images on puzzles. Tom personally autographed the puzzles for all of his fans.

It was a unique and successful event for Tom!
Congrats!!

See Tom's full portfolio.

 

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Spotted at the recent 2012 Toy Fair Show at Javits in New York City

Feb 25, 2012

Traffic at the recent toy fair was super busy and the atmosphere was electric.
Buyers were buzzing about - trying to spots new and innovative products.

Mega Brands has launched a line of "Garden Delights" puzzles and images by our artist, Ms. Nancy Wernersbach are featured in this series. The new packaging is brighter and more colorful with the image and info displayed on the side of the box – easy to view and identify when stored.  Image featured is titled "Twilight Romance Garden".


 

Ceaco has also selected two more images by Mr. Bill Bell for their Christmas collection.  The images are "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Rockefeller Center".


 

Ravensburger is launching a new 3D puzzle line of famous landmarks around the world.

These puzzles are available at many retail locations, such as walmart and an online stores, such as amazon.com.

Wishing all happy puzzling!

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Wheel of Fortune, Fab Food Week

Feb 16, 2012

A mural by artist John Zaccheo was featured on one of the Wheel of Fortune sets last week, during Wheel’s “Fabulous Food” theme week. The mural was produced by one of our licensing partners. Wheel of Fortune – created by Merv Griffin is the longest-running syndicated game show in United States television history, with over 5,000 episodes aired. This is excellent exposure for both the artist and manufacturer.

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Introducing Staveland by artist Bill Bell

Jan 20, 2012

Read the whole story on www.stavepuzzles.com/Staveland

Read the whole story on www.stavepuzzles.com/Staveland

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Talented Ms. Lucie Bilodeau

Dec 23, 2011

Talented artist, Ms. Lucie Bilodeau has a diverse portfolio of African Wildlife, photo-realistic kittens as well as florals and landscape.... Lucie’s favorite model is her companion, Max. Below are photos of Lucie at her home and studio in Massachusetts.

View her entire portfolio.

 

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Best of Show

Dec 23, 2011

Our talented artist, Ms. Susan Brabeau was awarded the BEST OF SHOW Prize at the N.C. State Fair held in Raleigh, NC from October 12-23.  The winning image is titled “And the Ribbon for Best Cake Goes To...”

View all of susan’s humorous, nostalgic images.

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Charlsie Kelly is transforming the world one hotel at a time!

Jun 30, 2011

While in Costa Rica, watercolor artist Charlsie Kelly, was hired to redecorate a small hotel in San Jose. This opportunity has opened other doors for such a talented artist.

"The first wall paintings I did in Costa Rica were at the Hemingway Hotel in San Jose.  A small and charming hotel, it looked as if either hard times had hit it or maybe the management didn't visit the rooms very often.  What I discovered was that the manager was a gentleman in his early 20's from the States, and decorating wasn't a priority; besides, he was working full time at all the other necessary duties that come with running a hotel.  I suggested to him that I would be happy to dress up some of the rooms as an "inter cambio", barter in Spanish, and that I could be his Costa Rican version of Martha Stewart.  He didn't seem to pay much attention to my idea, but later in the month, when his mother came down to visit from Virginia, I got a passionate plea by e-mail asking me how fast I could make it back to the Hemingway.  It seems that his mother had come down on him hard for clearly lacking a woman's touch, oboy!"
 
"That young man became a good friend, and I was welcomed at the Hemingway anytime!"

"While painting at the Hemingway I met a wonderful woman who was working with a multi-national volunteer organization, and she invited me to a tiny mountain village to mentor young people and paint murals.  So cool, the community of el Sur de Turrubares has only 57 people, most of them related in some way, and it's only accessable by horse or major 4 wheel drive, still easy to be stuck in the mud for hours.  A beautiful, beautiful village with a clear and cold river, wild orchids, mangos, frogs, you name it.  Total paradise.  I've been there many times to paint in the volunteer quarters, the towns only business  (the general store owned by the "mayor"),  worked with the kids on paper mache projects, and even painted a life-sized crucifixion scene in the church."
 
"Another friend I met at the hotel invited me to her vacation home in a small village on the Caribean, and after that first trip I made sure to bring my paints with me each time I visit.  I've painted the front of the house with a jungle scene and done faux bamboo in a rental apartment that's there as well."
 
"The Hemingway then had a new manager and I continued to paint for him, and when he moved on to a position at a Spanish language academy he asked me to meet the owners there and paint some murals.  Inter cambio for Spanish lessons, and a bit of money too.  So now with my Spanish improving I felt easier in presenting myself to other hotels, restaurants, etc."

"One thing leads to another, and right now I've got 4 jobs lined up in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, beautiful beach towns on the Pacific.  And when I return to California at the end of the month I'll continue with murals in a great seafood restaurant in Moss Landing.  I  approached the own

er of Phil's Fish Market and Eatery after seeing Phil win the throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network after getting my first television in Costa Rica.  I turned on the set and saw faces I recognized from my home town area, and thought it must be some kind of sign - and I've been painting there for almost a year.  Too much fun, for sure!"
 
"The folks working at these hotels and restaurants have become extended family for me, and I am so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people wherever I go.  I think it's all about making people smile and be happy, and I am the happiest of all."

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Licensing International 2011 in Las Vegas

Jun 22, 2011

Artlicensing.com showcases new artists and best selling properties at the Licensing International show in Las Vegas. We had one of the busiest booths in the art & design section with a completely packed schedule, thank you to all that attended.

For all those that did not attend. We featured art by new artists such as Dennis Lewan (who was in attendance), David Russo, Jodi Berlin, Sara Catena, Tine Wiggins and Allen Jimmerson. New works by our best sellers were represented along with wildlife artist, Cory Carlson in person signing prints. In the spirit of Vegas, a giclée print of his was given away on a lucky draw to Ms. Jane Trumble of Leanin' Tree.

Michael Katz and myself, Nick Virgilio, were there to provide comic relief for Hong and Ryan and to attend the Disney company's annual North American sales event. McGaw Graphics is a licensee of Disney for poster & prints, framed art, canvas and other décor based products.

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The World of Surface Design all in one place

May 03, 2011

The whole world of surface and textile design will converge on New York City May l5-l7 to observe the 25th anniversary of SURTEX, the only business-to-business marketplace in North America devoted to the sale and licensing of original art & design for product development across all categories.

ArtLicensing, (representing artists from Applejack Art Partners, McGaw Graphics, Interlitho, Soho Editions, Washington Green and New Box Licensing), has been exhibiting at SURTEX as one of the show staples since the late 1980's. Attending the show this year will be CEO Jack Appelman, Director of Licensing Hong Campbell, and Licensing Associates Ryan Cameron and Ray Phelps. We will be showcasing our latest Artist Porfolio catalog with over 300 artists (featuring 40+ NEW). Our full archive available for viewing on iPads.

Feel free to drop by our booths 463-465 but it's best to setup an appointment with Ryan, Ray or Hong (please call 802.362.3662). Do hurry as time slots are filling up fast.

Over 2800 new images have been added to our archive in preparation for the event. Visit our "what's new" page weekly for an update.

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David Russo "The Mazemaster"

May 02, 2011

Russo studied at the Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Numerous industry publications in the United States and abroad have featured articles on his work, including: Print (twice), Idea (Japan), Studio (Israel), Art Direction, and Upper & Lower Case.

Russo is recognized as one of the world’s premier interactive artists. In 1990 he signed the largest book deal for a first time author in Simon & Schuster’s history. His intricate maze designs, original alphabet lettering, and high detailed scenes have toured museums for years, been featured on QVC, and licensed throughout the world resulting in 75 different product designs.  His ad for Absolut Vodka, “Absolut Amazement”, was an 8 page foldout poster that challenged readers to participate and complete the maze. MAD hired Russo to create a cover portrait of Alfred E. Neuman for its 1993 Collector’s Edition. His most recent ad campaign (2007) was for Sony’s Playstation 2, featuring three full pages of his unique mazes

In 1996, Russo enhanced his career and began creating television/movie properties in Hollywood. To date he has sold a dozen television properties, three of which were reality shows that have already aired: “Combat Missions”/USA Network (2002)/Mark Burnett Productions, Magic Johnson’s “Who’s Got Game?”/MTV (2003) and “Hey Paula”/BRAVO (2007). Russo is credited with discovering Donald Trump for television via his unaired NBC show “The Billionaire.”

At present Russo continues to create original television and movie properties. His maze artwork
is touring the country via Minotaur Mazes and his latest works are currently being featured through 2011 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. David Goldman Agency has recently re-started to license the vast collection of Russo’s book art for the first time since 1996. New Russo maze books and products will be back on the market in 2011, along with the launch of new TV properties. David's published books The Great Treasure Hunt, Around the World: The Great Treasure Hunt, Go for It!: Races, Rescues, Treasure Hunts and More, The Ultimate Maze Book can be found on amazon.com.

Russo has been training in the martial arts since 1977. Russo Sensei holds a fourth-degree black belt in Jujitsu, and has studied Tae Kwon Do, Hopkido, Aikido, Go Ju Ryu, Chigong, wrestling, grappling, and Judo. He is also proficient with the Houbo(short staff) and the cane. Along with the Jujitsu curriculum, Russo also teaches police tactics, including handcuffing techniques, non-violent restraint, and takedowns. His dojo, Goshin Tsugiashi Do Jujitsu Intoku, is located on Maui. Russo Sensei has been teaching women how to stay safe from harm since 1990. He instructs them in techniques for rape prevention, for various physical defenses against an attack, to know their environment through awareness, not fear, and to use easy-to-learn Judo and Jujitsu moves.

View David's portfolio.

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