Toy Fair 2015

Feb 18, 2015

This year was the 112th annual North American International Toy Fair. It is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents that showcase 150,000+ products to nearly 10,000 buyers representing 7,000+ unique retail outlets in 100 countries! We went to the show on Saturday (the first day) and it was already packed!

There is so much to see at the Toy Fair and everywhere you look you see fun stuff! It is a challenge to stay on task and not let your inner child come out to play! We saw a little bit of everything; from stuffed animals (like grumpy cat or a life size Chewbacca), to toy bow and arrows, to boomerangs, to costumes, to airbrush paint sets and pretty much everything in between. We were there for 1 toy only- PUZZLES! We have many artists placed with the various puzzle manufactures at the show and we are always looking for new customers to work with as well as new licensing opportunities for our artists. We had a very successful show. We came home with wish lists from our customers, to do lists for our artists, and follow up lists for the sales team.

Here are some photos of the puzzles that we saw at the show.

To view the entire album, please visit the Toy Fair 2015 album on our Facebook

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Wendy Edelson wins The Mom's Choice Gold Award!

Jan 29, 2015

Our artist, Wendy Edelson, is a self-taught artist and she works primarily in rich glazes of watercolor. After illustrating over 30 books, Wendy's work has also proven perfect for a wide range of products and applications. She strives to give every painting a heart of magic. Putting enchantment into every piece of her art is one of the many reasons she won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award.

 

Wendy’s illustrations in the book “The best Part of the Day” beautifully portray the simple joys of life and the principles of gratitude. The author, Sarah Ban Breathnach, hopes that her book will start a new tradition for families to take a moment to be grateful for the simple joys of the day. Wendy’s illustrations make the feeling of warmth and gratitude come to life.   

  

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 40 countries.

To see more of Wendy’s illustrations, take a look at her portfolio

 

 

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2015 Atlanta Gift Show

Jan 15, 2015

During a “quick trip” to Atlanta, some of our Sales team managed to get in 28,600 steps (approximately 12 miles) in just 2.5 days!  With more than seven million square feet of enclosed space, the Atlanta Gift show ranks first as the world’s largest trade mart/trade show facility. It is the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings, apparel, and area rug marketplace. At the Atlanta Gift Show, you will find more product than anywhere else! With the latest designs on every floor of every building, it helped us to learn what kind of art manufacturers & retailers are looking for.

     

We (Courtney and Syrena) did not waste any time and tried to fit in as much of the show as possible! We had back-to-back (to back) appointments with many eager customers. With over 400 artists to present, we could meet for hours!  Courtney and I made sure to set aside some time to “walk the show.” Walking the show can be draining and it is incredibly easy to get distracted (and overwhelmed) because there are floor to ceiling glass windows of the showrooms, which allows you to see a remarkable amount of products as you walk down hallway after hallway. Plus, you never know who you will see (or run into) at the show. This year we got to meet Paula Deen! It was a lot of fun and she was incredibly kind. 

(Syrena and Courtney with Paula Deen)

One of our favorite parts about our meetings/walking the show is seeing our images on finished products.  Here are some pictures of the products we saw at the show.

(Coasters by Color Bakery)

(Anderson Design Group Pillows)

(Art Licensing Studio Tabletop)

(Celebrate Life Gallery Wooden Wall Decor)

To see the entire album, take a look at our Atlanta Gift Show 2015 album on Facebook.

 

Our meetings went really great and as a result we have been busy little bees sending follow up e-mails with the art selections (as well as BRAND NEW art that has arrived). We hope the meetings turn into lots of successful new programs! 

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Val Bochov’s art featured in CNN Money!

Dec 10, 2014

Our artist, Val Bochov, has recently had the honor of working with CNN Money!  He did a series of 8 images inspired by futuristic transportation methods to go in an article titled: “The Travel of Tomorrow.” 

The staff at CNN Money enjoy working with Val because he is creative, inventive, diverse, accommodating and very fast!  As they require multiple illustrations in a short period of time, Val is among a select few who can produce top-quality work in a short time without sacrificing the final product.

  

In addition to being a talented visual artist, Val is also an Award Winning Novelist. He has been honored with the highest literary prize given in his native country, Russia!

To see more of Val’s images, click here.

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Why buy a knock off when you can get the real deal?

Nov 13, 2014

We have some extremely exciting news pertaining to Art Licensing's award winning artist, Dean Russo! To date we have placed over 100 licenses in a multitude of product categories. We have been working diligently to "Brand" Dean Russo in multiple market places. Consequently we are getting inundated with retail customers inquiring if Dean's work, as they are seeing it in the market place ( both online and in retail stores), is in fact his unique brand.

   

We have asked our customers to "Brand" his name on their websites well as somewhere on the product. We believe this this will help to avoid further confusion in the marketplace. Our Dean Russo followers will gain confidence becuase they know they will be buying only authorized products.

If you are interested in purchasing Dean Russo authorized products, you can do so by clicking the links below. His images/products are in MANY other marketplaces and venues, so be sure to check the product for his signature/copyright line so you know you are getting an authentic Dean Russo (not a knock off)!

http://shop.themountain.me/search.php?q=dean+russo

http://art.icanvas.com/search?view=grid&w=dean+russo&x=0&y=0

http://www.denydesigns.com/search

http://www.greatbigcanvas.com/category/russo-dean/

 

 

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The 2014 PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo

Nov 04, 2014

On Halloween, most of the ALI family was in VT eating yummy treats and hanging out with our trick-or-treaters (in between doing deals, of course). Joe, from our art department, spent Halloween in NYC for the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. This year, his treats came in the form of photography knowledge.

The PhotoPlus Conference + Expo was the perfect show for Joe to attend, as he is our resident photographer and imaging specialist. This show has become the largest photography and imaging show in North America! Over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts from around the world attend this event. Attendees could choose from over 80 seminars, offering the ultimate experience in photography, filmmaking and digital imaging. Joe saw a lot of inspiring photography, filmmaking and imaging products- from image capture and color management to retouching and storage. There were even little theaters at the show that offered free 30 minute educational seminars all three days.

Joe came home with a ton of new information about photography. He is excited because he will be able to pass this knowledge onto our artists. To see photos from his journey, take a look at the PhotoPlus album on our facebook.

 

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Susan Brabeau wins "Best of Show"

Oct 29, 2014

We are SO excited to announce that our artist, Susan Brabeau, received “Best of Show” (first place) at the North Carolina State Fair as a professional artist  again. She has won “Best of Show” every year since 2009! This year, her first place award at the State Fair was for her painting, “Hydrangeas.”  This is her newest piece and it will be hung on display at Logan's Trading Post in Raleigh, NC. The score card for judging the competition included quality of concept, design, creativity, and innovations.

This is the breakdown the judges used to judge each competitor:  

I. Impact: effect on viewer, catches the eye and holds attention, mood and story telling techniques

II. Composition: arrangement, completeness and balance of picture elements                                                                                                                     

III. Technical Quality: sharpness, clarity, etc.

IV. Workmanship: prepared and mounted neatly and securely to meet requirement

In addition to winning awards at the state fair, Susan has also received local first-place awards in the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina. In 2013, she was a finalist in the “Artist's Magazine's” annual art competition with one of her still life pieces: “The Book box” which is inspired by Raleigh's historical landmarks, the beloved first train station. She also has several pieces in the permanent collection of the city of Raleigh and also at the Disney Studios.

To see more of Susan’s images, take a look at her portfolio today!

To license some of her images, contact us

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41 Madison Tabletop Show 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Have you ever wondered if there is a place where you can see the finest names and newest trends in Tabletop Giftware? Well great, news… there is! Forty One Madison in New York City is a building full of Giftware, Dinnerware, Flatware and Housewares brands of exceptional design and quality. The tabletop show happens twice a year (once in the autumn and again in the spring). This year, the fall edition (October 21 – 24) marked the show’s 40th anniversary of bringing new tabletop and accessories to the marketplace.

The Art Licensing Sales team hopped on the train and headed down to New York City on Friday to go to the show. We had many meetings with new and existing clients. We got a lot of positive feedback about the artwork we presented. We were so excited when we got there and saw so many products with our images beautifully displayed in the showrooms. In the Certified International showroom we were able to get a sneak peek of some of the collections that will be in this year’s catalog, including “Paris Sunflowers” by Color Bakery.

Another Color Bakery collection, “Aria,” was also on display for the buyers.

Art Licensing Studio’s “Rustic Roosters” was featured as well.

In Thirstystone’s showroom, we saw lots of fun coasters with our images!

In the Mr. Christmas showroom, we got to see so many fun products, including illuminated wall décor. It is so magical to see the canvas transform once the lights are turned on.

The sales team came back to Vermont with a huge “To Do” list for follow up. We will be working on the next great tabletop collection with the artists and manufacturers. Keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media sites to see where you can view the next dinnerware set that we help to develop!

To view all of the photos from the tabletop show, take a look at our facebook photo album. For more information regarding licensing for tabletop products, contact us. 

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Surtex 2014 was a SUCCESS!

May 22, 2014

Surtex is the only show in North America solely devoted to licensing original art and design for all types of products, so exhibitors and attendees come from all around the world to spend 3 days at the Jacob Javits Center. In addition to the United States, 49 countries (among them United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Italy, France, Canada and Germany) are also represented at the show.

SURTEX draws hundreds of agents and designers from around the world to New York City, where they are given the opportunity to market their collections to manufacturers of products and art buyers from numerous product categories like home furnishings, apparel, gift, toy, stationery, greeting card, tabletop, and publishing.

Art Licensing had a very successful show! We had a beautiful booth with 18 panels of amazing art. We had non-stop meetings all 3 days and we got to communicate with many of our customers as well as a lot of potential new customers. We are back in the office now, feeling pretty exhausted, but super excited as we are following up with our meetings and sending off pdfs of the images that were selected at the show.

If you want to see photos from the show, take a look at our Surtex 2014 album on our Facebook page.

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Jenny Newland's video and story bring awareness to Spasmodic Torticollis

Apr 05, 2014

Jenny Newland’s video, "The Creation of Grandpa's Puppies," is now being featured on the ST Dystonia's website along with her story. As a way of giving back to everyone at ST Dystonia & Abigail Brown at STRC, Jenny has dedicated her video to bring awareness to the cause. Jenny has suffered with Spasmodic Torticollis since 2003, and despite all of her setbacks with this debilitating disease, Jenny still continues to paint!

ST/Dystonia is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping people, like Jenny, who suffer with Spasmodic Torticollis. Spasmodic Torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition is also referred to as "cervical dystonia.”

Jenny said that the ST/Dystonia gave her the tools to beat this terrible disease. She has been following the program taught by Abbie which includes daily exercises & stretching, alkaline diet, massage, daily walks & talks with God and learning to listen to her body.  Today she is not holding her head up with her hands and she still feels great. She experiences stiffness in the mornings and some mild spasms, but after a hot Epson salt bath and stretching she feels much better. She asks everyone with ST to please be encouraged and don't give up!

You can see how talented she is by looking at her portfolio

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