The ALI Team makes a "Stand" towards a Healthy Lifestyle!

Dec 23, 2013

The Art Licensing team is working towards living a healthier lifestyle here in Vermont. Ok, so we might be a far stretch from George Costanza’s “desk bed,” but we still felt so “BLAH” while sitting down all day (if you haven’t seen that episode of Seinfeld, you should watch this clip).  Sitting down at a desk for 40+ hours a week can cause many issues with your body including (but not limited to) your heart, your hips, your spine, and even your shoulders!

 

Our CEO, Jack Appelman, heard our requests for option to stand up, so he ordered us some Varidesks. These stand up desks are an excellent way for us to stay energized and engaged with co-workers. The best part about these desks is the option to move it down to a “regular” desk when we do not want to stand. Aside from the numerous physical benefits we here at Art Licensing International have already found after using the stand up desk, we have also found the desk to be a great way to get our blood and creative juices flowing.

Cléa standing while she works! 




The desk in the "stand up" position.

  

The desk in the "sit down" position. 

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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Dec 05, 2013

The weather is getting colder in Vermont, we are patiently waiting for some snow, and we have plenty of holiday cheer at Art Licensing. It is easy to be excited for the holidays when our artists spoil us! Yesterday we were pleasantly surprised when one our most prolific artists, Mindy Sommers, of Color Bakery stopped in to visit us.

 

Mindy and her husband, Glen, took the trip to our office to shower us with sweet treats to express their thanks for all the hard work the Art Licensing team does to promote her work. We are thankful for the sweet treats she brought as well as all the wonderful artwork she produces for us. We also enjoyed visiting with both Mindy and Glen because in this industry we often communicate with our artists and customers by e-mail and via phone; therefore it’s very rewarding to get the opportunity to have some face-to-face time. We are excited to hear about all of the amazing ideas she has in store for creating new art for the upcoming year. 

 

Here you can see Mindy with Jack (CEO) holding 2 pieces from her tabletop collection, “Le Pavot.”

 

Here you can see Mindy with Syrena (Licensing Associate). Mindy is holding a bowl from “Le Pavot” and Syrena is holding a bowl from the pasta set, “Toscana.” This pasta set can be purchased exclusively at Bed Bath and Beyond.

 

Color Bakery’s art is perfect for all product categories. Mindy’s images can be found on wall décor, tabletop products, fabric, purses, floor mats, etc. Mindy is always sending us new art to share with our customers. Keep your eyes out for her latest pieces by viewing her portfolio.

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Dean Russo signs canvases for a limited edition gallery wrap program!

Nov 08, 2013

Dean Russo left the hustle and bustle of NYC to come up to rural Vermont to spend some time with the Art Licensing Team. Dean came up with a mission: to sign canvases for a limited edition gallery wrap program. The ALI team had a lovely dinner with the Dean Russo team Thursday night.

Friday was the signing day! We set up a production line to get this process done the most efficient way possible.

 

 

   

 

Keep checking our website and Facebook for information regarding purchasing your own limited edition print!

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Steve Henderson Painting raises money for infants!

Nov 06, 2013

Our artist, Steve Henderson, donated his painting, “Dream Catcher,” to a charity to help raise money for twin girls.

The Taylor Twins Throwdown event was sponsored by CrossFit Gyms Northwest, Tucson, AZ. The benefit auction was for Paige and Cooper, twin girls born at 27 weeks. The subsequent hospital and medical care mounted costs for this family, and the CrossFit Gym family put on the event to help cover costs. In addition to the auction, the event consisted of a competitive event involving 85 two-person teams signing up for the physical challenges people pursue in CrossFit. When Steve and his wife found out about this charity (through their daughter, Sierra, who works out at the gym) they decided they wanted to help this family out. Steve was generous enough to donate his painting to auction.

 

The auction was a success and the painting entered in the top tier level of prizes. The day the painting arrived at the gym, all activity (including classes which were supposed to start within a few minutes) stopped as staff and members crowded into the office to see the work. The winner of the painting said:

 

“Such a priceless piece especially knowing its history, the cause, and the people surrounding it. Thank you Henderson family for your wonderful donation. It will be up on my wall very soon!”

 

Here is a photo of the organizers of the TaylorTwinsThrowdown as well as Steve’s daughter, Sierra.

 

This photo features the Taylor family, including the two adorable baby girls.

 

Through Art Licensing, Dream Catcher is licensed to Great Big Canvas, where it’s in the top 30 percent in sales for Canyon Art, and the top 18 percent for Figurative Art. For more information regarding Steve’s art, take a look at his portfolio.

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The October 2013 Tabletop Show was a success!

Oct 23, 2013

 The NY Tabletop show at 41 Madison was a great show for us (and our artists)! We were very busy, meeting with new and existing clients, all of who were very enthusiastic to work with us. We got a lot of positive feedback about the artwork our artists have worked very hard to produce.  

  

For our presentations, we make sure to go the extra mile! We know that each customer has different art needs and their products require variations of the artwork. We provide the customer with Presentation Sheets (along with the original art) to show how the artwork can be changed, rearranged, and manipulated allowing it to fit to nearly any format and product. Here is an example of a presentation sheet our artist, Color Bakery, created.

 

 

 

 

 

We showed this presentation sheet to a customer a few months ago and they loved it. They decided to move forward and create a line with these images. Here are some pictures of what the actual products look like on the shelves at the show! 

             

Aside from “Wines of France,” Color Bakery also had another collection being featured at the show, “Patisserie.” It is amazing to see the finished goods on the shelves- they look GREAT! 

  

                     

We have come back from “the Big Apple” exhausted, but eager to share all of the good news with our team and artists. We also came home with a laundry list of contract requests, new art requests, and general feedback about our art. Our artists are already feverishly working on new collections to fill the requests from our customers. Keep checking our website to see what is new. 

  

To view all of the photos from the tabletop show, please look at the Tabletop Album on our Facebook. 

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 12!

Oct 15, 2013

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire

1.   

Name:  Marcy Miller  

2.   

Title at ALI:  Accounting Administrator  

3.   

What does your job require you to do?  Track all money coming in and going out.  

4.   

What is your favorite type of art? Surrealism and Renaissance.   

5.   

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

6.   

What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)?  

Jenny Newland, William Vanderdasson, Moises Levy, and Nicky Boehme.

7.   

Where did you grow up?  Ohio 

8.   

What is your family like?  Very far away- Ohio, Florida, and Texas 

9.   

What do you do in your free time?  I have a 5 year old, what is free time?   

 10.           

What is your favorite TV show?  Criminal Minds

 11.                 

What is your favorite song?  I love most all music, my favorite changes often.  

 12.                 

What is your favorite food? Italian 

 13.                 

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

 

 

 

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 11!

Oct 07, 2013

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire

1.    Name: Joe Mozer

2.    Title at ALI: Imaging Specialist

 3.    What does your job require you to do? Make magical high res files for our archive. I also help users connect and transfer files to our FTP.

 4.    What is your favorite type of art? Daguerreotype, Woodcut prints, pen and ink.

  5.    What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)?  It would be cool to go to PhotoPlus.

 6.    What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)? 

Nina Papiorek, Bob Byerley, Sebastien Lory, Maciej Duczynski

7.    Where did you grow up? Long Island – Suffolk County.

  8.    What is your family like? Dad’s a Hydro-Geologist turned Science Teacher, Mom designed kitchens (really they’re both old hippie’s at heart) and my older brother does graphic design in NYC.

  9.    What do you do in your free time? Spin records, write Atari BASIC, record and play guitar.

  10.                  What is your favorite movie/TV Show? It’s a toss up between Brazil and Vertigo for movies, Right now its Community for TV.

  11.                  What is your favorite song? “Pull Away-So Many times” by Dust.

 12.                  What is your favorite book?  “Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

13.                  What is your favorite food? Chicken Tetrazinni.

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

 15.                  What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share?

I’m an old school AD&D nerd.

 

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Guess which artist "ROCK'd" out with Josh Peck!

Sep 30, 2013

You never know who our artist, Rock Demarco, will be seen with next. From rock stars like Gene Simmons, to famous actors like Johnny Depp, he is always “ROCK-ing” out with someone interesting. Last week, Rock got the pleasure of spending sometime with TV star, Josh Peck.

 

 

Rock said: "(I) ROCK'd out with Josh Peck on FOX tv for his new movie with Chris Brown 'Battle of the Year'. "

 

Rock’s art attracts audiences from all different types of people. Take a look at his portfolio today! 

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Staff in the spotlight- Week 10!

Sep 30, 2013

Staff Spotlight Questionnaire

 

1.   

Name:  Zoe Anderson  

2.   

Title at ALI:  Art Director   

 3.   

What does your job require you to do?  Now that the smart guys in the art department are here to do the techie stuff, I am available to assist our artists in creating optimum imagery for licensing. I also get to play around with ideas to design images for our licensing team and their customers.  

 4.   

What is your favorite type of art? I’m a graphic designer and love the bold angular compositions of Russian Constructivism and Bauhaus idealism. But then, I could spend all my time looking at the masters and learn something new everyday.  

 5.   

What is your favorite trade show to attend? (Or what trade show would you like to attend)?  NY Tabletop show. Small venue, big city… terrific art and design  

 6.   

What ALI artists do you think are artists to watch (choose 4)?  

 We have some wonderful graphic designers as of late: Anderson Design, Steven Thomas, Anthony Freda, and Fiona-Stokes Gilbert.

 7.   

Where did you grow up?  Saratoga Springs, NY  

 8.   

What is your family like? I have 2 older brothers, its all about the athletic challenge to try to one up each other… we have fun.    

 9.   

What do you do in your free time?  I just moved to  Vermont, so I rearrange furniture.

 10.           

What is your  movie?  I love the desert in “Lawrence of Arabia,”

 11.                 

What is your favorite song?  “You can’t always get what you want”

 12.                 

What is your favorite book? “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

 13.                 

What is your favorite food? Anderson’s Pretzels and mustard

 14.                 

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

 15.                 

What is a personal tidbit of info you would like to share?

Can’t wait to experience this terrific state, love those Green Mountains 

 

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