ALI hits the market!

Oct 08, 2019

            Syrena and Russ ventured out this month to conduct a market visit; a visit into stores to see our products and what's trending.  They visited Queensbury, as well as Saratoga, New York; browsing a plethora of stores. products were everywhere!  

From puzzles and cards to posters and calendars, They were extremely delighted to see so many different designs and products being utilized in big stores like Walmart and Target in addition to smaller chains like Ace Hardware and other local “mom and pop” shops.  This was a good time to conduct the market visit as it is right before Halloween and bigger stores are already stocking for Christmas. 

            Russ and Syrena identified a couple trends while out on their visit.  Across the board juvenile and simplistic designs are very popular.  Many paper products – greeting cards, gift bags, wrapping paper – supported this trend throughout a variety of seasonal and everyday subjects. 2020 Pantone colors were also seen all over the Wall Décor in big box stores.  Check out the link below to Pantone's website!

This was decidedly a very productive market visit.  Where in the world will Syrena and Russ go next?

Syrena gathers up the goods

John Silver

Kirk Reinert, Geno Peoples and Celebrate Life Gallery

Macneil Studio, awesome puzzles and Jenny Newland Collection

Assortment of awesome puzzles


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Sharon Pitts was featured in the Watercolor Artist Magazine!

Sep 25, 2019

Our wonderfully talented artist, Sharon Pitts was featured in the September/October issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. The interview goes through Sharon’s process, background, and various inspirations. Sharon is fortunate because she draws inspiration from all things nature. She also puts a strong emphasis on color variation; something that is often appreciated in marketable fine art. Her process is laid out step by step with various process pictures along the way. For the full article please see below. 

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watercolor artist magazine pg 3

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Clive Branson: artist, photographer and now author!

Sep 04, 2019

            Clive Branson is not only a talented photographer and artist, he is also a writer!  

Clive has published a book about the rise of the Mustang car brand, “Ford Mustang: The First Generation”.  Clive is car enthusiast that’s why this book is a true testament to his love of vintage cars. 

book jacket

The book delves into many aspects of the creation of the Mustang car and brand including initial concepts and designs, the Carroll Shelby influence, the controversies within the company, and the reasons behind the Mustang’s success. 

To enjoy some of Clive's portfolio, click here

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Celebrate Life Gallery Receives Multiple Awards!

Aug 13, 2019

            Congratulations are in order!  

Our designer, Celebrate Life Gallery, received not one… not two, but FOUR awards from the Gilmer Art Gallery! 

  On  August 10th, 2019 the Gilmer Art Gallery in Ellijay, GA held its 1stannual juried photography show. Out of 85 different photographers Debra and Dave Vanderlaan, the talented photographers behind Celebrate Life Gallery, placed 1st in the Digital Landscape, Digital Nature Art, as well as the Traditional Landscape categories.  They also placed second in the Digital Landscape category.

Check out the extremely popular Celebrate Life Gallery portfolio on  

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2019 Licensing Expo

Jun 05, 2019

The Art Licensing team just got back from the 2019 Licensing Expo in fabulous Las Vegas! 

This show is THE meeting place for the global licensing industry as it is the World's largest Licensing Trade Show! With more than 16,000 retailers, licensees, manufacturers, distributors and licensing agents attending, the expo hosts guests from more than 67 countries! 

The ALI team was very excited to leave Vermont and fly out to Vegas so they could be part of this exciting event. The team flew out early so they could set up the booth and be part of Press Day! Russell and Syrena did a presentation about for over 30 media outlets. 

The actual show was June 4–6, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Our Sales team met with hundreds of manufacturers, existing and potential new customers as well as potential new artists! In addition to seeing old clients and meeting new leads, we also spent a lot of time Learning about the latest industry news and trends. 

We look forward to seeing how these trends take shape over the next year and seeing how our new contacts become familiar faces!

3 in Vegas

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The road to Las Vegas

May 15, 2019

Our sales team is preparing for the Licensing Expo next month in Las Vegas (June 4-6).

Travel arrangements have been made, meetings have been made and nearly everything is packed! The team is still gathering art and preparing their iPads in hopes for a very successful show. 

One of the most important things you can do before a trade show is to plan ahead- it is never too early to start. We have been planning this show since last year! Our team spends months designing/creating our booth panels as well as the pamphlets we hand out. We want to be sure we are displaying, exciting, trend right art as well as show casing the diverse portfolio we represent. 

Our artists have been busy creating new art for us to showcase during our meetings. We have already booked hundreds of appointments and hope to meet with new leads as well. You can stay up to date with us while we are at the show by following us on Instagram or Facebook

Stop by booth G88 to see you can see all of the amazing art we have! 

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Mar 15, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Historically, the festival was a religious feast-day in Ireland, but now it is celebrated across the globe! Festivities differ from country to country., but the goal is the same- to celebrate Irish culture with parades, traditional foods, music, dance, and a whole lot of green! 

Our artists have celebrated this holiday with a lot of amazing imagery. To see what we have to offer, take a look at our St. Patrick’s Day selection:

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At Licensing’s European Adventure!

Feb 15, 2019

Russell and Syrena recently had a European Adventure of a lifetime!

They started their journey in Birmingham (UK) to attend the Spring Fair. This is the biggest and best trade show for homeware and gifts in the UK with over 60,000 retail professionals in attendance from over 120 countries. The Spring Fair brings people and products together, providing inspiration for a variety or product categories.

UK her we are

This was the team’s second time attending the Spring Fair and they were so excited to be back. They saw some familiar faces as well as many new leads. There are so many fun products and they got a ton of information about the European Licensing world. 

After 3 full days of walking, talking and business meetings the team left the UK and headed to Frankfurt, Germany for Ambiente. This was the team’s first time attending this show so they were incredibly excited. They were unsure of what to expect, as they have never been to a trade show where the main language was not English! They were prepared with some German phrases, but pleasantly surprised they didn’t need to rely on their German to get them too far (as most of the show spoke English). 


The broad spectrum of products at Ambiente is what drew the team to Germany. The show includes a variety of exhibitors/manufacturers with products ranging from tableware/kitchenware, to household products, to gifts and accessories, to interior design/furnishings and home décor. In 2019 the show hosted people from 92 countries! The sales team met with countless new clients from all around the world. 

Now that the team is home they are following up with the new leads and look forward to seeing what new contracts they will write! 

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The Atlanta Gift Show 2019

Jan 22, 2019

If you were wondering how many steps it takes a Licensing Agent to get through 2 days at the Atlanta Gift Show… the answer is more than 30,000! Thanks to our handy iPhones we tracked our “foot print” at the Gift Show this year. 

After a whirl wind of appointments, browsing new products, meeting new customers, a little fun and LOTS of new deals in the works our sales team was glad to head back to Vermont (even if the temperatures were super cold). We saw so many amazing products this year and were so excited with the amount of Art Licensing Artists we saw blasted throughout the show. 

The market was raving about new trends including, but not limited to: sloths, llamas, mermaids, camping and clean farm house. We were excited to hear this news as we already had so much great art to offer to suit these needs.  

The Atlanta Gift Show is always so exhilarating- so much to see under 1 roof (well, 3 roofs… but you know what mean)! We are looking forward to finalizing our follow up from the meetings and watching our meetings turn into contracts. 

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ALI to Visit Stave Puzzles

Oct 26, 2018

Russell and Syrena just had the pleasure of making the trip from Manchester, VT up to White River Junction, VT to tour the Stave Puzzles building. They had an amazing time meeting the Stave team and watching the hand cut puzzles being made. It was incredible to see the talented staff cutting such precise puzzle pieces.After explaining the entire process of how their puzzles are made, the staff at Stave was even kind enough let Russ and Syrena take a stab at cutting their own puzzle pieces. Russ and Syrena confirmed this is not as easy as the Stave team makes it look!!

In addition to seeing the craftersin action, the ALI team was able to see lots of Art Licensing Art displayed throughout their beautiful building. The buildingtour was followed by a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and then a beautiful, colorful drive home. 


Art Licensing is super grateful for the warm welcome they received from the Staff at Stave and for the amazing experience they had while learning about the puzzle process.  

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