Road Trip to Carson Industries

Aug 18, 2015

Last week, Syrena (from our sales team) hopped in the car and took a road trip to Carson Industries. She filled the Jetta with gas, grabbed a coffee (with an extra shot of espresso), turned the music up and she was off! After 9 hours of driving through the beautiful state of New York, she was finally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She got some dinner and went to bed early because she knew the next day she would be full of meetings with the friendly team at Carson!

Carson manufactures exclusive gift and inspirational merchandise, as well as garden decor including wind chimes, outdoor decorative flags, novelty items, fashion accessories and apparel. Carson comes out with 6 new catalogs each year (gift, garden, flags, accessories, seasonal, and holiday flags). We are honored to have our artist, Jeff Hoff, featured on the cover of this year’s Flag catalog! His lovely paintings make the perfect flags for every season. You can also find flags with art from Crista Forest, Macneil Studio, and some of our other artists.

Syrena came to the meetings prepared with 2 iPads full of amazing new art from our artists. The meetings went really well and we got lots of great feedback. We are hoping to see lots of new images in their catalog next year! She also got to take a tour of their facility and got to see how some of their metal garden products come to life. After a whirlwind of meetings and a yummy lunch, it was time to hop back in the car and head home. For more information about licensing our images, contact us today! 

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M Kungl Appearing at San Diego Comic Con

Jul 09, 2015

Our artist, M Kungl Studios, will be at the Acme Archives booth for the San Diego Comic Con! Kungl will be making an appearance to debut his latest Star Wars paintings. 

M Kungl Studios is also proud to release limited edition posters for the Chuck Jones Gallery, San Diego. "Fast and Blast" will be available for purchase along with many new paintings and Limited Edition releases. Kungl's latest paintings celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chuck Jones Gallery

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In 2006, Mike Kungl was selected as an official artist of the Disney Fine Art program (published by Collectors Editions) and has built a loyal following of fans who love his fresh take on Disney. Then in 2009, Kungl was then selected as an official Star Wars Artist, published by ACME Fine Art. His Star Wars art is often featured on CBS' Big Bang Theory. Combining his unique artistic style, which he has termed “21st Century Art Deco”, with classic Disney characters and stories, Mike Kungl has built upon Disney’s artistic legacy by applying his unique Deco twist to his collection of Disney works which are renowned and collected around the world. Today, Kungl is among the world’s finest artists in the Art Deco tradition. His art can frequently be seen on television shows including Ashton Kutcher’s Beauty and the Geek series, CSI and Gilmore Girl’s.

  

To learn more about licensing Kungl’s work click here.

Posted by: syrenam

Julie Bell was featured in SouthWest Magazine!

Mar 24, 2015

Our artist, Julie Bell ,was recently featured in the March 2015 edition of the South West Art Magazine! She was one of the ten artists in the “Meet 10 artists who depict creatures of all kinds” section of the magazine. Julie’s images were perfect for this article because she paints a variety of animals.

Throughout her life, Bell says, she has felt a special connection to animals and nature. She says:

“When I’m painting animals with all their beauty and wild nature, I experience the kind of at-one-with-the-universe feeling described by people who meditate. It’s both soothing and exciting, the way nature itself is. I know without a doubt that this is what I was meant to do”

Julie started her career working as a well-known illustrator for Marvel Comics. In fact, she was the first woman to paint the character of Conan! Julie continues to create fantasy, science fiction and animal paintings. For more information about Julie’s images, you can view her entire licensing portfolio and contact us

Posted by: syrenam

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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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.

Posted by: syrenam

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

Posted by: syrenam

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. 

Posted by: syrenam

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.

Posted by: syrenam

ROCK'N out for children!

Apr 04, 2014

The Rock Demarco Foundation is a Michigan non-profit organization that was founded in 2012. Being an artist, Rock realizes the benefits of art and creativity to a child especially for children going through a difficult time. He decided to bring his passion for art and for children together and raise awareness and funds for a cause that he truly cares about. The foundation’s mission is to help young people rediscover childhood magic through artistic expression. Rock says, “A fundamentally important aspect of childhood is imagination: the ability to create, explore and dream. When children are faced with terminal illness, their world becomes filled with very adult realities.
We endeavor to allow these children the chance to rediscover their own childhood magic through artistic
 expression.”

Rock’s Foundation will place art therapy rooms in children’s hospitals nationwide. His goal is to have 15 fully staffed and supplied art rooms established throughout the United States by 2020! By partnering with renowned children’s hospitals around the country, Rock and his team will design and build accessible art rooms for the youngest patients in those hospitals. Here, children will be able to paint, draw, build, play and laugh.

  

To learn more about Rock's Foundation, click here.

To watch his national TV apperance, click here

To view Rock's portfolio for licensing, click here.

 

Posted by: syrenam

Color Bakery is featured on LTD!

Mar 25, 2014

One of our leading artists, Color Bakery, is now featured on LTD!

LTD has grown to become one of the country's premier catalog and online merchandisers, selling top-quality merchandise at tremendous value prices. You can order your own piece of Color Bakery art TODAY! This fabulous set comes on canvas or wood.

 

The artist behind Color Bakery, Mindy Sommers, is a professional, licensed home decor artist. Mindy Sommers' art has been licensed to the world's most well-known manufacturers in the realm of home, gift and wall decor. Her art has been featured on product lines from full high end tabletop lines, to fabric, to gift products to area rugs, calendars and more. Whether it's gift boxes or dinnerware, fabric, table linens or wallpaper, giclee prints or gallery wrapped canvas, Mindy's art consistently sets new trends and breaks old boundaries in home decor with bold, new interpretations of color, flow and texture! You can find Mindy's art in Bed, Bath and Beyond, Pier I, Target, Macy's, JCP and many other well-known household name outlets and retail chains.

  

Lodge is still one of the most popular themes in the licensing world and Color Bakery has plenty of rustic images to suit all of our customers’ needs. She can also create new, custom, lodge collections for any idea you have! To view more Color Bakery images, take a look at her portfolio. If you are interested in licensing her images, contact us!

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