Bill Jackson was featured in Doodlewash!

Sep 05, 2016

Congratulations to our artist, Bill Jackson, as he was recently featured as a guest artist in the Doodlewash website!

Doodlewash is a place where artists go to inspire and motivate each other.  The featured article about Bill Jackson takes you through his journey to become a watercolor artist.  From his early dreams of being a movie star, through the “disco era” where he was a fashion design student at Parson’s School of Design, to present day where he is a licensed artist.

Bill says: “These days, I vacillate between ‘fine art’ and painting for textiles. I also create images for Home Décor… For these images, I combine hand painted motifs with digital patterning techniques I picked up over my years in the textile industry. When time allows, I like to paint in a series.”

To see the article, click here.

To see Bill’s entire licensing portfolio, click here.

To License Bill’s art, contact Jack Appelman

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WE ARE MOVING!

Aug 18, 2016

 

We have been looking for a new home for the past few months and are happy to inform you we found it. It is with great pleasure that we can notify you that on August 31, 2016 we will open the doors to our more spacious and comfortable surroundings.

Our new physical address is 3765 Main Street Manchester, VT 05254.

Our mailing address has not changed. It is still PO BOX 2568 Manchester Center, VT 05255. Our phone number is also still the same: 802-362-3662.

As of August 30, 2016, we will no longer be operating at 6366 Route 7a Sunderland, VT. If you have any questions about the new location or our services, please call us and we’ll be happy to help. We look forward to be able to start working at our new location.

 

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Josh Byer featured on Vice.com

Jul 26, 2016

Jack Appelman, our CEO, is excited to announce that Josh Byer was featured on Vice.com.

 

This website is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. It was first launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner. This website acts as a platform featuring the works of visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.

Josh was featured for his Faux Fauvism paintings. They credit Josh’s work by saying “Filled with mesmerizing swirls and hidden Easter-egg images, Byers’ pieces are loud, energetic, and addictive to view. Each work tumbles before the eyes like an electric maze.”

To see Josh Byer’s entire licensing portfolio, click here.

 

To license his art, contact us

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Cora Niele featured in Surround Yourself

Jun 08, 2016

Cora Niele creates ethereal mixed media works like you’ve never seen! With her roots in botanical photography and an eye for mixing photos, she creates pieces of art that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Her unique style has been appreciated and recognized by many personal fans as well as websites and publications.  

She was recently invited to contribute to a Surround Yourself publication. Surround Yourself is a quarterly publication and website designed to stimulate one’s spirit and surroundings with amazing stories, ideas, and advice about art, decor, entertaining and lifestyle. 

In this article, you can learn about how she began her journey as a photographer. The article also gives insight about her inspiration and work. Her current work ranges from atmospheric still lifes in natural light to intricate, technically sophisticated digital fusions, all based on self-shot photographic images. She is inspired by natural, organic shapes. Creating evocative images that distance us from the daily grind, for a moment, is what drives her.

To see her entire portfolio, click here.

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A Visit to Dean Russo's Studio

May 31, 2016

On Monday May 16, Matt snuck out of Surtex, hopped in a cab and headed to Brooklyn. He was off to see our artist, Dean Russo. Dean’s studio is in the iconic Industry City Studios. They were having an open house where visitors were able to tour the studios full of painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, video artists, etc. The passionate and diverse tenants are integral components of the ecosystem of Industry City. The artists are able to flourish in a creative and encouraging environment.

After a 20 minute cab ride, Matt stepped out onto the energetic streets of Brooklyn. He walked into the Industry City Studios and was greeted by various artists. He went straight to Dean’s studio so he could get inside the workspace of the creative genius.

Matt got a tour of the colorful space and learned techniques that Dean uses to create his unique masterpieces (trade secrets, of course). Matt says that it was truly amazing to see the paintings come to life, not to mention a sneak peek of what he is working on!

Together, Matt and Dean, bounced ideas around for new images and upcoming licensing projects. You will not believe some of the ideas they cooked up!  You will see lots of these amazing pieces on our website in the near future.

Dean’s bright and colorful images are sure to brighten anyone’s day. To see all of his vibrant images, click here.

 

To license Dean’s images, contact us today! 

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A recap of Surtex 2016

May 19, 2016

Here is a recap of our Surtex 2016 expeirence!

 

Saturday May 14, 2016

The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and it was another beautiful day in Vermont. After months of preparation, the time had finally come to leave for SURTEX.  We had worked feverishly on our catalogs and panels and were so ready to share them with the world.

Syrena pulled into ALI Headquarters to find Russ with his hands full of delicious coffee for the trip… she knew right then it was going to be a good trip! Jack Appelman, our CEO, was gracious enough to drive, so we packed up his Suburban and began another ALI family trip! With Captain Jack at the helm, the “kids” had time to unwind before the big weekend, so Russ and Syrena popped in a movie and chilled out. Matt was Jack’s first mate, so he helped to navigate our journey. 

About 4 hours later, we were in the heart of New York City. We pulled into the Javits Center and they permitted us ½ hour to set up our booth. It was all hands on deck, but 37 minutes later our booth was ready to go! We snapped a quick photo and headed out to get some dinner.

 

Sunday May 15, 2016

It was cloudy and chilly, but the energy of the Big Apple was still contagious. The ALI crew was up bright and early and in “show mode.” They got to the Javits Center, chugged a coffee and started the day.  The day began with lots of productive meetings. The team met with their clients (and potential new clients) for the remainder of the show. If there was any down time, Matt and Jack would walk the show looking for common trends and themes.  At 6:00pm when the show was over for the day, the ALI team hopped in a cab and went to meet a customer for dinner. We enjoyed a delicious meal with great company!

Monday May 16, 2016

The weather was warmer, the streets were busier and we knew it would be a big day at the show.  We had back to back meetings scheduled so we got to the show and started our day. We were so excited when some of our artists dropped by the booth. We love getting to see their smiling faces! We enjoyed seeing people color on our adult coloring panel- it was a huge hit! Matt was able to go to see Dean Russo’s studio (there will be a separate blog about that amazing experience). The show came to an end and it was time for another business dinner. Once again, we had a great time and a fabulous meal- thank goodness for all of New York’s options.

Tuesday May 17, 2016

We were all so ready for the day because it was the last day of the show… it was time to head back to our quiet homes! We finished the show strong with lots of productive meetings with artists and clients.  We packed up and started our journey back to Vermont. There were lots of discussions about trends, projects, fresh ideas and customer leads on the way home.  Matt even started his follow up on the car ride! We stopped for a quick bite to eat and then back on the road. We got back to ALI Headquarters and everyone parted ways. We knew we had to get home and rest up for a full day of catch up and follow up on Wednesday. 

We loved being able to see our current customers, artists and new clients at the show. It is very special to be able to finally see a face that goes with the email address we communicate with on a daily basis. After all of our discussions during and after the show, we noticed a lot reoccurring requests.  Here are some of the things people are looking for:  pop art, 2016 pantone colors, mixed patterns, patriotic art, folk art and wildlife.  We had lots of inquiries for a variety of products; including, but not limited to: puzzles, fabric, greeting cards, tabletop and wall décor. Many manufacturers are interested in popping gold or reflective materials (i.e. foils) into their products, so bright colors are still very popular.  We were so surprised that many “traditional” and “conservative” manufactures are starting to spread their wings and were asking about pop art and abstract art.  People are craving the color and happiness that goes along with this look.  Art Licensing has so much amazing work to present, we can fulfill everyone’s requests!

 

 To see the photos that go along with our journey, check out our Surtex album on our Facebook. 

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Painted Blossoms...the book!

May 10, 2016

Our CEO, Jack Appelman, is excited to share a book by our artist, Carrie Schmitt.

Carrie’s Book, “Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flower Art with Mixed Media” encourages you to welcome creativity with ease as you discover ways to tend the garden within.

 

Carrie believes that “flowers are organic, wonderfully forgiving subjects. Each one is unique; you can't paint one wrong!”

Her book teaches the reader how to create basic design elements, gives techniques for creating a wide variety of flower shapes and provides tips and advice from over a dozen established artists!

   

To see Carrie’s full licensing portfoliocontact us

 

 

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Adult Coloring Craze

Mar 10, 2016

Anybody who has been to a store in 2016 can see that adult coloring books are the latest craze! Adult coloring books are flying off the shelves into the hands of adults who want to relive their childhood enjoying some quiet time.  Studies show that coloring reduces stress, improves work performance and promotes relaxation. People are even forming coloring groups so they socialize as they color. Paint and sip are the things of the past, now it is color and sip!

With the coloring obsession working so well for coloring books, we have seen the market introduce all types of coloring products… from puzzles, to posters, to mugs and everything in between!

   

This trend has been anything but relaxing for our team of artists. They have been working day and night to create trend right art, perfect for any product. Coloring products are the perfect gift for the do-it-yourselfer or you can color it yourself and give it as a “piece of art.”

       

The Hello Angel Coloring books we helped to create even made it on TV! They can be found at Michaels! 

To see all of our adult coloring images, contact us today! 

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Toy Fair 2016

Feb 23, 2016

Last Monday, Syrena hopped on the train in Albany and a few short hours later, she arrived in the heart of the Big Apple. She grabbed a taxi and headed straight for the Javits Center. After getting a much needed Caramel Macchiato, she was ready to seize the day!

This year, the Toy Fair opened its doors to thousands of registered global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 415,000 net square feet filled with thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products. It is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere. There are 150,000+ products at the show, but we were there for the puzzles and the adult coloring products (adult coloring books, puzzles, mugs, posters, and even socks)!  

At the show, Syrena met with clients to review art, discuss new opportunities and even play with a few of the toys! The Toy Fair is a grown child’s dream come true! Everywhere you look there is something fun to play with. Walking down the aisles of booths, people are tossing toys over your head, bubbles are floating around and people are even riding the toys around. She saw lots of fantastic puzzles with art from our artists made by various manufactures as well as some other products like flash cards.

The buzz at the show was all about coloring.  She was so excited to see adult coloring books with art from our artist, Hello Angel on display.

The day was action packed and lots of fun, but all good things must come to an end. She hopped back on the train and headed north… back to reality in Vermont.  

You can see all of the photos from her journey in Toy Fair album on our Facebook.

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Lars van de Goor has won the Hasselblad Master Award!

Feb 02, 2016

With great pleasure and pride Jack Appelman, CEO, can announce that our artist, Lars van de Goor, has won the Hasselblad Master Award!

The Hasselblad Master Award is widely acclaimed as one of the world's most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners are selected by a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury – comprising of internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts.

Hasselblad is the leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses. Hasselblad cameras are renowned for their uncompromising image quality, Swedish craftsmanship and high performance. For over half a century Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world's most iconic images - including the first landing on the moon!

Lars Van de Goor started taking photos in 2007 and by 2010, he was nominated as a top ten finalist in the Hasselblad Masters Award. This years competition for 2016, Van de Goor’s  outstanding imagery of luminous misty woods won him the category of Landscape /Nature.

Today, he works as a professional photographer with his works pubished worldwide. He says: “My main goal is still where it once started with: To capture nature’s magical moments and show her beauty to as many people as possible.”

To learn more about the Hasselblad Master Award, click here.

To see all of Lars Van de Goor’s images, click here.

 

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