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

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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Another piece of our art made it on TV!

Mar 21, 2014

While I was watching TV the other night, I jumped up and squealed with excitement! I was watching CBS’s comedy “Mike and Molly” when I noticed Daniel Peacock’s image, "De' Vine," in the background. There is no way to express how incredibly proud I was that art that we license was picked by Hollywood’s finest to be displayed on their show.

You can see the show’s star, Melissa McCarthy (Molly), making a phone call in front of the image.

To learn more about Daniel Peacock’s images, look at his portfolio!

Posted by: syrenam

Steve Henderson's Painting Wins First Place!

Mar 20, 2014

Steve Henderson’s painting, “The Pataha,” won first place at The Northwest Experience, a regional juried show at the Clymer Museum and Gallery in Ellensburg, WA.

The Northwest Experience holds the largest collection, worldwide, of John Clymer artworks that are not privately held. Located in Historic Downtown Ellensburg, the Clymer Museum and Gallery draws visitors and art patrons from all corners of the world.

 

One viewer commented on Steve’s work, “I literally fall into this landscape. I love the color!”

 

To view more of Steve’s images take a look at his portfolio.

Posted by: syrenam

Joanne Paynter is a featured member of The Surface Pattern Design Guild!

Mar 17, 2014

Art Licensing is super excited to announce that our artist, Joanne Paynter, is a featured member of The Surface Pattern Design Guild! Joanne’s Style is fun, graphic and playful- perfect for many product categories.

   

In Joanne’s interview with the Surface Pattern Design Guild  she says she explains her style. She says, “I tend to tie in a bit of retro/vintage vibe especially in my geometrics and conversational patterns.  Florals, geometrics and conversational prints are my absolute favorites. I love adding a sense of texture and mixing different patterns within each individual print.”

  

Although she has many patterns, Joanne also has some single images that could be used for various products (or easily turned into a pattern). If you are interested in seeing more of Joanne’s fun and colorful work, take a look at her portfolio!

 

To read the entire interview, click here.  

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SURTEX will be here before we know it!

Mar 13, 2014

 

Despite the recent winter storm, SPRING officially starts next week! Spring is a beautiful season… fragrant flowers, birds singing their sweet songs, fresh air, longer days annnnd SURTEX

 

The ALI team is working very hard to finish our last minute “to do” list for the show. Surtex is our busiest show of the year, so this is when we reveal our newest catalog. This year we are super excited to show off some of the new additions to our catalog. For example, each sales representative gave a “thumbs up” to their top 10 artists. We also added theme sections so you can take a quick glance at one genre at a time. For example, if you are looking for Christmas images, you will be able to just turn to the Christmas spread to see the variety we offer!

 

We are also working on our panels. The sales team and the art department spend countless hours gathering  the perfect images to be displayed on our panels.  Our booth is the first thing our customers see, so we want to make sure we have imagery that will draw people into our space.  We are very proud of the way our panels will look, so if you are at the show, be sure to stop by our booth.  At the show, we will be meeting with many manufactures from all over the marketplace, so we want our booth to stand out! We have a surprise for all of our appointments and everyone passing by- it is going to be AWESOME!

 

If you are interested in attending the show, there is still time to get your badges! You can register online until May 13, 2014.  If you cannot make it, no worries! We will definitely be posting photos of the show on our website and all of our social media sites. 

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