Member News

July 12, 2022


Tell us about your company's history, yourself, your employees.
Quality Sector LLC represents German paint manufacture Viva Decor in the USA. Viva Decor develops and produce creative colors, pastes and modelling compounds. All products are 100% "Made in Germany" and are developed and tested in their own laboratory to guarantee the best quality. The implementation of interesting trends and the development of attractive innovations are trademarks and have made Viva Decor known far beyond Europe's borders. Comprehensive range inspires creative people all over the world.

What products are available from Viva Decor?
Effect Paints that include Gloss Effect, Texture Effect, Vintage Effect, Matt Effect and Glitter Effect.

We have paints for artists, paints for candles, glass paints, acrylic paint, cloth and fabric paint, paper paint, blob paint, paints for kids, and for pouring. We also offer glues and varnishes for pouring & modeling, plus stamps & stencils, kits, accessories & tools.

What do you think about Fine Art Supplies and Arts & Crafts as one Association?
This is a wonderful combination. In a creative environment where unexpected non-standard creative solutions are born.

We provide high-quality materials and tools for the implementation of the most unusual creative ideas. Having ideas and tools for design and decoration makes creative people happy and the world bright and beautiful. It is a great honor and responsibility to be a part of this process!


Employee Stock Ownership Plan 

SLS Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP.”) Recently, our ESOP acquired 100% of the stock of the company and now SLS Arts, Inc. is EMPLOYEE-OWNED! Sam Seelig, SLS Arts owner since 2005, will remain with the company as a consultant. 

Phil King (pictured left) will step-up into the role of president after 30-years of experience with the company. No other changes are anticipated. The future is bright for SLS Arts as it takes its place among America’s employee-owned companies.


King's Framing & Art Gallery
Celebrates 14th Anniversary

Located in Corbeil, Canada, King’s Framing is the brainchild of a husband-and-wife founding team, Lise and Bob King (Bob pictured with customer- left). The couple decided in 2008 to offer customers “the very best art supplies and personalized art expertise … born out of their outstanding professional art experience combined with their shared love of creativity and values of unparalleled customer service.” As the galley celebrates its 14th anniversary this year, they are thankful to their customers and clients for their loyal support and patronage.



NEWResource Tool for Retailers

 Product Information Podcasts

Jeff Morrow & Dave Lee from Art Supply Insiders share ideas with you on product training for your staff so you can do employee product training “on demand.” No waiting for in-person training.

  • Train new employees on product specifics. 
  • Give existing employees a tool to brush up on product knowledge.
  • Receive real-time updates on new art and craft products and product extensions from your existing suppliers.
  • Find new products to compliment your existing product selection.
  • Clarify business and industry trends that owners might not have quick access to.

Let us know what manufacturers you would like Art Supply Insiders to interview. We would really love to hear your feedback - [email protected].

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Read more about Art Supply Insiders in June’s Namta eNews.


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“Never been to Columbus, Ohio? You will be shocked at what an upscale, clean, and metropolitan city it is.  Columbus is my hometown and although I have not lived there in 20 years it is still where my heart is.  I have lived in Southern California as well as Phoenix, and have traveled to New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong but within walking distance of the convention center in Columbus you will find restaurants that rival any in those major cities.  
I can’t wait to see you in the heart of it all.”

- Denzil Quick, Spellbinders


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Located in New Paltz, NY, Manny's Art Supplies has been in business since 1962 with original owners Frieda and Manny, and then by their daughter Marilyn and Tom Golgoski. This April, Manny's was bought by former employees Amanda and Zack Del Favero, both SUNY New Paltz graduates.

READ MORE ABOUT Manny's and Amanda and Zack.


Mr. Nola's Glitter is run by the husband and wife duo, David and Rachel in Marrero, Louisiana. They have big dreams and goals - but their #1 priority is to make every customer feel like a VIP.

Visit to see the variety of products they offer.


"Hanson Art & Design is woman owned and operated. We strive to provide all artists, whether a beginner picking up a brush for the first time or showing in curated exhibitions, with education, and materials that bring more creativity into the world. Our carefully curated art supplies and classes are meant to bring out the freedom, inspiration and joy that creativity brings to us all."


The Glitter Guy LLC is a glitter and craft supply company that is family owned and operated in Voorhees, NJ by founders Jason and Sara Lively. Since the launch of their wholesale program in mid-2020, you can now find The Glitter Guy products in over 100 Retail Locations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and Panama. They also offer subscription boxes and a variety of craft supplies.  Visit  for more information.




Pictured left to right - David Flax with his brothers Sidney and Leonard Flax in 1971.

When Greg Hyatt recently learned of David Flax’s passing in 2020, he contacted us with this information. Greg recalled 50 years ago his first visit to the NYC stores run by David and his brother Leonard. “I was so impressed by how they had extended their selection of core art supplies into categories like fine writing, photography, presentation, framing, and creative gifts. Their legendary branding and merchandising appealed to all consumers. When I later had opportunities to speak with David, I found him to be the perfect gentleman, always humble in view of his great accomplishments and unmistakable intelligence.”

In May 2020, when we were a couple of months into the pandemic, we were not aware that David Flax had passed away, so at this time we remember Mr. Flax. - Namta

David P. Flax
(1933 - 2020) died on May 11, 2020. Born on April 4, 1933, in Bayonne, New Jersey, David was the youngest of three sons born to the late Fanny and Samuel Flax. He attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


David served in the United States Army for two years, stationed in Maryland and California. He returned to the New York area and spent the entirety of his adult life working at Sam Flax, a retail art supply business founded by his father. David and his brothers expanded the business in Manhattan and opened stores in Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa. David later moved to Orlando and worked at Sam Flax on East Colonial Drive for many years.

Read about the Flax Art Supply Stores timeline:


Leonard Flax
(1928 - 2022) Leonard Flax, owner of Sam Flax and Kate’s Paperie, died on April 7, 2022, at the age of 94, still working until his final days. An industry pioneer, his stores were NYC institutions for almost a century under his leadership. Sam Flax, with its iconic bold red serif logo, served artists and the advertising world with tools and materials. It was known for helping young painters, like Jackson Pollock, who offered to pay for supplies with his paintings. Kate’s Paperie was the first store of its kind, a destination for beautiful papers, stationery and eclectic ephemera from around the world. His inventive store displays and merchandising set the aesthetic for the industry and beyond.

Leonard lived his life like he ran his business, committed to innovation, creativity and exploration. Always interested in discovering the unexpected, his favorite section of the paper was the obituaries. In his last hours he said, “I guess it’s the end of the week, we have a lot to get done.”


Scott Shoham
Scott, former president and owner of Alvin & Co., passed away peacefully on Friday July 1st, at the age of 66 years. He was the son of Alvin founder Al Shoham and followed his father into the family business in 1975. Scott always cared about the customers, the sales team and his employees. As anyone who did manufacturing with Alvin knew, Scott's passion was sourcing, importing and purchasing products from partners around the globe. He loved to travel to see factories and negotiate deals. Alvin was his life's work and his family would refer to Alvin & Co. as Scott's first child. He leaves behind a beloved wife, three children and two grandchildren. He was a character and someone who made the art materials business more interesting. He will be missed.  SEE OBITUARY


Greg Toscas
(1951 - 2022) Greg passed away at his home on June 10th after battling a long illness. Greg served on the Namta Board of Directors, and as the Association President 2001-2006. Along with his company Wild West Marketing, Greg was extremely active in the world of fine art and served it with excellence. He will be remembered fondly by all whose lives he touched.


Namta Connect Virtual Schedule

Be sure to check out the recordings from Art Materials World 2022 that are being uploaded to The Studio (Namta Log In required)


The Art Advocacy Grant application period is open until July 31, 2022.

Namta is an International Association and welcomes people from all countries to apply.


2022 Grant Application and Information


  • Every ten dollars donated adds up - our goal is double the grants we award this year!
    If you or your company would like to make a donation to the Grant program,

    please fill out this form or contact Sue Cohen at [email protected].

Thank you to The Artist Attic ScrappyCraft Art Supplies for their generaous donation.

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