November 24, 2021


Hello Members,

We recently sent 2022 Renewal Invoices to members by email.

Thank you to all of you who have renewed!

Please contact Susan Cohen, [email protected] if:

  • You did not see or receive an Invoice
  • You need to discuss Dues Rates and/or Categories

Dues Rates and Categories

If you want to update your contact information - click here.

Past AFCI Members and New Members

Welcome to Namta!

Wednesday - December 8, 2021

11:30 am Eastern Time
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Join us for an informative vitual session to learn more about your Namta membership to talk about Benefits, Art Materials World featuring Creativation 2022, Namta Connect, Resources and more!

Namta Executive Director, Leah Siffringer and Director of Meetings, Rick Munisteri will be available to answer your questions as we move forward.


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See bottom of this eNews for more information.


Support your Local Artists and Crafters
by participating in
'Give The Gift of Local Art'

Each year every local community offers a range of craft fairs and art shows during the holiday season through its schools, churches, art galleries and other organizations. Public attendance at these events strengthens these important community organizations, and supports the local artists who create the goods.

This year, global supply chain shortages will impact normal holiday purchasing as many items are found to be out of stock! This creates a unique opportunity for our industry to encourage consumers to buy local goods, in turn supporting our artists customers and our own businesses. 

Together we can leverage our industry resources to drive public attendance at holiday art and craft fairs and shows. 

Namta Members and their customers can join together to promote a unified “buy local” campaign through their websites, social media channels and email lists, driving the public to attend local events.

Link campaign images to your web page where they can provide links to local art and craft fairs they would like to support. Or, link images to, and that help the public find local events in their areas,

Images shown - and more - are available to anyone via Google Drive using this link - just click the download arrow on the top left of each image to download, save and post.

Images provided by Golden Artist Colors


New Investors for FREDRIX Artist Materials

After 55 years of successful stewardship of the FREDRIX® brand, Michael Benator and the John Benator Family of TARA Materials, are pleased to announce the sale of FREDRIX Art Materials. TARA has found domestic private investors who are committed to FREDRIX and eager to invest in the future of this respected and storied, independent American brand.

Michael Benator, CEO of TARA Materials commented, “After 37 years of serving the amazing art materials industry, I am extremely confident of the character and achievements of the new owners. I cannot be more excited for the future direction of FREDRIX and the entire organization. I am deeply appreciative to our amazing employees, both past and present, and to everyone in the fine art industry for the wonderful years of friendship and support. I will miss this most.”

In practical terms, business will continue as usual. David Twite remains President of FREDRIX Art Materials along with Ashley Lee as the National Sales Manager and Mickael Morel the International Sales Manager. Daily customer interaction will continue to be handled by Pat Allen and her incredible customer service team.

“It has been an honor to work with the Benator family. Their integrity and commitment to the industry has been an inspiration. I am excited about the future of FREDRIX under new ownership and am confident that FREDRIX will continue with the same commitment to our values and to our customers." - David Twite, President of FREDRIX Art Materials


Introducing ARCH Sales Management & Consulting

In partnership with Grimstad Comerford Del Valle Group, and A. Franklin & Associates, Rick Comerford and Jeremy Franklin have formed ARCH Sales Management and Consulting, LLC.

ARCH Sales Management and Consulting has been created to assist in managing the sales channels for art material and craft product manufacturers, while providing strategic planning and direction across their sales and marketing activities.

Bringing an innovative approach to traditional sales practices and presentations for retailers and distributors across the country, ARCH Sales Management and Consulting offers a new solution for creating stronger connections between our vendors and their customers.

With the support of the experienced Brand Specialists at Grimstad Comerford Del Valle Group and A Franklin & Associates, ARCH will offer a national and unified point of view for sales and marketing efforts while seeking new ways to improve on service levels for retailers on behalf of our vendor partners.

ARCH Sales Management & Consulting is proud to announce we will begin 2022 with two vendor clients, Fredrix® Artist Canvas and R&F Handmade Paints®.

If you would like to contact ARCH, please send us an e-mail at [email protected]  or [email protected]


In April, pack up your products and sales people and head to Orlando, Florida to exhibit your products.This will be the first 'in person' show to bring together two industry giants - Art Materials World and Creativation 2022.

Get all the details to exhibit here.

Contact Rick Munisteri, [email protected] to set up a phone call or virtual meeting - we can talk about it!

ubmit your Business Seminar or Workshop proposals for Art Materials World featuring Creativation 2022.



Book Your Room for Art Materials World featuring Creativation in 2022 in Orlando, Florida at the host hotel at the Rosen Centre Hotel, located directly across the street from the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center!

Rate: $199.00 Single/Double Occupancy


BOGUS HOTEL OFFERS: Namta does not contract with, or authorize anyone to contact our members regarding hotels for the conference and trade show. Should you be contacted by anyone offering incredible deals for hotels in Orlando, please remember, if it seems too good to be true it probably is. You should never give your credit card information to anyone who contacts you. If you do reserve through one of these companies you probably won't have a reservation when you arrive in Orlando.

BOGUS DISTRIBUTION LISTS FOR SALE: Namta does not sell membership or trade show attendee lists - ever! If you are contacted by anyone trying to sell lists, please forward the email to Karen - [email protected]



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