International Art Materials Association



OCTOBER 7
, 2020

 

 



ZOOM SCHEDULE + RECORDINGS

THE NAMTA CONNECT COLLECTION


 




I love Fall, I always have! My anticipation for Fall this year was like no other. So much has changed. I needed to know something, like the seasons that I am used, was still 'normal' - was still there....

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A MILLENNIAL'S VIEW


by Savannah Davis


Well, it’s October so you know what that means... time to put up the tree and start playing Christmas music in my house. Just kidding, I’m not that crazy. Although to be fair, it is a lot of work to decorate a tree (real, of course) and find the perfect balance of cozy holiday décor versus Hallmark explosion. Any crazy early holiday decorating members out there? I'm a 'day after Thanksgiving' kind of decorator, myself.

Growing up in the Hahn house, we made the most out of each separate holiday as it approached- football season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Football season being the first, and most important....

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Namta's Art Advocacy Program


The International Art Materials Association (Namta) supports and advocates for the Visual and Creative Arts. The goal of the its Art Advocacy website, Namtaartadvocacy.org, is to bring awareness about members, organizations, communities and businesses who support the Arts. Namta has partnered with organizations who are dedicated to Art Advocacy in many aspects of legislative issues, funding, and art education and helps these organizations spread the word on the current issues and how you can make your voice heard.

Namta’s Art Advocacy Grant Program, re-launched in 2018, awards grants in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 to applicants who support the arts in any of four categories - Public Art, Art Education, The Military, and Health & Healing.

Thank you 2020 Namta Art Advocacy  Grant Contibutors







Congratulations
2020 Grant Recipients




Supporting The Military
$3,000
Veterans Alternative Inc.
Ashleigh Goforth
Operations Coordinator



Supporting Public Art
$2,000
Creative Enterprise Zone
CEZ
Angel Casselton
Director of the Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival



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“There is growing recognition that the arts play a particularly powerful role in efforts supporting active-duty service members, reservists, veterans, their families and other members of the military community.” 

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“Supporting Public Art provides professional opportunities for artist and cultivates and environment in which the creative class thrives.”

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Wet Paint Steps Up






Bob Ross Video Wins Emmy





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A Millenial's View - Savannah Davis



Well, it’s October so you know what that means... time to put up the tree and start playing Christmas music in my house. Just kidding, I’m not that crazy. Although to be fair, it is a lot of work to decorate a tree (real, of course) and find the perfect balance of cozy holiday décor versus Hallmark explosion. Any crazy early holiday decorating members out there? I'm a 'day after thanksgiving' kind of decorator, myself.

Growing up in the Hahn house, we made the most out of each separate holiday as it approached- football season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Football season being the first, and most important, the television stayed on football. It’s important to not miss a single minute of a Chicago Bears game. To be a real fan, you have to watch from start to finish so that the losses feel all the more personal. I am not a very assertive person, when I review my year and set goals for what I want to improve going into the next year…I always hope to be a little more assertive and surer of myself. That being said, my alter ego comes out when my Bear’s play and my husband says I am not the most pleasant person to watch games with. There is no shortage of aggression.

We weren’t big Halloween people but it was enjoyable. Jenna (my best friend) always had a homemade costume from her Grandma, and her Grandma was always kind enough to make me a matching one. We were little identical Madelines and flapper girls, etc. It was a little harder for my older sister, who always tried to challenge my mom with the most bloody, gruesome or just scary costume. Back then my mom was the traditional P.T.A. mom- no playing before our homework was done, no shows or movies over PG, definitely no swearing and nothing scary. I wonder if kids will trick or treat this year? I know my mom would have been sad, scary costumes and all, for us to not experience that. For any of you that dress up for Halloween and are wondering where to show off your costumes- we hope to see you in our Halloween Happy Hour- yes there will be a costume contest!

On to Thanksgiving. I can pretty much sum up Thanksgiving as a child by the adults scurrying around the kitchen cooking and baking all day. The kids would always sit around the table with hundreds of newspaper ads, and while a feast was being prepared, we circled our Christmas list items- each kid with a different color marker.  In my memory, my cousins and sisters and I are almost lost in sight behind a mountain of ads. The roars of our excited high-pitched screams drowning out everything else as we yell things like, “OH MY GOSH LOOK- THEY HAVE AN EASY BAKE OVEN LIKE WE SAW ON TV FOR $24.99!!!!” Razor scooters, Conair hair tools, American Girl dolls and whatever the latest arts and craft craze was for little girls. Bracelet making, paint sets, tie dye kits, box stitch lanyard materials- all circled in different colors piled on the kitchen table. 

Now I wonder, what is it like for retailers? How do you prepare for the holiday craze? How do you appropriately advertise for the uptick in spending that takes place? How do you project what people will buy more of? And what does all of that look like, during a pandemic?

Unlike my last, social media centered, articles- I write this to you with more questions than answers. But fear not- I’m not going to ask you to answer all of my questions. I’m just going to share with you that Kizer & Bender's Zoom session next week is ‘Owning the Golden Quarter: Readying Your Store for Holiday 2020’.. so you do not want to miss that on Namta Connect.

My nephew will turn 2 in February so we’re a little early on him circling his Christmas list but I know he is not far from it. I’m guessing he won't get a marker and circle them out of the newspaper ads anymore, but I will be excited for his list however it comes. The purchases may be materialistic but the feeling of giving is the true gift. Cliché, I know, but it’s true nonetheless. Now I would rather watch my loved ones open something and be so surprised and touched than receive something myself. Giving and creating moments of joy fill my soul with a warmth that can’t be emulated by the latest purchase for myself. Especially this year. When health and a job and the ability to hug my family – is worth more than anything else.

In the spirit of giving- I wanted to share with you all a little bit about our ‘Member to Member’ fund. We cannot take the credit and actually have to shout out Namta member Belle Heppard from Artist Angle for prompting us to create an avenue for donations. Belle asked us if she could contribute to others members who may be financially burdened with their membership this year. Thanks to Belle’s prompting, the ‘Member to Member’ fund was created and we are so touched by those of you who answered on your membership survey that you would consider donating. It has been a really hard year, but the season of giving is alive and well in the Namta family.

With the holidays approaching, no matter what you celebrate, I hope you have moments of childlike joy and wonder. I hope you feel the warmth of generosity and the glow of nostalgia from your age-old traditions…and most importantly I wish you all the chance to witness a Chicago Bears undefeated season.  (Edit: Since writing this we have acquired our first loss..so I now wish you all the chance to witness the Chicago Bears nearly perfect season with only a single loss. Bear Down)

- Savannah


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Namta Connect on Zoom

by Rick Munisteri, Namta


I love this time of year - Fall. I always have! My anticipation for Fall this year was like no other. So much has changed. I needed to know something, like the seasons that I am used to, was still 'normal' - was still there.

And so the dip in temperature, the changing of leaves, and the simple essence of knowing the holiday season is just around the corner, gave me a sense of normalcy along with a boost of positivity. The Namta Connect Retailer Roundtable on Zoom last week made me feel good just like the arrival of Fall did. The retailers are still there!

Many of you are getting to know me in my newest role as the Namta Zoom Opening Host. In my years at Namta, my member interaction was heavily focused on exhibiting suppliers and sales representatives. But in 2020, with Namta Connect Zoominars, I've enjoyed getting to know so many of our retail members.

We had retailers from every corner of the country and one from across the pond participate in the Retailer Roundtable session. It was great to hear the success stories of how they had to change their business norms in the past seven months and the creative ways they did so. There was an open discussion and they shared ideas that all could take away and use in their own stores. Namta learned a lot during this session - that there is a need for this conversation on a more frequent basis, and a new list of topics to research to bring to Namta Connect The Theater and Café.

The camaraderie I saw at the Retailer Roundtable, along with comments like this one we received below, warm me like a fire pit on a chilly Fall night. 
"It was great to see some of my friends and to speak to other retailers facing the same challenges. I loved hearing ideas from other stores, I am not above using someone else's idea and making it my own! I have enjoyed all the zoominars I have attended they have all taught me something, and I appreciate the fact that they are recorded so I can view them again or show my staff. Thank you for doing this."

Starting in January we will hold a Retail Roundtable on the second Tuesday of each month. We will continue our Happy Hours on the third Thursday of each month.

Suppliers - you can sign up to get your products in Demo Alley which is open to all members - and recorded and made available for those members who can't make your session.

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Member News



Beyond Writing a Check: Wet Paint Steps Up

Posted by Bridget Kranz on www.mplsart.com

The role one local art supply store has played during a summer of pandemic and protest.

It can be difficult to turn left into the parking lot of Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing - but that shouldn’t be a deterrent. Situated on a bustling corner of Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, surrounded by other independent businesses, the feeling of socially-distanced activity adds to the store’s atmosphere.

While Wet Paint has long been a supporter of area schools and arts organizations, it has taken on a more pressing role in the last few months. After the murder of George Floyd in late May, local artists have created hundreds of murals across town to protest ongoing police brutality, and the store has helped with guidance and financial support.

“When someone comes to us saying, ‘I’m in this community. Here’s what we intend to do and here’s how you can help,’” says co-owner Scott Fares, “we’ve been making sure they get what they need.”

He describes a period of time when artists would show up regularly with a patron and a wall to paint. They would give Wet Paint a budget, and the store would start taking discounts and throwing in free items to make sure the project stayed within it.

“I called Wet Paint the first week in June to secure materials for painting, and they gave us a bulk order discount plus some free materials like brushes and cups,” says Leslie Barlow, one of the leading artists behind Creatives After Curfew. “They were even able to get us materials the same day that I would call them - their local delivery option made things so much easier.” Located one block north of Stevens Square Park in Minneapolis, a recent mural by artists from the Creatives After Curfew collective was created using materials from Wet Paint.



Located one block north of Stevens Square Park in Minneapolis, a recent mural by artists from the Creatives After Curfew collective was created using materials from Wet Paint. Photo by Bridget Kranz.

At the time, customers weren’t allowed inside Wet Paint due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and Fares recalls making deals by talking over the phone - or yelling through the store window. “It wasn’t business as usual, we were just getting things out there to people and figuring it out later." Another challenge was keeping enough of the right materials in stock. With protests ongoing across much of the country, Fares noticed a run on everything from sidewalk chalk to mural and spray paint. Throughout the pandemic and the demonstrations, Wet Paint has tried to make its inventory responsive to the community’s needs - both altering and building on the foundation of over 40 years in business.

Read more of this article about Wet Paint on www.mplsart.com


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Bob Ross Video Wins Emmy
September 21, 2020



The New York Times video “Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We found them.” has won the Emmy award for  “Outstanding New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture.

Produced in early in 2019 and released on the New York Times website, the 10 minute documentary chronicles one man’s search for the original Bob Ross paintings.

Bob painted over 1,000 landscapes for the television show “The Joy of Painting” and the whereabouts of those paintings has since become somewhat of an internet mystery.

Join over 10 million viewers and discover what really did happen to all of those paintings.

Watch the video here.

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