Jerry's Supports Caribbean Lifetime Missions

Changing Lives in Jamaica


Earlier this month, a team from the Craft & Hobby Association went to Jamaica on a seven day trip to bring art supplies and materials from Jerry's Artarama to hospitalized, poor and orphaned children. The organization, Caribbean Lifetime Missions, which seeks to fix the poverty problem in the Caribbean and parts of Africa took in the CHA team near Saint Ann's Parish. From there, the team moved from St. Ann to Bamboo and Kingston assisting with vacation bible schools and leading the children in arts and crafts. 

Jerry's happily supplied the Jamaican childrenwith art supplies to let these impoverished kids explore their creativity and imaginations and have a little fun. They had an amazing time painting faces, tie-dying shirts and making other arts and crafts. Using the First Impressions Complete Art Studio Sets donated, the children had access to watercolor paints, colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels. With the fun assortment of supplies, the children had no trouble expressing themselves. The kids also got to use their imaginations with hand-painted dinosaur hands with the Temporary Tattoo Hand Puppets donated.

But their hands weren't the only things painted as faces were covered to look like everything from tigers to butterflies with the Snazaroo Ultimate Party Pack Face Painting Kit. Kids from vacation bible schools at Bamboo Tabernacle in Bamboo and Majesty Transformation Fellowship in Kingston really enjoyed the products donated. One of the members of the visiting team from the Craft & Hobby Association, Adeola Ayinde, was able to give an art class for the children at Majesty Transformation Fellowship with some of Jerry's acrylic paints while managing to keep their clothes clean with First Impressions KIds Art Smocks and Brush Sets. With the few clothes these children have, it was important to us at Jerry's that these kids enjoy learning about art while keeping things clean. And at the end of the class, any remaining supplies were donated to the church so that these kids continue to express their selves through art, because even if their finances or supplies are limited, their talent is limitless.

All of the contributions of supplies made by Jerry's were made in support of the mission and encouraging youth all over the world to be able to create works of art and express themselves to make the world a better place! And if you would like more information on the trip, check out



Whats the Buzz

Picturesque Presentation Cases & the Creativo Messenger Bag

A Whats the Buzz you can take with you and show off, today we are looking at the Picturesque Presentation Case and the Creativo Messenger Bag. Two great ways to transport and present your work, both the Creativo Messenger and Portfolio Bag and Picturesque Presentation Case are some of our friends' favorites! Artists have been asking all about these products so we decided to include them in this edition of Whats the Buzz.

First Up is the Picturesque Presentation Case. Artists love them because they make any painting, sketch or photo really stand out.  These art presentation cases are a classy way to show off your work and make it look professional and the buzz is all about them. Lets take a look at what people have been saying about these and see what the buzz is all about:

"I use this case (24X36) to store all of my concert posters until I can get them framed. I was a bit hesitant at the price, but the quality exceeded my expectations. I know that my posters are safe and protected. Love the dual zipper, and the handle and shoulder strap are very sturdy." -Riding the Wave, Washington

"The quality of this presentation case is great. It is sturdy and I like the handle and shoulder strap for carrying. The way it is constructed keeps my art work hanging neatly when it is carried or resting with the handle and strap in the up position, no wrinkled or bent work.I really enjoy the 10 filler pages when most cases only have 5." -Momsy, South Carolina

"I've been collecting Pearl Jam posters for years. They've been in storage tubes until now. This portfolio is perfect both for storing my collection flat, as well as being able to share it with friends and family. I'll be adding more pages soon- there's plenty of room."-Eddie, California

"Very nice quality. Not too heavy. Everyone just loves my presentation case!"-Top Realtor, Virginia

Sounds like you get real quality at a value price with the Picturesque Presentation Cases. Whether you store your art or Concert photos, We're sure they look even better in one of these cases!

Next Up is the Creativo Original Messenger Bag and portfolio. Finally, a messenger bag designed for the Artist and able to carry all the artwork, tools, supplies and materials of the trade. These have a huge assortment of pouches and compartments which artists have been raving about. So lets check out the buzz on these awesome bags:

"We are going to be taking a lot of long trips in a car this summer and I needed something to organize and bring my art supplies with me, this bag is perfect for that, easy to carry, lots of different compartments for pencils cases, boards and etc."- Kermit, Ohio

"I attended an art workshop and had a list of supplies a mile long. This bag had a place for everything I needed. The over the shoulder strap was very comfortable. The bag is made very well, it has straps that snap together to ensure that all of your supplies stay in place. It is also a great looking bag, I love it."-Dottie, California

"This was a bonus offer with some other items I ordered. The quality was incredible for the way I received it. After much thought, I gave it to an art student whose portfolio was falling apart. I thank Jerry's for the portfolio, and the happiness it gave to both the giver and receiver. My daughter and I recommend Jerry's as a good source of art supplies. I have been very pleased with all my purchases here."-Shoosmum, California

"I'm very impressed by this portfolio! So many pockets for all the things you need to take with you plus plenty of room for 18X24 drawing paper and drawing board. I'm super happy I purchased this. You cannot beat the value you get with this very nicely made portfolio. I would definitely buy this again & have recommended it to others."-Artsy, California

Sounds great! As you can see, Artists have been very pleased with this fine bag. Looks like the buzz is real on both of these products and we will be back next week with more Whats the Buzz so be on the lookout and maybe you'll see a product review you wrote!






2013 Ampersand Art Contest-Enter Now!

What Have You Created With Ampersand?


Jerry's Artarama is proud to announce a new contest with Ampersand Artist Panels! If you like to paint on any of Ampersand's panels whether it's from their line of Gessoboard, Encausticboard, Clayboard, Natural Wood, or any other panels, let us know and enter the contest!


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To enter, please upload a picture of your artwork created using Ampersand Panels to our official facebook fan page. You must include a photo of your artwork and a testimonial about why you enjoy using Ampersand Panels. One image per contestant. Only submissions made on the official Facebook Contest page will be eligible. Voting begins September 19th and Winners will be announced Monday, September 23rd.

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