Dryden Art and Canvas Keepers - Organization for Artists

The ultimate organizer for studios, classrooms, galleries, museums and more!

Disorganized artists, rejoice! After a long wait, the new Dryden Art and Canvas Keepers are finally here — so it's time to get those half-finished paintings and raw canvas off the ground and into one of these unique new art storage units! (Read on below to find out how you could win one for yourself!)

Designed by Mack Dryden for his artist wife Teri, the Dryden Art and Canvas Keepers were developed to solve the artist's age-old problem of "What do I do with all this stuff??" We've all been there — our studios are full of canvas, drawing pads, boards and more, whether fresh and unpainted, finished or in progress — and organization is a nightmare. But no longer! These innovative storage units are the perfect solution for keeping all our canvases, frames and art safe, organized and accessible.

Made from durable, lightweight enameled steel, Dryden Art and Canvas Keepers are available in two models: the larger Floor Model with casters and a handle for easy mobility, and the smaller Table Model that includes a wall mount for even more storage possibilities. Capable of storing anything from canvas and board to framed art, drawing pads, panels, mat board — just about anything that is flat and rigid — the vertical storage design of the Art and Canvas Keepers means that anything placed within them can be easily accessed without disarranging everything else. Not to mention, the Table Model can be quickly removed from the wall mount and placed within a car for easy transport of art to classes, fairs and shows!

Curious about this revolutionary art supplies organizer? Watch the video below from Mack and Teri Dryden to learn more!

Of course, here at Jerry's Artarama we have a ton of other storage solutions for the organizationally-challenged artist. Whether you're looking for art studio furniture, taborets, print racks, archival storage and more, we've got everything you need to turn your cluttered studio into an organization miracle in no time! In fact, we're running a contest to promote exactly that: the Sloppy Studio Contest!

Click on the image above for details on how you can win a new Dryden Art and Canvas Keeper or more prizes simply by tidying up your artistic space! Starting today, March 14th, and running through April 22nd, this contest is your chance to redo your entire studio. Take some before and after pics and get a head start on your spring cleaning — and tell us all about it in the comments below!


This just in! Mungyo Gallery Handmade Pastels now in stock!

Open stock handmade soft pastels for professional artists!

Let the fanfare begin! After months of waiting and biting our fingernails, new Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels are finally in stock! And just in time for plein air painting season, as well. So why not grab a couple and get outside to paint?

Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels are just that: handmade. Made from a blend of finely ground pigments and kaolin clay, they are hand-rolled into the classic European-style, cigar-like shape. Since they are hand-rolled, less binder is needed to keep the pigments together, so Gallery Handmade Pastels' consistency is softer and smoother than other soft pastels. Plus, the pigment strength gives the colors a brilliance and vibrancy that is second to none!

Are you already a fan of Mungyo Gallery Pastels? The new Handmade pastels just happen to match perfectly with the Gallery Extra-Fine Soft Pastels, as well, making them great for layering over the somewhat harder Extra-Fine pastels. We've had the Handmade sets in stock for a while now, so if you're already a fan, now you can replace your favorite colors with the new open stock! New to the line as a whole? Pick up a Gallery Handmade Soft Pastel set today, and see what all the fuss is about!

Can you see why we're excited? 200 colors of luscious, vibrant open stock pastels are freshly unpacked in our warehouse, just waiting to be painted with! And perhaps the best part is the price: this spring, it'll be easy to stock up on all your favorite pastel colors for the upcoming plein air painting season!



Have you already used Gallery Handmade Pastels? Are you as enamoured as we are? Let us know in the comments below!


LUKAS 1862 Oils: A Letter From Jerry's President

Compromise on cost, not quality!

As many of you may know, this year is LUKAS' 150th Anniversary!  Founded in 1862 by Dr. Franz Schoenfeld, LUKAS has been making professional paints ever since, and are internationally recognized as a top artists' color maker.  Using only the finest pigments, binders, and milling methods, LUKAS colors are used by professional and amateur artists the world over.


Ira Goldstein, President of Jerry's Artarama, has written a few words to you about LUKAS 1862 Oil Colors, the flagship line of this unique paint brand:

Classic oil colors were made using the finest pigments in full concentration with no fillers. They were ground very well and used only the purest linseed oil as their vehicle.

Over the years there has been a proliferation of student quality paints masquerading as artists' colors, when in reality they do not produce the finished result of classical oil colors.

It is our desire that our customer uses the highest quality art materials. So we have worked with world-renowned paint manufacturer LUKAS to be able to offer you 1862 Oil Colors at a price that anyone can afford.

Please read the product reviews for 1862 Oils on our website from artists of all skill levels, professionals and educators.

If you are an educator, please contact me and I can arrange samples for you of this wonderful paint.

Wishing you a pleasurable painting experience,

Ira Goldstein
President, Jerry's Artarama

Clearly, we think LUKAS is such a great line and are sure you'll love it! But don't just take our word for it: Vincent van Gogh was a fan of LUKAS professional oil colors, as he stated in a letter to his brother Theo.  But van Gogh isn't the only fan -- since Jerry's brought this revolutionary artist paint line to the US, customer reviews from artists of all skill levels have simply poured in!


Here are just a few reviews on LUKAS 1862 Oils, from artists like you:

  • "I use LUKAS 1862 oils exclusively. I work with paint directly out of the tubes not using any mediums. I do the majority of each piece using painting knives and really enjoy the blending ability of LUKAS paints; LUKAS paints can be blended into subtle shades because of their heavy pigment load and their creamy consistency. The other major plus for me is that the paint is touch dry in 2-3 days allowing me to continue to add to my works without disturbing the underpainting. I have no negative issues with LUKAS 1862 oils, thank you and keep up the good work!"
  • "I am an artist who specializes in realism and dabbles in abstract. This line of paint has a great feel and saturation rate at a good price. I would recommend it to anyone."
  • "I have used LUKAS artist quality (LUKAS 1862) for several years and it has never disappointed. LUKAS paints are the same from batch to batch, i.e. a new tube of a color is the same as my 'old' tube. And the price is a BIG PLUS."
  • "I am a colorist by nature. Either I have suddenly truly mastered color separation and placement or these paints are more brilliantly colored, more intense, more reflective than those I've used in the past. I suspect the beeswax has something to do with this but can't prove it. I love them and do not expect to return to purchasing other oil color brands but will simply use up what I have left by adding LUKAS painting butter. I also love the fact these act and feel like real oils, working wet in wet, but dry in a few days. As I work primarily alla prima this is an excellent match for me and speeds up my production schedule!"
  • ...and so many more online!

Have you used LUKAS 1862 Professional Oil Colors? Do you think you might now? Tell us your thoughts, regale us with your experiences, and share links to your art done with LUKAS oils in the comments below!

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