May
12
2010

I Agree with Nobody by Kim Ellery

I recently read a blog on The Splatter by TMNK (The Me
Nobody Knows).

It was called "Jerry's Knows the Average Joe." It was a story of
gratitude and friendship between TMNK and Ira Goldstein.



The story has touched me, and I wanted to see if anyone else has
any "Jerry's" stories out there! So, I decided to share my story!



Do you all get the Jerry's catalog and mailings? About four
years back I received the mailing about the Art of Carolinas. I went
out for breakfast with my family and dreamily read through the Artists
Workshops and all the incredible deals on supplies for those who enter
the golden gates of the Art of The Carolinas! I looked up to my
husband with stars in my eyes and declared that I would just DIE if I
could go to such an amazing event! ... To my amazement, his response was
"Well, how much is it?" ... That, to me, meant PACK YOUR BAGS BABY!! ...IT
WAS AMAZING!



A couple of years later, I planned another trip back to the AOC.
This year was Jerry Goldstein's 80th Birthday! There were pictures of
him everywhere wishing him a Happy Birthday. Poor Jerry! I WAS THERE…
and now I knew what he looked like! SO when I saw him approaching me,
I waited! I had to meet THE Jerry of Jerry's Artarama! WELL, I just
HAD to hug him! I mean, come on!! Here is the man who supplies me with
my addiction! Jerry just let me hug him. He patiently waited for me to
finish my ramblings about how he has changed my life by supplying me
with a store filled with toys and people who were always there to
help me decide which paint tube I should buy next, and the same people
(HI Cheryl and Ida in the Providence Store!) who would welcome me
back next week knowing they would have to endure another 20 minute
decision over which color to choose next.


Anyway, Jerry Goldstein, as it turns out, is one of the sweetest,
kindest men who REALLY LOVES being an art supplier! Jerry and I talked
about lots of things that weekend, including his wonderful
granddaughter, Heather, who had become my Facebook friend just before I
left for the AOC. I told Jerry how much I was enjoying the provoking
conversations Heather would inspire on the Jerry's Facebook site. I met
Heather in person later on that weekend and we have continued to be
great friends! (A story for another blog!) I left the AOC last year
with some great new ideas to try in/on my artwork. AND I left feeling
even more in love with the Jerry's Artarama Art Supply Store and the
fabulous family that runs it!

So in closing, here is my reason for writing this blog:

How many of you have similar feelings about our friendly, family run
(THIRD GENERATION!), fine art supply store JERRY'S ARTARAMA? I would
encourage you to write your own blog and share it with Heather (heather@jerrysartarama.com) to post
for us all to see! Nobody started this, can Everybody continue??

I can't wait to read YOUR STORY ABOUT JERRY'S!

kim ellery
kimellery@mac.com

www.kimellery.com

May
12
2010

Jerry's Knows the Average Joe by TMNK

 


Forgive me if this sounds like an advertisement or some sort of paid endorsement. It's not. Jerry's Art Arama is, for this artist, more than a corporate entity that merchandises the art supplies we use. They're real people who dig art and have made a business from supporting that which they love.


I was discovered by one of the owners of Jerry's on the streets of New York. And shortly thereafter he and his wife began to collect my art. They never tried to pressure me to switch from purchasing my supplies from "The House the Oyster Built." Instead, they just offered to be a resource for exposing me to new products and supplies, and continued to be patrons. More importantly, my new found friend was always accessible, responsive, and supportive.


So, I of course have links on my blog to Jerry's, and have featured their logo on some of my exhibition flyers and web page. It's the least I could do. Besides it being an expression of the friendship I feel, it's just good business, one hand washing the other. But as an artist, I'm not much into promoting corporate interests, business out to just profit off the little guy. But like I've said, from day one, my experience with Jerry's has been that these are "real people" who, like myself, are in the business of art, but REALLY love art, artists, and collectors. Art is in there blood, literally.


So, why now, do I decide to write this, what amounts to a public endorsement? Well, much like my initial encounter with Jerry's, just call it fate. I was at the building hosting the G40 - The Summit exhibit, working on my Installation, when I decided to take a walk around and check out the other artists. That's when I encountered Joe Iurato and the awesome mural he was painting.



As I scanned the area trying to get a sense of what he used to create his work (as I am always trying to learn, grow, get inspired), I saw a plastic bag laying on the floor that looked like... Could it be? Yes it was, Jerry's Artarama. I smiled a private smile, and walked over and said "Yo, Joe, you get your supplies from them too?" His reply, and I quote, "Dude, they're the greatest, I love Jerry's, I'm there all the time." I smiled and shared my Jerry's story with him, then snapped this picture.


It made for the perfect story for me to share with my patron, the unofficial sponsor of G40. In this day of ATM machines and corporate entities with their overseas customer service call centers, it's special to have a relationship with a business that cares about the "Average Joe" and a "nobody" like me.
-TMNK

menobodyknows.com
May
12
2010

Mixed Up Media? by Wilson Bickford



Here are a couple of paintings that I've done over the past couple of days. Both utilized some Acrylic underpainting, but are essentially "Oil paintings."
The sunflowers were started yesterday and finished today. I had added Alkyd medium to the Oils to speed the drying, so that it was virtually dry over-night. That made it easy to glaze and brighten the final highlights this morning.
The barn was tackled in the same way; Acrylics underneath with Oils over the top. The difference is that I was able to get the amount of detail I desired without having to wait for it to dry, so it was all done in one sitting.
I use this approach quite often, (more and more, it seems) and it is one of my favorite ways to work. It eliminates a lot of the drying time associated with Oils and literally cuts the "working time" in half.
Acrylics, Alkyds and Oils,........ is that mixed-media? And does that matter? Not to me. It's still predominantly 90+% Oils, so I still call it an Oil painting.
All I know is that it works great for my style and work pace.
Every artist will eventually stumble upon the medium, approach, style and techniques which work for THEM. Don't be afraid to experiment until you find the right combination for YOU!

www.wilsonbickford.com

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