Jun
5
2015

Did You Know- Paul Gauguin

This Weekend Celebrates the Painter's 167th Birthday

Although his birthday is technically tomorrow, June 7, we like to celebrate our artists. Although he was not overly appreciated while he was alive, the artwork Paul Gauguin is certainly appreciated today. And to recognize him as the genius he is, we wanted to share some fun facts about Gauguin and share some of his art! 

Did you know?

  • Gauguin's full name is Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin.
  • He was born June 7, 1848 in Paris, France and died May 8, 1903 in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. He was 54 years old. If he was still alive today, he would be 167 years old. 
  • Guaguin was not only a painter, but also was known for his work as a sculptor, printmaker, wood engraver, ceramist and even a writer. 
  • He was raised in Lima, Peru until he was 7 and moved back to France with his family. Even though he learned French after moving, his preferred language was Spanish. 
  • Gauguin first started painting in 1873 to combat the stress of being a stockbroker. 
  • Gauguin was a contemporary to artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and even Paul Cezanne.
  • Vincent Van Gogh once threatened Gauguin with a razor blade!
  • Gauguin worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.
  • He had ten children but only five of them were legitimate. 
  • In 1891, he moved to Tahiti to live among the natives and even took a native girl as a wife. They had one son.
  • Gauguin died of a stroke in 1903. 
  • In 1906, the Salon d'Automne in Paris held a show with 227 of his paintings.
  • Gauguin is rememered as a leader of the symbolist movement and a source of Fauvism.

Gallery

The Swineherd, Bittany 1888

 

Les Alyscamps 1888

Night Cafe at Arles 1888

The Midday Nap 1894

Self Portrait 1885

Tahitian Women on the Beach 1891

Jun
2
2015

Announcing New ArtBites Contest

What Can You Create With ArtBites?

Have You Heard About New ArtBites?

With New ArtBites, exploring your own creativity has never been easier! ArtBites are made from strong 2.3mm stock board mounted with a textured canvas paper that works universally for any kind of media. ArtBites are made for smaller works of art or combine them for fantastic collages or mosaics.

When inspiration hits, ArtBites are ready for any media and can be quickly transformed from canvas board to Masterpiece! They can also be used for all kinds of creative projects including paintings, letter tiles, magnets, wall hangings and even pendants. Whether you like to create your art work with oil, acrylic, watercolor, marker, colored pencil, charcoal, printmaking, or even collage, ArtBites are the perfect surface for the project of your choice.

ArtBites are available in a variety of sizes from 2x2" to 6x6", the perfect sizes for creating fun, fast art!

"What Can You Create With ArtBites" Contest

Jerry's is proud to introduce this new exciting contest where we give $100 in eGift Cards to JerrysArtarama.com to the artist that has most excitingly utilized their ArtBites to create something fun!

Each month we will select winners based on who used their ArtBites in the most creative way and every month we will also have a theme that you can decorate your ArtBite with to win. We want to see just how creative our artists can get with these. See our Contest Page for more details. 

Join the ArtBites Community

On top of contests, we want to give artists a place to share the artwork they've made with new ArtBites. If you want to see what artists can really do, plus interact and engage with other artists using ArtBites, join in our ArtBite Communities on Facebook and Pinterest and you'll have access to tons of fun activities such as:

  • ArtBites monthly theme contests for prizes
  • The most creative or innovative ways to use ArtBites contest
  • Other artist's works of art
  • School projects and fundraisers
  • Three dimensional fun
  • FAQs
  • Exciting murals and other projects made with ArtBites 
  • and much more!

Join our ArtBites community today on Facebook and Pinterest.

May
30
2015

eGift Cards Make a Great Gift for Dads and Grads

The Perfect Gift that Arrives in Minutes!

Looking for the perfect gift for college and high school graduates? Or maybe something for Father's Day? Look no further than Jerry's eGift Cards, the gift you can send immediately online, anytime, anywhere!

 

Jerry's has many products which would be perfect for graduation or Father's Day gifts. However, if you don't know what kind of paints or brushes your graduating artist or father uses, or you're not completely sure what exactly to get someone, eGift Cards to Jerry's Artarama make a terrific gift! Let the person you buy one for decide what they need. They can spend them on college and dorm supplies, office supplies or art supplies. Allow a person to continue creating their art by letting them buy the art supplies as they need them.

 

For fathers, art can make a great gift. Let Dad pick out his own supplies and get creative. Art is a relaxing activity that allows him to express his creativity and spend time doing what he likes. Jerry's has several Father's Day designed eGift Cards too.

For high school grads, a Jerry's Artarama eGift Card is the gift that keeps giving. It can be used to buy classroom supplies like pencils, pens, paper, sketch and note pads and more. Or give your grad the opportunity to continue their art habits with more fun supplies like an easel, paints or pastels!

After college graduation, often the transition from college to post grad life means the loss of free time and a lack of disposable income for things like hobbies and creating art. A great way to combat that is to give them a convenient eGift Card to spend when and how they want it on art supplies. You can even specialize your eGift card by picking out a fun graduate design like those shown above. 

 

Have you ever given art as a graduation or Father's Day gift? Tell us all about it in the comments below. We'd love to hear how art changed the life of someone special in your life!

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