Jerry's Artarama Supports Cre8time Movement at 2014 CHA Foundation Gala

Jerry's Artarama generously donated to the Cre8time Movement and the 2014 Craft and Hobby Association Gala

Earlier this year, Jerry's Artarama took part in donating to the CHA's (Craft and Hobby Association) 2014 Foundation Gala benefiting the Cre8time movement. The Gala, which attracted almost 300 attendees, was a huge success for the movement, which assists people in reclaiming the time to express their creativity. 

The Foundation Gala took place January 12th, 2014 in Anaheim, California as part of CHA's 2014 Megashow. The Gala consisted of cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and an inspirational keynote speech from Jeffry Sparr, co-founder of Peacelove Studios. 


Jerry's Ultra Mini Stretched Canvas and Easels

Jerry's donated 300 Ultra Mini Artist Stretched Canvas and Easels, which were used as special table decorations and party favors. Each mini canvas was hand-painted by Sparr as part of an intertwined theme, along with a larger canvas that Sparr painted during his speech to match the mini canvases. The guests were allowed to take the mini canvases when the night was over to act as reminders of the inspiration provided by the Gala.

The mini easels and mini canvases are perfect for giving as a gift, decorations, or as a piece to a large mosaic multi-media collage. The edges of the canvases are stretched perfectly, so that you can even paint the edges for a frameless presentation on a wall display or as a display on the mini easel. These sets have been a huge success with professional artists and organizations.


Judith from Waldoboro Maine said "I gave donations to environmental organizations as presents this year, and I painted a small image of each animal (or trees) I helped by donating, in the recipient's names. Thus my paintings were part of the gift. Everyone loved this and it made the donation more personal. Your little canvasses and easels were perfect, and I plan to do this again. Thank you!"


Success of the Gala

"Sparr's message was important for all of us to hear and Jerry's Artarama is proud to be a sponsor of the Cre8time movement.  Creativity is something that we all need more of," Said Michael Marchetta, Director of Marketing for Jerry's Artarama. 

"The CHA Foundation Gala was a huge success, nearly 300 attendees celebrated a night of fun and inspiration that was encompassed by an awe inspiring speaker, awards presented for lifetime achievement contributions to the industry and a wonderful dinner ending the night with a fabulous band, singers and dancing! In addition, there was a very successful silent auction." Said Gail Czech, CHA Foundation Development Committee Chair, "Thank you to all attendees, it was a very exciting evening."

To see more of Jerry's work with the Cre8time movement, see our previous article "Jerry's Supports Caribbean Lifetime Missions".




Give Art This Valentines Day and Win

Chocolate and roses are great but your art lasts forever!

With Valentines Day right around the corner, you may be looking for a gift for that special man or woman in your life. Chocolate, cards and flowers are nice, but a bit cliche. Why not try for something that's a little more special, something a bit out of the box and a little more creative to show her or him how special they truly are to you. Why not give them something that sincerely represents your love  and compassion for them-something like art!

This year, give them a gift from the heart, a piece of homemade art that symbolizes your affection. It's a sentimental gift that lasts forever.  Last year, we were inspired as one of our own coworkers received a lovely painting as a Valentines Day Present. Here is her story:

"He completely surprised me with the piece. It was of him and i holding hands, a photo a friend had actually taken of us on one of our first dates (it was a double date). I've always liked the picture, but I never thought that he would immortalize that moment so specially as he did. It makes me feel so warm and loved inside because of the time I knew it had to take to create such a piece. He even took the time and picked out a lovely frame. Every detail of it is so special and meaningful to us. I love him so much and its a painting that will I will always make me smile when I look at it.

There is nothing like art to show the way you feel about someone. This year, grab some paints such as our LUKAS 1862 Oil Paint or Matisse Structure Acrylics, and paint your loved one something beautiful that represents them. Portraits are always nice, but sometimes, scenes from particular memories or moments that represent your relationship are a nice touch. Then, go the extra mile and frame your piece with a beautiful Baldwin Wood Frame, Plein Aire Frame or Illusions Floater Frame to add a personal touch at a low cost. See All Picture Frames



Give them an art piece you made, frame it, and then share your love for them with everyone.

You can show us your art, tell us your love story and inspire others to give the gift of art this Valentines Day as well. Enter our Valentines Day Art Contest and you can even win up to $150 in Jerry's Artarama eGift cards. We also have a $75 eGift card for second place and a $25 eGift Card for third place. For inspiration, here are some of our current entries and their stories:

Exploring Consciousness by Angela Schwengler 

"My biggest inspiration is my boyfriend. He came into this world with childhood cancer and relapsed when he was a child as well. He has taught himself so much about becoming a healthy person and living the best life that he can. He does whatever he can to help people in need-because he was once in need- and he doesn't care about getting money in return. I love him so much because of his selflessness and his willingness to be adventurous. He challenges himself in so many ways and hit makes me want to aspire to be like him.

I used a lot of love to paint this, but I also used acrylic paint, hands and paintbrushes. I worked on it for several days, and I finished it with one long all-day marathon at the end in the heat outside (where the best lighting is)."


Love Story Lily IV by Sheila Heinen

"Last year for Valentines Day, my husband of 25+ years brought me gorgeous Love Story Lilies. I was so impressed by their beauty that I painted a series of 4 mixed media acrylics. This is the last one in the series, executed by multiples pours over gold leaf."

We will accept entries from February 3rd-February 23rd. For a full list of official contest rules, information and other entries, check out our Valentines Day Contest Page and share your Valentines Day art as well for a chance to win. 




5 Pro Tips for Beginning Acrylic Artists


These Quick Tips Can Save Your Paint and Help You Get Better

Painting with Acrylics is a great way to get introduced to painting and has many benefits. These paints are easy to use, spread evenly, and dry quickly. There are some tricks that can help preserve your paints and make your paintings turn out better and Jerry's Artarama wants to share these tips from professional artists so that you can grow into the great artist quickly. So here are 5 tricks to help you get even better:

1. Work quickly.

Acrylics dry faster than other types of paint. This is a great benefit if you're looking to paint in layers, but the shortened work time can be a little daunting for newer artists. To be able to work faster, always have an idea in your head of what you want to paint and get it on the canvas quickly. The more time you spend repainting the same areas, the less responsive your acrylics will become. If you need more time to work, you can use an acrylic retarder like Matisse's Drying Retarder or if you're working on paper, a light dabbing of water works.

2. Don't put too much paint on your palette.

You have to be careful to not put too much paint on your palette when you're working with acrylics. They can dry and harden while you're waiting to find another chance to use that color so always be careful. You also can always squeeze more out of the tube when you need more. And remember, it wont go back into the tube, so its best not to waste it. If you need to preserve your palette overnight, mist your palette with water and cover with an air-tight bag or container and your paints should hold up for a limited amount of time. 

3. Be careful blending.

Blending the colors you have is a great way to expand your palette and create a more vivid landscape on your canvas, however you have to blend the right way. Blend too quickly and you will create bubbles in your paint that can pop up on your canvas and dry and we're pretty sure that's not the effect you want when creating a beautiful piece of art you'll treasure for the rest of your life. 

4. Acrylics wash off your brushes with soap and water.

Although other types of paint like oils and oil mediums may require you to wash your brushes with turpentine or mineral spirits, these are unnecessary for acrylics. All you need to clean your brushes is a little soap and water and the acrylic paint washes right off.

5. Create opaque colors without mediums.

You can turn any color into an opaque color if mixed thickly with titanium white. This will give you the opaque or even transparent color you're looking for. We suggest not adding water into the mixture, but leaving it thick with just the titanium white and color of your choice. However, if you're looking for something looking more like a watercolor, thin it up a little with some water. 

These tips can save the quality of your paints, your painting time and help better you as an artist. Acrylic painting is a great way to get introduced to painting or if you're an artist who just prefers to work more quickly, than acrylics are the way to go. And if you're looking for a great paint to get started with, we suggest Matisse Structure Acrylics. They have a great range of colors and right now when you order $59 or more of Matisse Acrylics, you can receive free shipping on your entire order and a free 150 ml tube of Titanium White.

This special wont last forever though so be sure to visit us at www.jerrysartarama.com and use coupon code TRYMATISSE on this amazing deal. 


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