Feb
19
2013

Jerry's Joins the Cow Parade for Charity

Jerry's sponsors and purchases a painted cow to benefit the NC Children's Hospital!

This past fall and winter, Raleigh, NC played host to the internationally famous Cow Parade, a community-driven art event designed to benefit local charities or organizations. As Raleigh is the hometown of Jerry's Artarama, of course we were excited to participate!

Cow Parade consists of, well, cows, and lots of them! Artists are provided with a fiberglass "blank" cow, which they can decorate however they choose — many artists choose to use aspects of the community or state as their theme. After a "parade" in which the cows are displayed at various locations for a couple months, they are taken down, spruced up, and put up for public auction.

Proceeds from Raleigh's 2012 Cow Parade go to benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital, based in Chapel Hill, NC. The Children's Hospital works with pediatricians and hospitals across the state to provide healthcare for sick or injured children. In addition, the NC Children's Hospital focuses not only on the child, but on the entire family, providing care and support for all. With doctors expert in all pediatric and pediatric surgical subspecialties, the NC Children's Hospital diagnoses and treats more than 70,000 children from across the state of North Carolina each year. When it comes to worthy beneficiaries, it doesn't get any better than them!

Is it any wonder we were chomping at the bit to participate in this fun and charitable event? Jerry's Artarama of Raleigh sponsored a cow designed by professional artist Micah Mullen, who we've been thrilled to work with in producing some educational art DVDs and whose artwork we greatly admire! The cow's name is Giovanni, and his design reflects the beauty of North Carolina's landscape. One side shows the calm reflection of North Carolina's beaches and coastal region, and the other the majesty of the NC mountains. And of course, Giovanni is painted completely in Micah's unique impressionistic style, using acrylic paints from right here at Jerry's!

Isn't he awesome? When time for the auction rolled around at the beginning of February, we couldn't bear to part with our Giovanni — so we bought him! Giovanni is now ensconced in his new "pasture" at the Jerry's Artarama Raleigh retail store.

So if you're in the area, come on by and say hi! Or perhaps you've had a Cow Parade in your home town too? Let us know how it went and tell us about it in the comments below!

Jan
14
2013

Prove It - Plutonium Spray Paint

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Prove It! - Plutonium Spray Paint...is it better?

Plutonium Professional Spray Paint has been making a big splash in the world of graffiti and street art And artists alike who are exploring other techniques. In this episode of Prove It!, Mikey G sets out to test Plutonium's claim that they are the most superior spray paint on the market. He will test and compare drying times, spray angles, and coverage with Plutonium spray paint and two of Plutonium's competitors.

Please enjoy this Prove It! video for Plutonium Sprays and let us know what you think in the comments below!

What do you think? Have you used any of these spray paints, and if so, what were your experiences? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Jan
7
2013

2013 Self Portrait Contest - Enter Now!

A New Year, A New You! Enter Jerry's 2013 Catalog Self-Portrait Contest with up to $5,000 in prizes!

Happy 2013! Jerry's Artarama is excited to ring in the New Year, and to celebrate, we're having a huge Self-Portrait Contest with up to $5,000 in prizes to award!

Check out this video introducing the new catalog and the contest!

Many of you have already received the new Jerry's Artarama Annual Catalog, and have been struck by Dan Nelson's excellent Self Portrait in Six Media featured on the cover. Dan used all different kinds of art media to create this fun self portrait, and you are invited to do the same for our 2013 Self-Portrait Contest!

From now until March 31st, 2013, submissions will be accepted for the contest. The rules are simple: pick any wet or dry media and paint (or draw) a picture of yourself! Do you love pastels? Prefer watercolors? Have you been wanting to try some oil colors? Now is the time to do it! Each contestant may submit one self portrait, and the winners will be decided by communal voting beginning on April 1st, with the winners being announced on April 12th.

The contest prizes this year are phenomenal! One Grand Prize winner will receive an amazing $3,000 Jerry's eGift Card for an unbelievable shopping spree at www.jerrysartarama.com! Second Place receives a whopping $1,000 eGift Card, Third Place a generous $500 card, and twenty-five Honorable Mentions will get one $25 gift card apiece.

Self portraiture has been a highly respected art subject since time immemorial, and for good reason! There is always more to learn about oneself, and in yourself, you always have an ever-changing, ever-ready subject just waiting to be discovered. The annals of art are filled with self portraits, each unique and catering perfectly to the particular artist's style. Here are just a few to help inspire your own self portrait!

So what are you waiting for? Break out your pencils and paints, prop up a mirror and get started! This year, let your art be all about you!

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