NEWS briefs

NEWS briefs

Legion Paper Unveils Digital Art Paper

NEW YORK–Legion Paper, a leading distributor of fine art papers, recently introduced Somerset Photo Enhanced, an advanced professional digital art paper that brings art quality output to the digital darkroom, according to the company. The launch marks the first time this paper is available in a smaller format.

Said Ralph Roessler, president of Legion Paper West, “This is the paper for the photographer who wants a truly distinctive print, along with faithful image reproduction. Photo Enhanced adds a whole new dimension to the work of photographers and digital artists.”

Legion Paper’s Somerset Photo Enhanced is available in boxes of 25 sheets in four different sizes: 8 1/2 by 11, 11 by 17, 13 by 29 and 22 by 17 inches, as well as in 44- by 33-inch rolls. Photo Enhanced can be purchased at photographic supply houses and professional output services throughout the U.S.

Circle of Cats Candlelamp Sets Records at Windstone Editions

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–Windstone Editions’ “Circle of Cats” candlelamp by sculptor M. Pena was introduced six months ago and has become the best-selling piece ever produced by the 16-year-old company. “We’re working extended shifts to handle the demand for the `Circle of Cats,’ as well as other candlelamps,” said company President John Alberti. “We’ve never seen anything quite like this. There’s something about these cats that’s hitting a chord out there.”

In other news, the company has released three other candlelamps by Pena: “Wizard’s Retreat”, “Mushroom Ring” and “Spirit Wolf.”

Decorative Expressions Develops Newsletter

ATLANTA–The Fine Art Division of Decorative Expressions Inc. has developed and distributed the premier issue of “The Alvar Update.” This six-page, full-color newsletter covers all news stories and art by Spanish artist Alvar.

The premier fall/winter issue was created to keep Alvar collectors and galleries abreast of the artist. The biannual newsletter contains articles, including one by Dr. Betty Jean Craige.

Craige is a professor of comparative literature and the director of the Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. During a recent trip, Craige met with Alvar and discussed his life and works in great detail, and she is working on a new illustrated book which will be published in 2001 that covers the lithographic works of Alvar.

Another feature that will be in each issue of the newsletter is a Gallery Perspective article. In this article, an owner/director of a gallery which features Alvar’s work will write of his/her impressions and successes with Alvar. In the fall/winter issue, Robert Rowen, owner of the Nuance Galleries, contributed.

A second printing of “The Alvar Update” was made without Decorative Expressions Inc. name and address so galleries can easily use this newsletter for marketing efforts.

Hadley House Signs Krystii Melanie

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.–Australian artist Krystii Melanie has signed a publishing agreement with Hadley House, the art publishing division of the Hadley Companies. “Being from Australia, Krystii brings a new excitement and enthusiasm in painting North American wildlife. We are confident our dealers and collectors will welcome her art to their galleries,” said Lisa Laliberte-Belak, publishing director.

Said Melanie, “I am fascinated by all living things, seeing in them beauty, character and the powerful spirit of life. Inspiration for my paintings may come from a momentary gesture, sunlit colors and subtle reflected light or the atmosphere of a wild place. To capture the essence of a wild creature, to express a moment in its life and to share the pure joy of the natural world with others, this is what I live for.”

Mill Pond Press Acquires Classic Art Prints

VENICE, Fla.–The Mill Pond Press Companies has acquired controlling interest in Classic Art Prints of Milwaukee, Wis. According to the company, Classic Art Prints is one of the few printers in the country whose sole focus is the reproduction of high quality art prints.

As part of the acquisition, a major investment was made in digital equipment for the production of giclee reproductions. By combining the company craftsmen with the latest advances in printing technology, Classic Art Prints is now able to offer a complete array of art reproduction services on paper and canvas. Classic Art Prints serves a wide spectrum of clients, from large publishers to self-published artists.

Old World Prints Names New Director of Hospitality Sales

RICHMOND, Va.–Old World Prints Ltd. has named Linda Nordenberg its the new director of hospitality sales. According to the company, Nordenberg brings business savvy and experience to her new job. Previously, she has been responsible for strategic planning, project management and customer service to more than 500 retail and residential sites nationwide. “Creative collaboration and the ability to provide innovative solutions is a common thread in my work,” said Nordenberg. “The fact that OWP has the ability to custom-size and custom-hand-color its antique reproductions makes this a perfect environment for my work style. We can offer hotel designers the ability to create a totally unique look affordably. In addition, we have a large collection of original antique prints and fine imported oils and offer custom framing. All are wonderful options for common areas, as well as guest rooms.”

Image Conscious Releases Catalog

SAN FRANCISCO–Image Conscious has released its 2001 poster catalog. The hardbound book has 334 pages and approximately 1,300 images, 600 of them new. The catalog will feature 14 categories, including Asian, contemporary, landscape, vintage, ethnic, humor and sports. The book features several top-selling images from the Art Group of London, of which Image Conscious is the exclusive U.S. distributor. Also featured are new images from such established artists as Aleah Koury, Alan Blaustein, Ron Burns, Monica Stewart, Dennis Barloga, Susan Jokelson and Spanish figurative artist Ramon Lombarte, one of the company’s newly signed artists. The cost of the catalog is $30.

Romm Art Appoints European Export Manager

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y.–Romm Art Creations Ltd. has appointed Ido L. Swart as the exclusive European export manager. Swart is based in the Netherlands and has extensive experience working with European markets. according to the company.

Artists Presents President Clinton with Work

LOS ANGELES–Artist Sharie Hatchet Bholman recently presented President William Clinton with a personalized version of here 3-D “Fireworks over Washington D.C. “during a party at the Malibu estate of Barbra Streisand and James Bolin. Bholman is known for her 3-D cityscapes, which she paints under the pseudonym Roxy. She has her originals reproduced as posters, limited-edition lithographs and 3-D works.

Image Source Appointed International Distributor for Juarez Machado

DENNIS, Ma.–Wilson Gallery and Virgem Reproductions have appointed Image Source International as agent to distribute four open editions of the paintings of artist Juarez Machado. Virgem Reproductions will continue to distribute his limited-edition giclees. Wilson Gallery is the sole representative of Machado’s original oils and sculptures in North America.

Machado is a contemporary artist whose works combine belle epoche style with art deco, according to his representatives.

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