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All Things Ampersand

Q&A with Claybord artist Andrew Houle

Steve’s Quality Market” 24×36 oil on Ampersand Claybord

Q&A with Claybord artist Andrew Houle

We caught up with Beverly, MA artist Andrew Houle, who uses oil on Ampersand Claybord, for a Q&A session. Houle, recognizing influences from Hopper and Rockwell, has worked towards creating a personal narrative through his paintings connecting the viewer to his or her community. His work can be found all over the world in private collections and represented by galleries throughout New England.  Continue Reading >>

Gessobord Basics

Museum Series Gessobord™ is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel by artists for their work. The coating is 88% thicker than other gessoed panels on the market. The superior quality acrylic gesso ground does not dull colors, and the wonderful lightly sanded surface provides exceptional brush control. Continue Reading >>

Ampersand Celebrates 20th Anniversary with International Art Exhibit

Ampersand Art Supply GalleryWe will host an art exhibition featuring over 50 well-recognized national and local Texas artists to celebrate 20 years since we launched our business in 1994. Steve Hanks, Luana Luconi Winner, Louise LeBourgeois, Ali Cavanaugh, Roi James, Sally Maxwell and Amado Peña are just a few of the artists whose work will be part of this historic exhibit.

Seggebruch encaustic
Life on Fire, Encaustic by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

A public art opening will take place Thursday, October 2 from 6:00–9:00pm in Ampersand’s new manufacturing facility and art gallery located in Buda, TX.  According to company President and CEO, Elaine Salazar, “We felt that the best way to celebrate our 20 year journey, was to show a collection of work from some of the many amazing artists throughout the country who have been faithfully working on the surfaces we produce.” 

The exhibition will continue throughout the month of October and will be open to the public Mon-Fri between the hours of 9:00–5:00pm.

In 1994, Ampersand Art Supply began its mission of reviving the time-honored tradition of panel painting with the creation of Claybord™, their very first coated painting panel. Colorado artist and inventor of Claybord, Charles Ewing, partnered with Ampersand to develop it further and see its commercial success. Today, Ampersand’s product line has expanded to ten different surfaces in a variety of profiles and sizes. Ampersand sells its panels in all major art supply stores throughout the US. More recently, Ampersand launched its products in Germany and Great Britain. Marketing Director, Andrea Pramuk, who has been with the company since 1995, says Ampersand will continue to launch their line in key countries throughout Europe, Australia, and Japan in 2015. 

Spotted, Scratchbord
by Sally Maxwell


According to President and CEO, Elaine Salazar, “we are so grateful for those early pioneering artists who tried our panels and freely offered to help us refine each surface that makes the Ampersand family of “bords”. This family of artists still help us today.” She went on to say that a few key dealers played a critical role in the early years as they launched the line. Salazar remembers sending a piece of Claybord in a priority mail envelope to Allen Shefts, who then worked at Pearl Paint on Canal Street in New York. “A buyer called within days expressing an interest. It was that first order from Pearl for 1000 pieces of Claybord that officially launched Ampersand into the market in 1994.” According to Salazar, Meininger’s and Guiry’s, both Colorado dealers, were also a few of the earlier retailers who agreed to carry some of the product. “These were the days when Charles Ewing and his wife Barbara had tried to market Claybord under the brand, “Clayboard–real neat stuff” “, she adds.

In 1994, with the help of several local angel investors, family, and friends, the company set up its manufacturing facility at 1500 East 4 St in East Austin where it operated until 2013 before moving its entire operation to its current location in Buda. According to Edwin Ramos, Chief Operating Officer, Ampersand had completely outgrown the old 13,000 sq. ft. space in East Austin. The company had been operating out of two locations in Austin for over 5 years before moving to their current location in Buda. The company purchased and renovated the old shrimp farm metal building, “Big Blue”, for its new home, located about 20 minutes south of Austin. The new facility houses approximately 60,000 sq ft of manufacturing, warehousing, and office/gallery space. Backing from the local Buda Economic Development Council, Hays County, First State Bank of Central Texas and the SBA made the move possible for this small business. Salazar also shares, “As a small business, it has taken the hearts and hands of so many people to make it all happen. We are so grateful to both the Austin and the Buda communities and to the artists worldwide who use our products.”
   

Our building in Buda!



















The gallery is located at:

Ampersand Art Supply
1235 S. Loop 4, Suite 400, Buda, TX 78610

Public opening on October 2, 2014 from 6-9 p.m.
The show will be open daily M-F from 10am-5pm through October 31, 2014.

Andrea Pramuk,
Marketing Director
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Ampersand Art Supply Sampler Packs

If you are new to Ampersand panels, or if you’d like to introduce an artist friend to Ampersand, then the Sampler packs might be just what you need.  

You can find the Museum Sampler pack including Aquabord™, Gessobord™, Pastelbord™, Claybord, Hardbord and Scratchbord™ in a 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ size.  Or, you can try the panels individually in smaller sizes, like the Aquabord starter pack which includes a 3 pack of 5″ x 7″ and singles of 8″ x 10″, 9″ x 12″ and 11″ x 14 flat panels.  There are also starter packs of Claybord, Gessobord, Encausticbord and Artist Panel with variations on cradle size.  Lastly, the Stampbord samplers are great deals for those that need miniature size panels or work in crafting.  


All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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New Retail Store for Ampersand Art Supply panels in Germany!!!

Ampersand Panels have settled in Germany full time!  A boost for all of you artists who are in Europe wanting to order our products.  Kunstpark is now listed on our International Retailer page on our website as well as several other social networks.  Since they are primarily an online dealer,  you can connect with Kunstpark on Pinterest, Twitter, Google, Facebook and their blog.  Kunstpark (The Art Park) is a wonderful art store selling all sorts of fine art supplies of the highest quality.  The website is a beautifully built resource for explaining how to use products and keeping artists up to date on what they have as well as upcoming workshops.  Kunstpark has done a great job of showing our products on their site and explaining the best uses for each type of panel.  Thanks for joining us Kunstpark!

Ampersand Panels in Deutschland Vollzeit besiedelt! Ein Schub für euch alle Künstler, die in Europa wollen, um unsere Produkte zu bestellen sind. Kunstpark ist jetzt auf unserer International Händler Seite auf unserer Website sowie mehrere andere soziale Netzwerke aufgelistet. Da sie in erster Linie ein Online-Händler, können Sie mit den Kunstpark auf Pinterest, Twitter, Google, Facebook und ihrem Blog verbinden. Kunstpark (The Art Park) ist eine wunderbare Kunstspeicher für alle Arten von feinen Kunstzubehör von höchster Qualität. Die Website ist eine großartige Ressource zu erklären, wie Produkte zu verwenden und halten Künstlern auf dem Laufenden über das, was sie haben und kommenden Workshops.  Kunstpark hat einen tollen Job zu zeigen, unsere Produkte auf ihre Website und erklärt die besten Anwendungen für jede Art von Platte. Vielen Dank für Ihre Teilnahme Kunstpark!




If you haven’t had a chance to purchase panels yet this winter, now is the time as select panels are on sale up to 50% off at dealers around the US and Canada: www.ampersandart.com/retailers2/promo-retail.html

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

Click here to explore the full selection of Ampersand panels and tools.