Live From NAMTA 2008

Greetings from Reno, Nevada, the “biggest little city in the world!” As I type, a group of us from F+W are at The International Art Materials Trade Association Convention and Trade Show to get the scoop on the latest and greatest art products. My purpose for The Pastel Journal, of course, is to deliver that info to you via the magazine, so be on the lookout for buzzed-about new materials in the future.

Speaking of buzz, the unofficial theme of this year’s show seems to be green efforts in the art materials industry. We’ve seen the debut of all types of eco-friendly products, from aerosol paints and portfolios to brush cleaner and entire art studios. As soon as technology decides to cooperate, I’ll post some photos from the show room floor.

Oh, and no joke—how surprised I was to discover a landscape by Mary Silverwood hanging by the elevators on my floor at the Grand Sierra Resort! It’s a small art world after all.

*update (5/5/08): a few photos

A seat cover on one of the buses that took us to and from the hotel to convention center. (Others promoted sister publications Watercolor Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.)

Part of our space at the show

Advertising staffers Kristin and Suzanne, with Maureen, editor of The Artist’s Magazine

A view of the Sierra Nevada mountains, from the rooftop of the Nevada Museum of Art

A Mary Silverwood painting, on my very own hotel floor!

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