• Creative Playground :: A BINDERS Community Group

    At BINDERS, a Community Group is a great way to pursue your creative work and make new friends. Some groups focus on specific activities or projects while others simply offer the freedom to work on individual projects, often with guided instruction. Groups are ongoing so feel free to jump in at any time!


    Creative Playground

    We all need to exercise our creative connections. This group is devoted to inspiring one another in a safe community with unabashed creativity! We will experiment together and play with materials in all new ways, challenging ourselves to color outside the lines and break rules. There will be a little instruction that focuses on inspiration, but the rest of the time is dedicated to your personal creative exploration. This is YOUR creative playground! Come at 6pm to connect with others and warm up your creative spirit.

    *First time attendees will receive a free mixed media arts journal!

    Image Courtesy of the Artist Image Courtesy of the Artist

    About Jes

    Creative Playground is facilitated by local artist Jessica Gordon. Jes has been a professional artist and color consultant for over 15 years; having graduated from the Atlanta College of Art with a degree in painting in 1997. Her obsession with color was born in a figure painting class where each color had to be mixed on the pallet, scooped up with the pallet knife, walked over to the model to match that particular skin tone & shadow, before the paint was allowed to touch the brush or the canvas. It was then, that Jessica was sucked in to the world of paint colors. Color mixing has given her a unique understanding of the make-up of color and how to achieve certain nuances.

    After college, Jessica furthered her color and paint education by working in retail paint stores, where she gained a comprehensive understanding of the paint industry from the manufacturers themselves. Painting murals, creating decorative finishes, working in paint stores and continuing to create fine art have all provided Jessica with essential professional experience. Desperate for more information, Jessica was searching for a graduate program in color consulting or color theory; although one does not exist, she was delighted to find the IACC-NA (International Association of Color Consultants/Designers – North America) in 2004.

    In 2007, she founded Buckets of Color, launching out on her own and solely creating her income from Color Consulting. She considers this work both fulfilling and joyful. After consulting with her 1,000th client; Jessica left the Annapolis MD area and moved back to Atlanta, GA.



    At the BUCKHEAD store

    Creative Playground with Jes Gordon

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $15 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1500 | Monday, January 12, 6 – 8pm

    ARTZ1501 | Monday, March 9, 6 – 8pm

    ARTZ1502 | Monday, May 11, 6 – 8pm


    At the PONCE CITY MARKET store

    Creative Playground with Jes Gordon

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $15 | Max. 16

    ARTZ1533 | Monday, February 23, 6 – 8pm

    ARTZ1534 | Monday, April 27, 6 – 8pm


    For questions or more information please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email artschool@bindersart.com.

  • Retail Sponsor of Art Materials Expo

    Art materials expoHave you saved the date for Atlanta's Inaugural Art Materials Expo?

    This coming February leading art supply vendors, art community visionaries, art advocates, teachers, students, artists, and crafters will gather at the Gwinnett Center in the largest Art Materials Expo in the South East!

    Friday February 20th through Sunday February 22nd of 2015, Art Materials Expo (AME) will offering a gala of buying and learning opportunities!

    If you're familiar with our instore Artfolio events than you can think of AME as Artfolio on overdrive.

    More vendors, more workshops, more deals!

    What can you expect at AME?

    • Free admission to the expo floor
    • 3 days of workshops from local and internationally known artists
    • Over 80 booths of art supplies, community art organizations and art schools
    • Product demos on new art materials and techniques
    • Presentations from local community art organizations
    • Portfolio reviews

    To stay up to date on the all the news please sign up for the AME newsletter and like the AME Facebook page.

    For more information visit www.artmaterialsexpo.com or browse our online catalog.

    See you there!



  • Visiting with EK Huckaby

    EK Huckaby: Anhydjinnic Molassicism

    MOCAga Working Artist Project winner, EK Huckaby is currently showcasing his fantastic collection, Anhydjinnic Molassicism at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

    EK Huckaby EK Huckaby: Anhydjinnic Molassicism Opening Night at MOCAga

    Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
    75 Bennett St. NW Suite A2, Atlanta
    Tuesdays - Saturday 10am - 5pm
    Anhydjinnic Molassicism runs through November 29th

    Visiting With EK Huckaby

    A Georgia native with deep family roots, EK welcomed us into his home and studio during a recent ARTmerge.

    When you first walk into his home you are greeted by two deliciously long and high and fully stocked book shelves. The top shelf purposefully holds items just out of reach and seem to provide a bit of an analogy for EK's work. His layers hold your attention because you know there is something, you can feel there is something, just beyond the reach of your eye.

    Victorian and Renaissance themes are present everywhere you look, even down to the hand made varnishes whose amber colors fill the mason jars that line the studio shelves.

    EK Huckaby hand made varnishes EK Huckaby, an artist and an alchemist discusses his hand made varnishes

    In every nook and cranny inspiration captures your eye, and adds another layer of story to Huckaby's work. A quick look through the bookshelves brings us to a collection of anatomy manuals he inherited from his great-grandfather.

    EK Huckaby EK Huckaby shares an anatomy text book belonging to his great-grandfather.

    History and story are found everywhere and Anhydjinnic Molassicism has merged them in a beautiful and haunting way.


    To learn more about Anhydjinnic Molassicism from EK Huckaby, join us at MOCAga on Tuesday, October 14th for and Artist Talk.
    6:30pm Reception
    7pm Talk Begins
    Admission: Free


    EK Huckaby Bio

    E.K. Huckaby (b. 1957 in Thomaston, Georgia) lives and works in Brooks, Georgia.

    He attended the Atlanta College of Art, graduating with a BFA in 1991.

    Huckaby has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Jasper Dorsey Award at the Atlanta College of Art and an Individual Artists Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts. His work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, including shows at the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and MOCA GA.

    Huckaby is admired for his unusual techniques and use of media. His work is collected nationwide.

  • BINDERS at Ponce City Market

    BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames is beyond excited to open our third store at Ponce City Market. Over a year in the making and we're almost ready to open our doors.

    PCM Coming Store 8x11Construction started back in April with attention to the historic and eclectic vibe of the area.

    • Did you know that this area was a famous stop for health enthusiasts in the 1860's? They liked to bathe in the natural springs.
    • Or how about the Victorian amusement park that followed.
    • And the Sears Robuck building that was built in the 1920s reaches deep into Atlanta families. It is hard to have a conversation about PCM without hearing stories about a family member having worked there.

    It is an amazing space - the energy is intoxicating.

    And we have taken every opportunity to visit during the progress...

    Howard with Rick Breman From Howard with Rick Breman - Crescent
    Howard with Jim Gallager from Chartpak Howard with Jim Gallager from Chartpak
    PCM Store Manager, Irene Dodge with Alex Bailey from Golden
    Howard with Frank Stapleton and Kerry smith of MacPhersons Howard with Frank Stapleton and Kerry smith of MacPhersons
    Howard with Steve Chamberlain and Doug Johnston of Colart

    We love the attention to "green" too.

    When you walk into BINDERS PCM you'll be walking on reclaimed hardwood floors from the old Sears building. We've also kept as much of the original brick as possible. We can not wait to share this space with you!

    Ponce City Market

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    Ponce City Market is on a mission to build community connections and we saw right away how this aligns with our company values.  From the Old Fourth Ward to Virginia Highlands, Midtown, Inman Park, Poncey-HIghland, Morningside, Candler Park and Druid Hills we are thrilled to be part of a neighborhood that has revitalized an important historic property.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes Ponce City Market as “History in the making,” and recognizes the project as part of a plan “to move Atlanta forward while maintaining and emphasizing the city’s unique history and culture.

    Check out this incredible fly through of the PCM Vision!

  • Colarts Try It Table

    Colart Try It TableColarts Try It Table was designed to provide a hands on experience.

    Artists and creative people are hungry for knowledge. To meet their needs, Colart brands support art materials education and communication programmes, many of which involve direct contact with artists and generate the valuable feedback needed in order to refine products and services.

    Only five have been made in the country & Binders, Atlanta has one of them.

    This amazing interactive table won best innovation at the art supply industries annual trade association convention last year, NAMTA. And was awarded to Binders because of their Huge support of all of their brands

    The family of brands from Colart includes, Liquitex, Winsor & Newton, Conte, Derwent, Snazaroo & Letterset Markers.

    This revolutionary and innovative interactive table features an area for testing products, an iPad loaded with instructional videos taught by Industry professionals.  Every few months, a different product will be featured on the try it station, Come check out the new way to test products.

  • Visiting with MOCAga 2014 Fellow Scott Ingram

    Enjoyed a great afternoon with Atlanta based artist Scott Ingram as part of MOCAga's ArtMERGE.

    We met in Atlanta's Ormewood neighborhood to take in and discuss Scott's "Pierced House Project". Two years in the making - Scott and a 12 people crew pierced this modular home (scheduled for demolition) with a 47 foot wooden spike made of popular.

    Pierced House Project

    The entire piece was removed, including the pieces of the wall, to install somewhere else at a later date.

    The Pierced Project is an incredible piece that manipulates you, as you deal with the space around it. It's invasive and brings to mind thoughts of bridges cutting through the air.

    Photo(2) Daniel Sanzone & Scott Ingram

    Scott's assistant, Daniel Sanzone was on hand as well to discuss and share insights on the project. Daniel uses his artistic voice to blend the worlds of technology and biology.

    Scott Ingram Studio Tour

    As a 2014 recipient of MOCAga Working Artist Program Scott is putting together his pieces for his MOCA GA Blue Collar Modernism show scheduled for July 12th through September 13th.

    Opening reception: Friday, July 11th / 6:30-8:30pm


    Scott Ingram

     Scott Ingram Bio

    (b. 1968 in Drumright, Oklahoma) makes work that comments on art and architecture in human environments. Based in an American aesthetic, his range of artworks includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography as well as functional objects. Growing up in the Midwest, he was heavily influenced by the great modern architects of Chicago. Working for the Des Moines Art Center, Ingram developed an in-depth understanding of contemporary art within the context of architecture. Ingram has been exhibiting for more than 18 years and has been included in exhibitions around the United States as well as Spain and Canada. Most recently he exhibited at Solomon Projects, and Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta and Anna Kustera Gallery in New York, as well as Florida Atlantic University and Auburn University. His work is collected by numerous private and corporate collections, as well as the High Museum of Art. In December, Ingram debuted a new installation of cinder blocks floating in a swimming pool for the NADA art fair during Miami Basel. Ingram lives, works and produces his work in Atlanta, GA.

  • Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

    Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

    Introducing Holbein's Re-Engineered Heavy Body Artist Acrylic

    Holbein's re-engineered Heavy Body Artist Acrylic is available at BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames (please check with your local store for availability). These high quality acrylics deliver more color vigor and higher light-fast ratings at a great price and have been specifically designed to add more luster and brilliance to your paintings!

    Holbein Heavy Body Artist AcrylicAvailable in 60ml (2.0 fl. oz.) tubes, the artist acrylic will retain any peaks or ridges with thick applications - can be easily thinned with mediums or water - or can be used in a thin, dry coat.

    Superior, smooth and vivid in every way Holbein's Heavy Body Acrylic is available in 113 colors, all designed utilizing the best traditional organic pigments and the latest and most up to date inorganic pigments. Whether painting small or large, opaque or transparent, Holbein's Heavy Body Artist Acrylics are certain to meet and surpass the demands of the modern artist.

    Holbein Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Color Chart

  • BINDERS Emerging Artists Tent at The Old Fourth Ward Park Art Festival

    Calling All Emerging Artists!

    We are so excited to have partnered with The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and The Old Fourth Ward Park Art Festival to bring you...


    This is an amazing opportunity for artists that have NEVER participated in a JURIED Art Festival!

    CLICK HERE for the application.

    Emerging Artists in Atlanta

    The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival will showcase a wide variety of artistic disciplines including painting, metalwork, fiber art, ceramics, jewelry, woodcraft and more. As well as fine arts and crafts the festival will showcase a children's play area, local food & drink and live acoustic entertainment in the amphitheater.

    The two day festival is a major celebration of the ARTS while honoring the rich history of the Old Fourth Ward. Please CLICK for more information about all the goodness happening down here!

    Old Fourth Ward Art Festival

    The Fourth Ward Park backs up to the redevelopment of Ponce City Market - which will house the new BINDERS store opening late this summer. 

    We are so excited to be part of this historic neighborhood.

    Binders at Ponce City Market

    AFFPS_LogoThe Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces was founded by artists, for artists; by the community, for the community.

    The AFFPS is creating environments for artists to showcase to a growing public in large art and community focused events.



  • Erin Dusza Brings Art History to Life

    Q&A with Art History Professor Erin Dusza

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    Art History with Erin DuszaI am a proud Army Brat. I fell in love with the architecture and history of medieval Europe while living overseas. It took a few years for me to take that interest and meld it with academic history. I have a B.F.A. in Theater Design and an M.A. in Art History. I wrote my thesis on Alphonse Mucha's later career and a Czech patriotic movement called Pan-Slavism. I currently teach Art History part-time at the Art Institute of Atlanta in Decatur and have students tell me every quarter that they hate history . . . until they take it with me!

    I love getting to share my love of history in a casual, funny story telling kind of way to show how interesting history can be. I also love studying about Ancient Egypt, Medieval and Renaissance Europe and the Early 20th Century. OK, and just about anything in between!

    Outside of academics, I also like to study the development of the Walt Disney Company and its theme parks, European and Mexican cooking, old movies and Broadway Musicals. I have two Cairn Terrier children and a wonderful husband who supports me at home and puts up with all my quirks.

    “I love getting to share my love of history in a casual, funny story telling kind of way to show how interesting history can be.”

    What is it about Art History that excites you?

    So many people remember their history classes from grade school; in year “x”, “blah blah” invaded here and after the battle of “blech” they gathered at “boring point” and signed the treaty of “snore”.

    I found I could study history the way I liked it - by looking at an artifact made by someone in that time - and ignore the battles and treaties that I found boring. I could connect what was happening in a time period by looking at what they made, how they made it and how they chose to make it look. Each work of art tells a story, so I enjoy telling the stories and connecting the history - not the other way around!

    Art History with Erin Dusza Image Courtesy of the Instructor

    Can you give an example of a story you find particularly interesting, behind a piece of artwork?

    A perfect answer to your question would be the story of how the Mona Lisa got so famous. Before 1911, the Mona Lisa was a lesser known work by Leonardo Da Vinci. On August 21st, 1911, Vincenzo Perugia stole the Mona Lisa, believing that he would be hailed a hero in Italy for returning the work to its homeland.

    The result was a grand print media campaign as the world looked for the small renaissance painting. That print campaign literally established the Mona Lisa as the most famous painting in the world. I think that makes for a pretty amazing story.

    What do you hope students take away from these classes?

    I want to open their eyes to the impact that historical styles and works still have on us today. In My Monuments Men lecture I want them to learn the lesser told story of the role of artwork in WWII and also the dangers of extremism. In the Women Artists class I want them to learn about what women went through to become artists, gain acceptance, and the influences they had on not just one another but also the artistic world at large. I am also happy to take suggestions on any other desired subject matter!

    Dusza_Da Vinci

    Da Vinci’s Sketchbook with Erin Dusza

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $20 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1551 | Sunday, January 18, 2 – 4pm



    Art History with Dusza Image Courtesy of the Instructor

    Women Artists through History with Erin Dusza

    1 Session | All Levels | Price: $20 | Max. 24

    ARTZ1552 | Sunday, March 22, 2 – 4pm



    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

    Written by Jacob Gunter

  • The Art of Sculpting Custom Toys

    Elizabeth Sanquiche is not Afraid to Follow her Passions

    Sculpting Custom Toys Image Courtesy of the Artist

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I was born in New York City and raised in Queens and Long Island. I studied at Queens College and City University of New York where I focused on business. I had the desire to study English as well. I was always passionate about writing. I worked the corporate retail world for 18+ years running million dollar businesses, but I left that in 2009 to pursue my true passion, art.

    I was artistic as a young child, always drawing and painting. At four I learned to read and play classical music on the piano. In second grade I learned to play the flute and continued with both of those up until college. For a few years in middle school my family moved us to Puerto Rico. Music is what I intended to pursue with plans to study at the music conservatory in San Juan. I was always playing in bands and orchestras and had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen to play in the band for the Pan American Games opening/closing ceremonies in 1979. But life happens and plans changed and shifted.

    “While going through a tough personal transition I submersed myself in writing and sculpting like a new obsession, it consumed me and I ate, slept and breathed sculpting. I've never looked back and I have no regrets because I believe I found my true calling as a sculptor.”


    My younger brother by 8 years, who I babysat on many an occasion is also an artist, illustrator. We sat for endless hours as kids drawing together and nurturing our only desire, to make art. In 2009, he turned me on to the world of blank DIY (do-it-yourself) Munnys. Coercing me to go online and view what artists were doing with this platform, he said it would be good for me to break back into art, any art as long as I was creating. He wanted me to get inspired. I was amazed at the talent and creations of so many artists. That was the first time I touched clay, a new medium for me. I fell in love with 3D art. While going through a tough personal transition I submersed myself in writing and sculpting like a new obsession, it consumed me and I ate, slept and breathed sculpting. I've never looked back and I have no regrets because I believe I found my true calling as a sculptor.

    Sculpting Custom Toys Image Courtesy of the Artist

    What inspires you the most to create?

    That's a tough question. I'm inspired by so many things. Let's start with Disney, a big part of my childhood. Once I had children, I started collecting movies which I would say was for them, but in honesty it was as much for me too. I never get tired of watching animation. My kids are grown now, and I still go out and buy new releases, but not just Disney. I enjoy Pixar, Anime, Manga and any high end animation that tells an amazing story with unique characters. I'm a huge fan of claymation and the work of Tim Burton. There are so many aspects to that art that intrigue me, but sculpting and animating characters I find fascinating. That would be a dream job for me, to work on a set for a production like that or even be mentored by the elite talent in the industry.

    “Once I had children, I started collecting movies which I would say was for them, but in honesty it was as much for me too. I never get tired of watching animation.”


    I collect art books: watercolor, photography, drawing, airbrushing, graffiti, fantasy, fine art, graphic art, beasts and creatures, sculpture, and how-to books. You name it I love it all because it opens my eyes to different angles, concepts, perceptions, styles. One book can give me a good 1/2 dozen ideas for sculptures I want to create. It just triggers new ideas and so now I keep a notebook with a list of those ideas. A place, an object, a scent, a person, a dream, almost anything can cause inspiration. Sometimes while I'm in the midst of sculpting a project I get visions for other ones and I jot down key points that will trigger the vision for when I'm ready to create. As for other artists, there are too many artists to name but a few that I enjoy are, Caia Koopman, Tara Mcpherson, Camilla D'errico, Kathy Olivas, Brandt Peters, Travis Louie, and Greg Simkins.

    Sculpting Custom Toys Image Courtesy of the Artist

    The main thing is saturating myself in the creative world. I’m constantly trying to connect and meet new artists. I'm fortunate to know a lot of artists in the customizing world which I can now call friends and by just being themselves, makes this process enjoyable. I use social media as a huge tool to see what other creators are doing, being in the loop. It inspires me. It motivates me to keep moving forward. It helps me to analyze and critique my strengths and opportunities. Now that this artistic passion in unleashed in me, I'm driven to keep the fire lit.

    What advice would you give to anyone who is interested in creating custom toys?

    To start, just have fun. Obviously it draws many people, it's relatable because they're toys; we all had them and played with them as kids. The direction in which you take your creativity is entirely up to you. Creators from all walks of life and all levels of skills have taken to customizing. Some do it for fun to break the monotony of what they normally do and some have turned it into a way of life. It's important to be patient because anything worth doing well takes time and comes with practice. Learn something from each process so you can improve on the next one. Almost every time I create something I've made a mistake, or dislike something from it, and I retain that so when I make the next one I push myself to a new level. I don't concern myself with what everyone is doing. I concern myself with what I'm doing or not doing but never to a point where I don't enjoy myself, and that's hard to accomplish when you've chosen to do art for a living. Forget the fear of not being creative enough, it resides within us. You just have to seek your niche. For example, you will decide you like sculpting over them, some will like painting over them; some will like just using markers and that process is the fun part! What you'll find in yourself is a new perspective... sort of a visual voice of expression. Who you will see is that creative child you thought you left behind! It's not rocket science. It's art, your art, for you to enjoy and share with others.

    “What you'll find in yourself is a new perspective... sort of a visual voice of expression.”


    Sculpting Custom Toys Image Courtesy of the Artist

    What can students expect to learn in your workshop?

    We're going to start with the basics. I'll create lists of online shops, sites, blogs and resources that people can access at home at their leisure to get into the world of customizing, to see what artists are doing and their creative processes. We'll learn about the basic tools needed to sculpt including different types of clay. How to bake clay in an oven at home and I will train them on the use of a heat gun as well. We'll each sculpt a simple unique character of our choosing, one that you'll be able to take home and paint after the two day workshop. This class was kept to the sculpting only because this process should not be rushed; it's a beginner’s class although anyone can take it. Sculpting can be labor intensive because it requires sanding and sculpting in layers which is a technique that ends with better/cleaner results. This will also allow me to work one on one and support each student's needs. I'll also bring samples of my work so students can see what pieces look like completed

    What are you planning in 2014, any major projects on the horizon?  

    Good question. Well, I just moved to Atlanta in August of 2013. So, the transition has taken a hit on my artistic workload, meaning I'm not getting as much artwork completed as I would like. However, the most important transition for me is the artistic one in the sense that I need to familiarize myself with Atlanta and what the art life has to offer. So, I've been attending art shows, creating art for shows and getting familiar with galleries, art centers, and museums. I’ve also been meeting and networking with other creatives and finding mentors. I love that Atlanta has so many art fairs but there is a process to getting into them. As a sculptor I'm looking to create a new body of work that isn't considered customs. So you will see more original sculptures from me this year and in between I will still be creating customs, either for shows and/or commissions. I've also made a commitment to myself to do more painting because it is important I grow my talent and diversify, since sculpting has been my constant medium for 5 years now. I'm working on concepts to create one or two original characters sculpts to become a vinyl toy for production. I may do a test run of a resin beast design off an original sculpt and curate an art show exclusively with that beast only. This will allow me to test the waters in the customizing world before I move on to a serious concept. Hopefully, these workshops with Binders do well so that I may continue to share and grow in the art of customizing by doing more workshops year round. This was something I never had, someone to teach or guide me. Everything I've done was self- taught and it made the process more challenging. So I'm expecting that sharing myself and my skills will develop some great creativity in my students as well as myself.


    Sculpting Custom Toys Image Courtesy of the Artist

    The Art of Sculpting Custom Toys with Liz Sanquiche


    Dive into the world of Designer Toys and Urban Vinyl! Learn to use and sculpt polymer clay, basic use of sculpting tools, instruction on baking clay with ovens and heat guns, and creating your own custom designer toy.

    We'll start with discussions about this ever changing, and re-inventing art scene and the various platforms in the industry that are available to customize such as vinyl, resin and wood. This at form is influenced by styles such as graffiti art, Manga comics, goth / punk rock, skateboard art, movies, television shows and an endless list from urban culture and pop culture.

    We will take our own artistic inspiration and apply it to vinyl platforms creating quirky characters and / or artistic sculpts that are limited only by your imagination!

    Written by Jacob Gunter

    For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email jacob@bindersart.com.

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