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Sign Museum Auction Goes Online

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Donated products and services, equipment, and materials to be auctioned off.

The American Sign Museum will hold its annual fundraising auction of donated sign products and services online, beginning at midnight on April 1, 2011.

This is the first time the museum’s major fundraising event has gone online. For the last seven years, the museum’s auction has taken place at the International Sign Association’s Sign Expo in silent-auction format.

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Artexpo New York Launches Online Marketplace

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Artexpo.com allows artists to sell fine-art reproductions year round.

Artexpo New York has announced the beta launch of its new website, artexpo.com, an online marketplace offering year-round access to artwork by artists and publishers.

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Artexpo New York Launches Online Marketplace

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Artexpo.com offers a source for artists to sell their art year round.

Artexpo New York has announced the beta launch of its new website, artexpo.com, an online marketplace offering year-round access to purchase artwork by artists and publishers.

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Xerox to Stop Taking Orders for Wide-Format Products in US and Canada

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European and Developing Market operations will continue selling wide-format.

Xerox has announced that it will stop taking orders for wide-format products in the US and Canada in 2011, with specific timing based on inventory levels. In The Big Picture’s most current Printer Sourcebook, Xerox listed two printer series in its rollfed printer roster: the 8254E/8264E 4-color printers and the 8265/8290 6-color (CMYKcm) printers, all eco-solvents.

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Drytac Becomes a Direct Sales Channel for Visual Magnetics Graphic Systems

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In the US, Canada, and the UK.

Drytac has become a direct sales provider for the Visual Magnetics Graphic System in the US, Canada, and the UK.

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Inx Digital Launches New Prodigy Brand and Business Unit

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“We expect to be in a position to grow the new industrial side substantially.”

Inx Digital International Co. has launched its new Prodigy brand and business unit.
The Prodigy division will focus on the graphic arts for the immediate future and directly serve the OEMs, integrators, and printhead companies within the digital market, but will also pursue the industrial market.

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EFI Acquires PrintStream

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“We will be actively seeking out additional Print ERP/MIS solutions worldwide to consolidate.”

EFI has acquired Streamline Development, LLC, the provider of PrintStream ERP/MIS software focused on mailing and fulfillment services for the printing industry.

PrintStream software will become part of EFI's Advanced Professional Print Software portfolio. EFI intends to integrate key PrintStream features and technologies supporting mailing and fulfillment into its core ERP/MIS platforms, while continuing to support the existing PrintStream client base.

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Fields of Gold

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Artist Bonny Pierce Lhotka direct prints onto Plaskolite KSH white acrylic.

To produce Field Relic (24 x 36 inches), artist Bonny Pierce Lhotka used a 60-grit random orbit sander to first sand a sheet of 0.04-in. Plaskolite KSH white acrylic “to randomly damage the surface.” After applying a DASS Universal Precoat, she direct printed with her Epson Stylus Pro 9800 printer with UltraChrome pigment inks (including matte black), then sealed it with Krylon Crystal Clear Satin Spray.

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Avalon Color: Targeting Artists as Clients

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“I get their expectations upfront before the job starts."

During the mid 1990s, Dennis Johnson, owner of Avalon Color (avaloncolor.com), realized his knack for fine-art printing while exploring reproductions of his own work. To develop an initial client base, Johnson offered to create giclées of local painters’ work in a one-time-only, free-of-charge deal. These prints then served as samples for other clients.

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Design Collisions

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When the proof and reality collide.

I sometimes wonder why we all chase vehicle-wrap jobs, when we know there are certainly more profitable, less stressful jobs to be had.

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