Sunday, July 27, 2014

Utrecht Artists' Paints In Sunset Park Under Improvement

When my father was alive and living in Sunset Park since 1970, being an artist/painter he occasionally used Utrecht paints in his work. Although he never attained wide fame his paintings showed at Galleries in Manhattan such Minerva Arts and Ligoa Duncan (who was a niece of Isadora Duncan). Before emigrating to the United States he was a member of Asociación Estímulo de Bellas Artes of Argentina and shared a Studio with Guido Cinti. In New York he was a member of New York Artists Equity Association. My father was listed was listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the east and Who's Who in the world because of his art. In any case, when one paints and uses a product he never gives any thought as to where the paints are made or manufactured. Who knew? We were in the same neighborhood where Utrecht artist paints are manufactured. The New York Post has an article on the 20,000 sq. foot plant located right here in Sunset Park which has been in operation for over 60 years. Recently Utrecht  Art was bought by rival Blick Art based out of Illinois and Blick is investing money into the plant.  So if you're a local artist in Sunset Park or in New York City give the paints a try and support a local institution and the local economy..

Image from NYPOST Robert Markus in front of new machinery to fill tubes brought into the Utrech paint manufacturing plant.
Photo: Helayne Seidman