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Plaid Enterprises, Inc., one of the world’s leading small batch paint manufacturers, recently sent artist in residence and lead painting instructor Andy Jones to work with noted Opelika artist Jo Ann Williams Walker. The pair worked on final testing and formulation of a new paint line for the company called FolkArt Pure Artist Pigments. Jones and Walker set up shop at Opelika’s Art Haus Studio, a nonprofit organization that provides studio space in the Opelika area.
FolkArt Pure Artist Pigments is a line of premium acrylic paint, specifically formulated with the artist in mind. Its heavy- bodied formulation is highly pigmented and blendable, and comes in a beautiful range of traditional artist colors. Pure Pigments will be available this spring both online and at leading retailers to consumers worldwide.
“It was an absolute privilege to work with Jo Ann Williams Walker on this project. I have known her for many years and have always had a deep admiration for her work – she is a truly talented artist. And a special thank you is owed to Art Haus Studio for use of their stunning work space. It truly is an inspiring place to paint,” Jones said.
Founded in 1976 by David Cunningham, Plaid Enterprises, Inc., is one of the world’s largest, most diverse manufacturers of creative do-it-yourself products. Plaid’s product innovation and dedication to the ever-changing needs of consumers have made the Plaid family of products among the most recognized and desired brands worldwide. Notable brands in Plaid’s portfolio include FolkArt, Apple Barrel, Delta, Bucilla, Martha Stewart Crafts, and one of the industry’s best known, Mod Podge, a favorite since 1967.
About Jo Ann
Walker is an American impressionist painter whose art immerses viewers in the profound beauty of the world. Her plein air presentations and her still lifes transform ordinary images into exuberant reflections of color and light. Jo Ann has been involved in art since the 70’s, working with many of the leading companies in the industry.
About Art Haus Studio
Completed in 2019, Opelika Art Haus is a nonprofit organization located in Opelika, Alabama that operates by partnering with local and regional artists to build art as a foundation for community. The Art Haus vision is to create working studio space, gallery exhibits and educational opportunities for those who love and appreciate the arts.