A.I. Friedman Not Closing!

17 03 2017

To Our Valued Customers, Suppliers and Employees,

On March 10, 2017 an article reported that A.I. Friedman’s store and warehouse will be closing April 30th, 2017. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We have been at our current Manhattan location since 1985 and we have grown and serviced our customers both as a retailer and as a supplier to the commercial artist in the creative industry both in New York and on the national level. Our leases for our New York City location end next year and we have been in discussion regarding several spaces that can accommodate our needs in Manhattan. We will continue our search for suitable space that fits our requirements to service our customers.

The New York State filing referred to in the article is mandated by legislation in the event of a closing or potential closing of a facility. We notified the state that if there must be a reduction in force at one of our locations, then a number of employees would be affected. If that happens, nothing will change until at least May 30th.

It is well publicized that the advertising world has undergone substantial change over the recent past and continues to do so today. Consolidation and technology have had a profound impact. As our customers across all channels change so will we.  A.I. Friedman has and will continue to reshape itself in response to the shifting landscape.

On March 13th, 2017 we went live with a new platform, NetSuite, to support our various business needs. This significant investment positions us for the future. We believe this will offer us the opportunity to best provide support to our extensive customer base and continue to provide income to our employees, over 100 dedicated individuals, many of whom have been with us for decades.

It is a different changing world – news spreads quickly and sometimes not accurately.

 

Jim White, President, A.I. Friedman, L.P.

A.I. Friedman's Manhattan location

 

 





Black, White and Green by Heather Sandifer

8 03 2017

It’s the beginning of March, which means we Heather Sandiferneed to tell you all about our new show in the A.I. Friedman Gallery. Black, White and Green by Heather Sandifer is unlike any show we have hosted so far.

Heather Sandifer creates “nature monotypes” a unique one-off printing technique that she developed after becoming frustrated with the fragility of preserved plants. Heather’s love of nature started from a young age when she would accompany her mother into the woods to collect plants for pressing and sketching. Later when she was an instructor for the New York Botanical Garden she discovered the herbarium, a preserved plant blank. She began using the classical plant preservation method and was artistically inspired by the results.

Maple Reverse View Cat 69 by Heather Sandifer
She is a hunter/gatherer with exclusive permission to collect plants from some of the finest gardens on the East Coast. It takes Heather approximately 30 different steps to complete even her most simple pieces. She has been awarded a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and has shown her work all around the area.

You can view Black, White and Green for the entire month of March. We will be having an Opening Reception at the gallery on Saturday, March 11th from 1pm to 3pm where you can meet the artist and see the beautiful works in person.

Mooswood Branch Cat 110 by Heather Sandifer





Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box

8 02 2017

Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box DIY With A.I. Friedman

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, it’s time to break out the hearts. We have an easy project for you that takes less than an hour but is a great way to add a handmade touch to a Valentine.

The only things you need are:Materials needed to make Cross Stitch Heart Box

  • A paper box (ours is a 3″ square)
  • Red embroidery floss
  • An Xacto knife (or pushpin)
  • Sewing needle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

 

 

The heart design we are using is 7 squares wide so you need to divide your box into 7 equal sections. If you have a 3″ square box like us, then you can just use centimeters! Make lines across the box (we are making a grid). Remember to use a pencil, we are going to be erasing these lines later!

Marking seven equal sections on your box

Then turn your box 90 degrees and make lines perpendicular to the ones you just made. You will now have a grid set up on your box.

Grid set up on box

 

We are going to use this simple heart design as our cross stitch pattern. The next step is to take your pencil and mark off where the heart is going on your grid. This way we won’t make holes across our entire grid, just where we need them for the heart.

Cross Stitch Heart PatternMarking where the heart will go on our grid

The box we’re using is pretty sturdy cardboard so I had to use an Xacto to cut the holes. If your box is a little flimsier than ours you can use a pushpin to make holes really easily.

Poke holes in your box so we can cross stitch along the top

Once you have all your holes poked, make sure you look at the back of the lid to make sure they got all the way through, it’s better do that now than have to do it while you are cross stitching.

Holes poked in the lid of the box

Now you can erase all of our pencil grid lines and where you marked off the outline of the heart.

Erase all pencil lines off the box

Thread your needle and get stitching! If you have never cross stitched before, the important thing to remember is to always start your stitches the same way. So come up with the needle from the bottom right corner then go down through the top left corner.

Starting to cross stitch on the box

Then to form the “X” come up from the bottom left corner and go back down through the top right.

The first cross stitch on the box!

Continue doing this in the same way until you have completed your heart pattern. It’s good to not have to deal with too long of a thread, 18″ is a good starting point. You will run out of thread but that’s okay just rethread your needle and keep stitching.

Creating the heart out of cross stitch

Once you finish, trim any long ends hanging off the back of the lid and then sit back and admire your work.

Cross Stitch Heart Valentine Box

You can put a small gift like jewelry or chocolate in your cute new box. It’s also a great way to deliver a love note. And if you couldn’t think of anything to get your Valentine aside from a gift card, one of those will totally fit in as well. Plus, no one can call you lazy or thoughtless if you took the time to make a custom handmade box.

DIY Cross Stitch Valentine Box

Be sure to tag any projects you make with #DIYwithAIF and happy stitching!

 

 

 

 





Two Views: Father and Daughter – Paintings by Sheldon Snyder and Tova Snyder

26 01 2017

Our February show in the A.I. Friedman Gallery is going to be special. Instead of featuring just one artist, we are featuring paintings by a father and daughter! It will be an interesting study of art throughout a family and the generations.

Sheldon Snyder - Church in Port Chester

 

Sheldon Snyder is the father of Tova Snyder and he has studied art at the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum, and Syracuse University.  From the 1960’s through the 1980’s, Sheldon and his wife, Ruby, owned and operated Katan Toys in Provincetown and in Rye. During that time he designed and made original wood toys. Sheldon has exhibited his paintings, silk screens, and stencils through out Westchester County.

Tova Snyder - Harrison Fire House

It’s clear that her father’s creativity influenced Tova Snyder. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, she received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Yale University, and an MFA in painting  from Tyler School of Art. Tova focuses on public art and painting. Her most visible public art projects include the permanent MTA/ArtsForTransit installation, “Railways and Rooftops” at the Harrison Metro North station, and the “trompe l’oeil” painted windows on the “Waterfront” building complex on South Main Street in Port Chester. She is currently working on two large scale community murals sponsored by the City of New York’s NYC Mural Arts Program.

The show will be up for the entire month of February, and we will be having an Opening Reception Saturday February 11th from 1pm to 3pm. Don’t miss your chance to see some excellent work by local artists.

 





Holiday Fun – Employee Ugly Sweater Contest

22 12 2016

We had some holiday fun at both stores this week with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!  It really helped to get the holiday spirit flowing!

At Port Chester we saw lots of great sweaters, but we had to shout out to Kat who made her own abstract art piece out of her sweater! Also Gary won the official title of “Ugliest Ugly Sweater” for this little beauty of Christmas festiveness:

Handmade ugly sweater and official Ugliest Ugly Sweater

Heather won the “Funniest Ugly Sweater” award with her awesome fireplace ensemble! Complete with her phone playing a crackling fire video. Also, bonus points for including a frame!

Crackling fireplace ugly Christmas ensemble

Carla, Dottie and Sarah are rocking these classic ugly sweaters. We especially love the pompom snowmen decorating the tree!

Carla, Dottie and Sarah in classic ugly Christmas sweaters

This lovely tinsel masterpiece won Holly the award for “Most Creative” also it’s very appropriate to feature a wreath as Holly is Port Chester’s Floral Department Manager!

Surprise tinsel wreath!

Luis won the big award for Best Ugly Sweater! Also we think John’s Festivus sweater deserves an honorable mention.

Best Ugly Sweater Winner at Port Chester

Great job Port Chester! Thank you for helping make the store get into the Christmas spirit. You all look super merry and bright!

Port Chester Store's Ugly Sweater Participants!

Our NYC store couldn’t be left out of all of the ugly sweater fun! Anthony’s full out elf outfit is on a whole new level of festiveness.

Anthony's elf outfit for the ugly sweater contest!

Cynthia did a great job customizing her own sweater with all sorts of fun doodads!

Cynthia's custom ugly Christmas sweater!

Anna gets bonus points for having a light up sweater! What a fun way to spread holiday cheer.

Anna's awesome light up penguin sweater

Reindeer antlers always get you extra credit in an ugly sweater contest. Also how cute is the pug on Rhoda’s sweater?

Rhoda's cute Pug sweater!

Brian is representing Hanukkah with his ugly sweater choice, it’s Hanukkat!

Happy Hanukkat from Brian.

And last, but definitely not least, the big winner is… Andrew! No one could complete with this entire suit of Christmas wonder. Congratulations Andrew, you earned it.

Andrew's amazing Christmas Suit

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest at our 18th Street Store! You all look fantastic and we hope you had fun!

All of the ugly Christmas Sweaters at 18th Street

Remember that both stores will be closed on Christmas Day and have special hours on Christmas Eve. You can check the hours on our Store Page. We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

 





Make Your Own Candy Cane Ornaments

19 12 2016

Make Your Own Candy Cane Ornaments

Christmas is just around the corner, and time is running out to make handmade presents! If you know you are short on crafting time, but still want to make something, give these Candy Cane Ornaments a try! The only materials you need are polymer clay, tin foil, an oven and a baking sheet. You can make them in between all of your caroling, wrapping, and cookie eating.

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Quick Holiday Mug DIY Gift Project

7 12 2016

Quick Holiday Mug DIY Gift Project by A.I. Friedman

If you are anything like me, then every year after Christmas has ended you think, “Next year, I’m going to make EVERYONE a handmade present.” Then next year rolls around and it’s a week before Christmas, you are up to your elbows in glitter and it is just not happening. Well, I have the perfect project for you! This Quick Holiday Mug lives up to it’s name, it won’t take you hours of crafting.  Plus, everyone loves a good mug! You only need a couple things;  A blank mug and some DecoArt Glass Paint Markers (we carry them at our Port Chester Store).

Things you need to make the Quick Holiday Mug DIY Gift Project

These markers a great because after curing the paint in the oven, they are dishwasher safe!   Super easy to use and easy to care for afterwards. When you first open your markers, you will notice the tips are white.  With the cap on, shake the marker a lot. Then using a scrap piece of cardboard (I used the packaging from the markers), press the tip of the marker straight down to the cardboard.  You’ll notice that the tip retracts inward, hold it there for a while, it’s getting full up with the paint.  Once your marker tip is the right color you’re ready to go!

Using the DecoArt Glass Paint Marker

I decided to write “Have a cup of Cheer” on my mug because I thought it would be a cute present wrapped up with some nice tea or hot cocoa.  You can be completely creative and do whatever you want with your mug! Make a Santa’s Milk mug to leave out with your milk and cookies, a personalized mug, draw a picture, or whatever you can think of!

Writing on the mug with the Glass Paint Markers

You don’t need to press very hard to use the markers so just take your time and have fun! I really liked the look of the shiny gold marker and might need to make a mug with just the gold paint next! I added some extra little snowflake details on the handle of my mug.

Mug handle with snowflakes!

Once you have finished your creation you need to let the paint set for 8 hours.  If you are planning on making multiple mugs I would do all the drawing in one sitting and then let all of them rest for 8 hours together.  Yes, I know I said this was quick, but you don’t need to do anything to the mugs during this time, so it doesn’t count. Go use this time to wrap other presents!

Quick DIY Mug Project

Next we need to bake the mug in the oven. This is what sets the paint and makes it dishwasher safe for the future, so it’s important! Set your oven to 375 degrees, pop your mug in (don’t preheat, just put it right in!) and bake for 40 minutes.  After that is over your mug is completed! Stick a bow on it and move onto your next Christmas To-Do List item. Or, just sit down and have a nice cup of cocoa instead.

Finished Quick Holiday Mug DIY Gift Project

We would love to see all the festive mugs you create! Share your projects with us using #DIYwithAIF and Happy Crafting!