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"New Environmental Color -- TORRIT GREY 2001"
2001-04-01 until 2001-04-30
Gamblin Artists Colors Co.
Portland, OR, USA United States of America

During the month of April, 2001, Gamblin Artists Colors Co. will offer a free tube of limited edition oil paint for artists.   The exclusive new color, Torrit Grey 2001, is made from the recycled pigment dust of every color produced by Gamblin Artists Colors throughout the previous year.   Approximately 5000 37ml (1.25 fluid oz) tubes of Torrit Grey have been produced.  Torrit Grey 2001, available for a limited time only, is distributed to artists in April through Gamblin dealers nationally while supplies last.  A store list can be found on the Gamblin website at www.gamblincolors.com.

Every year, Gamblin formulates Torrit Grey - both to recycle pigment and to focus artists on the importance of recycling - and distributes it in April in honor of Earth Day (April 22).  Dedicated to the environment of the earth, as well as the artist's studio, Robert Gamblin, master paintmaker and president of Gamblin Artists Colors Co., has been an outspoken advocate of both environmental and studio safety issues for years.  Pigment dust should not go into the earth, water or landfill, but into paint, says Mr. Gamblin.

Over the course of the year, when a bag of pigment is opened in the Gamblin factory, escaping particles are collected in a dust extractor, called the Torit.  Each January, the company harvests the pigments from the air-filtration system and makes them into a special oil color - Torrit Grey — which is made up of at least 60 different pigments.

Though each annual issue of Torrit Grey is unique, it tends to have a greenish tinge because of the great strength of the phthalo green pigment, says Mr. Gamblin.  It varies from an medium dove grey to a dark earthy grey.

We invite artists to enjoy the paint today - to  capture its subtle monochromatic excitement - because this special color will only exist next year as paintings, says Mr. Gamblin, who initiated the Torrit Grey Painting Competition in 2000.  A selection of award-winning Torrit Grey paintings will be on view beginning in April on the Gamblin website at www.gamblincolors.com.  Guidelines for the 2001 Competition will be available in April on the Gamblin Artists Colors Co. website at www.gamblincolors.com.

About Gamblin Artists Colors

Gamblin Artists Colors Co., established in 1980, is one of the premier artist paint companies in the world, and the only independent American company completely dedicated to oil painting materials.  Robert Gamblin, artist and master paintmaker, has emerged as one of the most important artist's color authorities working today.  He has authored a chapbook on color, was retained to recreate historical oil colors for the Smithsonian Institution, and has created a line of conservation colors in conduction with the National Gallery of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.  At the forefront of studio safety issues, Gamblin's environmentally-sound products eliminate artists' exposure to toxicity.  And, everything produced at the Gamblin factory is recycled and/or recyclable.  Renown for their working properties, Gamblin paints are used by some of today's great painters -- Frank Stella, David Hockney, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, James Rosenquist, Wolf Kahn and Nathan Oliveira.

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