Fred Mink: Lifetime Acheivement at NAMTA

FM Brush booth at NAMTA in Orlando, 2012
"The International Art Materials Association’s mission is to provide its art/creative materials industry members with the products, services and information they need to grow and prosper. " - from the NAMTA website

NAMTA, the International Art Materials Trade Association,  just finished up last week, with their annual convention in Orlando.  NAMTA has been around now for sixty years, including in its membership retailers, suppliers, and sales representatives.  Each year, there is a set convention for sales, for seminars, displays, new products, and conversation about the goings on in the industry.  This year, Dynasty, part of the FM Brush, Co.  shared its completed goal of developing a synthetic for every line of natural hair as well as encouraged sales of the Black Silver and Faux Kolinsky lines of brushes.

Frederick Mink
On Thursday, Fred Mink, the president and CEO of FM Brush, was honored with a lifetime achievement award from NAMTA.  Think "Oscars" of art materials.  The Lifetime achievement award recognizes those who have had a profound impact on the industry or who have spent much of their lives in the industry.  It is the highest award given by NAMTA. 

Fred Mink left college with a degree in physics and pursued work as a research scientist including some time with NASA for a bit before returning to the family business that his grandfather started with FM Brush in 1969.  Since his return, both of his children and brother have joined the family company.   Mr. Mink has now been in the industry for over 40 years, developing the Dynasty lines, the cosmetic lines and private labeling, as well as pushed the development of synthetic hair brushes and continues to develop brushes for particular media and artists.  Congrats to you, Mr. Mink, it was well deserved.

FM Brush had a wonderful show at NAMTA this year with the award for Mr. Mink and a special champagne toast at the booth to honor his work.  

For more information about NAMTA, refer to their website or Facebook page.

For more information on the larger company of FM Brush, refer to their website:

Keep Painting, 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.


  1. As far as art trade shows go, are there any scheduled this summer for the Balto. D.C. area that FM/Dynasty will take part in? I would like to see, and "feel" a broader section of Dynasty and other product/brand lines. I think the Beau Blanc brushes look nice and have a thing for a nice looking brush but buying a brush I haven't checked out physically is usually a no-no.

  2. Right now, I don't know off hand, but I'll look into this and get back to you. I agree that it is ideal to feel a brush before purchasing. Are you looking for anything in particular? In painting my own pieces, I'm using a few different brushes, but I work primarily in acrylic and I know you work in watercolor. The Beau Blanc are quite nice, but more ideal for heavy body paint. Do you work in oils as well?

  3. @Muvs32 in your area you might be able to find Beau Blanc in the Utrech Store located in Washington. The address is 1250 I Street
    Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Telephone # (202) 898-0555
    Also if you are looking for a natural white bristle Artist brush for Oil painting and heavy body paint you may also be interested in the Dynasty Series SC1350 or the Interboro Collection.
    Best of luck:-)

  4. Thx for the responses Karyn&Charles. I am beginning to paint with oils and acrylics as well as with wc now. I have not really found "the" brush or line I favor too much over another at this time. I am going to checkout the D.C.Utrecht as they carry a larger brush selection then does the Balto. store. I have contacted your service dept. and Utrecht to carry a wider array of brushes in-store. Hmm, was in DC last week but unable to get to store!

  5. It definitely pays to find brushes that work with each medium in your personal style. Let us know what you find and start using! :)


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