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by Sarah Seamark Originally published in the February 2006 issue of Art World News.

As Collectors Editions, the Canoga Park, CA, publishing company marks its twentieth anniversary, a new generation takes the helm. Michael Young and Tim Dickson are now sole owners of the business that was established in 1986 by Mary Margaret Nash and Bill Stone.

Michael Young & Tim Dickson
Mrs. Nash and her husband Jack Nash, who was also an integral part of the team, have retired. Mr. Stone passed away in July of last year.

From its early inception as a purveyor of art to the general public through exhibitions in hotel ballrooms, they grew the company into an international publishing concern that also operates a print atelier, Eclipse Workshop. Collectors Editions is also associated with Collectors Fine Art Galleries of Hawaii, with two locations in Hawaii and one on Lake Las Vegas. With the handing over of the reins, the new owners, Mr. Young and Mr. Dickson, bring a new focus to the company, yet hold on to the original philosophy—listening to the market and nurturing its artists.

Anniversary Plans
In addition to introducing a new company logo as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Collectors Editions plans to launch a special print program. Twenty of its artists will produce 20 images to be published in editions of 20, some embellished by the artists to make them mixed media prints.
Already Collectors Editions has found success with its Premier Edition program of artist-embellished prints in limited editions of 30. The first release last year of the Garmashes’ “Sea-breeze” sold out in a matter of weeks. The second, Sabzi’s “Memories,” has just been launched. The purpose of the Premier Edition is to give the collector a piece of art one step up from a regular print, closer to an original. For the gallery, it represents a larger profit center. For instance, a Garmash 60- by 40-inch regular print retails for $1,800, a Premier Edition for $3,500, and an original at around $10,000.

Also in its anniversary year, the company is considering holding a three-day forum at its headquarters for Platinum Galleries, those that are the highest grossing in its gallery network. Participating dealers will be given an opportunity to meet with Collectors’ artists, attend seminars, possibly select images they would like reproduced as exclusive gallery editions, receive an overview of the printmaking process to help them better sell the work—and be entertained. “It will be educational and fun. We will show them who we are at Collectors Editions,” says Mr. Young.


"Fan Dancer" by Andrew, a hand-embellished giclée on canvas, edition of 95, a 36 x 24 image, retailing for $895. Available now.

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