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Welcome to NAMTA, Mary McLane

Welcome to our newest team member, Mary McLane, Exhibitor and Sponsorship Sales Manager, Mary will play a key role in welcoming new exhibitors, managing sponsorships, and developing events for the creative professional segment of NAMTA'S membership.

NAMTA staff looks forward to the energy and positivity she brings to the table.  A seasoned media sales professional, Mary is also a Maker, Crafter, and Creative Explorer with a studio space located in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

Mary holds a BS from University of Utah, and an MBA from Strayer University.
Over the years, Mary has gained extensive experience in sales, market growth, business development, event planning, brand and consumer strategy, advertising and marketing campaigns, media placements, and community outreach, and led and developed creative teams.

"I take pleasure in building valuable relationships with people at all levels of an organization. Arts and Crafts can play a significant role in inspiring creative expression, building communities, and fostering unity. Let's connect, collaborate, and build together!"

Send Mary a message!


Education March 23-24
Tradeshow March 25-27


Creativation by NAMTA 2024 Host Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
"the only NAMTA-endorsed hotel"

The headquarter hotel for Creativation by NAMTA 2024 is the New Orleans Marriott. The hotel places the best of the French Quarter within your reach. It is located near the Warehouse District, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and the Convention Center.

CLICK HERE for more details and link to book your room(s).
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Become A Creativation Educator!

Submit your proposals by December 1st, 2023. All information, images, attachments for your Workshops and Business Seminars must be submitted via proposal form.

Business Seminars

Foster education through the sharing of new ideas, information, and successes in the form of panel discussions, seminars and more.         

Product Workshops

Lead hands-on product technique classes where attendees gain product insight and make one or more finished projects.



NAMTA continues to build confidence in the annual show experience for both vendors and attendees! Well done. We will be back. - Tonya Lutz, Carioca

Congratulations to Alumilite, winner of the drawing for the additional free 10 x 10 booth in New Orleans.



Congratulations to Katy Sue Designs, winner of our first Show Promotion Package giveaway.
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You Could Win
a Show Promotional Package Too!

Sign up to exhibit by November 1, 2023
 and you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win
one-of-two Show Promotional Packages.

Each package includes:
4 floor clings at the show to direct attendees to your booth,
⏺  a pre-show social media post on each of NAMTA’s social media accounts – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

I'm so grateful for the connections I've made at Creativation by NAMTA. I'm amazed at how generous and friendly people have been in teaching and supporting each other, especially newcomers to the arts and crafts materials industry like me. I feel lucky to be part of this community and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again at future shows!   - Jie Qi, Chibitronics Inc.


Joseph Miller
1939 - 2023


Joe’s life was always connected in some ways to the arts. While he initially set
forth to become a taxidermist with dreams of becoming a museum conservator, he eventually settled in at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Pharmacy. It was in practice at Boone Drug and while moonlighting as an artist that he began a small, corner “shop” he jokingly named “Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.” The name stuck, and Joe later left his pharmacy career to grow Cheap Joe’s into a force in the art materials world.

Joe built a solid foundation at Cheap Joe’s – one rooted in personal, friendly, often humorous interactions. Joe’s passion and dedication to the art world earned him numerous accolades and awards and
honors including NWS Arts and Humanities Award for his contributions to his extremely broad community.

Contributions may be made to Brushes for
Vincent – a charitable organization designed by Joe to give persons in distress healing through art.


Member News

Hell0 New Member

The Raven's Hook is an arts and crafts supply store located in Sitka, Alaska, offers a wide range of crafting supplies for both professional and beginning artists. Our inventory includes yarn, fabric, all types of paint, beading and jewelry supplies, school and office supplies, kids crafts, and more.!


Happy 70th Anniversary!
Blaine’s Art, originally established in 1953 as a commercial paint store in Midtown Anchorage, Alaska, has a rich history spanning multiple generations. 
Blaine’s Art is a destination for artists of all levels - with a coffee bar, custom frame shop, art classes, and an extensive range of art supplies.


Happy 30th Anniversary!

In 1993, Sue and her mother Doreen turned a kitchen table into a creative outlet - thirty years later, the company is proud to be a part of your creative journey, offering card-making supplies, paper cutting templates, paper quilling kits, acrylic craft blank and more!



NAMTA supports that advocating for the visual crafts and arts enhances communities and makes good business.

The arts can play a powerful role in treating the physical and psychological impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Art therapies address effects of TBI, yielding a 66 percent improvement with depression, 50 percent improvement with anxiety, and 83% percent decrease of stress.
From Americans for the Arts

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