Call to Artist: CityArt Holiday Card Contest 2016

M. Hopple & Co., Cincinnati’s premier fine paper goods retailer, is proud to announce our TENTH Annual CityArt Holiday Card Contest. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the CityArt contest, we’ve asked FIVE TIME winner Kate Cassidy to choose this year’s theme and charity. In addition, as a tribute to Kate, who has been a HUGE supporter of the contest, we will be selling commemorative packs of Kate’s winners over the years and she will be an honorary winner and judge.  Please keep in mind that judges award points based on the following criteria: artwork fits the chosen theme for the year, is appealing to the general population of Cincinnati, and will reproduce well as a greeting card. A panel of judges will select up to four submissions from local artists. The winning designs will be printed as part of the 2016 CityArt Holiday Card Collection. The collection will be sold at M. Hopple & Co., with a portion of the proceeds going to SPCA of Cincinnati. First founded in 1873, SPCA Cincinnati is an animal shelter and humane society that continually strives to strengthen the human-animal bond and improve the welfare of animals by fostering the humane care and treatment of all animals. Through humane education and animal protection, they improve the quality of life in the Greater Cincinnati community. They have saved over 39,000 animals in the past five years, and the underlying work at SPCA Cincinnati is the philosophy that how a community treats its animals is a reflection of how its members treat each other. SPCA Cincinnati offers refuge, medical care, nourishment and a second chance for homeless animals; and they protect animals from cruelty, neglect, carelessness, ignorance and irresponsibility. SPCA Cincinnati also works to introduce animals into the lives of people in our community, including those in hospitals, nursing homes, children’s homes, and schools, and works with the victims of domestic violence to both provide shelter for their animals, and to help them rehabilitate.. Winning art from this competition has been featured on local morning news shows and in numerous newspapers and media outlets in our region. Since 2006, over 23,000 Holiday Cards have been sold.
This year’s theme guidelines:
“Outdoor Winter Memories: Past and Present” is the chosen theme for this year’s contest. The artwork must use a Cincinnati or surrounding area landmark– even if it is in the distance– so the area is recognizable to our community. Downtown scenes day or night, parks, zoos, favorite sledding hill, tree lightings, outdoor events, buildings, skylines, etc. Keep it memorable and use color, even if subtle so it will welcome the viewer and look great on the hearth over the holidays!
Important note regarding size of artwork:
Original art should be no larger than 10” x 14.” The final cards will be 5” x 7” and printed in full color or black and white, as appropriate. For cropping purposes art is best when it is proportional to the final 5×7 size, either vertical or horizontal. Please be sure no important elements of your work appear within 1/4″ of all outside edges. To allow for full bleed printing, 1/4″ will be trimmed from all sides. WARNING: IF YOUR ART IS NOT SET UP AS NOTED ABOVE, ELEMENTS COULD BE CROPPED OUT.
Contest Guidelines:
• Art should feature theme as described above. Because the winning submissions will be sold as greeting cards during the holiday season, submissions should be seasonal (avoid summer scenes, spring flowers, etc.) • Media types can include photo, painting, drawing and collage. Artists should avoid glitter, three dimensional features or other techniques that will not reproduce effectively. • Artists are asked to remove or obscure any features or objects that might be copyrighted, trademarked or otherwise are not part of the public domain, i.e. logos or signs, unless permission is granted in writing by the owner of the feature or object. • The deadline for contest entries is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2016. • A panel of judges will select 3-4 winning submissions, with one being an overall winner. • Artists must agree not to compete with the Holiday Card Collection by reproducing their art in a similar fashion through January 1, 2017. • Contest organizers have the right to adjust contest guidelines as necessary.
Submissions must be mailed or delivered to: M. Hopple & Co. Attn: 2016 CityArt Entries 7920 Hosbrook Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45243
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Call to Artist: CityArt Holiday Card Contest 2015

M. Hopple & Co., Cincinnati’s premier fine paper goods retailer, is proud to announce its Ninth Annual CityArt Holiday Card Contest. The theme of this year’s contest is “Winter Fun in Cincinnati.” We are asking local artists to capture scenes of winter activities in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, for example: Symphony at Music Hall, Ice skating in Fountain Square, Holiday Junction at the Museum Center, Cincinnati Santa-Con, Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade, Krohn Conservatory Nativity Scene, Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods, Skiing at Perfect North, Light Up the City Celebrations (ex: Madeira, downtown tree lighting, OTR, etc.). Please keep in mind that judges award points based on the following criteria: artwork fits the chosen theme for the year, is appealing to the general population of Cincinnati, and will reproduce well as a greeting card. A panel of judges will select up to four submissions from local artists. The winning designs will be printed as part of the 2015 CityArt Holiday Card Collection. The collection will be sold at M. Hopple & Co., with a portion of the proceeds going to The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, a local non-profit organization, whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce to risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Winning art from this competition has been featured on local morning news shows and in numerous newspapers and media outlets in our region. Since 2006, over 20,000 Holiday Cards have been sold. Contest Guidelines: • Art should feature scenes of Winter Fun activities or locations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. • Because the winning submissions will be sold as greeting cards during the holiday season, submissions should be seasonal (avoid summer scenes, spring flowers, etc.) • Media types can include photo, painting, drawing and collage. Artists should avoid glitter, three dimensional features or other techniques that will not reproduce effectively. • Original art should be no larger than 10” x 14.” The final cards will be 5” x 7” and printed in full color or black and white, as appropriate. For cropping purposes art is best when it is proportional to the final 5×7 size, either vertical or horizontal. • Artists are asked to remove or obscure any features or objects that might be copyrighted, trademarked or otherwise are not part of the public domain, i.e. logos or signs, unless permission is granted in writing by the owner of the feature or object. • Submissions must be mailed or delivered to: M. Hopple & Co. Attn: 2015 CityArt Entries 7920 Hosbrook Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45243 • The deadline for contest entries is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 2015. • Artists must agree not to compete with the Holiday Card Collection by reproducing their art in a similar fashion through January 31, 2016. • Contest organizers have the right to adjust contest guidelines as necessary. Call to Artists 2015

We’re Hiring!!!

M. Hopple & Co., Cincinnati’s premier stationery and gift store, is seeking an energetic creative consultant to join our team. The ideal candidate must provide excellent customer service, meet and exceed client expectations by demonstrating excellent product knowledge and attention to detail. Candidate must be able to build and develop client relationships in a fun, dynamic environment.

Company Overview:
Since opening its doors in 1981, M. Hopple & Co. has gained a reputation for quality products, excellent service, and unique, creative ideas. Nationally recognized in the stationery industry as a seller of the finest paper lines, M. Hopple & Co. offers over 50 vendors for wedding invitations alone! Crane & Co., William Arthur, C’est Papier, Vera Wang, Envelopments, Carlson Craft, Checkerboard, Designer’s Fine Press, and Dauphine are among the many available paper designers. In addition, the In-House Graphic Design Department helps meet the needs of customers with care and creativity. M. Hopple & Co. prides itself on offering superior personalized service, knowledge of etiquette, understanding of current paper trends and custom products for the past 34 years.

Job Overview:
• Seeking part time or full time, this is not a seasonal position
• Assist customers with personalized albums and services to guide them through the design process
• Work with customers to develop custom invitations, announcements, stationery, etc.
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of store products and services while ensuring excellent customer service
• Attempt to resolve and report customer service issues within company policy
• Ability to generate sales from customer database and leads

Qualifications:
• Creative knowledge of color, typography, graphic design, and printing
• High-end retail experience, knowledge of the bridal or event planning industry is a plus
• Proficient in Microsoft Business Office Edition
• Experience with retail Point of Sale software preferred (Quick Books)
• Excellent grammatical, spelling, handwriting, and basic math skills
• Experience with etiquette in formal writing
• Great customer service skills, fast learner and outgoing, interactive personality
• Love of paper and stationery
• Able to work evenings and weekends

Physical Requirements:
Standing (duration of shift), sitting, walking, lifting (up to 25 lbs), pulling, pushing, climbing (ladders), stooping, and crouching.

Contact information:
Please no direct phone calls or walk-ins! In order to be considered for this position, please submit your resume to: mbusam@mhopple.com and include in the subject “Sales Consultant Position.”

Mhopple.com got a face lift!

Well here it is… our new website! For the past seven months our creative design team has been working like crazy ladies to pull our new, stylish website together. Our end goal was simply to provide you with the best “user experience” possible. With the help of our trusty and extremely patient web developer,  J. Chase Crafton,  we were able to bring our dream custom website to life.  It took many months (or an eternity in our minds) of planning, development, and lots and lots of trial and error moments to get this site ready for public release.  Thus, we are overly ecstatic to finally launch our new site and hope you love it as much as we do!

So what has changed and how does this affect you?

Our top priority has always been to focus on the audience that matters most…you, our M. Hopple & Co customers. We’ve worked hard to make every section of this site easier to read, organized and packed with content, so you can quickly find the information you want when you want it.  We hope we have delivered on this.

Besides the obvious revamped design and new watercolor branding, we also have a number of new features, including our very first online store (yay!), entire section dedicated to our awesome creative design team, and the ability to sign up to our customer newsletter (located at the bottom of the page).   Plus, we will be regularly updating our blog so you will always be in the loop on our Hopple Happening.

Winners Announced in CityArt Card Contest

Winners Selected in CityArt Holiday Card Contest Featuring Landmarks & Architecture in Greater Cincinnati  

A panel of judges has selected the winners of M. Hopple & Co.’s 2014 CityArt Holiday Card Contest. The contest, in its eighth year, invited local and regional artists to showcase landmarks and architecture in the Cincinnati area with a winter or holiday theme. Selected works will be available as limited edition greeting cards through the end of the year exclusively at M. Hopple & Co. in Madeira. The winners are:

First Place: Kate Cassidy of Colerain Township, for her acrylic and oil portrayal of the Findlay Market (artwork title: “Findlay Market Circa 1855”)
Second Place: Patrick Greeson of New Richmond, for his gouach portrayal of Cincinnati City Hall (artwork title: “Christmas at Cincinnati City Hall”)
Third Place: Kayla Hines of Loveland, for her pen and water color drawing of the Cincinnati Observatory (artwork title: “Observing the Holidays”)
Fourth Place: Bradley Strauchen of Kenwood, for her water color and gouach painting featuring Mt. Adams (artwork title: “Mt. Adams an Urban Island”)
An honorable mention was given to: Mary Jo Sage of Cincinnati, for her water color of the Indian Hill Schoolhouse, titled “School’s Out”

The five original works of art will be available for sale after October 6th at M. Hopple & Co., located at 7920 Hosbrook Road in Madeira. Customers can select a set of 10 (all one design) for $19.95 or purchase individual cards for $2.25 each.  Imprinting on the inside of the cards is .38 cents through October 31st and .50 cents through December.  Special pricing for large quantities or corporate orders is available. This year, card sales will benefit The Literacy Network, a local nonprofit organization that teaches adults and children through specialized reading classes, tutoring and character development. In the first seven years of the CityArt competition, over 20,000 holiday cards have been sold, all featuring local scenes and created by local artists, with a portion of the proceeds each year going to a local non-profit organization.

  More information about the CityArt Card Collection is available by phone at (513) 791-6426, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/M-Hopple-Co or by visiting www.mhopple.com.