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Golden 30 years old today

10 June, 2010 (00:06) | General

I think back to the day my folks, my wife and I sat at the attorney’s office in Norwich, NY to sign the incorporation papers to begin Golden Artist Colors.  My folks put in $2,500 and I had to borrow from them my $2,500 for my part of the investment.

But that was just the beginning.  I then spent the next 5 years running through all their personal savings.  With the energy of newlyweds, they gave us the encouragement to continue on.  I am so grateful that both of my folks got to see the Company succeed.  So much of that success had come from the artists that supported my weekly deliveries into NYC.  I came back from each visit to the City excited about the art I had a chance to see.  Filled with requests from artists to develop custom materials.

I’m heading down to Manhattan today to visit with some artists with my partner for over 35 years, my wife Barbara.  For 10 years, in the beginning, I had made this trip every week.  It was some of the most exciting times of my life.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary.  My life’s work has been about seeing and responding to the work completed with our materials and it continues to be a thrill each time.  For thirty years, no one could have had a better job.  I just can’t remember if I ever paid my folks back………




Comment from Cindy Morefield
Time: June 10, 2010, 7:08 am

Congratulations, Mark! Have a wonderful day of celebration, and thank you (and your folks, and everyone involved) for making fantastic paint.

Comment from Diane Czajkowski
Time: June 11, 2010, 12:49 am

That is a marvelous story. I am sure your parents were very proud of both you. I believe you did pay back your parents with every ounce of joy they had watching you be excited about their vision. From their Golden Years to yours, Happy Anniversary! This year we will have our 30th Wedding Anniversary, thank you for adding color and texture to our lives.

Comment from Adelaide Tyrol
Time: July 14, 2010, 12:47 pm

Congratulations to Mark Golden and your fantastic company ! You have provided paint and gesso for our company Oliphant Studios for a full thirty years now ! Your service impeccable and your product is superb. Everyone I have spoken with at Golden over all these thirty long years has been personable, helpful ,generous and patient.

So thank you from all of us: Sarah, Adelaide, Katherine and Sandea – and congratulations !!

Comment from jan gardner
Time: July 19, 2010, 12:27 pm

Hello Mark and all the wonderful people at Golden. Just to say sorry for missing your birthday in June, often think back to my wonderful visit in July 2007, 3 years ago! Thanks for producing the gorgeous paints that I enjoy with great flourish continually, very best wishes Janx

Comment from Ramesh
Time: December 11, 2010, 9:49 pm

Congratulation…Wish you guys continue consistently, unaffected by bubble-burst surroundings. Your company is a good model; compact company with trust worthy quality.


Comment from Bill Thompson
Time: January 27, 2011, 8:12 pm

I attended your first July 4th party and wonderful fireworks display about 30 years ago. It was one of the nicest evenings- the fire works were wonderful as was the Golden generosity. I also loved the hand made acrilyic swatch samples you made at that time. I am happy for all of you.
Bill Thompson NYC

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