To our special customers and friends,
Mat Basics business retired and closed in June 2020, after a successful run of 48 years!
We have dearly loved serving you! So many talented and wonderful professional artists, photographers and individual crafters in the craft industry, as well as national and regional chain stores, distributors, art galleries, and fine craft, hobby and art stores and general merchandise retailers.
It has been a great personal pleasure to travel from one coast to the other doing trade shows for decades, walking art shows and meeting many of you face to face in business or even on vacation trips! The loyalty of all of you to us is unsurpassed, and has brought on many years of good friendships, as well as doing business together. I can’t begin to thank you enough for that.
Our building lease was up, so between that and the many changes to our industry and the icing of the coronavirus shut down for three months, it was time to make this bittersweet decision.
Mat Basics Inc, formerly Prime Arts Ltd Inc has remained a family business all this time out of Cincinnati, Ohio. My mom, Diane Johnson, began Prime Arts Ltd in our house when I was a kid in 1972, and taught me to become quite the little professional ten year old working wholesale trade show booths with my parents!
Mom was well established in the needlework industry with the first products when my dad, Jerry Johnson, came on board in 1982 to transition into framing mats. We innovated and introduced many successful products into the marketplace, including our trademark Mats by PAL Gold and Silver label mat programs. Although my parents retired long ago, I feel very proud to have been a longstanding leader and manufacturer in the craft and framing mat industry!
It is with gratitude that I thank you for your business, on behalf of my parents and myself, and I thank all the Prime Arts / Mat Basics employees that were also so loyal and faithful for decades to consistently make you exceptional products.
With love and blessings,
Suzie L Johnson
Mat Basics Inc