HARRY AND RUTH

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Kalish Finest Brushes was founded as a modest ‘Mom and Pop’ operation with two senior citizens sharing the joys of a successful business. Ruth and Harry started selling art supplies around 1980 while Harry was preparing to retire from his engineering career at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Their stock included multi lines of oils, watercolor, etc. - and brushes. They learned what is good and what is bad about brushes, and watched the big established brush makers vie for market share. Their art supply business, Kalish Photo, became known for its quality, personalized service, and good prices.

In the mid to late 80's, a good friend and art professor who was conducting a teaching tour in Ireland, discovered a small factory making artist brushes. He was impressed and told them that he knew someone in the US who would be interested in their fine brushes. And that’s how it started.

We send the designs of each one of our brushes to the factory and they send us samples until we are satisfied. Their craftsmanship is superb, and they use only top-quality hair from the most reputable hair dealer in Europe. The brushmaker who hand-makes our brushes has over 35 years experience. We keep in close touch with the factory and maintain a large stock for prompt shipment.

We sell directly to artists and teachers in the US and Europe, and we love to speak with them on the telephone or e-mail. Only a few years ago, most of our orders were through ads in the top artist magazines, but now most are through our website. Some are recomendations from teachers and some old customers still order on the telephone. Our greatest satisfaction is reading testimonials from artists who discover that our brushes are superior to those being made by the old established names in brushmaking.

Harry passed away in December, 2015 at the age of 94. He lived a long and full life and contributed richly to many lives, whether through his passions like painting and photography, jazz and calypso music, being a radio ham, his engineering and seeking better ways to do just about everything or through his many philanthropic endeavors.