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Valspar Automotive paints brighter future for Artists4Education, CREF

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 07:00
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Valspar Automotive is bringing its brand family of quality performance coatings and products together with the creative talents of top custom artists to the Las Vegas SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) automotive specialty products trade show Nov. 3-6 to raise money through Artists4Education and help fund the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Artists including Ryan Evans of Count’s Kustoms and The History Channel’s Counting Cars, Josh Culver of Culver’s Customs, Ron ‘Flea’ Fleenor, John Wargo of The Custom Shop, Nub of NubGrafix, Jon Kosmoski of House of Kolor, KC Mathieu of KC’s Paint Shop, Jason Jewett of Red House Custom Paint and more are offering their time and creative skills by painting and donating items to be auctioned off during the SEMA show. The funds received will go directly to benefiting CREF, which gives future technicians the proper education and training for a successful collision repair career.

 “This is the very heart of what we love about how car and motorcycle culture and art come together – the unleashed creativity, and generosity, is simply mind blowing!” said Laura Yerkey, Marketing Director, Americas, at Valspar Automotive.

By purchasing the auction items, at the SEMA trade show or online, fans of these artists have a chance to own a unique piece of American history. Monetary donations are being accepted on the Artists4Education website, Great art and a great cause come together in Artists4Education. To view many of the items as they are painted live during the SEMA trade show, visit Valspar Automotive booths #10851, #10655, and #23513.

About Valspar Automotive

Valspar® Refinish is a market leader for premium-quality, low-cost automotive-refinish paints and coatings. Its goal is for every customer served to be more-than-impressed with every paint job, every vehicle, every time—and for your shop to be consistently profitable. For more information, go to

Valspar: If it matters, we’re on it

Valspar is a global leader in the coatings industry providing customers with innovative, high-quality products and value-added services. Our 10,500 employees worldwide deliver advanced coatings solutions with best-in-class appearance, performance, protection and sustainability to customers in more than 100 countries. Valspar offers a broad range of superior coatings products for the consumer market, and highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets. Founded in 1806, Valspar is headquartered in Minneapolis. Valspar’s reported net sales in fiscal 2014 were $4.5 billion and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:VAL). For more information, visit and follow @valspar on Twitter.

About Artist4Education

Artists 4 Education was created to raise awareness and money to ensure that future Automotive Collision Repair technicians are highly trained and prepared for a rewarding career. It does this by engaging the skills of the industry's expert artists from across the country to share their talents by creating one-of-a-kind auction pieces of which all proceeds go directly to the Collision Repair Education Foundation.  For more information, go to

About Collision Repair Education Foundation

Collision Repair Education Foundation is a philanthropic organization committed to awarding substantial annual support, both to students and to collision training programs. It partners with industry donors to fill the funding gap that hinders the collision industry and in its first year, CREF provided more than $1.7 million in grants for collision education. The Foundation is also committed to promoting the collision industry as an excellent career in one of the last real “hands-on” trades in existence—a time-honored trade that offers challenging work requiring skill and aptitude in a field offering growth and opportunity. For more information, go to

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