Global personalities gathered to hear CEO Tim Gomez toast original exhibits — including some rare recovered items — at the new Dixon Ticonderoga National Museum & Fine Art Gallery’s grand opening last weekend in Lake Mary, Florida.
A once-stolen Norman Rockwell painting valued at over $1 million entitled "Grandfather and Grandson," featuring Dixon Ticonderoga’s familiar yellow #2 pencil, greeted gallery visitors as Gomez described its provenance.
“Recovering stolen paintings is rare,” Gomez said. “We thought it was time to share this classic art with the public. It’s just too magnificent to remain in storage.”
The portrait, kept in the corporation’s private collection, will be viewable by appointment only. Two other Rockwell companion pieces have not been recovered.
Interviews with Dixon Ticonderoga officials revealed a rich history and remarkable growth under Gomez’s leadership over the last five years. During the festivities, seven individuals were inducted as premier members of the company’s hall of fame, including Gino Pala, who was behind the 1983 merger creating the company, and Diego Cespedes, president and CEO of the firm’s parent company, Grupo Fila Dixon, S.A. de C.V.
Also inducted were China branch liaison Tommy Lin; administrative executive Donna Johnson; Georgia manufacturing director Sandy Hill; former SVP of sales Tony Rufo; and museum historian and curator Donna Cochran, a longtime executive team member.
The Dixon Ticonderoga National Museum and Fine Art Gallery, located at 615 Crescent Executive Court in Lake Mary, Florida, will be open to visitors by appointment. School groups will be able to access a workshop area during field trips by making reservations.
Headquartered in Lake Mary, Dixon Ticonderoga Co. manufactures and markets a wide range of school supplies, writing instruments, art materials and office supplies under the Ticonderoga, Prang, Dixon, Oriole, Das, Maimeri and Lyra brands.