ARTISTíS AIR EASEL ATTACHMENT Air Purifier

ARTISTíS AIR EASEL ATTACHMENT Air Purifier
{Easel not included}
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For a Healthy
Studio Environment

An affordable, new system that quietly collects pastel dust and oil solvents at your easel and filters them from your studio environment
Free shipping for all ARTISTíS AIR products within the US contiguous 48 states.
A one-of-a-kind air purifier with a suction shelf that attaches directly to any easel's 1 1/2" tray. You can place your canvas or work surface on top of this suction device (it has a grating) and all fumes or harmful particles are drawn directly down into it! The harmful unhealthy elements never have a chance to reach you!
Fits any easel with a 1.5 inch bottom canvas holder
The air purifier sits about 8 to 10 feet away. A hose connects it to the suction filter which attaches simply to your bottom canvas holder witha 1 1/4' velcro Strap. This suction tray is 30" wide.
A Must-Have For Pastelists!
Uses minimal electricity - about the same as a standard light bulb.
Quiet - on the highest setting it has no more sound than an average window fan!
{Easel not included}
Item Code: ARTISTS-AIR-1

Sale Price: $1,349.00
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Unit choice: 
 #D50: New system in Dust-Only model (with a larger HEPA, but no VOC carbon filter or lift bar): $1,349.00
 #V50 New system (with 18 lbs. VOC carbon filter, larger HEPA filter, and a lift bar): $1,449.00

Optional: 
 No replacement filters
 Set of Replacement Filters [HEPA, VOC carbon filter, First prefilter & Second prefilter]: $268.00

Option #2: 
 None
 Replacement 10 ft. flexible hose: $38.00

Product Description:
ARTISTíS AIR Easel Air Purifier {Easel not included}
{FREE Shipping for all ARTISTíS AIR products within the US contiguous 48 states!}

For a Healthy
Studio Environment


An affordable, new system that quietly collects pastel dust and oil solvents at your easel and filters them from your studio environment

A standard ARTISTíS AIR (V Series) includes the following:
  • Collection Unit: Collection box (30Ē wide, 4Ē deep, 10Ē high), lift bar, top screen, prefilter, easel strap, & 10 ft. (3 m.) flexible hose.
  • Filter Unit: Filter canister, prefilter, activated carbon filter, biocide filters, and true HEPA filter.

    A Dust-Only ARTISTíS AIR includes all of the above, except for the carbon filter (with attached biocide filters), and the lift bar. {Dust-Only version is $100 off the price}

    A one-of-a-kind air purifier with a suction shelf that attaches to any easel's 1 1/2" tray. You can place your canvas or work surface on top of this suction device (it has a grating) and all fumes or harmful particles are drawn directly down into it! Fits any easel with a 1.5 inch bottom canvas holder

    The air purifier sits about 8 to 10 feet away. A hose connects it to the suction filter which attaches simply to your bottom canvas holder witha 1 1/4" velcro Strap. This suction tray is 30" wide.

    A must for Pastelists!

    All new 50 series offer the artists about 80% more VOC trapping capacity for their volatiles than our present 40 series and about 20% more HEPA capacity for dust. The 50 series also have a slightly, maybe 5%, larger airflow (CFM) than the 40 series. Our 50 series will only be $100 more than our 40 series. We think that is a good deal for people who do mostly oil and encaustic painting, but not as good a deal for people who are mostly painting with pastels and charcoal.
    So, we will now offer four systems. Each has the same collection box, that fits on an easel or lays on a table, and each has the same 6 inch, 10 ft. vinyl flexible hose:
  • V40: Our former Standard system with 10 lbs. VOC carbon filter, HEPA filter, and a lift bar.
  • D40: Our former Dust-only system with a HEPA, but no VOC carbon filter or lift bar.
  • V50: Our new system with 18 lbs. VOC carbon filter, larger HEPA filter, and a lift bar.
  • D50: Our new system with a larger HEPA, but no VOC carbon filter or lift bar.


    Filters will be good for 1 - 10 years depending on volume of use. (Will last through the use of about 8 lbs. of solvent!)

    There are three fan speeds. The highest produces about as much sound as a modern window fan.

    Each unit is handmade in Maine and Quebec of the best material. The collection unit is made of galvanized steel and powder-coated to give it a durable flat black finish. Unlike painting, powder coating involves baking a dry pigment directly onto the steel. The filter unit likewise is constructed of steel and powder-coat finished. The connecting hose is made from very flexible, strong 6-inch wire-reinforced vinyl.

    Artistís Air uses approximately as much electricity as a light bulb: 94 Watts maximum and only about 45 Watts on low.

    Sales tax is charged to all orders shipped to Maine and NJ.

    Warranty:

    All working parts of ARTISTíS AIR are guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase. If any problem arises, please call or email us so that we can work with you for the most efficient solution.

    ARTISTíS AIR systems Return Policy:

    ARTISTíS AIR systems can be returned for any reason within fifteen days of delivery. We will reimburse the full purchase price. The customer is responsible for return shipping costs. Any returns require a return authorization number first. Please contact us at mail@MadisonArtShop.com. We respond to all emails the same day.

    {Easel not included}



    HOW THE FILTERS WORK

    ARTISTíS AIR is constructed of durable steel with a flat black powder-coat finish. It uses a four-phase filtering system.

    1) The pre-filter stops larger particles such as dust and lint from clogging the other filters.

    2) The special Vocarb Carbon filter eliminates solvent vapors, gases, and odors. This filter has ten pounds (4.5 kg) of Vocarb activated carbon that traps gases and odors that pass over it and continues working for

    many months before needing to be replaced. It will eliminate approximately 8 pints (4 liters) of solvent before it becomes less effective.

    3) Two anti-microbial filters kill airborne microbes that pass through them.

    4) The true HEPA filter traps airborne particles. These filters were developed by the Atomic Energy Commission. They can capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, including some bacteria and viruses.



    Set of Replacement Filters Includes:
  • HEPA 79.98
  • VOC carbon filter 159.98
  • First prefilter (inside the collection box) 6.00
  • Second prefilter (inside the filter canister) 10.00
    How often do you have to change the filters?
    One of our artists, Kathleen, paints full time, about half-time oils and half-time pastels. She also has the two cats who come and go in the studio, leaving their hair.

    ē Artists will be able to tell when the VOC carbon filter is used upóthe smells will not be taken away. Simple as that. A typical oil painter working full time in the studio should get one-three years out of one, depending on how much solvent they tend to use when painting. We changed Kathleen's VOC carbon filter after two years when she noticed a slight difference.

    ē If they clean the first prefilter (black, in the collection box) once a week they will have an efficient system and protect the other filters. Kathleen washes her's once a week when working with pastels and needed to replace it after one year.

    ē Kathleen vacuums the second prefilter (white, in the filter canister) each year and it is still good after 3 years.

    ē After three years the HEPA filter seems to be working fine. The filter people say the HEPA filters work fine until they clog up and rapidly go from passing a fairly normal amount of air to clogging up in a short time when they are used up. After three years, Kathleen hasn't noticed yet any significant reduction in air passing through the system to indicate that.

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  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    4 out of 5, Based on 1 Reviews.
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    Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    October 02, 2011

    As a pastelist, I decided to order this for the sake of my health. It's hard to review it because it's hard to tell how well it works. The suction doesn't seem very strong, but I can see the pastel particles in the pre-filter, so it does work. I guess if I never get a lung disease, I'll be very happy!

    In 2002, Kathleen Galligan, a pastel and oil painter, noticed that after 25 years of painting she was becoming sensitive to pastel dusts. Knowing the dangers of prolonged exposure to artistsí dusts and solvents, she enlisted the help of Warren Riess, her husband, to eliminate them from her studio air.
    After much research, attending a workshop on health issues in studios, and advice from many talented people, Warren began to design various means to vent or filter the impurities. The two began experiments with continually improving wood models until they were satisfied with a complete filtering system that pulled impurities from between Kathleen and her paintings. It eliminated almost all studio-produced impurities and saved energy and the local environment by not venting.

    Kathleenís new metal system caught the eye of visiting artists, who asked about one for themselves, and the idea of offering it as a product was born. Local artists tested a number of prototypes as Warren and Kathleen improved each. They ordered the first production units in December 2004. Sales started in January 2005.

    HOW ARTISTíS AIR WORKS?

    ARTISTíS AIR quietly removes impurities from between you and your artwork, where harmful substances would otherwise collect and be inhaled. Clean air naturally replaces it, leaving you with healthier air to breathe. Most impurities created by artists are heavier than air and tend to drift downward or with air currents.

    ARTISTíS AIR is portable and can be quickly set up to either side of your workspace. This affordable system filters your studio air, rather than venting it outside. That saves you heating and cooling expenses and conserves energy resources.

    ARTISTíS AIRíS collection unit fits virtually any easel. However, the collection unit can be used on a table, horizontally or vertically, for artists working in other media.

    WHY ARTISTíS AIR?

    Most studio artists use toxic materials. Oil painters commonly work with harmful solvents, including turpentine and odorless petroleum distillates. Many poisonous substances have no odor. Pastel and ceramic artists generate potentially harmful dusts, including heavy-metal particles. Acrylic and gouache painters release small amounts of formaldehyde, ammonia, and gum binders into their environment. Jewelry makers release cleaning solvent by-products when soldering.

    All of these, plus other dusts, chemicals, and many bacteria and viruses are filtered from your environment by ARTISTíS AIR. It incorporates the same filters used by many hospitals and other medical facilities.

    Harmful substances, if not eliminated, will pollute the air not only in your studio, but also in any attached rooms and the surrounding environment. ARTISTíS AIR is an efficient and cost effective solution for a space up to 1200 square feet.

    HOW THE FILTERS WORK

    ARTISTíS AIR is constructed of durable steel with a flat black powder-coat finish. It uses a four-phase filtering system.

    1) The pre-filter stops larger particles such as dust and lint from clogging the other filters.

    2) The Mass Activated Carbon Bed filter absorbs gases and odors. The carbon filter has ten pounds (4.5 kg) of activated carbon that traps gases and odors that pass over it and continues working for
    many months before needing to be replaced. It will absorb approximately 8 pints (4 liters) of solvent before it becomes less effective.

    3) Two anti-microbial filters kill airborne microbes that pass through them.

    4) The true HEPA filter traps airborne particles. These filters were developed by the Atomic Energy Commission. They can capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, including some bacteria and viruses.

    HOW ACTIVATED CARBON WORKS

    Activated carbon has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. There are so many of these that one pound of activated carbon has a working surface area of 60 to 150 acres.

    Certain chemicals are attracted to activated carbon and bond to it. The millions of pores in the activated carbon provide an enormous surface area to trap these chemicals.

    CLEAN INDOOR AIR IS ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD HEALTH

    ARTISTíS AIR is an investment that will help you, and quite possibly your family and pets, lead longer, healthier lives and avoid the distress and expenses of allergies and other toxin-related health problems.
    Donít wait for symptoms to occur. Be pro-active with your health.

    If dusts are your only problem, ARTISTíS AIR is available without a carbon filter.

    We offer a one-year warranty and a generous return policy.

    SMALL PRINT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

    ē ARTISTíS AIR will collect and filter out most impurities as they are released from an average or small-sized painting. However, even under ideal conditions nothing collects and filters 100 percent of the impurities as they are created. The system will continue to collect and filter any vapors and dust that escape into the studio. Processing up to 350 cubic feet per minute, it can handle a space of approximately 1200 square feet. We recommend that artists leave the fan on low when not working to continually clean their studio air.

    ē There are three fan speeds. The highest produces about as much sound as a modern window fan.

    ē If more than one person is painting in a studio, each painter should have an ARTISTíS AIR at their easel. The system is not designed to handle the impurities produced by more than one painter at a time.

    TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER STUDIO ENVIRONMENT

    If you have any tips for other artists, please let us know.

    ē If you are using a painting surface much smaller than 30 inches wide, you will get a better flow of air at the painting by covering the collector unitís screen top to either side of the painting surface.

    ē For paintings larger than 30 inches wide you may find it best to shift your surface so that the area you are painting is above the collector unit. If you normally paint larger you may want to use two systems. The collector units can be placed side-by-side with one duct coming off of the left and the other the right side of your easel. A strip of Velcro tape between the two will help keep them from shifting.

    ē Let your ARTISTíS AIR run on at least low for a while after you finish painting to scrub any remaining pollutants from the air. Artists working with oil and acrylic often keep their filter unit running all night on low to clean pollutants that off-gas from their paintings and pallet. It only uses as much electricity as a small light bulb.

    ē Pastel artists: do NOT blow dust off your surface. Flick off excess dust, by tapping your surface, instead. This will direct most of the dust into the unit.


    OTHER IMPORTANT HABITS TO KEEP:

    ē Keep solvent containers closed whenever possible.

    ē Cover pallets and pastel containers when they are not in use.

    ē Clean all surfaces of the studio often. Pollutants that settle on surfaces can be disturbed into the air or picked up by hands or clothing

    ē Keep all used rags in a steel can, with a steel top. Besides off-gassing problems, spontaneous combustion of solvent-laden rags is a serious fire hazard.

    TESTIMONIALS

    I have been working in soft pastels for about 4 years. Because I have not had a separate studio space for several years I have worked primarily plein air during the warmer months here in Maine.

    After many years as a printmaker I have developed quite a sensitivity to chemicals, solvents and pigments and working outside at least afforded me the opportunity to work in a medium that I truly love - soft pastel. When Kathleen and Warren told me about the ARTISTíS AIR, I was thrilled and immediately asked if I could try it in my small home studio space. At first I still wore a mask while using the ARTISTíS AIR, but have found that I do not really need one.

    I work on sanded panels that I prepare myself, and they have a lot of texture so there is a lot of extra dust. The ARTISTíS AIR has performed beyond my expectations. My small studio space is in a corner of my living room and I have checked the floor around the easel several times. There is no dust. The only time I had dust in the area was when I turned the ARTISTíS AIR off at the same time as I stopped painting for the day. I realize that it has to stay on for several minutes after you have quit for the day - just to grab the smaller dust particles that may be airborne.

    The most exciting thing about the ARTISTíS AIR is that I can now work in this wonderful medium whenever I want. I no longer have to wait for warm weather, which in Maine is not a lot of the time!

    ó Jeannie Fine


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    This may seem to be a biased testimonial, as I am one of the co-founders of ARTISTíS AIR. However, writing it seems fitting as I am the artist for whom this was designed and I have had a year to use it.

    ARTISTíS AIR has been a tremendous relief to me, because it has eliminated completely a chronic sinus condition I had developed from working in pastels after several years. A dust mask was part of my daily routine, but it never truly helped. I had quit teaching indoor pastel painting classes, and was beginning to feel my successful professional career as a pastel artist was inevitably over. Reluctantly and regrettably, the need to search out another medium that didnít affect my health was pressing. Warren Riess determined that he would find a solution to this dilemma.

    Over two years, Warren developed and fine-tuned ARTISTíS AIR for me to use. After painting with it for about 6 months in pastels and 6 months in oils, I am thrilled! No kiddingóI now paint without the use of a dust mask and without any renewed sinus irritations. I have comfortably returned to the medium I have loved for 25 years.

    I have always worked intermittently in oils, sustaining headaches, trying different medium and solvents to avoid these obvious symptoms of vapor-related attacks on my nervous system. Using ARTISTíS AIR while I paint in oils, I have not suffered those headaches and my studio smells healthy and clean. I work with it set at ďmediumĒ and after I finish painting, I leave it on ďlowĒ for a few hours, returning to an odorless and toxin-free studio. I now can more thoroughly enjoy working with oils.
    ARTISTíS AIR has renewed my life as a painter.

    ó Kathleen Galligan


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    Having used turps for years, I became very sensitized to the spirit, and could no longer use it. While test driving ARTISTíS AIR developed by Warren Riess and Kathleen Galligan, I found that I could paint with
    turpentine again, and did not suffer any effects, there was no odor, no
    typical flushed face, and no light-headedness. The product was easy to set up and use. The motor was virtually silent, and the entire system did not interfere with my usual "dancing about" while painting, which is very critical to my ability to see a work in progress.

    I highly recommend this system to anyone seriously concerned about their health. Any person using the inherantly toxic materials needed to create art should have this system as part of their studio. I applaud Warren and Kathleen's dedication in developing this health saver, taking into account many suggestions and comments. BRAVI !

    ó Kathleen Mack



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    ARTISTíS AIR has been wonderful. I can now paint in my studio while it eliminates the irritations caused by my pastel dustósomething my venting system could not do. My studio air and surfaces are clean for the first time. I park my pastels on the intake screen, so they stay cleaner too.
    An added benefit is the elimination of other fumes. Paint fumes from finishing a room below my studio made it impossible to start work. I turned on my ARTISTíS AIR and within three hours not a trace of the problem, and the problem was BAD!

    ó Natalie Wriggins



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    ARTISTíS HEALTH


    For health issues in the studio, rather than repeat what experts are writing, we feel we should steer you to some of the sources below for answers about health concerns:
    ē One thing we feel we should address is the confusion about odiferous v. odorless oil medium and solvents.

    The experts say that generally, given the same concentration of each, the odorless mediums and solvents are less toxic. However, if one is not habitually filtering or venting their studio air, the odorless chemicals can become more of a problem. For example, if you are using a smelly one and the concentration of it starts to build in your studio, you will walk out or purge the air. With an odorless medium or solvent you could build up a very high concentration, which might be quite harmful, without realizing it.

    Without using a good activated carbon filter or venting system an odiferous medium or solvent may be safer: at least you know when the concentration builds in your studio air. If, on the other hand, you continuously clean the mediums and solvents from your studio air by using Artistís Air or a strong venting system, the amount of either material would be very low. Therefore, the less-toxic ones would be preferable.

    ē Monona Rossol, Chemist, Artist, and Industrial hygienist has authored or co-authored the following books:

    The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide, Allworth Press, (1990; 2nd Ed., 1994; 3rd Ed., 2001). Winner of 1996 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries. It provides health, safety, and regulatory information for US/Canadian artists. Included are charts of hundreds of pigments, metals, minerals, solvents, plastics, paints, and other materials used in the arts with recommendations about choosing the safest products and the ventilation and other precautions needed to work safely with these materials.

    Keeping Clay Work Safe & Legal (1993, 2nd Ed., 1996) published by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic arts. It provides coverage of all the major health & safety hazards and precautions for ceramics and can function as an OSHA training text for ceramics workers and teachers.

    Danger: Artist at Work! Thorpe Publishing, Monona Rossol was senior author with Ben Bartlett coauthor (1991, 2nd Ed., 1996) published in Australia for Australian art and theater workers.

    Overexposure: Health Hazards in Photography, Allworth Press, co- authored with Susan Shaw, (1991). An in depth treatment of the hazards of photographic chemicals. (Limited availability)

    The system works with encaustics. We have at least three customers who use it for that, including one who tested it thoroughly in our first year (Sandy Quinn). She grinds up her pigment and makes her waxes (is that the term?) on one side of her studio and paints on the other side. So, she has the filter unit on the floor between those two stations, under her table. She moves the collection box to whichever station she is using, still attached to the filter unit. She, and I think the other encaustic painters, use the collection box horizontally next to their work. The wax fumes go into the collection box and are trapped by the filters. Her husband says the house doesn't smell like a candle factory anymore when he gets home from work.
    Since the collection box does not work as well horizontally as vertically, we suggest he purchase the 50-V, which has a little better air flow.

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