Famed Etch A Sketch Artist Reveals Portrait of President Elect Barack Obama

by Jay Cochran
November 05, 2008
Famed Etch A Sketch artist Tim George last night unveiled his much-anticipated rendering of the next President of the United States, Barack Obama on election night, 2008. The latest work of art will join George's 43 other presidential Etch A Sketch masterpieces in an exhibit to be displayed at the Ohio Statehouse.

Known as Mr. Etch A Sketch, Tim George gained popularity as a result of his unparalleled ability to create intricate sketches on the classic drawing toy which uses two knobs to control a single line on a screen. In advance of the election day results, George prepared a likeness of both Senators Barack Obama and John McCain - one of which to be added to his historical collection. The display also featured drawings of the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, Mount Rushmore, Lady Liberty, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Independence Hall and the Ohio Statehouse.

"For years, Tim George has been instrumental in making the classic Etch A Sketch toy a part of today's pop culture," says Martin Killgallon, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. "We are thrilled to see the portrait of Obama, our country's next president, join George's amazing collection of masterpieces!" he adds.

"Both the Etch A Sketch and Tim George are natives of Ohio, so we are honored to host this historical exhibit at the Ohio Statehouse," says Gregg Dodd, Deputy Director for Communications, Marketing & Events for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. "We are thrilled to be able to unveil the newest edition to George's Etch A Sketch collection as we welcome the new president of the United States of America," he adds.

About Ohio Art

Creators of the famous Etch A Sketch(R) drawing toy, The Ohio Art Company remains one of the world's most widely recognized toy companies since its establishment in 1908. The Ohio Art Company is committed to developing toys that encourage creativity and learning while providing hours of enjoyment, encouraging self-expression and promoting positive development. Celebrating 100 years in 2008, the company also proudly markets specialty toys including K's Kids(R), a line of toys specially developed for babies and toddlers. Visit the Ohio Art website at www.ohioart.com.
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