I was going into 'Art Store withdrawal' last month while my favorite art store moved to a new location. The day they opened, I raced downtown and had a good long browse. ***ahhhhh*** And, yes, I bought some goodies, too - of course!
One thing I really like about The Art Store is their very knowledgeable staff. Have a question? They will know the answer or they will find it for you. Need a certain product? They will locate it for you!
|Ben and Keith|
Okay! Let the browsing begin!
|Ida and lots of brushes|
Oh... okay *shakes head* Back to the tour of the new store - I will visit 'brush-land' later...
Another reason I like to 'shop local' is that I get to test lots of other art supplies at The Art Store. Pastels, all kinds of pencils, charcoal, Graphitint, watersoluable graphite - almost everything has a sample you can try. Test the charcoal pencils for density, the colored pencils for blendability (spell check says that isn't a word...spell check lies), the watercolor pencils for intensity of color... and more! I can't do that on a computer keyboard.
|Nyx and luscious Unison Pastels|
|Easels and paper and paint, oh my!|
|Jodi - and everything!|
There are other reasons why I like to shop at locally owned businesses. They pay local taxes which help our schools, pay for street improvements, support our fire department and police, and they create jobs for local residents. In the case of Keith and Ida and both The Art Store and The Frame & I, they also support our local art groups, student art events, donate supplies to the local schools, and lots more. Yesterday both Ida and Keith came to the Prescott Valley Art Guild to give a demonstration.
|Ida and Keith at the Prescott Valley Art Guild meeting|
Ida gave a demonstration of various watersoluable pencils, pastels, and crayons. They also brought many samples for the guild members to test and lots of paper to try out as well. It was lots of fun and very informative as they spent a lot of time answering questions from the guild members. Both Ida and Keith are artists who freely share their time and their talents.
I am really blessed to have a great art store like this - I hope you have one in your hometown where you can 'shop local', too!