Art supply store opens at Kimball
July 7, 2009
About a year ago, Jenny Dierson, the art education coordinator at the Kimball Art Center, got into a discussion about hunting for art supplies with education assistant Dana Knight. After sharing their grievances about not being able to find things locally, they had an idea. "We decided Park City really needed an art supply store," Dierson says.
The duo didn’t waste any time. They took over an area in the basement of the Kimball Art Center and began to convert it into a shop. They contacted a supplier that could provide them with professional-grade supplies while keeping the costs down as much as possible, and they began to put the word out about the newest addition coming to the Center.
This week, Knight and Dierson’s efforts will pay off when they see the happy faces of artists who no longer have to travel to Salt Lake or brave daunting online registries to find what they’re looking for.
The Kimball Art Center will hold a grand opening for the Studio 6 Supply Store July 10-12. Drop by the store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for special sales and a daily opportunity drawing.
"We wanted to offer this to the community because it’s such a vibrant arts community," Dierson says. Local and visiting artists will save time and money now that materials are more readily available.
The supplies are geared toward professional artists and provide the necessary materials for many of the Kimball’s art classes, which range from mixed media for tots to specialized printmaking courses for adults. "Now when people come in to take classes, an expert will be in the store to show them what they need," says Deirson.
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The exchange goes both ways. When people come into the supply store and discover materials they want to try, they can sign up for a class. "For all the materials we sell, there’s a class people can take to learn more about that type of art," she says.
The store carries acrylic, watercolor and oil paints; drawing, printmaking and mixed media supplies; a variety of canvases and watercolor papers; and an assortment of brushes. The studio will also sell recycled canvases at reduced prices. Eventually, says Dierson, they hope to add darkroom photo supplies and silver smithing materials.
Although the supplies are made for professionals, the casual landscape artist or home project maven shouldn’t be deterred. "Anyone can use them, even if you’re not a professional," says Dierson. And while you might not want to let your kids get their hands on acrylic paints, the store does sell kid-friendly items such as sketchbooks and pencils.
Another perk of an onsite supply store is that members of the Kimball Art Center receive 10 percent off. Artists can also come in to request a particular type of paint or canvas and Studio 6 will order it for them.
When registering for classes, people can purchase items from the supply list at the same time so that they are fully prepared for the first day of class. The Kimball offers classes for Little Picassos between 1-and-a-half and 3 years, tots ages 3 to 4, kids ages 5 to 10, tweens and teens 11 to 17, adults and families.