Portland art shop and artists helping local schools

Apr 7, 2010

I went bridge jumping once, and all I got from it was a sore bum.  My adrenaline rush doesn't come from extreme sports, it comes from shopping for new art supplies. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered another local art supply store called Muse Art + Design.  Located in the popular Hawthorne Street neighborhood, Muse Art + Design has an impressive concentration of professional-grade products.  The space is small, but the supplies are well-organized and easy to find. Spanning one wall are paint collections from notable companies like Gamblin, Daniel Smith, and Sennelier.  I was even pleasantly surprised to find in the store an extensive collection of Sumi-e materials. 

Yesterday I picked up a new paper pad that I had been coveting since my last visit.  It is called Canal Paper, and it is made by Saint-Armand, a small paper mill in Montreal.  Flax straw and offcuts of t-shirts and denim are used to make the paper.  The texture and color of the paper is amazing, and the oblong shape of the paper is perfect for landscape drawings.  I can't wait to test it out!

For the entire month of April, Muse Art + Design is running an event called An Artist A Day.  On each day in April, a Portland-based artist is at the shop working on an original piece of art.  The thirty pieces will then be auctioned off on Thursday, May 13th to benefit Schoolhouse Supplies, a local program that helps teachers stock their classrooms with needed classroom supplies.  For a full list of participating artists in An Artist A Day or for more details on the event, go here.  Shown above are two works just completed this week by Rachel Austin and Addie Boswell, and seen below is artist Jason Kappus working on his original piece yesterday.  Each art work will start at a minimum bid of $75, which is a steal considering the finished works are 16" x 20".  What a great way to add to your art collection and help the local school district! 


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