The Art Store is celebrating Valentine’s Day………A love for art is in the air!
Starting on February 14th and running until February 28th, the Art Store will have 25 to 50% off the following items:
All in stock Art Alternatives Sonoma Sketch Box Easels are 50% off the MSRP!
CK MIX throwing porcelain is 25% off our regular price!
All M. Graham Paints including oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache is 25% off the MSRP
All in stock Strathmore 18×24 medium surface drawing pads are 30% off the MSRP!
The Studio Design Futura Chair is 40% off their MSRP!
Richeson’s Best Lobo Easel is 30% off the MSRP!*
*Speaking of, these easels will be featured in the reopening of our studio. So this spaghettis into news on our classes. These easels are in transit now. Due to arrive in 6 to 7 days.
The State of the Art Store
On October 18th, 2019, I, Keith Kendall, became full owner of the Art Store. Until that point, I was unable to manage the operations of the store. I have been told by many of my core and returning customers that they are very happy to see my return. All past employees and managers have been replaced or terminated. The immediate question was if classes would return. The answer is still yes. Its just taking some time to do so. Much repair has had to be done.
Since the store was part of an asset transfer in my divorce, the asset had to be valued. Inventory was done first of over 8000 items. As well as cleaning of the entire store. This took 3 weeks to do so. Reorganization of these items as well had to be done. Including database management corrections made by the past management.
Right after this, Xmas sales began. As the Prescott Courier announced my return to the art community, I found myself in the midst of the best Xmas sales the Art Store had ever experienced. Which I want to thank you all for celebrating my return to the Art Store. I have felt very blessed.
This followed by the Back to School time. A very confusing time for us as new instructors had been hired but were not communicative to the store.
During this time, orders were placed to replenish the dwindled stock.
Here is where I must inform you, I as the full owner of the store, I am living on borrowed time. I was diagnosed with a very small percentage of survival to live in 2019. I have contracted a systemic blood infection caused by extreme stress. My past stresses caused my immune system to crash and I became infected possibly by my earlier hernia surgeries but definitely by my digestive tract. The prognosis is good but I had gone to a septic state for over 2 years (the years I had been gone from the store) unbeknownst to myself and now ex-wife. In which my adrenal glands saved my life. Attending a doctor at the time, the local doctor missed the cause. As well as encouraged myself to near death with the chosen therapies. As I recover, I have had to attend many doctors, detox the damage done by the first doctor and rest accordingly. My mother, Pam has been assisting with the store’s needs. Many of you have met her and I have heard much positive comments. Sam also has been hired for a short time.
So, please be patient with the classes restarting. Three instructors have agreed to teach at the store starting in March. Their names are Patrick Harper, Ken Ottinger and Karel Armstrong. All with 20+ years of teaching experience. We are working on the schedule for the next 3 months and beyond. The schedule has not been solidified.
If you wish to take any classes, you can inform us to contact you by contacting the store by email or phone (443-0749) with your chosen techniques requested. The full schedule will be released as it is solidified by all instructors. We are collecting opinions of what the community wants.
For our local art community
“Doodle for Google” Competition Asks K-12 Artists: How Do You Show Kindness?
The winner of this year’s competition will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and have their Google Doodle featured on the company’s homepage.
We’ve all noticed the drawings that temporarily replace or embellish Google’s logo on the website’s homepage on holidays, special events, or days commemorating important historical figures. For the twelfth consecutive year, that coveted, highly-visible space is up for grabs to one young artist in the US through the tech company’s “Doodle for Google” competition. In addition to having their work featured on the tech company’s landing page for an entire day, the winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the winner’s school will be awarded a $50,000 technology package.
Open to artists ages K-12, “Doodle for Google” is organized around a different theme every year, and the 2020 contest asks participants: how do you show kindness?
“We’re inviting young artists in grades K-12 to open up their creative hearts and show us how they find ways to be kind,” reads a Google blog entry about the competition, which encourages diverse and multiple interpretations to its open-ended theme — from speaking out against bullying to starting a community garden.
A panel of judges, among them Rodney Robinson, 2019’s National Teacher of the Year, will narrow down the winners from each state and grade group based on artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication, and the public will vote for their favorite doodle.
Last year, the “Doodle for Google” competition’s theme was “When I grow up, I hope…” The winner was Arantza Peña Popo, then a high school senior in Georgia. “When I grow up, I hope to care for my mom as much as she cared for me my entire life,” Arantza wrote in a statement included along with her artwork. Her entry, a painting titled Once you get it, give it back (2019), depicts Arantza caring for her older mother in the foreground, and a framed picture of her mother carrying Arantza as a baby in the background.
“Doodle for Google” is accepting online and mailed submissions until March 13, 2020 at 8:00pm PST. Instructions and an entry form can be found here.
New to the Art Store
As we are no longer partnered with the Frame & I since October, 2019, we now offer readymade frames, matboard, precut mats, museum mounting board, foamcore, ATG and framing hardware. For all your do it yourselfers out there.
We also now carry basic jewelry beading repair materials: Hemp cord, bamboo cord, wire, exotic beads and jewelry equipment.
Many of our customers have been requesting watercolor travel brushes. The Princeton Neptune and Aqualite travel brushes have been brought into the store. These are awesome for your on the go sketches. You need to see these beautiful brushes to enjoy their craftsmanship.
Fredrix Metallic canvases and canvas panels. A canvas already gessoed with gold or pearlescent finishes ready to paint on as soon as you remove the shrink-wrap.
Derwent Inktense Paint Pan Travel Sets feature 12 highly-lightfast Inktense paint pans found in the pencil and block ranges. Unlike traditional watercolor, washes of vivid paint can be applied without dissolving previously dried layers. Ideal for travel with everything needed to paint on-the-go, these sets contains 12 Inktense paint pans, a mini waterbrush, a sponge and five mixing palettes. Inktense is suitable for use on paper and fabric for a wide range of fine art and craft projects.
The Inktense Paint Pan Travel Set Palette #1 includes one each of sun yellow, mango, poppy red, dark plum, mid ultramarine, bright blue, teal green, racing green, kiwi, burnt yellow ochre, natural brown and ink black.
A wood sculpture attributed to Paul Gauguin held in the collection of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles was not actually produced by the famed artist, new research suggests. Its attribution status has been demoted to “unknown” in December 2019. According to a report by the French newspaper Le Figaro, the institution paid an estimated $3 million to $5 million in 2002 to acquire the work, which is titled Head with Horns, from Wildenstein gallery in New York.
In a statement, the museum said that its decision to change the attribution of the work “was based on scholarly research over recent years by Getty professionals and other experts in the field, including significant new evidence that was not available at the time of its acquisition.” The statement continues, “While we no longer attribute this work of art to Paul Gauguin, it was clearly an important object, known to him through photographs, that played a role in his artistic practice. The sculpture is the subject of ongoing research, which will be published in 2021 and 2022.”
Previously, photographs of the sculpture in Gauguin’s notebook had been thought to provide evidence that the artist had created the sculpture in Tahiti, the Art Newspaper reports. Fabrice Fourmanoir, a collector and former gallery owner in Tahiti, was among the first to call the authenticity of Head with Horns into question. Fourmanoir discovered the sculpture’s presence in a late 19th-century photograph taken by Jules Agostini. That image was captioned Idole Marquisienne, or Marquisian Idol, indicating that it may have been made by an anonymous artist in French Polynesia.
Anne-Lise Desmas, head of sculpture and decorative arts at the Getty, told The Art Newspaper that “no other Gauguin sculpture has such a pedestal,” and that the work is unsigned by the artist.
Head with Horns has previously been exhibited around the world at institutions such as Tate Modern in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. ARTnews
The retail center the Art Store is occupying will be getting a coffeehouse and entertainment area in suite D. As the plans are unveiled for from the owners of this new establishment, I will announce the details. The classes will be in the afternoon as to allow better
Upcoming workshop to be looking for is a workshop with Caroline Linscott. stay tuned.
Our local VA hospital offers art therapy classes to veterans in need of mental wellness. After discussing this with the current art directors, The Art Store will be supplying the art materials for this cause in the near future. As a Son of Liberty, I find myself continuing my respects to our military veterans. We also will be accepting donations to the program and other worthy causes as to benefit the local community’s needs. If you have a need to do so, please contact us at the store.
Art Therapy can be used as a complement to traditional mental health treatment. The aim is to increase self-esteem. The process of creating art will give a feeling of self-accomplishment which can be very valuable to improve ones’ self-appreciation and confidence.