Art Association adds new supply store

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Art Association of Jackson Hole wants art enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to know that you can now purchase supplies without leaving Jackson (or shopping online).

More than a year ago, Art Association staff started noticing a steady stream of art supply requests landing on the nonprofit’s Front Desk. Some requests came from visiting artists.

“Jackson is a destination for artists. When artists travel it’s not possible to bring all your supplies like mineral spirits on a plane, so it’s very common to pick up extra items once you land,” said Jennifer Hoffman one of the store managers, as well as an accomplished plein air painter.

Art Association store will stock items most often needed by artists. (Art Association)

Local artists also suspected that the Art Association would be a good place to find supplies. The Art Association’s Executive Director, Mark Nowlin, owned the frame and art supply store Masters Studio for 33 years. Nowlin became ED of the Art Association in 2016, and says that the need for an art supply store didn’t go away after Masters Studio closed. It kept growing. This year the nonprofit committed to filling the need for local art supplies.

Like many good projects, the new store came into being with the help of the community. The Art Association called on architect Jeff Lawrence, an associate with Carney Logan Burke Architects, to redesign the Front Desk and Gallery entrance to incorporate a store. Lawrence also serves on the Art Association Board. Lawrence worked with Willow Creek Woodworks, who built out the shelving and cabinetry next to the store’s glass walls, resulting in a colorful visual display.

Art Association store will include items hard to travel with like odorless mineral spirits. (Art Association)

Local Art Association supporters lent a hand by making donations to build the store. A total of nine generous donors contributed to the project including Sally and Fred Brumbaugh, Joe and Marilynn Branca, Stephania Conrad, Deborah and Jon Dawson, Madelyn & Gregg Foster, Maggie and Jim Hunt, Sharon Powell, Wendy Rominger, and Bank of Jackson Hole.

Shoppers will find the store’s shelves stocked with oil and acrylic paints (including extra tubes of white paint), brushes, canvases and canvas boards, ceramics tools, and drawing supplies. Odorless mineral spirits for all the traveling artists will also be on hand.

Store managers Jennifer Hoffman and Anika Youcha made sure to get the most coveted items from potential customers onto the shelves. They will also take requests for items not currently carried. The entire community is invited to stop by to explore the new space and art supplies. Proceeds from the store will benefit the Art Association’s art education and outreach programs.

The art supply store will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. 

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