My first stop for art supplies is always The Art Store on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse NY, alternately known as Commercial Art Supply, the name I knew it as while an undergraduate at Syracuse University. I've enjoyed getting to know some of their excellent staff over the past year plus and was delighted to learn they had dedicated a segment of their space to serve as a gallery for a rotating crew of artists. While in line the other week I happened to glance at the action figure sized drawing dummies they sell and thought of Project-U group colleague Richelle Maki, who had been using them as a basis for resin casting experiments.
As things worked out they had empty walls at that time and within 24 hours Richelle and I were working on a splendid little display of these creations along with some of her iPhone based photography prints. Here's a look, and be sure to visit The Art Store's website by clicking here to learn about their upcoming classes, demonstration days and specials.
Richelle with The Art Store's Leslie Barnett, curating it up.
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With artists Ken Nichols and Ray Trudell, great guys I got to know by way of my activities at the Delevan Center last spring.
Liverpool NY based painter Ken Nichols talking Golden's High Flow acrylics with the Art Store's manager, Leslie Barnett.
The store's resident artist Ashley Marie talking Williamsburg oils by Golden's with Syracuse area painter Domenico Gigante.
With the artist, one of the talented people I've gotten to know through the Project-U group in Utica.
And her shoes match the magic marker rack.