When I think of artists...I think of starving artists...I think of artists in Paris struggling to get enough money for coffee let alone supplies for their craft so they dash out sketches on the table clothes...
In Portland, that doesn't have to happen. In Portland, we have I've Been Framed.
I've Been Framed is an art supply liquidator. Their suppliers watch bankruptcies and business closings nationwide for art supplies and bring them to Portland Artists at lower than wholesale prices.
Yes, they'll order at MSP if you ask, but they're just as likely to say "this is the same thing...and 75% cheaper!"
If you're a painter, they'll sell you a case of canvasses at cost...and still take the time to tell you about what brush works best on that brand of canvas.
Supplies for kids through the gallerie specialist...I've Been Framed is a great place to chew the fat wih other artists or quietly get what you need and go back to your studio...It's the Cheers without the booze.