Winter is the perfect time to get your creative juices flowing and warm your home with artistic energy, but where do you find the supplies? The serious artist may want to buy supplies from a company where employees are actual artists who have advanced experience with art media. Here are some of the best suppliers recommended by local artists.
Rainy Day Art & Framing Co.
20507 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Based in Grosse Pointe, a charming collection of five ultra-wealthy, conservative lakeside villages, Rainy Day Art Supply is now owned by Lisa Amori, who began visiting the store as a customer when she was a little girl. The quaint shop has four employees; all are artists themselves. This store carries Plutonium, an upscale graffiti paint for those days when only the finest will do. For the spirited folks, Rainy Day offers painting with a twist. Part party and part class, participants can learn to paint in oil while enjoying BYOB bubbly and spirits. There are some 50 paintings to choose from, but the signature painting is a twist on “Starry Night.” In that oeuvre, Vincent Van Gogh depicts a spire and twinkling stars as seen from the window of the mental hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where he was a “guest.” The Rainy Day version is a starry night, with the giant spire from the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club featured prominently. This spot wins the award for best sense of humor.
Greens Art Supply
429 S. Main St.
Rochester, MI 48037
Greens Art Supply has been family owned since the early 1950s and is a full-service fine arts supplier staffed by seasoned artists. There are two locations, one in downtown Birmingham and the other in downtown Rochester. The Rochester store is located in an historic building with pressed tin ceilings and squeaky wood flooring. Stop in here for all of your artistic needs.
Arts and Scraps
16135 Harper Ave.
Detroit, MI 48224
Arts and Scraps uses recycled materials to inspire creativity in children. This non-profit community organization receives art supplies from local businesses and then resells them to the public. It recently received a donation of 24,000 greeting cards and more beads than could be counted. Arts and Scraps runs a scrapmobile that tours the area, offering classes and supplies for the young artist.
Martin Universal Design
4444 Lawton St.
Detroit, MI 48208
Martin Universal Design carries a humongous line of furniture, paints, canvases and writing implements for the serious artist. Its products can be shipped throughout the country. Check out the online inventory to get a better idea of what’s offered.
Du-All Drafting and Art Supplies
31431 John R. Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Du-All Drafting offers art classes and workshops for anyone looking to learn. It’s known for its drafting supplies and ability to provide hard-to-find articles like vinyl lettering, triangles and automatic pencils.
Romero Anton Montalban-Anderssen is the winner of the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working Writers Organization. He has seasonal residency in Detroit Michigan, The Italian Riviera, and Honolulu Hawaii. His work can be found at Examiner.com.