Artist & Craftsman Supply - Baltimore, Maryland
Parking: Nearest parking on 20th st or Maryland Ave
Artist & Craftsman Supply
Testimonials From YELP & Google:
"This place is so convenient, it right by my school and it's over the rainbow! They have everything you need and more! They also give student discounts ( as if the stuff isn't cheap enough for you.) The owner, I believe is an old guy with glasses, he's very friendly and informative. So if you ever have any questions about what you need to buy, he'll definitely help you as much as he can. I got a few microns and some basswood sticks. I had concerns if I could cut basswood with an x - acto box cutting knife, but he did a demonstration for me and it cut perfectly. Great service, great prices, great location!" ~ Virginia Y.
"Big selection of art supplies, especially good for you MICA printmakers around, the paper here is cheaper than the other art stores around. I go here mostly when I'm working at the studio center because it's so conveniently close." ~ Aaron D.
"What a great art store. It's a local art store which makes it so much better than those chains and the staff is really helpful and very knowledgable!" ~ Dave J.
"I'm so friggin' glad this place exists and so damn close to where I live. For anyone seriously into various art forms, chances are some of the harder to find stuff is around here somewhere in the vast renovated warehouse(?). Other than the expected painting and drawing related items (they have a surprisingly huge variety of mounted boards on frames for painting or illustration purposes), they are well-stocked with printmaking (etching and silkscreen), sculpture and textile supplies (not actual cloth but supplies for dyeing, resist dyeing and silk screening on said cloth). Other things of note, they have giant (and I mean GIANT) pieces of foam core. Why does it matter? Because I can tell you that my boyfriend and I spent a whole day going to 7+ art stores looking for a piece of foam core that is roughly 7ft. x 3 ft.. The one in A&C looked roughly around 8 ft. x 4 ft. but don't quote me on that. Also, lots of different stock dry or wet media papers and some in packs of 30 or more.
Though A&C covers a lot of areas other art stores usually don't care to, some of the expected "art store stock" is nowhere to be found. Though they have my beloved Micron pens, their pen selection in general left me scratching my head. They may have only carried 3 or 4 brands unless I just missed the "other" pen aisle all together. Also, they don't have duct tape. Which was the one thing I needed when I went here. Obviously its proximity to MICA is no accident and a note for MICA students doing sculpture, their blocks of wax are way cheaper here than in the MICA store and for fibers students, they have a great selection of dyes and pre-mixed fabric silk screening paint. Also, pre-stretched silkscreening screens are cheaper here than in Pla-za if you're too lazy to stretch your own (but if you're not, they have the silkscreen fabric by the yard too)." ~ Thea C.