Las Vegas boasts a thriving local art scene including a celebration of local artists known as First Friday held in Downtown Las Vegas and the arts district on the first Friday of the month. The Clark County Artists Guild and the Las Vegas Artists Guild provide a forum as well as events for artists from beginners to those who have created art for years to interact and show their work. With all of this talent, supplies are necessary and below are the top five places to purchase art supplies and gain knowledge to express creativity.
290 S. Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
For more than 30 years, Dick Blick has been serving artists and supporting educational art programs. Along with retail and online stores, Dick Blick offers The Preferred Card, which is free, for customers to receive a 10-percent discount in stores and 10-percent off orders of $50 or more online. Dick Blick is eco-friendly, featuring art materials that are manufactured or packaged as part of the green movement. There is also the Art Room Aid program offering art educators the opportunity to create art projects and art advocates to sponsor projects through Dick Blick.
4266 S. Durango Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Discount Beads is one of Nevada’s largest bead stores and offers beads and supplies as well as free classes to learn how to make creations out of beads. Its staff includes designers who are expert at beading. Classes are for basic, intermediate and advanced skill levels and the store provides tools, mats and boards. Owners Dave Cray and Ernie Staley left long careers in corporate retail management and opened in 2006 as a brick and mortar store all about beads. The shop remains a retail outlet with no plans to expand to online sales.
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Desert Art Supplies
2003 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Desert Art Supplies, a family-owned business, opened in Southern Nevada in 1957 and remains located in central Las Vegas. Along with offering art supplies, other services include airbrush/compressor repair, vinyl signage, mat cutting and picture framing. Blue line comic book supplies are also carried along with furniture for the artist including tables, lamps, chairs and side trays. The business also works to locate any art-related hard-to-find or out-of-stock items.
2750 N. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
Desert Décor is part of Desert Art Supplies company and is owned by the same family. Along with offering the same services and art supplies as the centrally located Desert Art Supplies, art classes are held at the Henderson location for instruction in beginning painting; painting in watercolors, oils or acrylics; creating art deco; silversmithing jewelry class; and airbrushing. The staff is comprised of experts in the art field and is able to answer questions about the proper supplies to be purchased.
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