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BEST Art Supplies

2012 BEST Art Supplies

Artist and Craftsman

Cambridge

This Central Square shop is an underground playground for arts and crafts aficionados. Beautiful pastels and oil paints, sculpting supplies, and surprises for the kids crowd the shelves, and the genial employees are happy to lend their expertise to dabblers… read more»

2011 BEST Art Supplies

Blick

Boston

Painting your next masterpiece starts here. Blick has a deep selection of everything you’ll need, plus folks behind the counter who are artists themselves—meaning they’ll be delighted to expound on the differences between papyrus and parchment, suggest the best brushes… read more»

2007 BEST Art Supplies

Blick Art Materials

Boston

This cavernous space is stuffed to the rafters with paints, pencils, brushes, canvases, sketchpads—basically, all the tools needed to create a masterpiece, or just a big, pretty mess. Everything is arranged in supermarket-style aisles, the better to help aspiring Pollocks… read more»

2006 BEST Art Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Cambridge

There are plenty of glitzy art stores around town, chock-full of intimidating expert-only items. But, sadly, not all of us are born Picassos or Pollocks, and we need our questions answered with more than an eye roll and a sigh… read more»

2005 BEST Art Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Cambridge

Just down the psychedelic stairs at this subterranean Central Square art-supply mecca you’ll find artfully arranged rows of paints, brushes, paper, and tools for every possible occasion. The unpretentious, approachable staff sprouts encyclopedic knowledge of everything from paint viscosity to… read more»

2004 BEST Art Supplies

The Art Store

Boston

From its creative workshops and tattooed employees to the epic collection of papers, every inch of the Art Store inspires creativity. The meticulously organized setting is the perfect place to lose track of time as you meander through wide aisles… read more»

2003 BEST Art Supplies

The Art Store

Boston

Other art stores have handbaskets. This huge emporium has big shopping carts perfect for navigating the wide, immaculate, organized aisles. Start by perusing the rows of pens, pencils, and paints before moving on to the walls of sketchpads and rolls… read more»

2002 BEST Art Supplies

The Art Store

Boston

Yeah, we know it’s a chain. But it’s got all the accessories a starving artist—or, at least, an aspiring one—could ever need. And in this case, bigger is better. The warehouse-like space is stocked with brushes, paints, pens, easels, sketchpads,… read more»

2001 BEST Art Supplies

The Art Store

Boston

Muses nonwithstanding, the Art Store sells everything your magnum opus needs, and at prices that won’t leave the artist in you starving. Forget rummaging through piles of 200 pre-stretched canvases to find the size you want; it’s all neatly ordered… read more»

1998 BEST Art Supplies

Pearl Art & Crafts Supplies

Cambridge

From gooey finger paint to the finest in oils, this is the place for artists of all sizes. The store offers multi-colored pleasures, like markers, crayons, and spray paint. The tools of the trade are all here, too, including paint… read more»