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Nikki Brittain April Artist of the Month
"The main characteristic of my work is a kind of duality that finds many ways to express itself. I utilize whatever is around, usually ink and acrylic paints to create these pieces of art." Nikki's art will be up through the month of April. Come meet Nikki, enjoy her artwork and have some refreshment at her artists reception:
First Wednesday
April 2nd, 5-7:30 pm.
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20 % OFF Montana Spray Paint
Time to stock up! Now only $8.60 per can! Check out this Montana Blog for cool videos. Montana Gold is a super opaque, matte, acrylic spray paint. For more info, click on the picture to check out their website.

M. Graham Watercolor Buy any 3 tubes at 40% Off Get 1 FREE
(selection available at the counter)
At M. Graham, quality and value are highly important. They spend hours milling the color to coax as much pigment as possible into their paint. Plus they are made in Oregon. Honey added to the gum arabic binding keeps them moist on the palette.

20% Amsterdam Acrylic
A versatile and extensive range of acrylics with a thick consistency and a quick drying time. Amsterdam acrylics are highly permanent, have excellent lightfastness and mix well with other brands of acrylic paint. Tubes are recyclable. Proudly crafted in Holland.

SALE! New Extra Deep Birch Wood Panels!
We love these new 2 1/2" Extra Deep Panels. They come in 5 square sizes and we have priced them to fly out the door!
10x10 - $12.99
12x12 - $14.99
16x16 - $17.99
18x18 - $21.99
24x24 - $31.99
American Easel's painting panels are a great alternative to the standard canvas. They give you a firm painting surface with no flexing or stretching like fabric canvasses can. These panels are constructed of a smooth solid wood cradle (frame around the back) for strength and rigidity and a top quality birch face. Smooth sanded edges allow your painting to flow beyond the face of your work. Having a cradled back ensures no warping and makes for easy hanging. PLUS they are made right here in Salem!!! Ask about custom sizes.

All 358 colors of Copic Sketch Markers are in stock at the new everyday sale price of $5.50 each! These markers have replaceable nibs and the ink is refillable. Click the picture to find out more about these awesome pens.

New Products

Piñata Alcohol Ink
from Jacquard

Beautiful, color-saturated, acid-free, transparent inks. They have an alcohol base which makes them indelible and moisture-resistant when dry, and allows you to use them on almost any surface as long as it’s clean and oil free. Highly versatile, Piñata can be used in a variety of applications, including rubber stamping, fine art, fiber art and scrap booking. It can also be used in calligraphy, faux finishing techniques, airbrush applications, wood and leather staining and more. The colors silver and rich gold are formulated with real metal pigments and are super opaque. Click on the picture for more info and a video.

Buy any 3 Connoisseur Brushes at 40% Off and Get 1 FREE
(See picture for selection, available at the counter)
Mix and match between White Hog Bristle, Red Sable, Kolinsky Sable, Sumi, and Miniature & Detail Brushes. Shop early for best selection of your Free brush!

SNAP Brushes 50% Off
Check out Princeton's great brush value. 80 different brush styles and 5 different sets. All at the amazing everyday price of 50% off! Sale $1.99-7.99 ea.

NEW Contours & Mini Blades 40% OFF
In addition to the full assortment of Catalyst Blades and Wedges we have added this smaller harder version, made out of nylon and silicone. Ideal for oils, acrylics and water-miscible oils, plaster, clay, encaustics, ceramics, cake decorating and food crafting. The blades are heat-resistant, solvent-resistant, dishwasher-safe and approved food-safe by the FDA. Clean up in most cases can be done by simply wiping off with a towel or with mild soap and water. Dried paint can be peeled off the silicone surface. Sale $3.59 - $4.79.

NEW! Balsa & Basswood
Now carrying these high quality wood pieces. They can be stained or painted to match any wood type. Great for crafters, hobbyists, architects, or students.

40% off
You already save big when you buy the larger sizes but we are offering a deal like no other 40% off 32 oz. paint , mediums, and grounds. Plus you get a FREE Princeton Catalyst Brush or Blade. Simply purchase one GOLDEN 32 oz. Gel, Paste or Gesso at 40% off and receive a Princeton Catalyst™ Blade free ($16.99 value!). Or buy one 32 oz. GOLDEN Heavy Body color at 40% off and receive a free Princeton Catalyst™ Bright Brush ($25.95 value!).While supplies last.

Gamblin Oil Solvent-free Gel
Solvent-Free Gel gives your oil colors more flow and transparency, yet holds the shape of your brushmark. Solvent-Free Gel has a moderately fast drying rate and increases gloss. Click on the picture for more info.

30% Off Gamblin Art Sketching Oils
We've just upgraded our student oil paint. These paints use the exact same pigments as the artist quality Gamblin Oils, just less of it. They use only the highest quality of extenders and dryers without adding any chemical additives. They are great for underpaintings or for those looking for a less expensive alternative Click on the picture for more info.

Introducing 8 New Artist Oil Colors from Gamblin
Titanium Buff, Portland Warm Grey, Portland Cool Grey, Cadmium Chartreuse, Green Gold, Nickel Titanate Yellow, Warm White and Cool White. Click on the picture for more info.

Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
These Gel Printing Plates look and feel like gelatin, but they are durable, reusable and store at room temperature. They are easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are amazing! Click the picture to watch the video.

Uni-Ball Vision Elite BLX Pen
My new favorite pen! These smooth writers come in two point sizes, .5mm & .8mm. But it's the colors that really hooked me. They come in velvety dark inks that are not only gorgeous but practical. Check them out in Brown-black, purple-black, red-black, green-black and blue-black. $3.75 each.

30% off Derwent XL Graphite, Charcoal Blocks & Tools
Try the new chunky color tinted XL charcoal and graphite sticks. As well as 3 new tools: The Gripper to keep your hands clean. The Groove Cube to carve ridges into the blocks for texture making and the Sprinkler for making fine powders from your blocks. Available individually or in sets.

This versatile Academy brushline by Grumbacher work with watercolor, acrylic,oil, craft paints and more. The brush heads have excellent paint load capacity and great snap

NEW! 40% OFF Black & White Hog Bristle Brush
This All-Natural Connoisseur Brush blends premium quality hog hair to provide a fluid touch, spring and control. The addition of the Black bristle strengthens the brush to pick up, push and spread heavier bodied paints like oil and acrylic over large areas. Excellent for use by experienced painters who may apply firmer pressure to the canvas, yet supple enough for the beginner.

Not quite a brush. Not quite a palette knife. Catalyst tools are crafted from flexible silicone to allow artists a new form of expression. Available in two unique styles: Catalyst Wedges are ergonomically designed to fit in your hand allowing a direct interaction with your work. Catalyst Blades are mounted on artist brush handles offering a blend of tradition and innovation.

Designed for use with heavy-bodied paints, Catalyst is at home with oils, acrylics, and water-miscible oils. Because they are heat-resistant, they excel with encaustics. Artists are using them with plaster, clay, and even frosting. Made of FDA-approved silicone, Catalyst Blades and Wedges are great for food crafting.

Clean-up is a breeze with Catalyst Blades and Wedges. The silicone is easy to wipe clean and is solvent resistant. Clean up in most cases can be done with mild soap and water. Dried paint can be peeled off the silicone surface. Catalyst blades can even be separated from their wood handles for cleaning and easily replaced when dry.

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30% off Gamblin Oil Color
Gamblin oil colors are luscious, intense, pigment-rich colors. Colors that do not succumb to age. Colors true to historic working properties, in a palette carefully constructed by America's premier colorman, Robert Gamblin.

40% OFF WOOD CRADLED PANELS - Now Stocking New Sizes!
Made in Salem by American Easel, these panels are constructed of a smooth solid poplar wood 1 5/8” cradle (frame around the back) for strength and rigidity and a top quality birch wood face. The company uses locally grown and sustainable materials from Pacific Northwest mills that have a vested interest in preserving the forests for future generations. We love these!
Many of our customers are turning them over and using them as frames.


The Downtown Creative District was formed by a group of Commercial Street business owners who noticed the many art opportunities available in downtown Salem. We grouped together to create a coordinated marketing plan to increase the awareness of the many art and cultural activities offered year-round in our community including classes, events, demonstrations, exhibits and more. It is our intention to attract and enhance downtown with art and culture in our urban area.

Art Department, Inc • 254 Commercial ST NE • Salem, OR 97301
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