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Ryan Harter
May Artist of the Month

May 4th, 5-7pm
There was never a conscious decision, by Ryan, to try painting. He was exposed to a group of artists that he met in Portland and just got caught up in the momentum. Within that group of artists was a positive energy that he had never experienced before. That energy left a permanent impression upon him that fuels his artistic drive and gives him direction. While he wishes he could take full credit for his work, he believes it is the art itself that guides him. “I start off blind and let the painting take me where it wants to go” he states. Inspiration for his work is found in music, nature, and other artists. Click on his painting to read more about Ryan.


$6.99 per can
Montana Gold
Acrylic paint in a spray can!

20% Off All Portfolios
We carry portfolios that are perfect for protecting fine art papers, artwork or your kids special schoolwork. Our selection is made from durable fiberboard, fabric, or PVC. Whether for transport, presentation or storage, you will find the right one for your needs.

20% Off NorthLight Books Sale Extended!
Sure you can look up how to do things on the internet. But there is nothing quite like holding a book in your hands and thumbing through the pages to find that bit of inspiration or instruction. Plus it's easier to find later! Check out the latest titles from NorthLight Books on Sale!

20% Off
Decorative Papers
Come check out the new designs!

Clearance 50% off
Prismacolor Markers
(in stock only)

Not only that -
QOR Watercolor is
30% Off
PLUS Get 1 tube FREE!

Clearance 50% Off Winsor & Newton Large Tube Watercolors

NEW! Medium W
by Schmincke
Make any oil paint water-mixable! Mix one part Medium W to two parts oil color to increase gloss and transparency of oils, balance drying and wash brushes with water instead of organic solvents, such as turpentine or paint thinner. This is a low odor, non-toxic alternative to traditional oil painting mediums and solvents, and is compatible with most oil colors. Available in the Medium W liquid medium and jellylike Medium W Gel.

Choose from 8 styles all on sale from $149.99 to $259.99.
Plus Gas Lift Stools only $78.99

Blue Q Bags
These are the worlds greatest recycled bags. Made from 95% post consumer material. They come in coin, pen & pencil, bigger pen & pencil, messenger, and shoppers. They are designed with pockets to hold the things we carry today including keys, phones, ipads and of course art supplies! The little bags organize the big bags. Plus they have the most awesome designs and we have a ton of them.

You've never seen color so vibrant! Art Department just received a good sized sample swatch of each color. Take the guess work out. Come in and see for yourself how the color looks in real life before you buy. Painting by customer Paula Fontanini, "I was impressed with the richness of the color".

50 % OFF BIG Tubes
Titanium White Richeson Oils 5 oz
Original price $22.95 NOW $11.49

Magazines are Back!
Need a little inspiration at a small price? Pick up an art magazine. We are just starting to receive our shipments of 6 different titles.
The Artist Magazine
Watercolor Artist
The Pastel Journal
Acrylic Artist
Artists & Makers

Wood Panel Super Value Packs Now $26.95
Art Alternatives
These value-priced, super value packs of cradled wood panels are great for painting, especially thick, heavy applications and palette knife work, as well as encaustic, mixed media and craft use as a shadow box, frame or tray. The 4mm hand-sanded birch wood surface is smooth for detailed work and mounting, while the sturdy pine cradle adds support and allows for hanging without a frame. Available in two profile depths: Studio panels have a 3/4" deep profile and Gallery panels have a 1-1/2" deep profile. The number of panels per pack varies by size. Reg. price 54.99.

NEW! SolarFast

Click here for a great video! It's summer! Lets make some sunprints! Check out these dyes that react to sunlight! Works on fabric or paper. Easy clean up. Make your own unique t-shirt designs!

NEW Akua Intaglio and Liquid Pigment Inks


Akua Intaglio's soy-based formulation offers unmatched working properties – it will not skin over in the jar or dry on the printmaking plate and cleans up easily with soap and water. Excellent for Intaglio/Etching, Monotype, Relief and Collagraph printmaking. Available in 27 beautiful colors. Akua Liquid Pigment Inks are exceptionally strong, yet transparent-ideal for mult-layering. Their extended open time allows for convenience in working. Use for Monotype Brushwork, Japanese Woodcut and Drawing or for tinting Akua Intaglio and other inks.

NEW! 40% off DaVinci Brushes!
DaVinci Impasto Top Acryl Brush: Extra strong and stiff for Acrylics and Oils. This brush is perfect for using with texture gels and pastes. It is the "elastic painting knife brush"
DaVinci Cosmotopspin Brush:
These hand made brushes are our favorite watercolor brush. Although they are synthetic, they perform like natural hair. Their long-lasting, high quality fibers have an energetic spring and they hold more water than any other synthetic.

NEW Solvent-Free Painting Materials
More possibilities. Less compromise.
Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel and Solvent-Free Fluid Medium painting mediums, both crafted from American-grown soybean and safflower oils, increase the flow of oil colors and moderately speed drying. Solvent-Free Gel retains marks and texture more readily than our Solvent-Free Fluid medium.
For cleaning brushes during solvent-free painting sessions, we recommend Gamblin Safflower Oil. When used as a painting medium, Gamblin Safflower oil will increase flow and slow drying.
Made in Portland, Oregon!

NEW! Watch Parts
Look for the packages of Watch Parts. Use them in your assemblages, altered art, or any other kind of mixed media project!

NEW! Wax Seal Sets & Single Wax Sticks
Add the elegant touch of a wax seal to those special letters, secret messages, and invitations! The sets are available with different seal designs and colored waxes. Already have a seal? Now stocking the refill single wax sticks.

NEW! General's Original Charcoal Pencils
An excellent quality pencil made of high carbon and fine organic blacks available in 4 degrees of black and 1 degree of white. White can be worked over the black. All are pre-sharpened and have smooth cedar casings. Recommended by our drawing teacher, Ian Factor. Made in the USA.

Enter the world of water soluble graphite with the set which includes a soft graphite stick, a tin of Art Graph graphite and a #4 Escoda Prado travel brush. All in a little black box, it makes the perfect gift for any artist. The tin of is also sold individually. Plus it's erasable! For a rich darker mark try the Carbon Disc. You'll love the rich matte black that blends and shades with the touch of a wet brush.

This 100% Cotton watercolor paper comes in blocks, packets and sheets in a bunch of sizes in 140# and 300# Cold Press and 140# Hot Press. Come in and try our new favorite watercolor paper. Works great with acrylics and dry medias as well.

We are so excited about the NEW Pastel Premier Paper by Global Art. This archival 100% cotton145# paper can take up to 25 layers of pastel. Available in white and Italian clay; sheets, packs, and rolls; and in 3 toothy grits. It is so durable that it can be used with oil, acrylics, colored pencil and other dry media.

Molskine Journals, Sketch, Watercolor, Grid, Reporter, Ruled, and more.
Art Department is fully stocked on these quality little journals.

NEOCOLOR I -- New at Art Department, these highly pigmented wax crayons are NOT your childs color crayons. Use them alone, as a resist, or draw over encaustics or dry cold wax for detail.
NEOCOLOR II -- A long time favorite, these versatile water-soluble crayons are luscious dry or wet. You can scrape into them dry or blend them together with a wet brush. Plus, they have a high lightfast rating to boot.
NEOPASTEL -- We have never seen such an array of color intensity in an oil pastel. The sticks contain permanent artist pigments and are supremely smooth and blendable.

You can't go wrong with one of these. These beautiful handmade certificates can be for any denomination and used on one or multiple visits towards merchandise or classes with no expiration date.

Bring a smile to someones face, remember us for stocking stuffers and Gag Gifts! Ton's of funny, insulting, crazy little things like the full size Inflatable Turkey, Bacon Bandages, Instant British Accent Spray, and of course the classic extending Freeloader Fork. Check it out!

40% OFF Princeton Oil & Acrylic Brushes
Artist's quality brushes come in a variety of shapes. Their stiff yet soft tapered tips lend more control than less expensive brushes. Treat yourself, you and your paintings deserve the best!

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.

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.

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