Art supply store brings non-intimidating holistic approach to art

May 08, 2012
Tracy Felix Fraker and Denise Cole have collaborated to open ARTspot

Main Street teams with fresh new business life in downtown Edmonds bringing with it the possibility of exciting new summer shopping and fun things to do around town.

ARTspot, a new art supply, art class, and gallery space located in the heart of downtown on 408 Main Street, hopes to open their doors in June of this year just in time to kick off the summer season.

“ARTspot will be the go-to spot for artists in the community as a place to purchase cutting edge professional artist supplies or just something fun and artsy for the budding artist in the family be that kids, teens, and/or adults,”  Tracy Felix Fraker, director of ARTspot said.  “We will celebrate the whole process of art from the materials, to the creation of art by offering classes for all levels and ages, to the display of finished pieces by our instructors and other artists from our vibrant art community.”

This project is a collaborative venture between Fraker, professional artist who has also been a part of the Edmonds art scene for many years, and Denise Cole owner of Cole Gallery.

“This is finally a vision realized,” Cole stated.  “I had a vision for an art supply store within the gallery when I first opened.  I tried so hard to provide it with my tiny 150 square foot art supply section, but it wasn't until Tracy agreed to head this up, bringing her own vision and her amazingly creative and passionate love for art, that the concept could become a reality.  Now I can help and be a part of her vision in this respect.  It’s really exciting to see our arts hub continue to grow here in Edmonds.”

Most art supply stores available to customers in western Washington are overwhelmingly large with few staff, far away, or are meant for the crafter.

Going online can offer even less customer service and more overwhelming choices to sift through.

Fraker’s vision for opening a physical store in Edmonds aims to nurture the artist within while offering environmentally responsible supplies and creating a place where community can thrive.

“At ARTspot, you will be able to see, touch, and ask questions about the supplies while having the immediate satisfaction of taking your purchase directly home with you,” Fraker explains.  “We don’t have a goal of carrying every possible art supply material, just the ones we know we can recommend.  If you aren’t sure what to get, a knowledgeable sales associate will be there for you, and you won’t have to go searching down aisles or take a guess on a product.”

“There are so many art supplies out there,” Cole added.  “How do you discern the subtle differences between colors, textures, viscosity, and so forth without seeing them in person? When was the last time you were able to smell a product like a solvent on-line to see if it would bug you?”

“Plus ARTspot will be a fun place to hang out and talk about your current projects, get fresh ideas, or ask what to get your artist friend,” Fraker continued.  “We’ll inspiration on the ready.  We aim to bring a non-intimidating holistic approach to art whether you think you can barely draw or whether you have the good fortune to make a living as an artist.”

Look for ARTspot to open their doors in June of this year.

Check out their website for more information.

You can also email them at to let them know the art supplies you would like them to consider carrying or classes you would like to take.




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