If you’re an aspiring artist, student, or just like to dabble in the visual arts, you might be wondering where to get your supplies.
517 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
A favorite among art students in Portland, this wonderful shop is located just across from the street from the Maine College of Art. It features a huge selection of art materials, craft supplies, coloring books and more. No matter how strange your preferred medium is, we bet you can find some materials at The Art Mart. If not, one of their sales associates will surely be able to point you in the right direction.
Founded in 1985 as a small art supply in Portland, Artists and Craftsman Supply is a 100% employee-owned company. How neat is that? This is one of the largest art material suppliers in the United States, but they got their start in our very own state. In addition to selling arts and crafts supplies, this store features frequent demonstrations and classes. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events, times, and dates.
458 Main Street
Salt Bay is known for its wide selection of options and their encouraging of artistic “cross-fertilization.” They say, “we encourage rubber-stampers to use gesso for backgrounds; people who have discovered adult coloring books look for high-quality colored pencils to enrich their experience, and we have plenty to choose from.” This unpretentious store supplies both high-quality art supplies and a variety of craft supplies, perfect for your upcoming project.
53 Maine Street
This shop and art center offers a great selection of fine art supplies as well as a healthy mix of weird, funky stuff. From supplies to gifts, this is a one-stop shop for the art lover in your life. The Mix also hosts gallery shows and receptions regularly, so check them out if you’re looking for something to do on a Friday evening.
118 Washington Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
Despite the name, this place isn’t just for potters – though they do specialize in pottery. Portland Pottery also carries a huge selection of artist and crafter supplies. There’s a café, a warehouse, a store, and a studio. Plus, they offer a variety of classes in the store, making this a great place to spend a rainy Saturday.