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For practicing artists, the Southland has plenty of art supply stores with everything they may want. With classes and craft supplies, the novice has a chance to grow in the pleasure of expressing themselves. These top five stores specialize in a level of customer service dedicated to every artist, from kids to the retired and from the complete pro to the amateur.

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Blue Rooster Art Supplies
1718 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-9471
www.blueroosterartsupplies.com

Brick and mortar or online, Blue Rooster Art Supplies boasts the “broadest mix” of art supplies. Customer service comes first and its staff is eager for inquires on the harder-to-find items. The Casitas store specializes in canvas and frames, museum grade frames, all sizes of panels and surfaces and sells locally produced “art objects”(3245 Casitas, Suite 105, ATX Crossing, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (323) 284-8053). The Vermont Avenue location is stocked with art supplies with leading quality brand names. Calligraphy, painting, color theory mixing and screen-printing workshops are held.

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Carter Sexton Artist’s Materials
5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(818) 763-5050
www.cartersexton.com

Since 1944, Carter Sexton Artist’s Materials has been supplying Southland artists, and now it has expanded with an online catalog. From airbrush to sculpture materials and from stationary to drafting supplies, its”huge selection” includes quality brand names. Acrylics, oils, mediums, watercolors, pastels and its air brush tools are just a start. The store does fine art shipping, digital photographic art reproduction, canvas services, restorations and even children’s birthday parties. The Carter Sexton tradition of retail service and affinity with the artistic world proves itself every day.

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Blick in Pasadena
44 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 795-4985
www.dickblick.com

National in scope, Dick Blick Art Materials draws from its national reputation as a respected art supply retailer. The Southland has several stores (link here). Store associates are “artists too” and are ready to advise on materials and art skills, and that’s just a starting point of their commitment to customer service. DickBlick.com offers learning resources and online buying. With a strong commitment to education, and with artists professional and amateur, Blick uses its national position to leverage the best product values in price and quality. The Blick stores are proof that a national chain can have local impact, and for the art world, there is no doubt.

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Art Supply Warehouse
6672 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 891-3626
www.artsupplywarehouse.com

Art Supply Warehouse is the Southland’s big box art supply store. The frugal artist has one of the widest selections on the West Coast. Take a virtual look for yourself (here). The shop’sCatalyst website is an experience, school, studio and gallery. Artists of every background and age are invited to join, learn and become part of art in their online community. The wide selection offers an opportunity to explore great artistic opportunities. New and established artists will find materials and tools unique to their experience. And with these new discoveries, new innovations in personal style can be achieved.

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Artist & Craftsman Supply – Los Angeles
1660 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 274-8000
www.artistcraftsman.com

Artist & Craftsman Supply prides itself on supporting the pros and kids, including students and crafters, since 1985. Its “little art supply store” has 19 locations across the nation and is a presence on the web. Described as having a “friendly-neighborhood ethos,” the company’s culture puts quality and service first. The craft supplies and “kids materials” complement a wider customer base than other art stores, but serious artists will find their needs more than satisfied.

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Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.