Have you ever been to an art supply thrift store or an art gallery that sells the paint the artist used? Houston has it all. Nurture your inner needleworker with a visit to Chaparral, or buy in bulk from the Art Supply Network’s 30,000-product inventory online. Whatever you need to let your creativity happen, these local shops have got you covered. Here’s a list of our top art supply stores to check out:
2201 Taylor St | 832-237-6070
Since 1968, this family-operated supply store has provided Houston’s artist community with supplies and resources. Every Tuesday, you can tune into Jerry’s Live, an interactive art instruction broadcast on Facebook and Youtube. Topics include textural painting, graphite and acrylic demos, and more. Also, if you’re in need of custom framing, Jerry’s has got you covered.
1917 N Main St | 713-863-1211
Street art and graffiti gurus, unite. Alva Graphics is home to the largest collection of graffiti supplies in the Lone Star State.
2001 Montrose Blvd | 713-526-5221
No list of arts resources would be complete with the ultra-popular Texas Art Supply and its three locations (Monstrose, Voss, and Baybrook). The store was voted Best Art Supplies in Houston in 2012 by Houston Press and is known for its 60,000-item inventory of high-quality paints and craft materials. If you can think of it, they can supply it.
1719 Live Oak St | 713-224-5220
Imagine a thrift store, but filled with art supplies. Texas Art Asylum is one of Houston’s most unique art supply stores. It’s filled with any and every type of material you can imagine, and they accept donations of all sorts. If you’re a teacher, make an appointment anytime and stop by to take advantage of a special discount. For the collectors at heart, Texas Art Asylum offers an array of vintage ads and handcrafted pieces on its Etsy shop as well.
1502 Sawyer St #102 | 346-354-6542
Trash becomes treasure at Artbinsters. Browse through a variety of refurbished and gently used items, and put your imagination to the test. In addition to a basic selection of art supplies, Artbinsters also features original pieces by artists working in diverse media: it’s a one-stop gallery and supply hub.