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Port Art Supplies Store

 

We are located in the historic hub of Port Adelaide (opposite the Black Diamond corner) and here you will find a large range of quality fine art materials.

Our extensive product range includes brands such as Art Spectrum, Canson, Cretacolor, Lukas, Langridge, Arches and Sennelier to name a few. If you require a product not available in our store then we will always try to order it in for you. Our knowledgeable staff are dedicated to providing the best customer service in a friendly environment by listening to your needs, providing tips and advice on any of your projects and offer you the most competitive prices.

Port Art Supplies also sponsor local arts initiatives in support of their efforts to promote the arts and are very excited about being part of such a dynamic arts community.

 

Port Art Supplies Store

 

A store to inspire, encourage and provide all your quality art materials such as:

  • Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour and Mediums
  • Pencils, Pastels, Crayons, Inks and Charcoal
  • Brushes and Painting Knives
  • Canvas, Linen and Stretcher Frames
  • Paper for Watercolour, Drawing, Cardmaking and Pastel
  • Specialty Handmade Indian Papers, Journals & Gift Items
  • Easels, Journals and Folios
  • Printmaking
  • Cutting and DIY Framing Supplies
  • Books

... and remember if there is a product we do not have in store, we will do our best to order it in for you!

HISTORY OF THE RIPPLE ARTIST STUDIOS BUILDING

The building of Port Art Supplies was built in 1876 as a single storey building for Messrs Crooks and Brooker who were general merchants and iron mongers. The company was a major supplier of machinery for the state copper industry operating out of Burra, Kadina, Wallaroo, Moonta and Port Hughes. In 1878 a second floor was added to the building to cater to the needs of the copper mines in the north of the state. In 1908 a third floor was added due to further expansion of the business.

With the collapse of the copper industry in the 1920's Crooks and Brooker diversified into the domestic market as retailers of general merchandise and furniture. As a result, the company decided they no longer had a need of their large three storey building and in 1919 they shifted into a single storey building next door. In 1920 the original building was purchased by the Ezi Walkin' shoe manufacturing company who traded at the same site until 1972, the business was then taken over by an interstate company. From 1972 until purchased by the present owners, Mr Graham and Judy Rees, the building only saw intermittent periods of use mainly on the ground floor.

Mr and Mrs Rees moved from Kangaroo Island to the mainland of South Australia after 30 years and decided to purchase the building in December 2003, for the purpose of providing inexpensive studio space for the state's emerging artists on the upper floors and an art supply shop on the ground floor. The art supplies shop was not only to provide for the needs of the 15 resident artists within the building but also as a service to the artistic needs of the community.

Ripple Artist Studios Building

 

Also, due to the 'Kangaroo Island influence' of Mr and Mrs Rees, an additional feature of the art supply shop is a section dedicated to the wonderful gourmet foods, honey's, specialised products and craft work of Kangaroo Island.