Imagine, it is a mid fall afternoon and you have just sat down with a nice cup of tea and your adult colouring book; but, oh no, your not so trusty, off brand, felt markers have dried out. Instead of throwing everything away and crawling back into bed, you choose to surf the web for new art supplies. Only this time you are not fooling around; you plan to get the best felt tip markers out there. That is when you stumble across this article. Hello, Welcome, I am here to put your mind at ease.
Curry’s Artist’ Materials
Curry’s Artist’ Materials is a Canadian arts supply store that originated in Toronto Ontario.In 1911, on the corner of Yonge and Bloor Street, Fred Curry opened an Art Supply store that specialized in custom frames, etchings, and oil/ watercolour paintings. Mr. Curry continued to thrive in the 1920’s as framing and gallery sales became more and more popular. Although, many businesses struggled and failed in the depression of the 1930’s, Curry was able to hold on to his store. In order to survive, Curry began to bring in more fine art materials. Fred would sell these materials to struggling artists in exchange for their art, that he could then sell in his store.
Unfortunately, after the war, Curry had to close his framing store and reopen as a supplier of drafting materials for the Canadian aircraft industry in the mid 1950’s. This began a large partnership with many advertising agencies, art design houses and the Canadian government, with supplies to do dry transfer lettering. The fad of dry transfer lettering in business would continue during the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Since advanced technology has made dry transfer lettering obsolete, Curry’s focus is now to sell quality art supplies at artist-friendly prices. Curry’s has expanded from his one small art store in downtown Toronto, to nine stores across Southern Ontario: including Queen Street West, Dundas Street West, Markham, Barrie, Whitby, Hamilton, Waterloo, London, and most importantly Mississauga. At these many locations, owned and run by Fred Curry’s great grandchildren, selections of art supplies and creative materials are offered with competitive pricing.
“Elijah was super helpful with all of the questions I had, showed me the different brands of paints/mediums/canvas/brushes, and gave me space when I was debating what to buy. Give that man a raise. I had shorter interactions with a couple of the ladies there, didn’t get their names, but they were very friendly and helpful as well. Will be coming back here often!”
The true purpose of Curry’s Artist’ Materials is to “serve artists of all ages and abilities, providing quality art supplies and exceptional customer service for creative explorers and professional artists alike.” This store motto has been carried out by four generations of Curry’s, by adopting Fred’s values for both customer service and life. These values are not only carried out by Fred’s family but by the Curry’s Artist’s Materials employees, especially in Mississauga. With a 4.5-star review on Google, the reviewers have all come to a consensus that the staff here are “friendly”, “helpful”, and well-versed in the products. We can see this from a very enthusiastic review from Paras Jain, “I went in yesterday to pick up supplies for acrylic pouring, which is something I’m just getting into. Elijah was super helpful with all of the questions I had, showed me the different brands of paints/mediums/canvas/brushes, and gave me space when I was debating what to buy. Give that man a raise. I had shorter interactions with a couple of the ladies there, didn’t get their names, but they were very friendly and helpful as well. Will be coming back here often!” This great serves and quality products at unbeatable prices have allowed artists from all backgrounds to find the best quality art supplies in their price range with no stress for over 100 years. So be sure to say “hi” to Elijah when you go, and I hope you find those high quality felt tip markers you were looking for at the perfect price.