Art Materials is Fargo’s Best Art Store
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 14:10
As nice as it would be, it is not every day one sees a positive opinion article. Usually opinion articles are a rant or critique or a shaming of something or other. Not this time.
This time, I’d like to highlight one of my favorite places in Fargo. It holds a very dear place in my heart. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. Nice change, eh? That was a Canadian joke. But, I’m Canadian, so I can do that.
Art Materials in downtown Fargo is possibly the best thing ever. How cliché of me, but I think it is that deserving. Fargo is a fairly big city, definitely not huge, but not small either. For us to have such a wonderful art supply store is a small miracle. I’m not even an art major, but I realize how incredible it is.
The staff is always welcoming and greets you with a personal touch. One kind lady commented on my tree tattoo, that she loved it. We spent a full five minutes talking about it, and I explained to her that I designed and drew it myself in honor of my grandpa.
She then asked if I was an art major. Nope. It did not matter that I was not an art major and do not know very much about the finer points in art. She helped me find my pastels and went above and beyond to make sure I felt welcome and tried to educate this art lover on pastels and how not to cover my residence hall room in fingerprints.
I bought my pastels, which they had a fabulous selection of, hand rolled even, and then proceeded to the paper section. She kindly informed me that no, this was not the paper that I wanted to use for beginning pastels. She pointed me over to a different part of the store and showed me the more inexpensive papers that would work just as well for my purpose.
My purpose of stress-relief doodling. An employee that shows you how to save money in his or her store? That’s how you know it’s a great store. On top of all that, students get a 10 percent discount. You really cannot beat that.
Overall, this opinion article is not completely about a fabulously wonderful art supply store in downtown Fargo, but it is about people. I support stores like this because the staff are welcoming in a sincere way, they try to help you save money and they don’t care what religion you are.
I’m willing to pay a smidge more for my art supplies because it’s a local, non-prejudicial shop, and I can actually find someone when I need help or information. If Art Materials or its staff is prejudicial in any way, they do a dang good job of hiding it.
Even if you are not an art major, I would still recommend stopping at this store if you have any interest in art. There are things for the hobbyist to the dedicated professional. If you’ve never tried art as a hobby but would like to, this is an excellent place to start. The knowledgeable staff will be able to help you out, and you might find your new favorite pastime.
Rhianna is a freshman majoring in psychology.