About the Art Supply House

We are passionate about art – making, preserving, and displaying it.

When Durango residents needed access to high quality art supplies, Linda Frazee stepped in to help make that happen in 2003 and then her husband Chris began offering custom framing services in 2004.

After almost 10 years they decided it was time to pursue other adventures. Another family took over the business, with Jeramiah Townsend at the helm in 2012. He continued to grow the store and streamline operations.

Seven years later, Matthew French-Holt purchased the business as Jeramiah moved on to pursue another passion. It’s still a local, family-run business. Matthew’s wife works in the business, and his daughter actively chews on her crayons (she’s still only a toddler, after all).

Matthew, an artist and entrepreneur, is passionate about art and is continuing to build a place that supports local artists.

If we can’t be excellent, then why do it at all?

I want to create a store where people love to come and shop… and where people love to work. Our workplace should honor the amazing employees who work here. We can help our customers by providing them with the products they desire at an affordable price and always offering highest quality service.

Matthew French-Holt ~ Owner

The world needs your art

We think that:

  • art makes the world a better place.
  • making art can be just for fun.
  • making art can be for profit.
  • making art helps you be the best version of yourself.
  • the world needs the best version of you.
  • the world needs YOUR art.

We’re all artists here.

When you have questions about framing, making, materials, techniques, and more – we understand. We love hearing about your projects, helping you create your best work, ensuring your work is preserved and displayed in the best possible way. We’re here to help. After all, art makes the world a better place!