Creative Thanks

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I always try to take Thanksgiving as a set-aside time for reflecting on the many blessings in my life. A lot of those focus around work and the joy and fulfillment that come from the opportunity to work with you. We have a shared passion for creativity and love of the creative process (and supplies!) So, thank you for letting us be a part of your creative life!

  • This week’s artist is – Sarah House– whose work I stumbled across at Studio &’s Recess Gallery back in March. To see even more, check out her website!
  • We’ll be closed most of this week! The store will be closed Thurs-Monday for a long holiday weekend. See you on Tuesday!
  • Ignaz Günther would have been 298 on Wednesday!
  • The Henderson Fine Art Gallery at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico is accepting artwork submissions on an ongoing basis for its temporary exhibition space. The Henderson Fine Art Gallery showcases local and regional artists and seeks to integrate art into the everyday experience by bringing in diverse art for the enjoyment and education of our students and community.
  • The Dancing Spirit Gallery lets artists unleaseh their creativity and showcase their art. Artist work the gallery for 8 hours every month. All sales go straight to the artists, with zilch commission taken by the gallery. If you’re interested in applying, you can stop by the gallery at 695 Goddard Ave, Ignacio – visit the Dancing Spirit Website, or call 970-563-4600 for information.
  • Here are 10 creative hacks to delight your artistic side.
  • If you’re like me and struggle to title your art, here are some pointers.
  • Interesting to look at 25 thinking tools. Of course, the list starts with the most important one! 😉
  • Here’s a one-page gratitude zine you can print and fill out, if it will help you focus on the good things in your life.
  • People have long wanted to carry their favorite turns around with them. The Mikiphone was a pocket record player for your pocket in 1924. (And here’s a video of it in use.)
  • This Dutch webapp uses AI to reimagine what any street on Google Street View would look like as a bike- and pedestrian-friendly street. (I really like how it reimagined Main Street.)
  • The Siena Galaxy Atlas 2020 is a massive online database of 383,620 nearby galaxies.
  • Here are the 2023 Nature Conservancy Photo Award Winners. Also, the winners of the 2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards.
  • People react strongly to new types of technology, from printing to phones to computers. Here are some of the changes and reactions that have occurred.
  • Have you ever been curious where our food comes from?
  • Here’s a golden age comic book archive.
  • 😎 Fun Fact: The color Egyptian blue, first created around 2200 BCE, is considered to be the first synthetic pigment. It was used in the decoration of tombs, statues, and other artifacts.
  • Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving, and then this weekend kicks off all sorts of Christmas things.
  • Singing with Santa at Buckley Park tomorrow from 5:30-7:30.
  • EsoTerra’ Holiday Market is Saturday and Sunday with a different set of vendors will be showcasing their delights daily!
  • If you’re a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more – head to the General Palmer on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 for the Slow Bluegrass Jam. This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and A then you know enough to play at this jam!
  • There are classes/workshops/projects available at the Dancing Spirit Center for the ArtsLet’s Letter Together, the Scrapbook NookCreate Art and Tea, Durango Sustainable Goods the 4 Corners Gem and Mineral Club, Seed Studio, and the Durango Arts Center. There are a lot more things happening that I don’t include – so if you’re ever looking for something to do, start at
  • Whether you want to decorate your windows or chalkboards, we’ve got you covered! We always use tempera paint when painting our windows. Chalk markers make decorating chalkboards easy (and dust-free). Tis nearly the season to start decorating!

I’m grateful for our friendship through art. Every time you come to the store, you make it a happier place. (We aim to return the favor by make your day better with each visit.) That’s true whether you’re looking for the best paintbrush or want to chat about your next art project. Helping you with your art and seeing your ideas come to life is one of the highlights of working at the Art Supply House. Especially this week, I want you to know how much we appreciate you! You’re not just someone who buys things; you’re a special part of our art-loving family. Thanks for making what we do possible, and making the world a better place with your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew

P.S. – We’re going to do something fun for Noel Night (December 1st) this year!