Short North art supply pop-up paints possible future in Franklinton

While the Blick Art Materials location on N. High Street is set to close on March 9, the company seems committed to continuing to service its artistic community in Columbus’ downtown.

Thanks to the all-consuming cycle of gentrification that has swept through the Short North in an almost parodic fashion, the store that supplied area artists for 17 years was forced to call it quits, citing challenges associated with parking, construction, and “changes in development of the Short North” according to a recent Instagram post.

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It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that our store is closing 💔. For more than 17 years, first as Utrecht, then later as Blick Art Materials, we have been proudly and diligently serving the greater Columbus Arts community. Some will say they saw this coming – with the oftentimes challenging parking, the multi-year construction, the changes in development of the Short North… Admittedly, we saw it too. The good news is that nearly our entire staff will be relocating to our Sawmill Rd location where you can continue to experience the best customer service and an even greater selection of art supplies. We also have a team in place that is dedicated to the support of greater Columbus Art community and we’ll be hosting several pop-up shops conveniently located at 400 West Rich Street and OSU campus throughout the year. We are truly ARTISTS SERVING ARTISTS and where YOU are, we will be too. We urge you to follow this account closely over the next few weeks. We will be announcing special promotions and future plans that will help us to continue to serve you. But mostly, we ask that you stop in to our store, share your memories of shopping here, a store that has been a cornerstone of the #shortnorthartsdistrict for so many years, and especially SHOP! Our last day of business is March 9. We still have plenty of great art supplies in stock and PLENTY of great deals! We will miss this quirky little store, but we look forward to supporting all Columbus area artists, at Sawmill and beyond. #columbusartist #asseenincolumbus #artmakescbus #ohioartist #614artists #614art #storeclosing #blickartmaterials #blickstores #artsupplies #columbusohio #onlyincbus #cbus #artistsservingartists #shortnorth #downtowncolumbus

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But all is not lost, Blick fans. As the area surrounding 400 W. Rich street in Franklinton continues to cement itself as the city’s new creative hub, the art supplier has planned a series of pop-ups to help fill the void left by the closure of the Short North location.


With the first of these pop-ups slated for Sunday, February 24 at 400 W. Rich, posts from Blick employees on Facebook suggest that future opportunities to keep the art supplier in the community are contingent on the success of this initial outing.

If you’d like to see Blick stick around downtown in some form, get out and vote with your dollars this Sunday. Otherwise, you can always hit up the Sawmill Road location, which plans to continue operation as usual.

The Short North location of Blick will be the only one affected by the closure.


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