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Merethe T
06-06-2007, 04:26 PM
Hi all!

I'm going to USA, we're taking off from Norway June 19th - can't wait! Never been to USA before, gonna be great....

I was hoping to get some tips from you on where to get good pastel deals, both pastels and papers, and other art stuff too...it's so hard to find pastels at all in Norway, so I'm stacking up while I'm over there, lol!

We're going to be in New York for a few days, than we're visiting family in Florida. We're renting a car in Florida and are planning on a road trip to Memphis, New Orleans, the "blues highway".

Does Dakota have shops in these areas? I want some Ludwigs, Great Americans and Giraults, and I don't think Dick Blick have them? I know DB has a shop in New York, of course I'll have to go there...

Also, can anyone give me some advice on where to get good prices on plane tickets from New York to Miami? We're buying the tickets in USA, and are looking for online-ordering.

Any good advice on where to go, places to see, events - I'll appreciate all! It's my first visit to USA, and I'm planning to make the most of it!

Merethe

CindyW
06-06-2007, 04:59 PM
Hi Merethe!
I'm up in New Hampshire so I don't have any good travel info for you for the south. It would have been wonderful to meet you had you been in my area. :)
Yes, make the MOST of your trip, have a great time! How long are you here for? Hope you have enough time to see all you will have on the list. Get lots of ref pix while you're driving that route!
Cindy :wave:

wabbitt
06-06-2007, 05:03 PM
Hi Merethe, have a fun and safe trip.

One option you might consider is make your wish list from home (which sets or colors) on the internet and use the toll free 800 numbers once you arrive in the US and have it delivered to your family's house.

I hope you get a chance to paint/sketch while you're touring. And of course, share it here :)

bluefish
06-06-2007, 06:53 PM
airlines - 'JET BLUE' airline - cheap tickets NYC(Newark) to Florida

sights - in Florida - Disney complex in Orlando
in California - San Francisco - if you haven't been here before, this is a must! You'll love it!
in New Mexico - Santa Fe - 129 art galleries and Artisan Art Store - great 'old west' town
in Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park - and surrounding area - truly beautiful
in NYC - catch a 'Yankees Game' @ Yankee Stadium - see what baseball is all about! Route for 'the bums!!!!'

have a wonderful trip! It's so nice having you visit us!:wave:

KJSCL
06-06-2007, 07:45 PM
Hi all!



Does Dakota have shops in these areas? I want some Ludwigs, Great Americans and Giraults, and I don't think Dick Blick have them? I know DB has a shop in New York, of course I'll have to go there...



Merethe


Merethe

I believe Dakota is only located in Washington state. However, you may want to check out 2 other stores that may be somewhat in the vicinity (don't know the East coast at all!!!)

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/webcontent/stores/StoreList.asp
http://www.fineartstore.com/

I think both of these carry the brands you are looking for.

Piper Ballou
06-06-2007, 07:47 PM
Merethe...you are really coming....yippeeeeee

I need details.....as soon as you get them..the 19th is only two weeks away
do you think you are going to make it out west at all?
piper

Shari
06-06-2007, 08:36 PM
If you make it out west to Oregon I can take you to Crater Lake and bluefish is right, you must see San Francisco!!! You could spend a week in New York alone and not see it all - but do try to see some of the beauty of the countryside, especially the rocky mountains or Sierras. Get to Bryce or Zion National Parks if you can in Utah.

PeggyB
06-06-2007, 08:42 PM
Dakota is only in Mt Vernon or Seattle Washington (Mt Vernon being their major pastel store)

New York has Rochester Art - I know someone here loves that store, but can't remember who.

Florida has PearlPaint, but I don't know much about them either.

You haven't incicated you will be traveling west of the Mississippi, but if you're in New Mexico do go to Santa Fe and then to Artisan's Art Store. Artisans helps sponsor the IAPS conventions and are thus very familiar with pastels.

If you go to Colorado, you might even consider going directly to Terry Ludwig for your Ludwig set. His workshop isn't hard to find in the greater Denver area (Littleton to be specific).

If you know where you're going to stay, you might go on line to the main stores, look at the supplies they are offering, and then see if you can't have them shipped to your US destination to arrive before you get there. You can even call some of them on the 800 numbers once you get here if there is time to order via phone and ship to your destinations.

How long are you going to be here?

Peggy

DAK723
06-06-2007, 09:39 PM
I assume when you say that you are visiting New York that you are referring to New York City. The internet site named fineartstore.com is located in Rochester, NY (and known as Rochester Art Supply), but Rochester is 350 miles from NY City. (Yes, I am the person who loves that store because I can go there in person and try things out!)

Check out their web site and you will see that they have an enormous selection (including the expensive Roches). If you can order online and have them shipped to a US address as others have suggested, might work best.

Don

PeggyB
06-07-2007, 01:58 AM
I assume when you say that you are visiting New York that you are referring to New York City. The internet site named fineartstore.com is located in Rochester, NY (and known as Rochester Art Supply), but Rochester is 350 miles from NY City. (Yes, I am the person who loves that store because I can go there in person and try things out!)
Don

Yes Don, you are the person of whom I was thinking. :) Didn't know Rochester was so far from NYC, but then I keep forgetting that NY really is a large state. I know the fineartstore has a good reputation.

Peggy

artist_pw
06-07-2007, 04:04 AM
Hi:

I do a lot of travelling to major cities for my consulting gigs, and by far, the best place I have ever seen the most selections of pastels at one art supply store was the Dick Blick's in Boston about a block or so away from Fenway Stadium. I posted some photos from the aisle with the pastels several months ago. If you look for the thread 'Dick Blicks in Boston' you can see the photos. They had what looked like the full display of Unisons, Schminke, Sennelier, Rembrandts, Nupastels and a few other varieties. This area of the city is also really beautiful, and the 'emerald necklace' strings right through that area, and some of the architecture of the bowfronts and brownstones is so wonderful, it was a real pleasure to work there.


I also was able to work in Baltimore for several months, and its Inner Harbor area is really cool, but since I didn't have a car, I wasn't able to check out any art stores.

If you come by Kansas City, Missouri, around the end of June, please come to the MidAmerica Pastel Society meeting, too. From the midamericapastel.org website - Our next meeting will be held Thursday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208--Rooms 232 & 233 Program will consist of swash-buckling tales of the pirates on the high seas by Jim Wallen, professional storyteller. Several MAPS artists will be demonstrating their painting techniques. Come listen, watch and feel free to sketch or do your own studies.

I think we also will have a raffle, and I think it will be for a set of Terry Ludwig pastels - yum!

I really hope you have a great trip. It doesn't sound like you'll be around any of these spots, though.

If you can at all, be sure to check out around the Grand Canyon - the colors of the rock around that area are absolutely spectacular, and in that little corner of Utah and Arizona it was like going from black and white to technicolor. The Tucson, AZ area is also really nice, particularly down towards the Mexico border in an area called Patagonia - the area is really picturesque.

If you like looking at maps, take a look at Yahoo hybrid satellite maps - they are really pretty cool to see some areas.

doe
06-07-2007, 09:56 AM
How exciting! Yes - Jetblue is probably a good bet for the airline - they have alot of direct flights to FL.

Art Supplies - there is a Pearl's in NYC and in Ft. Lauderdale, FL however they say they aren't related. Either one is good though. Seems like all the big suppliers are based in North Carolina though. Cheap Joe's, Jerry's Artarama and Art Supply Warehouse are all there. If you're taking a road trip anyway maybe you could swing through Raleigh, NC and/or Boone, NC too! There is a small retail Jerry's store in the West Palm Beach area though. Here are some links with addresses:

http://www.cheapjoes.com/retail_outlet/index.asp

http://www.nycentralart.com/

http://www.pearlpaint.com/

http://www.aswexpress.com/

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

bluefish
06-07-2007, 09:58 AM
A really cheap way to get to most cities in Florida is via 'SPIRIT Airlines' in Atlantic City, NJ - AC is only a short two hour drive from NYC and offers Casino's on the beach, top entertaining shows, fine shops and dining, a boardwalk along the ocean and nice ocean beaches( sorry, you'll have to wear a bathing suit over here - our puritan laws) - you may want to look into it - I'm sure you will get lots of help here!:cool:

rr113
06-07-2007, 01:15 PM
In New York City there is Dick Blick, formerly the Art Store, on Bond street in the Village in Manhattan. It has a good supply of pastels, but nothing exotic like Terry Ludwig. There is also the original Pearl Paint on Canal Street. Pearl is not big on pastel but has lots of art supplies except

when the school semester starts and then it's as if locusts had descended on it. Both tend to give 10% discounts if you have any art school student or faculty (or even alumnae) identification.

If you do go to Canal Street try walking North on Mott. South on Mott street is the tourist China Town, but North on Mott on the other side of Canal is the real China Town which has replaced "Little Italy" and the markets are full of exotic things - live frogs, live fish, etc. As you get to the top of Mott you enter the gentrified part of the lower East side. There is a Kremer pigment store up there. Kremer supplies pigments to all the paint makers (the original office is in Germany) and it has some interesting books. It's a small shop.

The most visited tourist attracting in New York is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Be sure to note that you can give them anything you want to get in. The posted price is actually a "suggested" one.

There is also a remarkable Monet exhibit at the Wildenstein Gallery (not a museum) and you do have to pay.

Richard

sailmary
06-07-2007, 07:54 PM
Hi!
Welcome to the US. If you're going thru Georgia, near Atlanta, try to stop at the town of Stone Mountain and see the show of the Southeastern Pastel Society I went to the opening reception last Saturday and it's a high quality show. It's easy to get to, also, so Google dirctions or let me know and I'll help. It's just off the bypass that goes on the east side of Atlanta.
Have a wonderufl trip!

MAry

learningtopaint
06-08-2007, 12:29 AM
Lots of good advice here. I'll recap some of it and add some of my own...

If you are going to be in NYC, then you should certainly visit NY Central Art Supply. It's a few blocks north of Greenwich Village, and just east of Union Square-- easy for someone who is roaming around Manhattan. This is an old-fashioned art store (in a good way); they stock lots of brands of pastels and a lot of special papers and other goodies. You will find Townsend here, and other interesting brands.

Blick is a chain store, clean and useful, but not extraordinary. There's one a half mile's walk (about 10 minutes) from NY Central Art. There's also a Utrecht Art store in the same neighborhood (about a block from NY Central) which carries many of the more popular pastel brands. Pearl Paint is about a mile further south, just a block or two from the wonderful NY Chinatown. It's four floors of art supplies; their sections for oils, brushes, and watercolors can't be beat. But their store can be a bit sloppy, disorganized, and spotty in terms of stock, and it's never been the best for pastels. Still, if you are roaming around NYC, and you intend to go to Chinatown anyway (definitely a favorite of the locals), then stop by Pearl Paint.

The store in Rochester, NY is a good 6 hour drive from NYC. Fine Art Store is one of the best sources for pastels-- I buy just about everything there because I can put my hands on the pastels before I buy them. You can take a 6-7 hour train ride. Why bother? Well, Rochester is on the way to Toronto, Canada, one of North America's most interesting cities. And Rochester is about an hour north of the beautiful Letchworth State Park (find it on the web).

Dakota is very far away-- in the northwest corner of the US, in the state of Washington. This, too, is a beautiful area, well worth the long airplane trip (again about 6 hours, this time by plane). If you go, you'll want to make your way into British Columbia, a nearby part of Canada, to visit Vancouver and/or Victoria Island.

What would I do? If I was going to be NYC, I'd spend a happy afternoon starting at NY Central, then wandering over to Utrecht because it's so close by, then, if I had the time, continue south to Blick and further south to Pearl Paint. That's four reasonably good stores all within a good hour's stroll. Then, dinner in Chinatown, followed by a walk up Mulberry Street to Ferrara for either gelato or a cannoli. (Mulberry Street is a block from Chinatown and it's the center of the now rather touristy but always fun Little Italy section of town). Generally, the walk is safe, convenient, and fun.

Feel free to ask for details-- I know these areas and these stores all too well.

learningtopaint
06-08-2007, 12:32 AM
For Girault and Ludwig, you may have to go to Rochester Art Supply (known online as fineartstore.com). Pretty sure you will NOT find these two brands in the NYC stores-- maybe in NY Central, but not in the others. For these, you might also try Dakota and Artisan/SantaFe, but probably not many other places. Blick is a good pastel supplier, but much more mainstream in their stock-- these brands are more unusual. And, by the way, you'll also want to check out Mount Vision, a newer brand that is stocked by Rochester Art Supply (yes, this is my favorite place), and perhaps by NY Central, but probably not in the other stores.

2bears
06-08-2007, 04:27 AM
in California - San Francisco - if you haven't been here before, this is a must! You'll love it! ...have a wonderful trip! It's so nice having you visit us!:wave:
Amen to that! I've lived here over twenty years and I still haven't seen anything. However, if you want a champagne view on a beer budget...rent a car, drive down Fulton Street straight to Ocean Beach (OK, stop at the deYong Museum in Golden Gate Park it's on the way). When you are finished enjoying Ocean Beach go up the hill to the Cliff House Restaurant. Walk around the old Sutro Baths, don't get too close to the water's edge due to strong rip tides, drive up the hill past the Cliff House to the park (on the right side of the street) to Adolph Sutro's old house. The house isn't there but walk over to the parapet area (a semicircle where some Grecian type statues used to be) and enjoy a breathtaking view. Get back on the road to Geary Street and follow the signs to the Legion of Honor Museum. Enjoy the Museum (the Thinker is in front of it, a bright red Richard Serra sculpture is in the middle of the parking lot). Continue on the back road, see the back view of the Golden Gate Bridge, end up in the Presido and then to the Palace of Fine Arts. That's my idea of a fine day and if you have a driver, sketch and draw and take pictures like mad, you won't want to miss a minute of it.

BruceF
06-08-2007, 04:27 PM
<snip> As you get to the top of Mott you enter the gentrified part of the lower East side. There is a Kremer pigment store up there. Kremer supplies pigments to all the paint makers (the original office is in Germany) and it has some interesting books. It's a small shop.
<snip>

Kremer moved a year or so ago to:
247 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.219-2394 or 1-800 995 5501
And it has since been purchased by Sinopia
http://sinopia.com/kremer.html

Merethe T
06-11-2007, 05:58 PM
Wow, great tips, so much info! I'm sorry I haven't been able to reply earlier, I've been away for the weekend...

Looks like New York might be the best option for art-stuff, I'm gonna check out the stores you've mentioned here. We'll only be staying in NY for two days, after that we're off to Florida for a few days (near Tampa). We've decided to go on a roadtrip from Florida up to Memphis, with stops along the way (like New Orleans). Than we're going back to Florida again to stay with family. We'll be in USA for three weeks. Probably not enough time at all, but that's all we're getting this time. It won't be the last, I still want to see the Grand Canyon and the west....and San Francisco! Maybe next year, we'll see....

Thank you all so much, we got our plane-tickets, now all we need is hotel in NY and we're all set... :D

Merethe

learningtopaint
06-11-2007, 09:43 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Blues-Traveling-Holy-Sites-Delta/dp/1578062322

Excellent book that tells you precisely where to travel and where to eat on your blues highway trip. In January, I did the drive from Clarksdale to Memphis and then down the Arkansas side of the River to Helena. Defintely do Clarksdale; eat at Miss Sarah's (order the catfish, pretty much the only thing on the menu). In Clarksdale, visit Cat Heat, a Delta Blues store.

It's a wonderful trip. And if you're traveling during the summer, it will be hot as hell. Steamy, too.