Third in our mini series is a destination shop which we are very lucky to have in Banbury, as such shops have been disappearing from the retail landscape, as they have faced stiff competition from the internet and large multiples across the UK, that being The Artery.
The Artery is located in Parsons Street Banbury, within the café voted the Best in Banbury, The Old Town Deli. It is a small but perfectly-formed independent shop and art centre, offering a wide range of art materials.
Whether you are a professional artist or an amateur hobbyist, and whatever your preferred medium, The Artery will have something for you.
The product range includes oil, acrylic and watercolour paints – both artist and student quality -, pastels, paintbrushes, drawing materials, specialist paper and cards, and canvases.
For crafters there is a range of modelling tools and materials, adhesives, lino cutting supplies, and specialist paints for glass, ceramic and fabric painting projects.
Colouring-in for grown-ups has recently become very popular, with increasing numbers of adults realising its potential to calm and inspire. With colouring books starting at just 99p, as well as magazine titles like Art Therapy and Zen Colouring, The Artery is a good starting point for anyone wanting to encourage their creative side.
This week marks National Stationery Week: a celebration of the art of writing. The Artery stocks inks, calligraphy pens and markers, dip pens, quality paper and envelopes and beautiful arty greetings cards, some of which are designed by local artists.
In short, there’s something to inspire anyone’s inner artist at The Artery, not least the man who makes it all happen – owner, artist, teacher, tutor, art historian and writer, general man about Banbury supporting everything he can – not forgetting the man behind the original Visit Banbury painting which now has pride of place in my dining room, Mr Barry Whitehouse.
Barry’s passion about the town drives him and others to make things happen and when you #visitbanbury and give The Artery a visit, you too will realise we are lucky to have him and his destination shop in Banbury.
Here’s a short video tour to give you a flavour https://animoto.com/play/cavQYg3a5C9RqhfUF3IjhA
Oh and if you hadn’t already noticed, The Artery also stocks the range of Visit Banbury merchandise 😉
Tomorrow marks the start of Art Weeks in Banbury and so The Artery will be overflowing with creations from many different artists – just one more great reason to drop in and see Barry during the Old Town Spring Party tomorrow!
A BIG thanks to guest contributor Jacqui for some of the content of this blog.