Learn how to silk screen with Genesis Art Supply in Chicago, Illinois.
How did you get started?
I became the founder and president of Genesis Art Supply and ArtSupply.com in 1986. My father, Sheldon Goldman, started the store in 1945 as Sheldon's Art and Drafting Supplies. I was the marketing manager and general manager of Sheldon's Art Supplies in Chicago from 1975-1989. The journey to the nearly 17,000-square-foot headquarters at 2525 N. Elston Ave. in Bucktown is the culmination of a lifetime dream of mine.
It was my dream to be a hub for artists and give back to the artist community so the larger space — over five times as large as the existing 3,000-square-foot space in Bucktown — allows us to offer acrylic, oil and airbrush painting workshops as well as provide a gallery, lounge and performance space for artists of all types.
Where are you located?
2525 N. Elston in Chicago's Logan Square Community
Which products do you specialise in?
Airbrush supplies, acrylic and oil paints, foamboards, canvases, drafting supplies and furniture.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
We love all our products!
What's on the stereo?
Quennect 4 Radio, the independent radio station we host in our gallery event space. It is the community's media source; focusing on the arts, community, and multi-national activism. All the programming and music created on the station is homegrown and community created.
Where else should we visit in your area?
Be sure to visit The Genesis Gallery Event Space. It is available for bookings and hosts a great variety of creative events!
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
Our gallery, The Genesis Gallery Event Space, has hosted a wide array of programs, workshops, and events. From Redbull's Breakfast Club Launch Party to the Slanted Canvas event showcasing customized skate and bike ramps painted by some of the most popular artists in the city.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Genesis Art Supply is the one stop shop for all your creative needs. We are committed to being the center of a thriving creative community that continually enhances the world through love and aspiration. Join us.
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