Fayetteville artist opens art supplies store on College Avenue

Photo: Sleet City

A Fayetteville signboard painter and muralist recently opened a new store in hopes of improving access to quality art supplies for artists living and working in Northwest Arkansas.

Olivia Trimble, whose art can be seen in several high-traffic areas in the region, opened Sleet City Art and Supplies at 914 N. College Ave last month. near the intersection of North Street.

Trimble, of course, painted the sign for the new business. The shop is located next to Pink House Alchemy, which also has a hand-painted sign from Trimble.

Trimble’s other local works include the “Fayetteville is my favorite ville” mural on the back of the visitor’s office in the downtown plaza, the “Love Your Neighbor” mural in South Yard, and the “Love Unites Us” mural painted in 2020 to remove hateful graffiti on Martin Luther King Jr. Boardwalk to cover.

Olivia Trimble / Courtesy Photo

Trimble also gained national attention in 2016 for its “Repaint Hate” movement, which encouraged artists to paint over hateful slander with positive statements and calls to action.

Trimble said she was tired of traveling to other cities for the brands of supplies she uses, which aren’t sold in big box stores.

“As a working artist in Northwest Arkansas for nearly a decade, I’ve seen a growing need for a local art supply store,” Trimble said. “A lot of brands and supplies just aren’t available here.”

The new store offers a curated selection of art supplies, handmade gifts and local artwork. Trimble said she also plans to run in-store art classes and workshops.

Sleet City is open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday.

Sleet City Art and Supplies, 914 N. College Ave. / Courtesy photo

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