Monday, May 21, 2018
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Blick Materials looks to draw in art scene with new location

One hundred and five years ago, Dick Blick created a one-of-a-kind artist pen.

On Aug. 1, Blick Art Materials opened its 65th store in Tampa at 1502 N West Shore Blvd.

"Blick sold the company to the current ownership in 1947 and they've held onto it for four generations," said Bart Veghts, vice president of retail operations.

The art supply store caters to the creative with products for everyone from beginners and hobbyists to professional artists.

"It's primarily a company of artists taking care of other artists," Veghts said.

Tampa was a good fit for the store with its vibrant art scene, as well as the combination of students and professional artists who live in the area.

Grand opening celebrations continue Wednesday through Sunday with free giveaways, art demonstrations and more.

For more information visit, dickblick.com or call (813) 442-5079.

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