Paper, Pen and Palette has outgrown its space next to Black's Gift Shop and is now located upstairs in the iconic store. Manager of the art and craft store, Asia Steadman, is eager to meet you. She'll show you around the two rooms, stocked with art supplies and yarn from well-known companies. Curious? Visit https://www.paperpenpalette.com/ for details and sign up for the newsletter for the latest in summer classes. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
April 08, 2021WOLFEBORO — Paper, Pen and Palette, created in 2018 by Cindy Patten, owner of Black's Gift Shop on S. Main Street, has outgrown its space down the steps adjacent to the shop, and is now thriving on the top floor of the iconic store.
Patten's research and personal quest for art and yarn supplies inspired her to fill what she perceived as a local need for such products. Time has borne that out. Manager Asia Steadman enthuses about what has become a colorful and energetic center for supplies, advice and instruction.
"It's inspiring," she says, with "a little piece for pretty much any creative person."
Paper, Pan & Palette carries acrylics, oils, watercolors, and gouache from a host of brands, including products from Strathmore, Faber Castell, Prismacolor, M. Graham paints, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Himi, and Ooly. Canvases, paintbrushes, paper, pastels are joined by a variety of journals, sketch books, pens and papers for personal expression.
Fiber enthusiasts are likely to find just what they are looking for too, from chunky and bulky yarns to fingerweight in a range of synthetic and natural fibers, in the adjacent room that fronts Main Street.
Suppliers include Berroco, Lang, Plymouth, Brown Sheep Wool, Lion Brand, Red Heart and Sweet Georgia ( a recent coup says Patten).
Classes, including jewelry making, and knitting and crocheting instruction, presently on hold with the pandemic restrictions, will resume as the situation improves. Until then, visitors are welcome to stop by for individual attention.
Steadman invites interested artists and crafters to visit the website at https://www.paperpenpalette.com/ and subscribe to the newsletter for up-to-date information on upcoming classes. Already, registration (deadline May 1) has begun for weekly summer Lego camps, which will be held in an appropriate space with Covid-19 protocols in place. Patten and Steadman may also be reached at 515-1027. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The pandemic has brought an increase in people seeking out lessons on You Tube "an encyclopedia of enthusiasm," says Patten.
"You need the parts and pieces to make it happen?" she continues. "That's what we do."
Masks are worn by staff and required of patrons, but she says, "If you'd like something from the store, but are unable to come in or wish to shop more safely, give us a call and let us know! We're happy to offer curbside pickup if you need."