Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Don't forget to stop in before you vanish for last minutes gifts. 20% off all MCAD shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and MORE! Ask about our HUGE BOOK SALE too!

December 9-12
Monday –Thursday 10a-7p

December 13th LAST DAY OF CLASS!!!!
Friday 10a-5p
Saturday, December 14th: CLOSED

December 16-20
Monday - Friday: 10a – 5p

Closed December 21-January 1st

Reopen: January 2-10
Monday-Friday 10a-5p (Closed Saturday Jan. 11)

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Break!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book sale excludes Textbooks. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

We have 3 new, unique 
MABEF artist easels 
just waiting to go to a loving home. 

MABEF’S avant-garde, state-of-the-art construction techniques, guarantee the quality and consistency of production, while master craftsmanship results in easels with unparalleled function and aesthetic qualities.
MABEF Easels and accessories are constructed using solid beech wood.  Beech wood is the best choice for an artist easel because it is a dense, yet light-weight, wood with a very high degree of consistency and uniformity.
Properly cared for, your MABEF easel will last a lifetime, reducing the overall cost of ownership.
Every MABEF easel is designed with the artist in mind.  Great care and thought goes into each design, with emphasis on ease of use during painting.  An artist easel should be quickly and easily adjusted with a minimal fluid effort, so as to not distract the artist from their creative pursuits. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Art Cellar is having a SALE on Jack Richeson Heavy Duty Stretcher Bars!
Now through December 20 all our Heavy Duty Stretcher bars are 20% off (while supplies last).

Friday, November 1, 2013

Welcome to the New Stone Age
Introducing TerraSkin Stone Paper 
Now available at the Art Cellar.

Consider TerraSkin Stone Paper for your next watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, graphite, charcoal, digital, bookbinding, or origami project! The possibilities are endless!

TerraSkin is a combination of Calcium Carbonate 75% with a small quantity 25% of non-toxic resin (PE – Polyethylene) to create a strong sustainable substrate. Together these materials create a substrate that is both water and tear resistant!
TerraSkin is made with a state-of-the-art production process which does not utilize water or emit toxic air. Furthermore, TerraSkin is free of bleach, strong acid or base. This means the production process is very clean and so is the product.

  • Most importantly, in producing TerraSkin, the harvesting of trees is unnecessary, thereby safeguarding the natural environment’s beauty and biodiversity for all living beings.
  • TerraSkin also has beautiful printing capabilities and a unique texture and feel. Because the paper is fiberless, it does not absorb ink like regular paper and also uses less ink than regular paper. Images stay much crisper and cleaner because the ink doesn’t bleed.
  • TerraSkin is water – resistant and inherently strong and durable. 
Visit for more info.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Strathmore is requesting artwork submissions for our 2014 Product Catalog and for our 2014 Facebook Cover Image.

Artists have until Friday, November 15 to submit artwork to us. The artwork submitted must be completed on Strathmore paper. The artist chosen for our 2014 Catalog will receive $300, and the artist selected for our Facebook Cover Image will receive $100 retail value of Strathmore product.

Below is a link to the page where artists can submit their artwork and learn more about it:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Announcing NEW MCAD Merchandise!

Check out our 2013/14 Catalog and get your "Mcaditude" on today!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Everyone loves our Wood Panels!

They are so ridiculously popular we have to fight to keep them in stock. 
Our panels are made in Wisconsin with a 3 ply Baltic birch face and cradled with Wisconsin basswood.  These panels are very stable and have a non-directional grain.

Wood panels offer versatility and can handle many media.  Make sure to seal and/or treat the surface before use. With the exception of encaustic wax which acts as a sealer, all wood panels should be sealed with a good primer before painting artwork on them. Lignins and tannins that naturally exist in the wood can actually leach through the ground and affect a painting if a panel is not properly sealed and primed. The image (left) demonstrates how a panel without a sealer will yellow while a sealed panel will block the tannins from leaching through to the painting ground.
There are several recommended methods and resources to learn about sealing and priming a panel. We recommend using GOLDEN GAC 100 to seal panels followed by several layers of gesso or an acrylic dispersion. Gamblin Oil Painting Ground can also be used to seal and finish a panel prior to painting with oils.

We have sizes ranging from 6"x 6" to 48"x 60" with depths 1.5" and 2".
We also carry prepared/ready to use gessoed hardboard in a variety of sizes. Call or stop in to find out more info!

Friday, September 13, 2013


XL Graphite & Charcoal Blocks

Incredibly versatile!

From powerful to sensitive line work and subtle gradients and blending, to expressive marks and deep tonal work, Derwent XL Graphite & Charcoal is smooth and refined.

The chunky shape is captivating, intuitive and great fun to use; you can even add water to the mix for splashes and washes.

Derwent XL Graphite comes in 6 colours in the range: 2 natural graphite, 2 warm tones and 2 cool colours.

Derwent XL Charcoal comes in 6 colours in the range: 1 natural black, 4 traditional drawing colours and white.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our hours will change for the fall semester beginning August 26.

M- 10am-7pm
T-  10am-7pm
W- 10am-7pm
F-  10am-5pm

S-  12pm-5pm
 closed Sundays

We will be closed Labor Day weekend (Saturday, August 31 & Monday, September 1).

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Big News in the Gamblin Artist Colors Department!!!
Announcing Eight Outstanding New Colors, Expanded FastMatte line, and the Best Solvent Free Medium EVER!

Gamblin's new paint colors are so magically beautiful, you need to see for yourself. Available in 37ml and  150ml. Feedback from artists has been fantastic... 
"You guys are amazing!" "Gorgeous colors. I need these in my life."
"The new Portland Greys have totally changed my painting. Can't live without them"
"That cadmium chartreuse is SO SEXY"

 We've also expanded our line of Gamblin FastMatte oil colors! With Gamblin FastMatte Alkyd Oil Colors, oil painters can take their paintings further, faster than ever before. 
A Thin layers will be touch-dry and ready to be painted over in 24-hours. Colors dry to a matte surface with a beautiful tooth and deep, soft luster. FastMatte colors are compatible with our painting mediums and traditional oil colors.

Gamblin Solvent Free Gel
More Possibilities. Less Compromise. 
Our Solvent-Free Gel is a game changer for oil painters.
Solvent-Free Gel is the only solvent-free oil painting medium that supports a broad range of painting techniques with minimal compromise. Made from safflower oil and alkyd resin, Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel is non-toxic and contains no Gamsol or petroleum distillates.

Monday, June 17, 2013

In with the NEW, out with the OLD.

The Art Cellar is welcoming tons of awesome additions to the store this summer. Stop in and stare in awe of our expanding line of Golden Acrylic products, offering more size options and colors.  

We are also happy show you our BRAND NEW complete line of Holbein Acrylic Gouache. If you have never tried immediately


With all the new stuff we're means we are also putting lots of goodies on sale!!! Stop in and check out our ever expanding Clearance section. PSST...Prismacolor is on it.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Annnnd we're back! 
We've missed you soooooo much. 
Our regular summer hours start TODAY! 
M-F: 10a-5p (no weekends). 
See you soon!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

End of Semester & Summer Hours for the Art Cellar. 

Please note that this will include our annual "Closing for Inventory" period.
Have a great end-of-semester everyone!

Regular Semester Hours
May 8 - May 13
Mon-Thurs, 10a-7p
Fri, 10a-5p
Sat, 12p-5p

Summer Hours begin May 14th (Last Day of Classes)
May 14 - 17
Tues-Friday 10a-5p
CLOSED Saturdays & Sunday

May 20-31

Regular Summer Hours resume June 3rd
Mon-Friday 10a-5p
CLOSED Saturdays & Sunday

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Get your sample of Torrit Grey! 
Vote for your favorite Torrit Grey Painting on Facebook.

Tubes of Torrit Grey are available free for a limited time with your next $25 purchase of Gamblin painting materials.
About Torrit Grey
In celebration of Earth Day, each spring Gamblin's Master Paintmakers recycle the pigments captured by our Torit Air Filtration System into a limited edition color: Gamblin Torrit Grey.
Torrit Grey reflects Gamblin's shared commitment to sustainability. Every batch is unique, ranging from warm dove grey to cool, bluish grey.

The Contest Continues Online! 
Vote for your favorite Torrit Grey painting by "liking" it on Gamblin's Facebook page. There are two albums titled "2012 Torrit Grey Gallery." The artists who created the three paintings with the most "likes" will each receive a selection of Gamblin materials. Contest ends at 5pm PST on Friday, April 26th. Winning paintings, including honorable mentions, are not eligible in the online contest.  

Friday, April 12, 2013

From the writer who brought you "Goblin Secrets"...
The Art Cellar now has copies of MCAD's very own, William Alexander's "Ghoulish Song"
Come and get your 1st Edition from the National Book Award winning author today!
Supplies are limited.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Art Cellar is proudly offering 
FREE samples of Williamsburg Handmade Oils.
Simply mention this informative email BELOW and get your Trifecta of Awesomeness at the Art Cellar today!

2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Open 10-7 Mon-Thurs, 10-5 Friday, 12-5 Saturday.
Reflecting and Projecting History
by Sarah Sands, Williamsburg Technical Support

Visit Sample Artists' Supply, mention this email to get a 3-5ml sample tube set.
Color is a living language. Creative currents ebb and flow while science moves pigments to the forefront and pulls other into obscurity. A display of Williamsburg Handmade Oil colors shows the cycle of history. Colors we share with generations of painters in the past, as well as Colors owned only by this generation of artists.
Here, we present three colors from the Williamsburg palette. Each with its own place in history, and because of their inherent beauty and personality, they should also have a place on your palette.
The color of emeralds, this was the favorite green of the French Impressionists, central to the palettes of Monet, Van Gogh, Canne, and Renoir, among many others. Its translucent, blue-green tones cannot be matched by a blend of other colors. Never strident or artificial in appearance, it has an almost earthy, mineral feel that allows it to sit comfortably within a painting. Williamsburg grinds it to a velvety surface, rather than the more glossy sheen common to Phthalo and Sap Greens. Mixed with white it can almost feel blue, yet blended with yellow can generate a wide range of leafy landscape greens.
Alizarin Orange
Like peeling back the shadowed skin of a tangerine to reveal the bright golden notes hidden inside,
Williamsburg's Alizarin Orange explodes with color. From the tube its masstone hovers between saffron and paprika, with a mid-tone note of russet-orange that is moody and alluring.
But none of that prepares you for the vivid, hot streaks of yellow left by your brush pushing the paint across the canvas, or the infusion of warmth it provides in glazes. Its most vivid and dazzling moments hide just beneath the surface.
Sevres Blue
Inspired by the crisp, bright blue, Celeste enamel found on the finest Louis XV Sevres porcelain. It is opaque yet airy, dense yet luminous, it is the blue of a clear sky at noon. But its usefulness goes well beyond landscapes. Blend with warmer earth colors for steely grays, pull a touch into skin tones to create shadows, or go electric by playing off its nearly perfect complement of Williamsburg Cadmium Red Vermilion.
Descriptions of colors, or even close examination of paintings that employ these colors, cannot do them justice. You must experience these colors. Ask for the special sample set containing these three colors next time you visit your Williamsburg retailer.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Break is next week!!! 
(kinda wish we had some spring weather to go along with it but anyhoo...)

Our hours are as follows..
CLOSED Saturday March 30th
10am-5pm, Monday-Friday (April 1st-5th)
CLOSED Saturday April 6th.
We resume our regular academic hours on April 8th.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MONTANA Spray Paint Promotion Starts today!
Stop in and check it out!
Check out the attached video to see how you can apply all the awesome items we are giving away, to your artwork (with a qualifying purchase of course). 
While supplies last. See previous Facebook posting for details.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Promotion Starts TOMORROW!!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Now in a NEW 1-Part System
The perfect picture varnish.
Gamvar saturates and gives greater depth to the colors in your painting and gives your work a unified and protective semi-gloss surface. 

Developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Gamvar goes on water-clear, stays water-clear and can be easily and safely removed with Gamsol. 

Gamvar is virtually odorless and ready to apply.
Brush apply. Do not spray.

 Gamvar Picture Varnish is available in the following sizes: 2 fl oz, 8 fl oz, 16 fl oz.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentimes!
We are fully stocked with sticky sweet cards for the 
people you love (or like a little).
You have 1 day left. 
Don't blow it. 
The Art Cellar gotz what u need!

Monday, February 11, 2013


While supplies last, buster! 
We are discontinuing the line.

Truecolour is a high quality artist paint at a surprisingly reasonable price. This line is aimed at the budget conscious artist who can’t spend top dollar for their paint but doesn’t want to sacrifice quality.

From simple sketches to complex creations, these premium colored pencils and leads have you covered no matter what your latest creation may be.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Welcome Back Students!!!

Spring Semester 2013

Stop in for all your back to school needs. We have lots of new notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, pens, etc to inspire your BEST work this semester.

A little reminder about our regular semester hours...

Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturdays 12-5pm

See you soon! xoxo Gossip Girl

Monday, January 7, 2013


Introducing "EcoQua" by Fabriano 

EcoQua is made of ecological paper Bioprima Book 85 gr showing a pale ivory shade. The cover is made of ecological paper Sirio Tela and is scratch-resistant. 

- Spiral, Glue bound, or Stapled Notebooks
- Available in 8 different lightfast colors.
- Light grey Grid pattern or Dots

Each class could have a different color notebook! 
ONLY $4.20-$7.00