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A New Year, A New Journey Begins…

No matter where the muse takes you in 2018 – from the familiar confines of the studio to the beauty of nature and beyond – let Central Art be your creative passport!

When fresh inspiration is needed, look no further than our wide selection of art instruction and technique books to give you a head start. Brushes on your bucket list? Choose just the right fit for your suitcase with a beautiful assortment of brushes in a variety of styles and travel options. If journaling is your jam, you can never have too many sketchbooks! Fortunately we have all sizes, formats and weights of paper to suit whatever medium makes you happiest. Adding a few words of wisdom to your work is an art form in itself – why not go “old-school” with some dip pens and a bit of ink and rediscover the lost art of calligraphy? Central Art is your Hand Lettering Headquarters!

The list goes on and on, and so does your drive to create! Nobody knows that better than us.

Now is the time to seize the canvas and voyage fearlessly into an artistic adventure, so what are you waiting for? Come see us and begin charting a course today!

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Ampersand Clayboard

In 1994, Ampersand Art Supply began their mission of reviving the time-honored tradition of panel painting with the creation of Claybord, the very first coated painting panel. Over the years, Ampersand has added many wonderful painting panels with unique surface coatings suitable for all media.
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Caran d’Ache Open Stock & Sets

Caran d’Ache is the pen name by which French illustrator, Emmanuel Poire’, achieved worldwide renown in the 19th century. The choice turned out to be a salient one, since “karandash” is the Russian term for “pencil” and in turn comes from the Turkish root “karat ash” which refers to black stone – the origins of graphite. In 1924, Arnold Schweitzer, the founder of a Swiss pencil factory, decided to use the name of the famous illustrator, Caran d’Ache for his business.
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Crescent Mat Board

Crescent is headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois, and is a private, 5th generation family-owned company founded over 100 years ago. Crescent continues to innovate and develop new, on-trend products to meet the changing needs and interests of artists and framers globally. Crescent art material products have been selected by students and professionals alike for decades.
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Holbein Artist Paints

In Osaka Japan, the company was formed just before the turn of the last century, and took the name of European artist Hans Holbein in the 1930’s. From that time, Holbein’s presence has been significant in Southeast Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. Holbein is unique in the art material trade because they do not produce any entry student quality color products. Each of the color lines is adapted to meet the special requirements of the professional artist.
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Pentel Products

For over 70 years, Pentel has supplied the world with the highest quality products. Pentel is the only writing instrument company to receive the Deming Award for recognition of the highest standard of quality. Some of Pentel’s industry-leading products have been in production for many years, and remain in demand today, such as roller ball pens, graphite leads and mechanical pencils. Many new Pentel products will no doubt possess equally distinguished longevity.
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Stabilo Open Stock & Sets

Stabilo is a family run company that has been making writing products for more than 160 years creating pens that are trend-conscious, inspiring and visionary. The diverse products from Stabilo make the lives of people a little more colorful each and every day by delivering quality and implementing innovative designs into each and every pen.
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3-Day UArt Pastels Workshop Starting Friday, April 27th, 2018!

Location: Central Art Supply, Medford, OR   Date: Friday April 27 – Sunday April 29 2018
Time: Friday April 27 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday April 28 10:00 am -4:00pm, Sunday April 29 10:00 am -4:00pm   Price: $350.00   Students: 6-12There are many benefits of using an underpainting on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. The type of underpainting depends on the subject and desired end effect. In this workshop we will explore several options.

There will be a demo each morning using a different medium as an underpainting. There will also be an option to ‘paint-a-long’ from the same reference photo as Susan to really get a step-by-step approach of her technique from beginning to end. You will receive individual instruction tailored to your specific needs, level and goals as well as a constructive critique of work done in the workshop as well as any work you bring along.

Register Online at: 

UART will provide you via email with a full list of materials before the beginning of the workshop. Check out Susan’s website at

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Central Art's 36th Anniversary Sale now through March 31st, 2017

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Missed the deals at the Extravaganza?

That’s a-ok, Central Art’s 36th Anniversary Sale continues


NOW through March 31st, 2017!


Click below to visit the Promos page of our website and
get a peek at all of the fantastic savings on the products you love to create with!



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Friday, November 11th, 2016


Need to stock up for a gallery show? Dress your masterworks up in style! We’ve got frames coming in by the truckload (literally)! But they’ll only be here for ONE DAY!


Save 30 – 50% off frames in-store and off the truck!

Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 11th!

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ONE DAY ONLY! Truck Load of Frames Sale Friday, November 11th!

The Truck Load of Frames is returning to Central Art, but it won’t stay parked for long! For one day only, take advantage of 30-50% off frames from off-the-truck and in-stock! Catch these deals before they drive off!

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June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply

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June is frame-tastic at Central Art! Featuring savings and classes to satisfy your DIYer’s palette, this month is “bordering” on awesome during our June Framing Spectacular!

Take advantage of our June Framing Spectacular special events! Kicking off with our Truck Load of Frames 2-Day Sale on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd & 4th, find the right fit for your artistic expression with ready-made frames 25-50% off!

Central Art’s DIY Framing Workshop series has you covered, from cutting your own mats to fitting and finishing your frame! Check out the Workshop Schedule in this month’s newsletter or on Central Art’s website under Events & Classes for more info, and don’t forget to call or visit us and sign up! Seating is limited, reserve now!

Did you know? Not only can you get the latest Central Art scoop by signing up online for our e-newsletter, now everyone can take advantage of our in-store coupons! Just visit our website, click on “Promos” and you’ll often find a printable coupon near the top of the page!

Canvas Stretching

Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $25

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Canvas Stretching Workshop, June 2016Learn an age-old skill that will come in very handy when you have a specialized painting project to tackle: stretching your own canvas! Get those corner folds perfect, and make that canvas tight as a drum! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot

DIY Framing Workshop

Friday, June 17th, 2016 10:00am – 12:30pm

Fee: $25

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - DIY Framing Workshop, June 2016You’ve already got just the right frame to go with your artwork. Get a crash course from Central Art’s custom framing professionals and learn how to “put it all together”! Participants will have a finished project to take home.


*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.


To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.


Beginning Mat Cutting Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016 10:00am – 12:00pm

Fee: $15

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Beginning Mat Cutting Workshop, June 2016Master the basics of mat cutting with this helpful workshop, giving you everything you need to get started! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.
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Intermediate Mat Cutting Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fee: $15

 June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Intermediate Mat Cutting Workshop, June 2016Already have the basics down? Learn more advanced cutting techniques to create the perfect accents for your artwork! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.
Friday, June 24th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Central Art Supply June Framing Events

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Truck Load of Frames Sale June 3–4, 2016

The Truck Load of Frames Sale is headed to Central Art to kick off our Framing Month Spectacular! Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, save 30% on all in-stock frames and 50% on custom ready made frames, or choose from a wide selection of new frames fresh off the truck!

Remember, these amazing deals will be around for 2 days only, so plan your life accordingly!

DIY Framing Workshops

On a tight framing budget? Pinterest tutorials not much help? Central Art has the answer to your DIY anxiety! June is our Framing Month Spectacular, and in addition to some awesome deals on frames and framing supplies, we’ve put together a variety of framing workshops to help you on your way to becoming a DIY superstar!

Thursday 6/9 – Canvas Stretching 2:00pm – 4:00pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/17 – DIY Framing 10:00am – 12:30pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/24 – Beginning Mat Cutting 10:00am – 12:00pm Fee: $15

                    – Intermediate Mat Cutting 1:00pm – 3:00pm Fee: $15


*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

Participants will have a finished project to take home.


To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444.

Please pay in advance to book your spot either by phone or in person as seating is limited.


Framing – Lessons Learned

Metal Framing Hangers

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Framing Question.

When it comes to frames and you don’t know what to do, ask your local framer!   Obvious, no?  I would say not-so-obvious to me.  I’d like to share this last week’s framing lesson in the hope that it might save another “do-your-own” framer some frustration.


I have been framing my artwork for the past 13 years, give or take.  I started out using wood frames that I painted myself to match the art.  After ten years, I was pretty good at my own process.  The paintings looked good and I received compliments on the framing.


Things in the art world change and framing is no exception.  In the past few years, I’ve been submitting to exhibitions that require metal framing.  Consequently, I’ve had to learn how to put together metal frames. How hard can it be?  There are step-by-step instructions that come with the frame; easy as can be.


The metal frames are fairly easy to put together and yet there was a problem.  The hanging hardware that comes with the frames is the “snap in” kind.  They are not easy to snap in.  If you get the hardware to “snap in” without bending the frame or hardware, you’re lucky.  If you get the hardware snapped into the track without raising your blood pressure, you’re also lucky.


Naturally, when I first had trouble with the hanging hardware, I did a search on the internet.  I found an article on Cheap Joes Art Supplies’ Blog about sliding the “snap in” hardware, rather than snapping it in.  Its a good article and I found it helpful.

However, they hint at the next problem with the snap in hardware.  It doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to; snap in becomes slide in and keep on sliding in.  I knew there had to be a better way.

This week, I finally had a pivotal moment.  As my frustration level started to rise I thought there has to be a better way.  After all, framers do this everyday.  Then, AHA!  Why don’t I ask the art supply store where I bought the frame for recommendations?  They have on-site framers.  They have to know a better solution.


I called our local art store, Central Art Supply in Medford, OR where I buy my frames.  I talked to their framer and asked how they get the snap-in hangers to work.  She told me they don’t use the snap-ins; they use screw in types like “Euro-hangers”.  I was so excited, I forgot to ask her if they had any in stock.  Another phone call and a trip to the store and I was set.  (I found examples of screw-in type hanging hardware at United Mfrs, Supply Inc).


For less than $2.00, I had six Euro-hangers.  It took me just a few painless minutes to slide the hangers down the frame track.  Screw in place and voila!  A secure hanger for my frame!  Sometimes the simplest things make me so happy.


The other thing the framer told me was how to deal with the ends of the hanging wire.  She suggested wrapping them with masking tape.  I had been trying different tapes like black electrician’s tape, but the tape wasn’t holding.  Good old masking tape does the trick!  The ends are neat and tidy.  I don’t have to worry about wire gouging anyone.  The framer said that they have gone to the plastic encased wire so the ends are not a problem.

Bottom  Line.

Support your local art supply store and framer.  The internet can not beat a live person to talk to about a problem.

Bottom Line #2.

I can learn new tricks!  The challenge – asking, and knowing who to ask!






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Open House/Art Show

Siskiyou Crest Abstracts – Single exposure photography by Zach Ehlert

I recently had the opportunity to show a large collection of my photography at the Rogue Valley Manor (October 2015). Since the manor isn’t really open to the public, I’m setting these pieces up in the frame shop and hosting an open house.

​Please join me Saturday November 14th from 4 – 6 pm. Wine & light hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Transmission Interruptus




Siskiyou Fade

Each image is spontaneous capture of a brief point in space and time, created during a single opening of the camera shutter.

Phishin’ Eugene

I always enjoy framing things that have to do with my favorite band. Here’s a limited edition poster and ticket stub from their fall tour opener at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene that recently came into the shop.

For this project I used two layers of Crescent Select conservation matboard–with a second opening for the ticket stub–and 99% UV blocking conservation glass to protect the items. The dark brown frame–one of our value mouldings–is 1 1/4″ wide and 1″ deep, and has a slight wood grain pattern.

Limited edition print of 750 by Rich Kelly
Purchase an audio copy of the show here

Halloween Shadowbox

Custom framing’s a great way to showcase three dimensional objects. Here’s a small shadowbox that I put together for Halloween/Day of the Dead featuring a bottle of Rogue Dead Guy Ale.
The silver skull frame from Direct Moulding nicely complimented the glow-in-the-dark bottle. The inner box was created from a piece of bright orange, suede covered, matboard.