One thing Fernie needs and doesn’t have is an art supplies store. It’s so strange. Don’t get me wrong, art is everywhere in Fernie; you can find it in every cafe and restaurant but unless your medium is bail point pen, you’re limited to what’s stocked at Fernie Stationers. Alas, I cannot complain too much for Fernie Stationers, although small, has a decent supply of supplies and if you’re a member of the Fernie & District Arts Council you receive a lovely 10% off all art materials. The membership will also give you discounts at larger art supply stores in Calgary, which is awesome. You may think, like I did, oh Cranbrook must have an art store – so I swiftly pipe in with the drove-an-hour-to-find-out-answer: the art store is closed…unless there’s a new one that I don’t know about?
What I’m trying to say here, without sounding frustrated because I’m really not, is Fernie loves art and their artists but if you’re interested in finding quality arts & crafts tools, paints etc., you may want to see what’s happening in the big city or online at Currys (Holiday Savings are on right now). I have recently been aware of a scrapbook space called Happy Valley Scrapbooking in Hosmer by Wanda McDonald, if that’s your thing.
Still worth checking out : Fernie Stationers
591D 2nd Ave., Fernie, BC
• • • • • 2014 update • • • • •
I have say, Fernie Stationers has improved SO much since this was posted way back in 2010. Their art supplies section has grown and included a few more really interesting things. I managed to get some fabric paint there and Golden’s fabric painting medium which turns most liquid paints into a fabric paint. How cool is that?!
Very impressed with Fernie Stationers!