When we purchased Takapuna Art Supplies in April 2007 our intention was to make new friends and create an environment where professional and casual artists can purchase quality supplies and receive expert service and advice. Now, our most frequent comment from customers is, "what an artist's treasure-trove!" In February 2009 we added our tasart online store and we are now giving the same service, advice and selection to artists all over New Zealand. We stock over 12 thousand products and offer over 100 brand names and we continue to grow monthly with new product additions, tutorials and consumer information.
As fellow artists, we believe it is our responsibility to operate a reputable art shop that offers a large selection of artists’ materials. We want every customer who walks into our Takapuna shop or who shops on our online store, to be treated to a Smorgasbord of brand names from which they can choose. We are proud to say that we do not own the agency for any of the brands carried in our stores and, therefore, our customers can be confident that the product advice given by us is expert, sincerely informative and not tainted by conflicting profit guided prejudice. We purchase our supplies exclusively from reputable wholesalers and sell our stock at or below the manufacturer’s recommended resale price.
Takapuna Art Supplies is also the only art store in Auckland that is solely owner operated and for this reason we believe that our customer service is hands-on and will remain unmatchable. Our shop has a feeling of community where local artists like to come in, stay awhile, share their most recent work or just drop off literature about their up coming exhibition. We both have Bachelor of Fine Art Degrees and backgrounds in Illustration. Jim also taught Drawing, Painting, Design and Illustration at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, for nearly two decades. We have always had a small studio space at the back of our shop, and it isn’t uncommon for Jim to pull a customer back to his drawing table for an impromptu demo!
Due to repeated inquiries we have now expanded our shop with a larger studio space where we can hold scheduled workshops and classes.
Hope to see you soon. ~Jim & Sandy
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Our delivery rates are:
- Prepaid A4 Satchel (nationwide): $5 per order †
- Local (Auckland): $5.50 per order *
- Local Towns (within 150kms): $7.50 per order *
- Rest of North Island: $9.30 per order *
- South Island and Great Barrier: $10.40 per order *
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