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Local artist offers supplies to Harrisburg creatives, filling need in neighborhood

Darius Davis

As you may have noticed from the numerous stories told by our arts blogger Bob MacGinnes, Harrisburg has a rich and growing creative scene.

But where do all the painters, designers and illustrators get their tools? Where can someone get a paintbrush in Harrisburg?

Up until now, the pickings have been slim, said local artist Darius Davis, who regularly drives out of the city for supplies.

But on Saturday, Davis plans to open Midtown Art Supplies to offer a range of artistic tools to those in the community. The products will be located in a section of L&L Beauty Supply on Reily Street.

“I thought it would be cool if there was a place closer,” Davis said. “I feel like Midtown is a great area with a lot of great art going on.”

Davis said that he will fill his shelves with watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, stencils, pencils, brushes, canvases, drawing pads and resin, among other items. He’s open to purchasing other products by request.

Vivi Sterste, owner of art studio Vivi on Verbeke, said that she’s excited to have a place in walking distance. Sometimes, she finds herself traveling to Mechanicsburg or Norristown for supplies.

“I think it’s a great idea,” she said. “It’s ingenious actually. He’s a spark of inspiration.”

Davis plans to sell some of his art, as well, including prints and apparel. He’s been into art since he was a kid, but started taking it more seriously as he’s gotten older. Davis has participated in pop-up shops at arts venue La Cultura and Steelton shops Fashion Empire and Mean Girl Style.

His opening at L&L Beauty will also be the shop’s opening after being closed for renovations. L&L Beauty, which sells haircare products, will feature new vendors as well, including a barber and natural hairstylist.

Davis said that he may expand his business in the future, but is starting out small to get a feel for how the community responds. So far, it’s all been positive.

“People are glad to hear there’s a place closer,” he said.

Midtown Art Supplies will be located in L&L Beauty Supply at 310 Reily St., Harrisburg. For more information, visit L&L Beauty Supply’s Facebook page.

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