Tri Dee Arts
For more than 50 years, Tri Dee Arts has been a fixture in downtown Mount Vernon. In 2011, Summer and Travis Houlihan became the new owners, extending the store’s legacy as a family-owned and operated art supply shop. Seven years later, the couple unveiled two renovated sections: Glazed, where you paint your own pottery, and Make Art, a place for various craft activities.
SUPPORTING ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY
“I worked at Tri Dee Arts long before we purchased the store,” says Summer. “It feels good to support the arts and build relationships with the community. We want people to have a welcoming experience and discover that art is fun and for anyone.”
Conscious of making art accessible and affordable, Tri Dee Arts hosts free art activities in the summer and pay-what-you-can-afford craft days throughout the year. Every January, the store participates in the Skagit Watershed Council’s Annual Illuminight Winter Walk. Attendees can make a luminary globe, sign up for an intricate luminary workshop, or stop by on the free community day and pick up a paper bag with a light. Past community art projects included the Make Art Not War tiled mural on the back of the building. All of the funds raised went to the Historic Lincoln Theatre.
INDULGE YOUR INNER ARTIST
The store features a plethora of art supplies—paints, art pens, brushes, art kits, and canvases—for both beginning artists and seasoned pros. They also sell craft activities such as rock painting, a weaving loom, and string art. Kids will appreciate the selection of science kits like Make Your Own Fizzy Gloop, as well as puzzles and retro board games like Yahtzee, Life, and Twister. The store is also a great place for gifts, with plenty of stationery, wrapping paper, and a custom framing center on the second level.
The space also offers hands-on activities to spark your creativity. During the fall, adults can join an acrylic paint workshop with artists
Dianna Shyne and Jennifer Bowman. In the new Glazed section, there are many paint-your-own-pottery items to choose from, including figurines, decorative housewares, and holiday-themed pieces.
215 S. First St., Mount Vernon
360.336.6131 | trideearts.com
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