13 South Main Street
Minot ND 58701
Phone: (701)838-4747 Fax: (701)838-1652
Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Established: Open doors August, 1981.
Artmain is a retail store that offers custom framing, art supplies, and a women’s boutique with unique gifts.
Co-Owners: Beth Kjelson and Becky Piehl
About Beth – She is originally from Glenburn, ND. She graduated from MSU with double major in Elementary Education and Art Education, and then taught in Scobey, Montana, and Belcourt and South Prairie, North Dakota. She was Minot Art Gallery Director before opening Art Main. Beth is married to Keith and they have two sons, Eli and Billy. They live in Minot.
About Becky – She is originally from Marion, ND, and attended Valley City State University. Becky moved to Minot in the early 70s with her husband, Walter. She and Water have four children, Shadd, Levi, Crystal, and Cota. Becky retired in May of 2012 but remains as support to the business and to the Art Main girls.
Art Main participates in downtown activities such as the Easter and Halloween walks, Fall Festival, and Christmas open house.
Art Main also conducts their own “in house” activities and specials. One of their long-standing annual sales is in February – “Sweetheart of a Deal Sale,” a custom framing sale, is still as popular as it was 32 years ago.
Before Art Main
Prior to Art Main the building housed a gift shop called J &J Gifts, but the Scofield Block was better known as Olson’s Men Store during the 50s and 60s. This location has had many occupants. It has been a hardware store, men’s clothing store, barber, American cafe, and pool hall. Scofield block was built in 1905 by James Scofield who was also voted mayor of Minot in 1887.
Do you have a favorite art supply store in your area? Do you dabble in the arts? What medium?
5 responses to “My Main Street – Art Main”
You would think an artsy town like Bennington would have a kick-ass art supply store, but not really. Best place is the Bennington College Bookstore.
Perhaps it should be suggested…? 🙂
There is a place you can get standard stuff – pencils and drawing paper and over-priced frames, but I guess the town as a whole can’t support more, esp with internet sales and places like Blick. Tough for small town businesses to compete.
Our county seat, about seven miles from us, actually has two frame shops. I know there are lots of folks who frame their own pictures, but I really like having help picking out the matting, frames, etc.
I normally use standard mats and frames with typically-sized pieces, but sometimes I have to go custom matted and framed. And it’s so much fun to put different color mats, frames, more mats, different frames. It is surprising to me how much different one piece can look with a variety of mats and frames. Such fun!