National Art Shop, a go-to place for local artists for decades, is set to close its doors for the last time Wednesday.
Jean and Jerry Sanders, who opened the store in 1970, are retiring and have been unable to find anyone to buy them out and continue selling art supplies.
The decision ends 51 years in business that began with a simple problem: Jerry Sanders’ mother and aunt — local artists Louise Prater and Lucille Hammond — couldn’t find art supplies for sale in the Queen City.
There were a few paint stores they could buy from, but selection was limited, and that got Jerry Sanders thinking.
“I had always wanted my own business, and I made a few calls to the art museum and some art professors about the lack of an art supply store,” he told the News-Leader in 1995. “I got a positive response.”
Soon enough, he