1. I.
    February 4, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    Found my way here via your Facebook post…I am so sorry to hear this! When I lived in MA I enjoyed going to Pearl; the people watching was almost as fun as browsing their stock. It had been there so long it was practically an institution. What a loss for the Cambridge/Somerville arts scene!



  2. reindeergirl
    February 4, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    RIP, Pearl Art.

    I started going there for oils, watercolors and hot press papers when I was Laura Blacklow's student in alt photo processes at MassArt. I needed inexpensive tsotskies to collage into my prints, and to Pearl I went. It supplied the charcoals when I learned how to draw.

    As you mentioned, Jeff, the staff was awesome.

    I loved the cavernous feel to the place.

    I will mourn Pearl's Central Square location as I mourned the closing of Good-Good the Elephant in Harvard Square. 🙁

    Funny, I was just thinking about making a trip to Pearl the other day, as I wanted to return to a set-aside project. But I got hit with the flu, and never made it.

    Thank you, Pearl, for many happy trips.

    And thanks to you, Jeff, for your lovely, plaintive elegy to a very special place.

    Deborah SG


  3. Julie Beck
    February 5, 2010 @ 3:39 am

    I am in the process of moving to Boston myself and will need a good art supply store…any other recommendations?


  4. Sumabokemo
    February 5, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    Here in Boise we have only two art stores. The oldest one 'Boise Blue' is closing its doors after so many many years. I feel so bad, but I just can't justify spending $8 on a piece of paper I can get for $2.50 online. Sad–I'm part of the problem though.


  5. Jeff Hayes
    February 5, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Thanks Ilona & Reindeergirl!

    Julie: there is another supply store in Central Square Cambridge called Artist and Craftsman Supplies. It has a lot of the same good qualities as Pearl, though their selection has never been as broad. I still recommend them.

    Sumabokemo: I sympathize. There is no good answer, unfortunately.


  6. Katherine
    February 5, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    It's happening all over, even down here in NZ. I loved those old shops. The staff knew what they were selling, and if you went far enough back into the shop, you reached 'L Space' and I think there were a few holes in the actual space-time fabric, and narrow creaky stairs that *weren't there next time you visited*.


  7. Holly Durr
    February 5, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    I live in West Virginia. We don't have anymore art stores. Just craft stores that carry a small selection of art supplies. I have to order my supplies online.


  8. silversmith
    February 16, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    i share your sadness. houston had a pearl that was fantastic, but closed about a decade ago. i'm still heartbroken about it and have one cardboard paper carrier left. i will baby that carrier and it will continue to hold my paper for as long as i can.


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