Fayetteville artist opens art supply store on College Avenue

Photo: Sleet City

FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville sign painter and muralist recently opened a new store in hopes of improving access to high-quality art supplies for artists living and working in Northwest Arkansas.

Olivia Trimble, whose art can be seen in several high-traffic areas across the region, last month opened Sleet City Art and Supplies at 914 N. College Ave. near the intersection of North Street.

Trimble, of course, painted the storefront sign for the new business. The store sits next to Pink House Alchemy, which also includes a hand-painted sign by Trimble.

Other local works by Trimble include the “Fayetteville is my favorite ville” mural on the back of the visitors bureau building on the downtown square, the “Love Your Neighbor” mural at South Yard, and the “Love Unites Us” mural that was painted in 2020 to cover hateful graffiti on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Olivia Trimble / Courtesy photo

Trimble also received national attention in 2016 for her “Repaint Hate” movement which encouraged artists across to paint over hateful slurs with positive statements and calls to action.

Trimble said she was tired of traveling to other cities for the brands of supplies she uses, which are not carried in big box stores.

“As a working artist in Northwest Arkansas for nearly a decade, I have seen a growing need for a local art supply store,” Trimble said. “Many brands and supplies are simply not available around here.”

The new store offers a curated selection of art supplies, handmade gifts and local artwork. Trimble said she also plans to host art classes and workshops at the store.

Sleet City is open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday.

Sleet City Art and Supplies, 914 N. College Ave. / Courtesy photo