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….Nestled in the Pacific North West lies a coastal town called Astoria. This is the home of our art store Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies, the largest supplier of art materials on the Oregon coast. We like to think of ourselves as the little-big art store. At Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies we provide fine art supplies for all levels of experience and interest. So, to help our local art community grow and thrive we educate artists about the latest in art materials.

We happily share our knowledge with customers. We provide friendly service to anyone seeking to improve their skills who are looking for ideas or solutions to their art material needs. Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies is committed to provide affordable art materials.

Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies inform artists of new relevant products and events through our newsletter and Facebook as well as our workshops & events calendar page. Additionally we coordinate with The Astoria Art Loft which offers workshops and classes. Find out more about the latest classes, products and events by signing up for our newsletter, our Facebook page, our workshops & events calendar or our Contact us for more information. We can also be found on our Google Business Page: https://dots-n-doodles-art-supplies.business.site/?m=true

Covid In-Store guidelines

Physical distancing & face coverings are required.  Phone in orders and curbside pick is available if preferred.

Dots ‘N Doodles current business hours will be flexible on a day-to-day basis – 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Please call first 503-325-5081

Did you know that the town of Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement in Oregon (and the entire West Coast)? And this is also home to Dots ‘N Doodles Art Supplies

The City of Astoria is located in the northwestern corner of Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River, within a few miles of Pacific Ocean beaches, with a population of nearly 10,000. As the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, Astoria has close historical ties to the Lewis & Clark Trail.

In 1811, John Jacob Astor, a New York financier, sent fur traders to the area and the trading post of Fort Astoria was established. Surrounded on three sides by the Columbia, Youngs, and Lewis & Clark rivers, the steep hillsides of Astoria exhibit beautiful Victorian and Craftsman homes. River, bay and forested views abound.

Art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, eclectic shops and the restored 1920’s Liberty Theater reflect a revitalized, vibrant downtown. Family oriented attractions and recreational activities are plentiful; a five mile river walk, hiking trails, aquatic center, numerous parks, boat moorages, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Astoria Riverfront Trolley and the Astoria Column are all within city limits. Ocean beaches, Lewis & Clark National and State Historical Park and Fort Stevens State Park are just outside the city creating many opportunities for the northwest outdoor experience. Astoria became incorporated in 1856. Article from the City Of Astoria Website.

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9/9/20

From my perspective, and I consider my perspective rather average. It seems to me that the world of art has not been spared by Covid.

We are creative beings and we are going to connect with each other somehow. Now I know that nothing can beat the in-person live contact experience. However, the cyber world has provided us with an opportunity to reach a wide array of people. AND people we might not have otherwise been able to. Example in point, an artist acquaintance conducted a ZOOM class, live here in our store in Oregon. His audience is The Florida Watercolor Society 3000 miles away – consider that. How amazing it is that we can reach through cyberspace and touch the lives of others.

Growing up I didn’t have a telephone answering machine. None were available cat the time. But here we are today visiting with people around the globe, at the touch of a button. I am amazed, and I will continue to be amazed and in awe of this technology. A contrast to my niece and nephew who take it for granted. The lesson here is – how much we are accustomed to that our own parents were not

Like it or not, and this one of those moments that I can tell you I’m right (’cause I’m often not).

If you are an artist, a gallery, a designer and any number of other creative beings you will have to find someway to reach your audience as we spend our time sequestered in our home. Be it Skype or Zoom or on line You Tube classes, Face Book or some other social platform I am going to recommend that you bite the bullet, dust off your ambivalence, get down to the grindstone and learn how to use these mediums.

Otherwise, as Arnold puts it “Hasta La Vista Baby” and I’ll see you in my rear view mirror.

There is nothing wrong in being left behind, digitally handicapped, if that’s where you want to be.


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