ABOUT US Located in the Kansas City and Des Moines areas, Creative-Coldsnow Artist Materials and Framing has provided the best and largest selection of art supplies in the Midwest for over 55 years. Creative-Coldsnow has earned a reputation of supplying the highest quality fine art and graphic supplies, custom framing, with a knowledgeable staff, in providing creative solutions for our customers. Our customers include Fine Artists, Students, Hobbyists, Crafters, as well as Designers, Architects, and Commercial Artists.
Creative-Coldsnow’s sales and service staff consists of 19 employees. 90% of our full time staff has Fine Art degrees and an average of 22 years of sales and service experience. All part time employees are actively pursuing the study of art and pursuing art degrees. Our framing department consists of 4 full time employees. All of our framers have an art degree and an average of 20 years of experience. Our staff is committed to the art community.
HISTORY In 1942 Keith Coldsnow and Max Morris co-managed the Kansas City Art Institute 200 sq ft bookstore. Within 4 years Keith and Max decided they wanted to meet the needs of other local Artist. So, they opened Coldsnow-Morris Art supply at 35th and Broadway.
In 1952 Keith Coldsnow started his own operation under the name of Keith Coldsnow Limited in the Midtown area at 35th and Jefferson. His business continued to grow. Ultimately, in 1972, he opened a 7,400 sq ft facility at 104 Westport Road. Also, in 1972 two employees, Joe Grimes and Paul Lambert, with Keith’s approval, decided to open Creative Crafts and Hobbies at 808 Westport Road, specializing in printmaking materials.
In 1979 Bill and Marianne McKean purchased Creative Crafts and Hobbies. The store consisted of one store front and 450 sq ft. Within the next 15 years the store expanded in to fine art materials, graphic supplies, and custom framing with 8,000 sq ft of retail space.
In 2006 Bill and Marianne McKean purchased the assets of Keith Coldsnow Limited. To reflect the unique products and services of both businesses the name has changed to Creative-Coldsnow Artist Materials and Framing.
Currently with 3 stores, Creative-Coldsnow offers over 14,000 sq ft of art materials and framing. Our stock of over 30,000 products spans the entire spectrum of art and graphic supplies and custom framing. Including paints, brushes, drawing materials, canvas, drafting, printmaking, easels, furniture, sculpture, pottery clays and tools, decorative paper, modeling materials, etc… all at competitive prices.
Creative-Coldsnow operates as a family owned and operated business committed to serving the art community for generations to come. In the window or above the checkout area of each store we clearly display our mission to our customers. We have a sign that reads, Purveyors of Art Materials - Our commitment is to offer the finest quality products at the lowest possible price. We know there are several choices for you, we hope you choose Creative-Coldsnow with the highest level of service and product, at the lowest possible price.
DES MOINES, IA 2419 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311 515.274.9661
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