Covid 19 Update

Hours - Mon-Sat 11-5 Closed Sun 

We will be Closed Monday Sept 6th for Labour Day


In order to come into the store, we ask that you:

Respect physical distancing.

Pay attention to where others are in the store.

Sanitize your hands upon entry.

Touch items only if necessary.

Limit browsing time by being prepared with a good idea of what you are looking for ahead of time.

We are only letting a few people in at a time,

so prepare for a short wait outside.

Our washroom will NOT be available for customer use.

If you are not feeling well, do not come.

If you have traveled outside of BC, 

please wait 14 days before visiting.

We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave who appears unwell or is not respecting our rules.


We are still doing phone in orders, with pick up or shipping.

We hope you will continue to shop for most of your items in this manner as it is the safest for all of us.


Going forward we are leaning on the side of playing it cautious. It is very important that we stay healthy as even a common cold for our staff will result in the doors being closed.

As you know, we are pretty hard core and work most holidays to make sure you have art supplies when you need them. But these are strange times and in order to keep Willow's strangeness at bay we continue with Sunday closures and will be closed on holidays for the foreseeable future.



 In the historic Old Firehall Building across from Port Place Mall.

We carry a large selection of art supplies such as: paint, brushes, canvas, cradled boards, canvas boards, raw canvas, oil paint, acrylic paint, gouache, watercolours, varnish, painting mediums, colored pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, screen printing supplies, sketchbooks, calligraphy supplies, inks, chalk paint, watercolor paper, printmaking paper, drawing paper, tracing paper, easels, modeling clay, textile paints, and dyes. 

Please see our Art Supplies section for more details.  

Iron Oxide Art Supplies first opened its doors in January of 2014 in the historic #2 Firehall Building in downtown Nanaimo but its roots go back much further as the proprietor, Willow Friday, opened her first store, House of Indigo Boutique, back in 2002. 

Iron Oxide carries a full spectrum of art supplies, if we don't have it, please ask and we'll likely order it in. 

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