Covid 19 Update

Sept/Oct Hours - Mon-Sat 11-5 Closed Sun 

We are now letting people in. Max 3 at a time.


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.

Limit 3 people.

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. Willow has been the sole person helping customers with purchases while Sean is in the store to assist in receiving orders and keeping the stock organized. It is very important that we stay healthy as even a common cold will result in the doors being closed.

Nancy has been hard at work on updating this website to include color charts and adding new products that are helpful for shopping. As well as working on our new website that will be a full shopping experience, coming in the next few months. 

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.



 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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