FLAX Canvas


by Ellen Reilly on August 25, 2014

Lighthearted, confrontational, seductive, venerable…gorgeous. This exhibition presents key works from the collections of SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum in provocative new contexts, pushing the boundaries of beauty, and inviting visitors to ask “What is gorgeous?” From luxurious ornamentation to kitch to austere simplicity to a dark underbelly, gorgeousness is presented as a dynamic concept that takes various visual forms: paintings, sculptures and photographs…

Back to School Savings

by Flax on August 20, 2014
Back to School

See our digital catalog below filled with Back to School savings. We are passing along some great prices, with discounts up to 50% off select items through October 15. Come on in and get your school year started with all the supplies you need, supported by service you can find only at Flax!

The American Craft Council Celebrates Modern Design and Craft

by Ellen Reilly on July 29, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. This is the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast. Showgoers will enjoy the finest in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, furniture and home décor by more than 220 artists from across the country, as well as two new on-site showcases: Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft—Let’s Entertain and American Craft™ Charm…

Meet the Artist: Tesia Blackburn

by Ellen Reilly on July 26, 2014

FLAX interviews local artist Tesia Blackburn and reviews her book Acrylic Painting with Passion. Tesia has been a working artist in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. What inspires you to keep working as an artist? Wow, that’s a huge question. I guess I’m curious so I keep asking questions. If you look at my work, you’ll see that I don’t have one particular “look.” It’s all paint on canvas or printmaking, but the images have changed over the years…

NBC Bay Area’s profile on FLAX

by Flax on July 23, 2014

We’re in the news again, this time a great story on NBC, with thanks to Joe Rosato Jr.
Story: You hear it all the time these days: artists getting displaced as landlords jack-up the rent or sell out to developers, taking advantage of San Francisco’s soaring economy.
Howard Flax hears the stories all the time, from his customers.
“San Francisco is changing,” he said, from the bustling floor of Flax…

Flax History on Wikipedia

by Flax on July 11, 2014

Excerpt from Wikipedia: Flax is the name for a collection of art supply stores that opened between 1919 and 1946. Started by four brothers from the Flax family, with primary locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, each business was independently owned and operated, yet through common branding they represented a coast-to-coast Flax Art Supply presence.
As of June 2014, the third generation continues to operate…

On View at the Legion of Honor

by Ellen Reilly on July 1, 2014

What makes a place a destination? Maybe it provides the relaxed feeling that comes from being among friends, or of country living. Maybe it has some of the finest works of art on view. Throw in a generous touch of Parisian elegance. Don’t forget an ocean view. After taking a moment to contemplate Rodin’s Thinker, step into George Applegarth’s replica of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris—San Francisco’s own Beaux-Arts style museum on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate…

FLAX is Growing

by Howard Flax on June 26, 2014
now open, feat1

A second FLAX store is now open! We couldn’t be more pleased to report that San Mateo is the home of a new store, run by Ron Ansley. Ron was just 26 when Philip Flax hired him (shh, almost 30 years ago). For most of that time Ron was the manager of our SF store, where he created countless personal relationships with our customers. His knowledge of materials is extensive…

Meet the Artist: Jane Willson

by Ellen Reilly on June 22, 2014

Flax interviews local artist Jane Willson, a figurative painter who creates historical narratives in a magical realism style. How did you get into working with folk and fairy tales as your subject matter? There’s a story in that story, which begins one day in mid-summer 2009. This day I’m gazing around my brand new-to-me empty 29th Street studio…

Flax & The Bay Institute

by Flax on May 28, 2014
The Bay Institute

We are excited to report a successful promotion to provide additional funding for the Bay Institute. We celebrated Earth Day all month long in April, with a percentage of ALL FLAX SALES being donated to The Bay Institute, $4,174!

Since 1981, The Bay Institute has applied its mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. The organization is at the forefront of advocacy, policy, and research programs to preserve California’s most important natural resource…