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Rochester Art Supply

Rochester Art Supply

A hub for quality, brand name art supplies
150 West Main Street (map)
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 546-5028
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm

About Rochester Art Supply

Rochester Art Supply Inc. was started in 1959 based on the aspirations of Robert Lesczinski, a sign painter from Rochester, New York. Robert found that he was always having trouble finding quality sign paints in Rochester. He was often forced to order his paints through the mail just to restock his supplies and after awhile, this become quite a chore. It didn’t take him long to decide to start his own art supply business, he knew from experience that there was a unique niche he could address by starting a store here in Rochester. With the help of his brother, Ed Lesczinski, and sister, Mary Gallagher, Rochester Art Supply was then born. Together, the family opened a store downtown on West Main Street. The store specialized in sign paints, screen printing supplies, artist brushes, and basic art supplies.

After a few years, both Robert and Mary decided to leave the business to pursue new endeavors but Ed continued running the store. Keeping it in the family, Ed frequently hired his nephews, John and Mike Lesczinski to work at the store during their school summer vacations. In 1977, Ed become ill and needed assistance in managing the business, so John and Mike put their careers temporarily on hold to bail out the store in its time of need. However, the brothers soon realized that a quick fix was simply not possible and made the decision to purchase Rochester Art Supply from their uncle. John and Mike become the new owners and having grown up in the art supply business, they knew just what they needed to do to improve the business’ standing and reputation. They started to make many changes and fortunately, these changes were just what the store needed to really put the company on the map for fine artist supplies.

Rochester Art Supply may have originally started as a source for sign painting supplies but with the help of John and Mike it now serves as an international hub for quality, brand name art supplies for the professional fine artist. Mike Lesczinski made it his main goal to bring in quality supplies to their store’s shelves and expanded the inventory to include products for all different mediums. Mike wanted artists to be able to go to just one place and find everything they needed for their pieces and studios. He wanted customers to be able to select their supplies from the best products on the market and over the years, he successfully introduced many new materials and specialty lines. Rochester Art Supply was one of the first importers of the popular Escoda brushes and the first store to have encaustic wax paints. Even better, the store was the first in the United States to offer the renowned Henri Roche' Pastel line. Roche' pastels are one of the hardest lines for artists to get their hands on since they are manufactured by a small company located in Paris, France.

Rochester Art Supply still carries the sign painting supplies that gave the store its starting point but now it proudly carries top of the line pastels, oils, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, encaustics, brushes, plein air supplies, papermaking materials, canvas, drawing supplies, decorative papers, calligraphy sets, airbrush equipment, linen, artist easels, and so much more!

Shipping Policy

Shipments must be made to a physical residential or commercial address and will not be made to a Post Office (PO) Box.

All shipments made (to you) require an acceptance signature to be provided upon receipt (delivery) of shipment. Delivery will not be made without an acceptance signature.

Your order shipment status will be available to you by accessing your order history within the GBR website. As GBR does not provide any product shipment, all inquiries regarding shipments must be made with the individual Member from whom shipment will be made.

Return Policy

Rochester Art Supply will exchange or refund any product returned to us within 30 days, excluding DVDS & VHS tapes, special & custom orders, sheets of paper, as well as products sold by the yard/foot. ALL PAPER SALES ARE FINAL AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR RETURN.

Please print and fill out the Return & Exchanges Form, which can be found here.

All returns must be accompanied by this form, in new condition, and in their original boxes. RETURNS SENT WITHOUT THIS FORM WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

All merchandise must be returned to us in salable condition, please pack and ship your order accordingly. Ship your order via an insured carrier such as UPS, FedEx or USPS Priority Mail and hold onto the tracking number they provide for your shipment. Rochester Art Supply does not accept liability for returns that arrived to us damaged or without proper paperwork.

Please note that merchandise returned as a result of a customer order error will be subject to a 15% restocking charge.

If a UPS or FedEx shipment is refused by the receiver and sent back to us, the cost of the return shipping will be deducted from the refund.

Rochester Art Supply does not refund original shipping charges on returns.

The customer is responsible for all shipping costs, this includes the original order, any return shipments, package rerouting and any exchanges.

Returns should be sent to:
Rochester Art Supply Inc
Attn: Returns
150 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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