Back in 1911, the poetically-named Dick Blick formed a small catalog company with his wife, Grace. Working from their kitchen table, they shipped a lettering pen which quickly became a best-selling product. They grew the company into an art-supply institution, which was sold to Robert Metzenberg in 1948, and continues to be run as a family-owned business. Today, the company is the largest and oldest art supply retailer in the country, with a full product line of everything from crayons for budding preschool artists to fine oil paints for professional painters. The first retail store was opened in 1974 in Galesburg, Illinois, and the chain now has locations in 25 states throughout the country, as well as a website first launched in 1997. Blick Art Materials is committed to giving its customers the best quality and selection of art supplies at the lowest possible prices, along with superior customer service.