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Artscape’s Long History in the Harpenden Area
When two highly-respectable shops in Harpenden became one, Artscape was born. Studio 35, which offered art and craft materials along with framing services, and Madesco, which provided dyeline printing, photocopying, and office supplies, were combined. This merger led to a one-shop stop for Harpenden residents.
The Birth of Artscape Begins With Studio 35
Unsubstantiated reports from a Harpenden resident dates Studio 35’s ownership to the town’s most famous art materials producer Henry Newton. It’s believed he owned the shop 50 years ago when it was located on the High Street. Studio 35 was previously owned by C. Hallam, who ran the shop as a photographic studio, although it did offer art materials too. During his ownership, it offered passport photos services also.
Sometime later, Geoff and Muriel Sanderson owned Studio 35. The couple ran it for 17 years as a photographic studio. They also sold art and craft materials, greeting cards, toys, picture framing and gifts.
In 1985 the Suharan family took ownership of the shop. Then in June 2000, Studio 35 had to leave the High Street, which is when Artscape was born. The company moved into a much bigger location (Unit 4 Bowers Parade) in Harpenden. However, Artscape had to find a new home at Unit 8 Southdown Industrial Estate, as its home was being demolished to make way for housing.
This move didn’t affect the shop’s resolve to offer all the services it previously had but this time with even more shop space and free parking for customers to enjoy. Artscape’s current home is located by the Skew Bridge on the Southdown Industrial State.
Today, Artscape is proud to be a Winsor and Newton Premier Art Centre.
When people visit Artscape, they can expect professional, friendly service with knowledgeable staff to assist them. It doesn’t matter what patrons need – picture framing, mountboards, art and craft materials, stationery, computer refill ink cartridges, high-quality colour copying, etc. We offer a host of services and products to ensure that you get everything you need in one shop.