St. Paul: Owner of small Grand Avenue business inducted into International Art Materials Association Hall of Fame


Beth Bergman, Wet Paint local business owner, will be recognized for her leadership in business, arts advocacy, and the art materials industry when the International Art Materials Association inducts her into its Hall of Fame. The honor takes place at the association’s annual conference and trade show, Art Materials World, which is held this year in Minneapolis.

About Wet Paint Since 1976,Wet Paint has been an independently owned art supply store on St. Paul’s vibrant Grand Avenue, serving the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the world beyond. A favorite of professionals, students, beginners, and young people, Wet Paint has been named “Best Art Supplies” store by locally published City Pages seven times in recent years. Owner and operator Beth Bergman is proud to have a staff of knowledgeable working artists who can assist in the selection of materials for any creative project. The store stocks tens of thousands of products from around the world for work in almost any medium, including thousands of decorative and handmade papers.

An artist herself, Bergman was a founding member of the WARM Gallery. She actively supports other artists and arts organizations, including the Minnesota Museum of American Art, where she has served on the board. She is also a long-time champion of independent businesses through her work in the Grand Avenue Business Association and MetroIBA, the Twin Cities’ Independent Business Alliance. “It’s easy for all of us to look at small businesses and think of them as ‘just local,’” Bergman says. “In reality, small business owners sometimes have the most direct relationships with a global network of suppliers and customers, which is one reason they can do so much to enrich their neighborhoods and communities.” Reggie Hall, Executive Director of the North Carolina–based International Art Materials Association says, “Beth is highly regarded across the industry. She’s very knowledgeable and more than happy to share that knowledge with anyone.”