History

Wallack’s has been part of your community since 1939. We began as a photographic supply store founded by picture enthusiast Sam Wallack. In the mid-1950’s, Wallack’s expanded

from the original narrow shop on Bank street into the empty store next to it to offer more selection of art and hobby supplies, as well as more display space for original art.

When his son John Wallack came on board in 1963, the company expanded to include art supplies for an emerging Canadian arts scene. The need for a gallery became apparent and Wallack Galleries was launched in the 1950s. By 1965, the business was organized under different branches: the gallery was for acquisitions and sales, while the art-making and framing needs were supplied by the Wallack’s group of stores.

In 1977, John Wallack moved the existing art material business to its present location at 231 Bank Street, which was originally Hartman’s grocery store. He also expanded the fine art gallery to its own location at 203 Bank Street.

For almost 75 years, Wallack’s has been committed to supplying creative people with quality products at competitive prices. Wallack’s reputation is built on offering a wide selection of brand name artist materials, service by friendly knowledgeable staff, and quick and efficient delivery across Canada. Educational
programming also continues to be a part of Wallack’s, and knowledgeable staff provide instruction through workshops and events at its many locations.

Today, Wallack’s is eastern Ontario’s largest retailer of artist materials with four locations in the Ottawa area, one in Kingston and two in Gatineau.

Vision

“Inspire the Artist, Serve the Customer.”

Wallack’s new vision expresses how it will grow to become the serious artist’s go-to-place by leveraging its products, services and staff to inspire the artist to create and try something new. We will put an emphasis on giving the customer the best possible service through product availability and excellent communication. Wallack’s will use its three key strengths: “Fine Art Materials,” “Fine Art Picture Framing,” and “Fine Art Education” to promote a new value for Wallack’s networks—industry, employees, and customers. Through these efforts, Wallack’s hopes to contribute to a creative world and a better experience for everyone.

Mission

Wallack’s is a leading art supply retailer distinguished from its competition by offering a complete range of products and services in fine art materials, fine art picture framing, and fine art material education. Wallack’s serves consumers, businesses and governments using multiple communication channels which include: physical retail locations, catalogues, online, and sales representatives. Each customer category receives customized service and pricing based on wholesale, volume and type. Wallack’s offers custom services and products to meet the individual needs of artists and organizations.