Item Code: JR883325

List $415.00
Sale-Price: $299.99
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Product Description:
BEST Rio Grande Easel by Richeson and Co. Continuing in the great tradition of the BEST line, the Rio Grande Easel is made from American Red Oak found in the Appalachians. It is hand-rubbed with an oil finish. This easel has a stable quad base and a retractable mast. The rubber bottoms make this skid-proof. Rubber grips keep the canvas securely in place and a middle canvas tray allows for small work.

This is a great starter easel because it has all the features a budding artist needs – adjustability, multi-functional, and stable. It’s tall and stunning, yet compact and easy-to-use. This easel will easily go wherever you go – it folds down to a mere 45 inches long! Its portability, along with a wide painting tray and the ability to adjust for sitting or standing, makes this a favorite amongst intermediate artists as well.



• Extended easel height: 72 inches
• Maximum canvas height: 48 inches
• Base widthxdepth: 25 x 23 inches
• Shipping weight: 27 lbs.

Ships assembled by UPS.

(Oversize shipping: $45.00)
Number 883325
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Product Reviews

5 out of 5, Based on 4 Reviews.
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Versatile Easel
Springfield, VA
April 02, 2018

Purchasing an easel sight unseen is a challenge. From what I could gather from the scant amount of reviews online, the Rio Grande seemed to fit the bill. First, it came assembled upside down/backward to protect various components. It's intentional, as stated on the literature in the box. It took a couple minutes to figure out the proper orientation, but was rather easy to accomplish.

Next, the easel is a great fit for my in-home studio. It has a small footprint and is rather light and easy to move around. But make no mistake it is also sturdy. However, the main reason I purchased the Rio Grande is because of the middle tray. This is a separate tray that you can use to work on smaller panels. I generally paint on 9x12, 11x14, 12x16 panels/canvases, etc and this middle tray works great for these sizes. When I do use larger panels, the middle tray comes off the easel in seconds. Good design, and I love the flexibility it offers me to work in a wide range of panel/canvas sizes.

Shipping was fast, and Madison Art Shop had the best price on the internet. Would recommend not only for beginners, but for more advanced artists like myself who are looking for specific features in an easel.
Fresno, California
April 10, 2014

The easel is very nice, but came in the box assembled upside down and backward. At first I thought it was a piece of junk, then I noticed one part was upside-down. After I fixed that I began to notice other parts which were backwards. Once I realized that whoever put it together and boxed it was intoxicated with some substance, I had the confidence to take it apart and start over--and I ended up with a very lovely, sturdy, practical, easel. Actually, the mystery of the assembly added a little character.
spartanburg, sc
January 26, 2014

Great easel. Easy to assemble. Just the right size for home studio. Very sturdy and holds canvas securely. Love that it has a removable middle canvas tray for holding a small canvas. The rubber knobs keeps top and bottom of canvas from sitting directly on tray allowing to paint on entire canvas.
Newark, DE
January 03, 2012

Great easel...well built and sturdy, while adjustable and compact for storage or transport.

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