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Greetings! :fomei
It's that time of year where literally time flies. First it's September than the next thing you know it's Christmas. But just for a second let's slow it down.....
September was such a whirlwind month for us. Let's start with....
We won! A BIG thanks to everyone who voted for us because we won our category for the Ontario Choice Awards! We are... The Top Small Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site for all of Ontario. I cannot tell you what this means to us and Downtown Kingston. We hope it means that through the dark cold winter you will still come to see what a fabulous DT we have and that we have the best Gallery in Canada (ok... at least all of Ontario) for Canadian made art & craft. Truly an Honour.

Next we had Art After Dark this past Friday and again we were truly astounded as we had over 200 people come through our doors. to see all the beautiful art & craft we have, to celebrate our win and to celebrate me owning the store for 5 years now. I am beyond grateful for all the support. We celebrated with cake and music and snacks! Shout out to the Kingston Olive Oil Company who always provides the oil and balsamic vinegar for our event. They are truly amazing and sooo many people ask us where we get the oil and vinegar from. Truly a pleasure to say, "Right around the corner!". There are so many people to thank for events like this. So a big thank you to staff past & present who came out to say hi. Thank you to Lisa our manager & JL our book keeper for doing such an amazing job of managing and keeping all the numbers straight. (On a good day I add one & one & get two...) Thank you to my daughter Elysha for driving 3 hours one way to surprise me and then have to drive another 5 hours back the next day for a meeting. And thanks to everyone who came out just because. We so appreciate it.

Last Sunday we had a Zentangle class with 2 very lovely and enthusiastic ladies. I am so happy that I get to teach people about Zentangle and that it helps people to focus their attention and for a few minutes so the rest of the world and all the worries melt away. If you are interested in having an experience like that, let us know and I will be happy to teach you all about it.

We have a new featured artist whom we are quite proud... Our very own Rachel Acardi has done some amazing work and is our featured artist for October. Please pop on by to see her lovely work.

There are still 1 or 2 spaces left for the Marissa Sweet Acrylic Paint Class. If you ever wanted to paint with an award winning artist now is your chance! Marissa, like her name, is SWEET! You do not need to know how to paint so don't be shy if painting is something you have always wanted to try. She will guide you with grace and humour through each step. I do not paint but have taken several classes with her and had a great time and brought home something new and creative! Call the store at 613-546-7967 to register.

An on to new business....
We have 2 new artists and for all the ladies you will be happy because they are jewellery artists! RW Studios and My Wristy Business have their work at the store. We are excited as they represent Canada in in wonderful but very different ways.
For those of you who like to get organized early, we have a variety of Calendars for 2020 (I can't believe I am even writing that for a year... seems like it was just 1999 and we were all told to panic over the Y2K virus that would take out computers all over the world...). There are Calendars from Ola Design, Cape Dorset, and several Indigenous artists. All are gorgeous!

We are also excited because we have the second annual Great Pumpkin Search" coming up. The event will be held the Saturday before Hallowe'en on October 26 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Keep a watch out for emails, and the newspapers for directions. The idea is to visit all participating establishments and find the "Great Pumpkin" to get an entry for the gift basket. Fun for everyone!

Lastly, a few words to remind ourselves to be kind to each other and to ourselves. We cannot control the actions of other people, we can only control how we respond. And that can make a big difference in the outcome of any situation, especially an unpleasant one. Look for the silver lining because most of the time there is a positive takeaway or a lesson to be learned that will help us move the ball forward. Have a great October everyone!

From our heart to yours,
Penny & the staff at cornerstone
ZIA piece
Featured Artist - Rachel Acardi
Rachel has just started with us at Cornerstone over the summer! She is a student finishing up her degree and hopes one day to be a veterinarian! She is a real "Go Getter" and the minute she found out about the feature wall she was showing us her artwork to see if she could be a featured artist! Her work is whimsical and cute! Come down to the store to take a look!
Art After Dark
As usual we had a blast at Art After Dark on September 27. We had 207 people come in between 7PM and 10 PM! We were told we had the best snacks! Big thanks again to the Olive Oil Co. for making the snacks such a success. This year we had many reasons to celebrate so of course there was cake too! Many people were amazed at the great selection of Canadian Art. Looking forward to the next Art After Dark in May 2020!
Zentangle Classes
Fun times at the recent Zentangle Class. New classes will be coming up so keep an eye out! If you have a few friends and want to organize a private class we can do that to! Just call the store at 613-546-7967 and we can work out the details.

We will keep you posted of the details of our new Zentangle Club and keep an eye out on FB for Tangle Tuesdays!
We invite you to join our FB group:

We have just started the group so that we can get together, people who like Zentangle here in Kingston. Join, Post & Share. We are working with coming up with a schedule where we can meet monthly at a the store to tangle and share ideas. We are working on Inktober, a tangle a day for a month! Feel free to join in as the list of tangles is posted. We are open to ideas and just looking for a fun, relaxing way to hang out and do some Zentangle!
Attractions Ontario
With your help we DID IT!!! Thank you to all who took the time to vote for us because ewe WON!!!! This is quite an honour for us and we are happy to share this with Kingston. We are hoping more people will come to the downtown so they can see for themselves how amazing we all are here. We are so grateful for all the support!

Thank You!
Marissa Sweet Class
Landscape: Adventures in Expressive Acrylic Workshop
Explore the landscape by using abstract qualities, bold colour and techniques! Students will learn to use loose strokes and bold lines and create a captivating landscape in this step-by-step workshop. Students will be encouraged to bring their expressive and more personal style into their work! Skies the limit with intuition, body language, feeling and emotions.  

The class will begin at 10:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM. Lunch from a local eatery here in Kingston, will be included. The fee for this amazing class is only $155.00!!!
Marissa will be coming especially for this class, all the way from Oshawa, so lets make sure we give her a warm, Kingston welcome and fill up the class!

A complete list of supplies will be on the "Classes" page of our website at or alternatively, you can pick one up at the store. You can register either in person or call the store at 613-546-7967 and reserve your spot with your credit card. The deadline for registration will be October 19 but because Marissa's classes are so popular, I wouldn't put registering off ' to til then as you will surely be disappointed to learn the class is FULL!
Can you imagine painting this and taking it home with you???!!!!
Look Whose New!
We would like to give a warm Cornerstone welcome to 2 new jewellery artists! RW Studios and My Wristy Business!

Let's Start with RW Studios (Ring Weavers Studios)
Greg DeHetre is the founder of RW Studios. He got his start as a jewelry artist in 2010, while making a birthday present for his then three year old daughter. The introduction to the ancient art of chainmaille was a new awakening for Greg. Greg found the intricacies of the different weaves mesmerizing, and actual weaving meditative. As the popularity of his designs became evident, Greg made a conscious decision to work in fine metals, and strive to create only the best quality products.

Chainmaille eventually led Greg to learn various other metalworking and jewelry techniques, to achieve his goal of making quality, handmade jewelry. A short Seven years later, Greg has seen a steady rise in the demand for his unique, quality, handcrafted designs, and now pursues his dreams full time. Greg’s passion for his art is evident in every piece of jewelry he creates as Ring Weavers, which accounts for the great demand by his loyal clients, and new customers alike.

My Wristy Business
Lisa, owner and designer of My Wristy Business prides herself on creating beautiful, unique, strong impression jewellery.
These Canadian crafted pieces reflect the strength and confidence of women who choose to show their individuality.
Lisa gained the courage to make a life change, took a chance on herself and went 100% in... 
right away business flourished along with her spirit. 
She encourages women to always take a chance when it comes to their passion and hopes her pieces are a subtle reminder of the inner strength in us all.

PS.... They all have magnetic closures so you don't need help to put them on & take them off.... LOVE! You can stack them or wear them as singles...LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Mark Your Calendars For
The Great Pumpkin Search!!!
The Great Pumpkin Search will be held this year on Saturday October 26 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM....
We will be sending out an event email with all the details so stay tuned for all the participating retail businesses and details
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