Whoa! Mother Nature has sure been playing around with us lately!!! That was a lot of snow (& ice) there in April!!! I don't remember an April quite like that in my 57 years.... Yes.. in April I turned 57 years old. While I can hardly believe that I am that age, I am grateful as so many people never get to say it. People are constantly shocked that I am that age that I am and I tell them the reason is that although I am responsible, I am highly immature!!! (as perhaps demonstrated most by my sense of humour but we won't go into that!) Let's hope that Mother Nature is finished trashing us with her cold and snow and let's get on with some sunshine and warmth. I am now hearing that weather forecasters (who also have a sense of humour) are predicting a scorcher of a summer.
So what does May have in store (pardon the pun) for Cornerstone & all our customers & friends? Our feature artist For May is Franc Van Oort. He has been with Cornerstone for many years now and his etchings are so beautiful. He has recently added some watercolours to some of his etchings as well as some pieces that have been hand coloured. One of my favourite pieces is "Sleeping Skiff" and once my cottage reno has been finished a copy of this etching will hang proudly in it! Franc has been featured on our blog so please check out his
to see what makes him "tick".
We have 2 new artists at Cornerstone to share with you. Firstly is glass artist, Kevin Kapler, of North Shore Glass Studio located in Parham, Ontario. He has some vary interesting colours and texture combinations. I think you will love them (I do!) Some pieces shimmer when they are beautifully displayed where light can shine through them!
Our second new artist is Diane Soward, who paints beautiful imagery of nature, specifically of Georgian Bay, where she grew up. Mostly self taught, I think everyone will appreciate her style that would fit into any home decor.
AND.... we have an other hunt happening in DT Kingston in time for some pre-Mother's Day Shopping! The "
" is on for Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Go to 15 shops and you get one entry into the draw for a basket worth $500.00 each additional store you visit garners you an additional entry!
Peter Allen Rice is coming to spend the day at the store on Saturday May 19! Peter is know for his beautiful sculptures of wire and glass that represent the windswept trees of Georgian Bay. It's always a fun day with Peter as he brings pieces of glass for your to work with and his story-telling is legendary! We hope you can find the time to come in and spend time with Peter. What better way to spend the long weekend then hanging out in Kingston and visiting Peter & Cornerstone ???!!!!
Art After Dark is happening is happening on Friday May 25 from 7-10 PM. These art crawl nights are always a huge amount of fun! Snacks, Music and Art & Craft! Who could turn that down??? Keep checking back to our events page on our website for things coming down the pipe!
We will have a special guest with us celebrating Indigenous Day. The day is actually on June 21 but our special guest will be with us on Saturday June 23. We will also be posting on our classes page very soon a class in the fall with Lori Dunn a scratchboard artist who does such detailed work it looks like a photograph!
New work from favourite artists will be arriving shortly on our doorstep. Chaudron, Kiln Art, Nunamar, Olga Designs, Marionnette Diabolo Puppets, Gary Kennell Board and Bench, Gam Sterling Silver, Black Drop Design and Basic Spirit and J.R. Franco to name a few! We are always grateful to these artists who allow us the privilege of carrying their work.
And as the temperatures begin to rise (soon... hopefully... pleeeease...) remember we will be a part of the No Hot Pets program again this year. We allow you to bring your leashed pet (or a pet in a stroller) into the store instead of leaving them in a hot car. We are also a partner of the water bottle refill program so we will refill water bottles and pet bowls too! Animals are afraid of fireworks so please be mindful of pets when you are celebrating the long weekend. The last thing you want is to be searching for a pet that's bolted outside at night because it's afraid.
From our heart you yours,
Penny & the wonderful staff at Cornerstone