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Hello friends & family of Cornerstone. It's been only 3 weeks since our last newsletter, yet so much has changed for us here in Canada and globally, that I feel we need to reach out. For the first time in 39 years, Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft has closed it's doors. Temporarily, albeit, but it was the right thing to do. Our "Little Shop On The Corner", is a destination place for travelers. While we normally welcome visitors with open arms, at this critical time, it was important to think of the Cornerstone family first. To protect our staff, and our artists from potential exposure, this hard and sad decision was made. At the moment we are cancelling the Golden Egg Hunt set for April 4th, as well as our "Artists For The Earth" event. When we are on the other side of this pandemic (and we will get to the other side), we will re-evaluate what kind of fun things we can do!

In the mean time, please continue to follow us on Instagram, FB & Pinterest to keep up on the latest news from us. Share our newsletters so others can sign up,and share our social media posts too. We hope to organize some fun things to do or see, so hang in there with us. We will be checking phone messages and email messages, and social media inquiries periodically. Please be patient for us to respond.

I read on FB, "Our grandparents laid down their lives for us, we can sit on the couch for them". As a member of the health care profession as well as being a store owner, I beg you to take this seriously. Stay home, only go out when necessary (food, medication) and observe the physical side of social distancing. Many of us have electronic devices so internet and "Skyping" and video messaging/calling are all available. But there are some elderly folks about who are not digitally inclined. Give them a telephone call to check in. We are being offered up a moment in time where we can stop the madness and re-evaluate our actions and the impact they make on the planet and change our ways. We are seeing pollution clearing in the air over China and Italy and the waterways in Venice, Italy becoming clear, with dolphins and swans hanging out again for the first time in a long time! This is a moment where we can actually shine our light if we choose. Show each other compassion, love, acceptance and most of all assistance where needed. We are all in this boat (Ark?) together. This is not the time to take advantage of people or situations. We have already seen situations like that and these "opportunists" have been lawfully and swiftly dealt with. There are real opportunities though that we can take advantage of: Time to read, practice an instrument, do some art, write a book, (you know what I'll be doing), be creative, meditate, exercise (go for a walk with your dog), do some Yoga (cats like this), listen to music, organize your home, play with your children, watch some movies, play some games, spring clean! Leave a little time in your day to think about those people in other parts of the world who have been so devastatingly affected, as well as those people at home, and send them some love and light. Maybe even start journaling...

We thank in advance, all of the businesses and institutions that have come to the aid of not only us, but to the whole of Canada, to help lessen our fears and worries and who are extending or increasing services to help us make our way through this time. Thank you to all of the doctors and nurses and staff who are placing themselves and their families in danger to save our lives. We are grateful.

Be positive, hopeful and helpful and we will see you on the other side of this moment in time.

From our heart to yours,
Penny & the staff at Cornerstone
ZIA piece
Featured Local Artist - David Dossette
This month's featured artist is David Dossett from right here in Kingston! Looking at David's work makes you harken back to when life was simple & fun. Check on David's FB pages as well as ours while we are temporarily closed. If you like something, we can help you purchase over the phone and get it shipped to your door!

(Sorry David that your public viewing got cut short...we will make it up to you!)
My Personal favourite!!! Thank you David For painting our "Little Shop On The Corner"!
Zentangle Classes
Zentangle is a meditative art form that uses a series of repetitive patterns to create unique pieces of art that may be completed within 20 -30 minutes. Zentangle can be taught to children (7 & up), adults and the elderly to help create focus, relaxation and the sheer joy of creating even if you "can't draw!"

I am a certified Zentangle teacher and I will be happy to teach you this art form. While we won't be scheduling classes at the moment, we will most certainly be doing that again in the future!

(BTW... Those coloring books that you see? A lot of those are based on Zentangle! Wouldn't it be great to create your own to colour?)

If you want to join our FB group please click the link below. We accept beginners as well so please send us your tangles! I also put them up on our FB page & they sometimes make it to Instagram too! Every Tuesday is Tangle Tuesday where I post a new tangle I have done or new ideas for tangling. Group members are encouraged to post their tangles too but this is not required.

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 open to ideas and just looking for a fun, relaxing way to hang out and do some Zentangle!
Sky, Land & Water - Class with Marissa Sweet
As this class is running towards the end of May, we have not yet cancelled it! Let us know if you are interested and we will keep you posted as we move through the next few weeks.

Here is the very talented, award-winning and lovely, Marissa Sweet. Now we can add television star to her growing list of accolades! We are excited that she is coming to our "Little Shop On The Corner" to teach another class with a new piece. This step-by-step class will have Marissa revealing some of her amazing painting techniques. I love the new piece (see below). It reminds me of spending time with my BFF Laurie at her parents home on Lake McKellar in Parry Sound...... ahhhhh those were the days! Spaces are limited to just 8 and one is already taken... Yes I am taking this class!!!! Join me for this fun day. Call the store at 613-546-7967 to register. Registration fee is $155.00 and includes lunch from a local restaurant.

Here is the class description & materials list!

Sky, land and Water
By: Marissa Sweet SCA
Description: Learn to portray sky, land and water by using bold colours and loose impressionist strokes. Students will learn by following step-by-step on how to create a captivating landscape. Instructions will be based on Marissa’s techniques of painting, but with freedom to move and develop your own style.
Supply list:
1 - canvas or gesso’d wooden board 16” x 20” or 16” x 16”
Paint Supplies :
Colours : Acrylic paint in heavy body
- Red : Alizarin Crimson
- Ultramarine Blue
- Yellow: Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Naples Yellow
- Titanium White
- Burnt Sienna
1 – jar Golden Regular Gel, small bottle - retarder
1- Palette Knife – Medium and small sizes
Brushes, ½” 1” in flat or filbert,
Important supplies: Palette paper, paper towel, Water container
Notebook for notes
• Option: easel
Option: Students can use (below) for a small charge of $35 to be paid directly to the instructor:
1) paint colours
2) brushes
3) acrylic Gel and Retarder  
A Taste of What's In Store..... To Keep You Motivated & Thinking Happy Thoughts!
What's coming.... A sneak Peak at the spring hats.....
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