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Greetings! :

Hello friends & family of Cornerstone.
I am absolutely delighted to say that our Premier, Doug Ford, has given retail with a street front door, the official "okey dokey" to open! Whoooot! We are super excited that we will get to see all of our friends and family once again. Initially we will be doing a combination of "By appointment shopping" for those who want a more dedicated experience, as well as some days for regular type shopping where you can shop and browse while observing physical distancing recommendations. We will be doing "By Appointment Only" Monday-Wednesday from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM and Sunday from noon until 3:00 PM will be a more traditional type shopping experience. Please also note that from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Thursday - Saturday, our store will be closed for our staff to have a dedicated lunch break. Closing earlier than normal will allow for a deeper cleaning at the end of each day in our continued efforts to shake the Covid! We plan to have these hours for the first 2 weeks of June so I will ask you to monitor FB for changes. I may send a separate email if/when we change them up! When you come into the store, things are going to look a little different and this has been done to keep our staff and customers safe as we continue to navigate our way through the slippery Covid Pandemic. Lisa has moved furniture so that you may be "guided" through the store to assist with keeping physical distancing. There will be a hand sanitizing station at the front of the store when you enter and again at key areas. You will see Plexi-glass at the cash desk & wrap station. Our staff will be wearing face coverings and face shields for added safety as they help you choose your pieces. We are asking that if you can possibly pay for your items with either debit or credit that would be awesome! We have even added "TAP" to help keep touching to a minimum. If you must pay with cash we understand and will not make a fuss.

So what's happening in June? June is PRIDE month! We are sad that public events are cancelled, however, the community can still show support as celebrations will happen virtually On June 13! Check out the PRIDE website for all the happenings.

Father's Day is happening on Sunday June 21! We have plenty of "Dude" gifts, as Lisa likes to call them, at the store. From prints, to glasses, to wood, we make Father's Day Shopping easy! Can't decide? Get Dad a gift card (you can even do that on-line now) and let him come in to shop for himself!

We are ecstatic to say that after 2 months, we will finally be able to have a featured artist!!! Our first artist of the post - Covid shutdown era will be... Jason Wickware! Jason is from Mountain Ontario and is a talented blacksmith and painter. Let's give him a warm Cornerstone welcome and be sure to drop in to see (& buy) his work!

Marissa Sweet has generously re-scheduled her 1-day class for Sunday October 4, 2020. Call the store at 613-546-7967 to reserve your spot. When we know for sure that the class will run (that we are allowed to be open from the Covid-lockdown), we will then process payment. I would ask that you are committed to coming when you reserve your spot as there are only 8 openings and 2 have already been spoken for.

Other store happenings include the launch of our new website and on-line store. At the moment we are only selling in-store gift cards, however we will soon be adding other pieces. Let me just say that adding an on-line store is not for the "faint-of-heart". The most challenging part was trying to figure out how we "do" shipping. As you know we take pride in not being "standard" in anything that we do or have here! So "standard" shipping applications didn't work for us. But with a lot of help from Kelly at BentoSMB and manager Lisa's amazing skills in data management, we think that we have figured out the how. Please keep checking back often, and you will see more & more work by our Canadian artists available to buy on-line.

Lisa is planning to do a spring window change-up soon as well! Because of the virus and how busy that this and the on-line store has kept Lisa, our winter theme has overstayed it's welcome! I am not able to share with you what the theme is because even I do not know! Shhhhh it's a secret! Lisa thought it would be nice for people going out for walks to look at something new!

I have decided that I do not want the world to go back to the way it was. We all saw that "the way it was", didn't work on so many levels. I am seeing that as we re-open our economy that the caring and supportiveness that we had for each other, is giving way to the old ways of negativity, selfishness and lack of caring and empathy. While we were on lockdown, the planet began to heal from some of the wounds, that we as humans, had inflicted upon her face and into her core-being. She had time to breathe, close up areas of the ozone, clear the air over many polluted cities, and blossom, as areas of the world head into spring and summer. Whatever your political convictions are, we saw the Canadian government step up and help out so many people who would have been completely devastated (including myself), without the various assistance programs put in place for personal use, as well as businesses. The Pandemic has in it's nastiness, allowed a light to shine into the horrible conditions and circumstances that our most vulnerable peoples have had to face, and often times, had to face them alone. We have seen how valuable front line workers are to us and not just the professionals like doctors, nurses, paramedics and firefighters. We saw check out people, making minimum wage, showing up day after day, doing their best to make sure that we had food to eat and the basic necessities met so we could stay home and be safe. With all of this in mind, I hope that you are with me in staying away from the negativity and projecting only the great things that we are capable of. Let's not tolerate injustice, racism, neglect, or abuse of any kind. We have an opportunity here to turn it all around for each other and future generations to come. I say... Let's Do it!

Lastly, we would like to offer our sincere condolences and sympathies to our Canadian friends and families in Nova Scotia. This province was hit hard yet again, when Captain Jennifer Casey, was tragically killed in the crash of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds' jet near Kamloops, in British Columbia on Sunday May 17th. The Snowbirds had been doing a cross-country tour to boost the sagging spirits of their fellow Canadians. Sigh.

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. Hang in there with us and let's be there for each other. We will be checking phone messages and email messages for people who want to make in-store appointments, as well as social media. Please be patient for us to respond as we re-open and get back to sharing our great Canadian Artists and their work.

From our heart to yours,
Penny & the staff at Cornerstone
In case your missing the store....
To keep you and our staff safe! New plexiglass at the front desk! New updated hours too!
Featured Local Artist - Jason Wickware
We are excited that for the month of June we have featured artist, Jason Wickware, from Mountain Ontario. A talented blacksmith and painter, we invite you to come and see (& buy) Jason's work. Thank you Jason!
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 pages to colour?)

If you want to join our FB group please click the link below . We welcome beginners 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. This month we are doing a tangle a day challenge. The list is posted in the group so join up and try it out!!!

We have just started the group so that we can get together. People who like Zentangle here in Kingston please 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. It's a great stress reliever for times like this and time passes by quickly!
A Moment of Inspiration & Positivity.....
I have decided that we needed a new "newsletter feature" to help inject positivity into the world. If you have seen soemthing or done something that you want to share just pop us an email! it could be an inspiring quote, a photo, poem, a recipe, song etc. (Please attach applicable credits to acknowledge if the work does not belong to you)

Everyone in Canada is familiar with Canada Geese. Here is a little inspirational video... Let's be more like Canada Geese....
Father's Day
We know how challenging it is to be celebrating Father's Day this year (or birthdays) in Covid-Lockdown. In case you aren't able to figure out what to buy or how to arrange for pick-up or shipping, may we suggest our in-store gift card. This way you can still give the present that everyone wants.... to shop at Cornerstone! Gift cards come in denominations of $10.00, $20.00, $50.00 and $100.00 and you can buy multiples to make the amount you want to give. These are available in-store, (just call the store and we will get right back to you) and now on-line. We are helping to make your shopping dilemmas easy-peasy!
On-line shopping & The New Website
Grapevine Magazine - Current Issue
We know how much that everyone loves Grapevine Magazine. It's a beautiful publication that we carry here, that features food, wine, art and culture from Oshawa to Kingston and surrounding areas. Since our lockdown the magazine was only available pretty much virtually. The summer issue will be out shortly but I thought you would like to see the spring one before it's gone!
Sky, Land & Water - Class with Marissa Sweet

Marissa has graciously offered a new date!!!!
(We love you Marissa!)
Sunday October 4, from 10 AM -5 PM.

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 2 are already taken... Yes - one of them is me! Join us for this fun day. Call the store at 613-546-7967 to reserve. Registration fee is $155.00 and includes lunch from a local restaurant. (Soon you will be able to register on line too)

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  
Pride Kingston
Pride in Kingston will be a virtual event this year. Click on the photo below and be taken to the Pride site for more information!
A Taste of What's In Store.....Helping You Out For Father's Day
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