Bring your community together with a book.

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to escape through books. I have read thousands of books, as an adult I read several books at a time. My home has books stacked in every room, some for inspiration and some for the pure pleasure of escaping to a place, time or experience.

Remember the Scholastic book clubs through school. I would carefully take the sheet home and my grandparents always had money for at least one book. Money was tight in those days, so it was a special purchase. As a teenager, I spent countless hours everyday in our local library losing myself in the endless books. It was a safe place for me to escape the craziness of my home. I still love the smell of a library or bookstore, I find it comforting and safe.

As an adult, I read to learn, to be inspired and sometimes just to imagine. Reading is one of my greatest rewards. But because I have read before bed for so many years, reading is a natural sleep agent, no matter what time of the day or night. I read, I get tired.

My children never went to bed without a story, and I still have their books stored in our garage for the grandchildren to come.

On a recent trip to Victoria, I spent an entire afternoon searching for a Free Library Box in the James Bay Area of town. I knew it was on a funny little street, but google couldn’t help me, so I went up and down and around until I found it. An adorable library box sitting in front of a quaint home, with chimes tingling from the tree beside it. What a gift.

Then on a long bike ride the next day, I was out in the middle of nowhere, and there was a Free Library nailed to a fence. No house in sight, but a generous soul took the time to grace us with a free library. The general idea of a Free Library is to read a book, share a book, exchange an book and then repeat. No charge, and the faith of the Library Stewart (me) that people will not damage or take advantage of the open invitation to the Library.

It took me some time, but I finally tracked down an old magazine box from a local magazine and newspaper distributor in town. They were kind enough to deliver it to my home and I was chomping at the bit to get it painted. My husband looked through all the cupboards in the garage and found a primer to cover all the advertising of the previous product. I planned for a day to paint and then with the help of my 31 year old daughter, we went back in time and spent an afternoon painting and playing. We chatted, laughed and even splashed some sparkles on the box. Everything is better with sparkles, don’t your agree? We laughed about the sparkles, as my house was the craft house, where the girls came and make a mess. And yes sparkles were found for months after. Such fun memories.

This year for me has been a re-discovery of many things. One being my love of reading, another my love of being creative. So to be able to bring those elements together and share it with someone who also loves those two things, made it a very special day. One that others can benefit from as well. Plus, a shout out for books has my friends donating to share with my neighbors.

For ideas on how to make your own Free Library, I went to https://littlefreelibrary.org/
You can buy boxes and register, but they also have lots of resources to help you.

Dianna Bowes is the creative director of Fabulous@50 and editor of Be Fabulous! Dianna is also the author of The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience – Refresh your mind, body and spirit. And also a member of The Painted Door on Main Artist Guild.

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Strength and Prosperity

Artists are known to be a bit quirky sometimes, have their own ideas that stand out in a crowd and are often misunderstood by the general population.

And they are totally ok with it all.

When they come together, though, something amazing happens. Inspiration, empowerment, love, friendship, beautiful art and a companionship built on trust. The members of the Painted Door are in business together, but it has becomes so much more than just a business. We’ve become a team and a family.

There have been many changes made since the inception of this idea, and these changes are snowballing as we improve, grow and more firmly establish everything that is the Painted Door on Main in Beaumont.

One of these changes is a new website! It will be updated much more frequently than it has in the past, and events and news will be easier to find so that you can keep up to date.

We have also installed a workspace upstairs so that the members can offer you various services and workshops. You’ll find our events and workshops on the main page by visiting http://www.painteddooronmain.ca

The Painted Door on Main is part of a growing gem in the centre of Beaumont that’s gaining attention from surrounding communities, and we could not be prouder to be a part of that. We all love what we do with passion, love and a strengthening team of amazing people, and we hope to bring you a unique experience that you love as much as we do.

We are grateful for all of the support we have had. Our cup overflows in gratitude, and we want to share that with you!

Always in kindness, always in love.

Painted Door Special Upcoming Event!

With the Christmas season looming over us like the fresh blanket of snow that’s fallen today, the members are already gearing up for the season!

Christmas is a special time of year when people find forgiveness, gratitude and special connections. We can make those connections even more special, with the  variety of handcrafted items available throughout the year. We’ll have an extended shopping night with live music, snacks and beverages – plus so much more that’s just getting planned!

When: November 25th 11am – 10pm
November 26th 10am – 4pm
Where: The Painted Door on Main!
5013 50 St, Beaumont, Alberta

Follow our event on Facebook to keep up with the details! Click here!

Customer Appreciation Event

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The Painted Door on Main and the members exist because of the support of the community, and we all want to show our appreciation to you!

Join us for an ALL DAY special event on August 18th to help us celebrate all things- but most importantly, we want to celebrate our customers, new and old alike. THAT’S YOU!

Enjoy 20% off EVERYTHING at the Painted Door on Main during our customer appreciation day, as well as some special events! Also, select members will be BLOWING OUT inventory at 50% off!

13615276_1036535526442773_5256610634649316747_nSign up to make your very own stepping stones with Chrissy Mclelland of A Touch Of Glass for only $10. Ages 4-104. Call us to reserve your spot!

Contest opportunity! Create your OWN jewelry and bring it to the Painted Door on Main on or before Thursday, August 18th to be entered to WIN a prize from Monika of Twig and Velvet! There are two categories to enter: ages 5-8 and 8 and over. Prize will be awarded in each category to the most innovative entry. Winner to be announced on Friday, August 19th.  Please drop off your entry during regular open hours with you name, age, phone number and/or email address before 4:30pm Thursday, August 18th.

2015-08-23_20.56.13Test your senses in correctly identifying the ingredients of essential oil blends and enter to WIN an aromatherapy basket from Krystal of Bohemian Alchemist. You’ll also find items cleared out at 50% off!

Come meet our newest member, Priyaa Ravi of Herbal Henna Arts, who will be offering FREE henna to visitors between 5pm and 8pm.

We’re open from 10am – 8pm Thursday, August 18th. Take a break from your day and come enjoy some snacks while you shop and check out the events taking place and enter to WIN a prize package put together by the members. For more information and updates, please visit us online at www.thepainteddooronmain.com or on Facebook (click here).

 

Beaumont Days!

20160607_185004Summer! We’re so excited this year has been so sunny and warm, with the exception of a few (much needed!) rainy days. Beaumont Days is nearly here, coming on Saturday, June 18th. After you check out the parade and pancake breakfast, head over to The Painted Door on Main to let Gordon show you how to make your very own pen. Ages 12 and up must pre-register at the Painted Door.

We’re also hosting an art contest with the fabulously talented Ilda Labrecque for all young artists from 5-13 years old.

Entris will be displayed at Painted Door on Main on June 17th and 18th. Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

Group A: 5-7 years old ($20 cash for first place!)
Group B: 8-10 years old ($30 cash for first place!)
Group C: 11-13 years old ($50 cash for first place!)

Criteria: All art pieces must have a painted door in some way – whether obvious, or hidden in the art, etc.

The art piece MUST be original of any media created by the young artist. The art piece must be submitted inside an 8.5 x 11″ page protector. On the back of each entry please indicate which group the submission belongs to (A, B or C) with contact information (Name and phone number and/or email address).

Submissions can be brought to the Painted Door on Main or at Picture Perfect (5013 50 Street in Beaumont) during office hours. Deadline to submit is no later than 4:30 pm on June 16th, 2016.

Art will be hung outside on Friday, June 17th from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 4pm. Judging will take place on June 18th – judging will be 45% of the mark and the people’s choice vote will be 55%. Bring your friends and family to vote for you!

We would love the artists to bring their family and friends to take part of the judging and winner announcements. Please stop by!

The winner of each category will be announced at 3:30 pm. Art must be picked up no later than 3:30pm on June 19th, otherwise will become property of Painted Door on Main.

We hope to see you there!

Pop Up Gallery

The Painted Door on Main is teaming up with the Beaumont Artists Association and Caliber  master builder THIS WEEKEND for an open house adventure with live music, art and giftware. Please stop in to say hi!

Mar. 5+6 (12-5pm) 6408-57ave Beaumont, Alberta
Hosted by Caliber Master Builders
Show Home Open House + Art Event

 

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Guest Artist – Patrick M. Pilarski

The Painted Door on Main is proud to present our second guest for our Romancing the Poem Valentine’s Day event on February 13th, 2016!

Patrick Pilarski is a lover of all things great and small, and relishes in knowing how everything works. As an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, his science-based knowledge is a balance with his artistic talents. There is no challenge that isn’t accepted, and he takes on projects with pride and a refreshing zeal. From published works, to painting, photography, gardening and martial arts, let Patrick take you on one of his wonderful adventures! Stay updated one our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1662250667380390/

Patrick and Nicole were married on the beautiful beaches in the Dominic Replublic in 2011. They met, laughed, wooed and fell madly in love with each other via the Raving Poets events in Edmonton, and continue to inspire each other day after day in all ways. They’ll be allowing us a glimpse into their lives as they read from their chapbook, “Contemplating Vows”, which they collaborated together to celebrate their marriage together.

For more information on Patrick, please visit his webpage at: http://www.pilarski.ca/

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Guest Artist – Nicole Pakan

Nicole Pakan is a kind-hearted, spirited and exceptionally gifted individual who has been an art lover of all kinds from a young age. She has a musical tongue, creative word associations and has most recently delved into the world of encaustic art although is familiar with the likes of charcoal, mixed media, sculpting and so much more.

When she is not busy creating, she is gardening, walking her goofy, energetic pointer, enjoying local entertainment and wine festivals, playing obscure card and board games and imagining new ways to enjoy life.

Nicole will be sharing some of her own poetic creativity with us on February 13th. You won’t want to miss out! Click here for more details.

http://www.nicolepakan.ca/

Romancing the Poem

The Painted Door on Main is excited to host “Romancing the Poem” on February 13th, 2016 – a Valentine’s Day event with special guest poets Nicole Pakan and Patrick Pilarski, who will be sharing their journey with us. We will be serving non-alchoholic wine and cheese while you enjoy their work. Also enjoy a FREE gift for every guest! Need a unique Valentine’s Day gift? We have options for you to come check out!

Nicole Pakan is a kind-hearted, spirited and exceptionally gifted individual who has been an art lover of all kinds from a young age. She has a musical tongue, creative word associations and has most recently delved into the world of encaustic art although is familiar with the likes of charcoal, mixed media, sculpting and so much more.

Patrick Pilarski is a lover of all things great and small, and relishes in knowing how everything works. As an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, his science-based knowledge is a balance with his artistic talents. There is no challenge that isn’t accepted, and he takes on projects with pride and a refreshing zeal. From published works, to painting, photography, gardening and martial arts, let Patrick take you on one of his wonderful adventures!

Together, they make an amazing husband an wife team with a strong love for laughing, loving and each other. We are sure you will love them as much as we do!

Romancing the Poem Event Invite