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:

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:



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.