Saturday, June 5, 2010

Live! Without Rain

A fun filled day on Academy without rain. Here are some pictures I took of what was going on right near the gallery.
 Across the street new business Mad About Style asked passers by to write on her windows. The question was "What are you Mad About?" The windows look great!

Weiming Zhao finishing up his painting of the street fair in front of the gallery.

Academy Road Live!

The fun and activities are about to start for the 11th annual Academy Road Live! street festival. Side-walk sales along the street started at 10:00 am this morning. Activities for the whole family start at 12:00 noon including mini golf, carnival games, face painting, mascots, live music, street performers, and much more. Tony of Tony's Academy Auto Service at 432 Academy always goes the extra mile with a family fun zone carnival. A horse drawn wagon will be on hand to transport people from one end of the street to the other, however the street will remain open to traffic.

BINGO was such a success last year, that it's on again! Pick up your bingo card from one of the following BIZ members: GJ Andrews Food and Wine Shop (384 Academy), Pilates Manitoba (390 Academy), Lake Life (440 Academy), Woodlands Gallery (535 Academy) and Glitz (586 Academy). Complete the card by getting stamps at participating businesses and enter to win a $100 gift certificate at a BIZ business of your choice.

This year again Woodlands Gallery is hosting gallery artist Weiming Zhao as he sets up an easel in front of the gallery to paint en plein-air. Come check it out! Click here to view more of Weiming's work.

Come join us for a day of fun... rain or shine!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gallery Makeover

This week our gallery building is getting an exterior makeover. It's about time! The stucco is cracked and falling off and the wood trim is water stained and faded. The new building owner has really stepped up to fix all these issues along with replace some windows and paint the entire exterior. The colours are not exactly what I would have chosen but they are better than peach stucco and discoloured wood. He has chosen an off white for the stucco and a chocolate brown stain for the woodwork. It think it will be an enormous improvement. Below is a "before" picture from last summer. When it's all done I will add the before and after pictures of the building.

Earlier this year the gallery also had an interior makeover. We decided it was about time to not only paint the whole gallery top to bottom but also pick some new colours for the walls. We replaced the carpet throughout the gallery and the ceramic tile in the front entrance. We even changed the floor in the washroom and added a beautiful framed mirror.

Here are some before and after photos...
In this before and after set you can see we opened the doorway between the main area and the side room.

New front entrance tile. The old tile was pink with blue specs.

Nice new washroom with fancy framed mirror and new flooring.

Hopefully next week I'll have some pictures of the completed exterior makeover.