Tag Archives: Calgary

How could I forget?

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sitenavlogo-thumb-268xauto-56324Honestly it has been a whirlwind week that Ryan just reminded me that I forgot to mention that I had an interview with the CBC Calgary, The Homestretch with Doug Dirks. How could I possibly forget that…Guess I should not be blogging at 2:30am? Mary Katherine of the show contacted me after she saw our writeup in the Calgary Herald on Thursday. They were so amazing and accommodating! Here is our interview!

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/episode/2013/04/11/arts-centre-in-calgarys-northeast/

Thank you so much Mary Katherine and Doug Dirks for giving me such an amazing opportunity! There are some really fantastic people in Calgary! I’m a lucky girl!

 

We are open for Business!!!

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Over the weekend, we moved into our new space at Suite 226, 5401 Temple Drive NE in Calgary and on Sunday March 17th we had our first party! We had a such a great time and I got a ton of new paintings to decorate my new place!

Our first party...

Our first party…

Everyone painted beautiful works of art for our walls!

Everyone painted beautiful works of art for our walls!

amazing works of art!

amazing works of art!

Fun was had by all...

Fun was had by all…

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My favourite painting of the day... an amazing painting of my dog LuLu...made for me by an 8 year old artist!

My favourite painting of the day… an amazing painting of my dog LuLu…made for me by an 8 year old artist!

 

If you are interested in taking some classes at Mandala Art Centre, please check out our website at http://www.mandalaartcentre.com. Or contact us at jade@mandalaartcentre.com.

Alright step right up and sign up for our classes!

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After months of work and organization, I think we are ready to sign people up for classes!

I feel like screaming it from the roof top! We finally have our website organized and a potential opening date of March 11th. SO I think we open registration and see what happens. Its been a very interesting and often intense roller coaster waiting to see what will happen. Ive had those nightmares where I go to the centre and no one is there or I go to the centre and its completely over run with people and I cant get in the door. I guess only time will tell. Ive arranged for some amazing people to teach at the centre in yoga, dance, movement, visual arts and music therapy. I have developed a wide range of class offerings and have a willingness to create what ever the community is looking for. I have made some incredible community partners that will make a class at the Mandala Art Centre worth while. I want to thank everyone who has helped me through this journey. Everyone’s support has meant so much and I hope to not disappoint.

Here are some pics of the current studio spaces. We are waiting on flooring and touch ups and hope to be moving in the first week of March!

Our Movement/Yoga/Dance Studio

The LuLu Movement/Yoga/Dance Studio

The Marseilles Visual Arts Studio

One of our visual art studios

The Powers Visual Arts Studio

The waiting room

The waiting room

Down the hallway

Down the hallway

The Marseilles Visual Art Room and the Office

 

For anyone looking for more information or wanting to sign up for classes or for our March Break Kid’s Camp at Mandala Art Centre, please check out our website at www.mandalaartcentre.com or email me at jade@mandalaartcentre.com

 

 

WE HAVE WALLS!!

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you have no idea how pathetically excited I was today to open the door to the space and to see real, actual walls!! Holy Moly its been so slow I sure didnt expect to see that today! here are some pics of what it looks like so far!

Walls...real walls!!

Walls…real walls!!

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

My Office!!

My Office!!

Visual Arts Studio!

Visual Arts Studio!

OMG Im so excited! The plan is to be moved in at the beginning of March…so please keep checking on our website http://www.mandalaartcentre.com or add your name to our newsletter to keep informed on registration for classes.

I am still looking for experienced yoga, dance, movement teachers. If you are interested please contact me at jade@mandalaartcentre. com

A blank canvas…the space has been demoed…

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After months of waiting, I went to my future art space yesterday to see how it feels with all of the walls gone…It became very real to see where the new walls will be built by looking at the drawings on the floor. I was able to stand in each of the rooms and finally see how big each studio is going to be. I could also start to visualize how things will be organize in each of the spaces. It was very, very exciting.  Seeing it is so different then imagining it. Ive been looking at blueprints for months, but seeing it in real life brought the picture into focus.

here are some pictures…

our space with the walls removed...

our space with the walls removed…

windows will be in all three studio spaces

windows will be in all three studio spaces

from the other end

from the other end

I am seeing things come together…I am hoping to be in the space by March…I will keep everyone updated on the progress of Mandala Art Centre!

commercial real estate = painful

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I know it probably sounds like a broken record, but trying to find the perfect space for the studio has been a very painful and never ending roller coaster. With August 1st coming up this week, my stomach reels at the thought of fall approaching so quickly and not having a space to call our own yet. Properties are either very small or humungous or in very industrial neighbourhoods or just not accessible. I’m still incredibly shocked at how there hasn’t been a single property that is already accessible. How is that even legal?  It completely baffles my mind.

I honestly don’t think I’m asking too much…an accessible space, between 1800-2000sf., near public transit that isn’t going to break the bank…come on $35.00 a square foot, are you crazy?

On the advice of my sister today I took the matters into my own hands and posted an ad on Kijiji to state exactly what I am looking for. And I already had a call and saw one place, seeing another tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed that I find a suitable place quickly…

Ill try to update this more often, I apologize for my tardiness lately!

Just keep swimming…

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I’m truly a person who likes things to just happen…again being calm and patient are not words that would be used to describe me. But I’m going to keep swimming and make this happen. Its pretty easy to get discouraged, but I know in my heart that my idea is great and that people will love the centre when its up and running.

Inspired by a group a friend invited me to on Facebook, I created a group called Women Entrepreneurs of Calgary. I was very shocked when I realized that a group like this didn’t exist yet…are there no women in business in Calgary? that seems absurd, doesn’t it? I know Calgary is a bit of an “old boys club” but there has to be other women out their with their own successful businesses? No? I guess I will see. If you are a women in Alberta, please join the group…I would love to hear from you…https://www.facebook.com/groups/409899075729506/

Thanks so much to everyone who “like”d my Mandala Art Centre page. Im at 62 likes, getting close to the 100 mark. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandala-Art-Centre/354328764617034