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Discussion in 'Open Bar!' started by Maple Art, May 1, 2018.


  1. Maple Art

    Maple Art Elite Member! Elite Member!

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    Hey everyone... I haven't been around the past few months, someone thought it would be a great idea to move... open a retail store.... host Gerald Mendez... all in a 2 month time frame... I think someone should fire Donna lol....

    I have survived some fireballs thrown at me by the City (the wrong permits were in place for the space) I am now starting to come up for air. I will put some pictures together next week once my signage is (finally!) installed .

    The retail space was chosen for one reason... the classroom space is as amazing!! I am planning on running regular classes (beginner/textures/maintenance) those will be one day classes, brush bashes and host more instructors like Gerald Mendez (who is not only a talented artist but and amazing instructor too!!) .

    If you follow Maple on Facebook you might have seen a few photos of the Retail Space that Maple now occupies :) it was a very big and somewhat terrifying step to go from strictly on-line from the comforts of my home to on-line and retail store... now where does one start catching up on all the amazing tips/tricks and art work I have missed :)
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  2. Zotilraxx

    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Congratulations on a successful upgrade, Donna. I saw some pictures and I felt so silly for missing the opportunity to meet and be taught by the legendary Gerald Mendez. I am happy though that you plan to make this a regular thing. One of these days all my stars and moons will align and I will be able to attend a class...

    Good luck and hope to do more business with you..
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  3. Jurien72

    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    Congrats on the "step up" Donna! Wishing you all the best in your endeavors. Too bad I don't run Canada, I'd have to stop by and buy something :)
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    markjthomson AKA QuickDraw and very happy #nobrushleftbehind Staff Member Mod

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    Wow... busy month! Look forward to seeing more of you r new space! :)
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    Congratulations Donna, its a massive step to take but you have done it. I hope everything goes smoothly from now on. Another 2 wicked artists you could try to get to do classes are Rod Fuchs and Fitto, now they could be interesting but epic classes too.

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    Congratulations Donna. Sounds like you had a lot on your plate! Well done for managing it all and keeping your sanity lol.


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  7. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    Well now being you're growing your business and needed a bigger space is great news indeed , Having to take time away from here to do so is understandable and yes Gerald is an awesome teacher:D
    So congrats how the new shop space and it is great that you now have classroom space for teaching .
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    I have been following your progress and ....(hold it, now I sound like a stalker lol )...Congrats on this move up.
    I really wanted to come west for Gerald Mendez's class, but couldn't pull it off. One of these days......
    Cheers and good luck
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  9. Maple Art

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    :ninja: :eek::D - stalker!! Maybe one day you will go west and I look forward to that day we had people come from coast to coast ,it was great to actually "talk" to some of the guys I chat with over facebook!

    Thanks everyone... now that mr. micron helped me get back into the forum, I can continue stalking er... ahh checking out the forum and being distracted by all the amazing art and people here! kinda missed it!

    This has been a terrifying step for me, I have been "home" for the past 15 years and running Maple for the past 5 years.... defiantly has pushed me to my limits.... I was very much of a night owl and liked being in my "safe space"

    I look forward to being organized enough to actually have time and a space to paint again as Gerald said it will be back to the basics for me dots/daggers and control!! :oops:
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  10. Mr.Micron

    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    That is the down side to taking a long break you have to learn everything again :(
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    If and when you take the expansion phase, I know someone in Ontario...lollollol
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  12. JackEb

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    congrats Donna, I hope its all a bit more smooth sailing from here on.

    When you need extra staff i think you need to 'advertise' here first, I think someone is keen to help you out lol
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    Congrats it sounds like everything's going as planned, hope to see it go from only one store to many!(maybe like Mc Donalds? ;):thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    If you can get me a work visa, I'd love to work in an airbrush store!
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    Jurien72 Have Airbrush - Will Travel!

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    Well I wouldn't say that! I am highly skilled at breaking... ahem I mean repairing airbrushes. I could see myself sitting a dimly lit back room repairing airbrushes all day :thumbsup:
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