Several months ago, my precious friend and talented Louisiana artist Chere Doiron opened her art gallery/studio The Purple Door on Young, right down the street from me in my beloved Cooper-Young neighborhood. Her creative spirit quite simply infuses the entire space and everything she does. Innovative art classes at the Purple Door include creative mapping, sustainable living, painting, color theory, and bioplastic materials.
Her partner, Sharon Pavelda, is an expressive artist and performing teacher who hosts events such as The Purple Tea Ceremony and mortality parties. These unique experiences celebrate community and offer opportunities for participants to play from the heart.
You can see why I was so flattered when she asked me to be a part of the holiday marketplace they held for the entire month of December. The store opened every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and featured seven artists who specialize in jewelry, painting, photography, and other bits and bobs.
Luckily for all of us, Sharon and Chere have expanded the gift market and decided to make it a permanent part of The Purple Door on Young. Last week, they hosted an open house for Cooper-Young Night Out, which is held the first Thursday of every month. On those days, businesses in the neighborhood keep the doors open from 6-9 p.m. and provide goodies for passersby and shoppers.
This week, shoppers will be able to purchase custom Valentines created on the spot by artists and poets. They can simply come in for a quick consult and take away a unique love gift for their Valentine that is suitable for framing. The cost for each custom Valentine is $10, and the hours and dates are as follows: Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9 &10 from 10-5 and Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2-5.
While providing shoppers with the opportunity to purchase unique, locally made art, Chere and Sharon also host numerous creative workshops. This Saturday, Feb. 11, they will have the Valentines for the Brokenhearted Workshop from 10AM-1PM. They describe the workshop as “a time to reflect on honoring our broken hearts and what breaks them open and to create tributes to them with paper, color, verse and cool stuff.” The cost for the workshop is $30 plus a $5 materials fee.
ChaChaCharly's Display at the Purple Door
For the expanded market, I have added several pieces featuring Kazuri beads and others made of rose quartz and garnet gemstones which are supposed to encourage emotional healing.
So take some time this weekend to shop for your Valentine or for yourself, or both. What a terrific day out you could have! Grab a couple of friends and head down to Cooper-Young for a day of shopping and lunch at one of the many locally owned restaurants here. The gift shop is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.