Saturday, February 26, 2011

Embrace Vertical

intarsia work by Del Holbrook at the entrance to the gift shop

Embrace our verticals to their full extent so that you don't miss out an a single thing during your visit to the gift shop.
For example, take a look down and to the left as you enter from the Arts centre reception for the display just below the glass windows.

works by printmaker, James Mah

Once inside the gift shop, turn to your right and lift your eyes up to the art work adorning the brick work above the old vault.

And before leaving, don't forget to stoop a little to see what's in the low display cabinet  before the door.
You won't be disappointed.

the blues
work by Sarah Ronald, Clive Tucker, Myrta Hayes and Beryl Hickinbottom

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Warm Fuzzies

warm fuzzies

Attention: cold inhabitants of the Tri Cities!
Warm fuzzies are available in your local artisan gift shop. We have cozy scarves and wraps from weaver Beryl Hickinbottom, just right for keeping your neck free from chills. We have reminders of the hot days of summer by photographer, Sarah Ronald.

.... and all throughout the shop we have handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces suitable for gifting, to give you and the recipient the warm fuzzies in your heart :)

Beat the chills this winter!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

February's Featured Artist:: Urszula Petrykowska

This month we get back to normal programming in the gift shop with the return of our Featured Artist display. Each month, one of our members is showcased which allows you, dear viewer, to get a little more exposure to their work.

This month is the turn of Urszula Petrykowska, one of the talented jewellery artists in our collective.
Urszula has recently graduated from the renowned jewelry program at Vancouver Community College. 
All of the jewelers in the gift shop have a different area of expertise, and Urszula's area of interest is in metal. She works in sterling silver and copper, shaping and forming pieces by hand.
Her work is unique, featuring inspirations from nature and the landscapes around her.
Each of her pieces is a beautiful and wearable piece of art.


More of her work is currently on display along with other members of the Blackberry Artist's Society in the Roots: Year of the Forest display at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Roots - the exhibition

A few views of the work by seven Blackberry artists currently on exhibition at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Down Your Street

just down your street
watercolour print giftcard by Gay Torlay

We'd like you to think of the Blackberry Gift Shop as home.
Well, not in a "sling up your hammock and spend the night here" way (though I think some of the members did wonder about this during their mammoth shift commitments for the Christmas Marketplace) but more as a "think of us as your local gift shop". We are, in fact, just down your street; the local one-stop shop for all your gift-buying needs. Here you can source that unique locally crafted present for a dear aunt or out-of-town visitors (feel free to direct them here, dropping heavy hints for that special hostess gift too). Choose from our collection of artist cards to accompany your purchase, and then wrap the whole thing up (pardon the pun) with an eco-friendly, reusable cloth gift bag.
Think of us as just next door to home.

PS: Valentine's Day is coming very soon!