|detail from wire crochet by Amanda Maxwell|
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
|Joan's new freeform crochet work|
The Blackberry Artists are a talented bunch - what you see here in the gift shop is but a fraction of the work they are creating. For example, our painters are limited by sheer wall space, so their larger pieces only come out on display at Christmas during the Marketplace in the Arts Centre 3D Gallery.
Other artists choose only to jury into the gift shop in one discipline even though they regularly produce work in other media and styles. Recently Joan Marr, whose paper art regularly features on our walls, decided to unleash her freeform crochet work on us - we're excited to have her 'shabby chic'-style scarves joining Beryl Hickinbottom's exquisite weaving and Jane Ostenstad's graceful silk on our racks.
|seeds and plantfibre in Joan's paper work|
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
|detail from work by Elizabeth Wallace|
Lawns crackle underfoot and cause nasty friction burns for every heroic slide to first base.
Only the patch under the inflatable wading pool shows any sign of non-dessicated life and the lawn-mower is gathering cobwebs in the shed.
|ceramic bracelet by Jan Pavlic Falkenberg|
So, with furtive pre-dawn sprinkling operations in full swing and Art Knapps running out of drought-tolerant succulents, let Blackberry Artists remind you of luscious garden flower beds without the heartache.
It will snow soon.
|detail from floral bracelet by Amanda Maxwell|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Psst! Wanna work with us?
The Blackberry Artist's Society is looking for new members to join the only artist cooperative gift shop in the Tri Cities. We have shelf space and wall space for your beautiful work, offer a monthly Featured Artist spot plus display space elsewhere in Port Moody. We require only that you share in running our organisation through a shift once or twice a month in the shop (note: members cover more shifts during Christmas Marketplace) plus volunteering with exec jobs, marketing, scheduling, display and so on.
Please check our website for details, or visit the shop to see if your work will fit in with our aesthetic. More information can be found here on the blog and in our online Flickr portfolio. And do come visit us in the gift shop to see for yourself (and pick up a membership application pack).
We'd love to hear from you :)
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
This month, Blackberries Sandra Ho and Jane Ostenstad are exhibiting their work in the display case on the mezzanine level before the council offices.
As usual, all work on display is for sale. Please phone the Blackberry Gift Shop at the Arts Centre to arrange purchase - 604.931 2008 ext.102
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Saturday, August 3, 2013
This month, the Blackberry Artists are pleased to feature the work of weaver, Beryl Hickinbottom, in the gift shop.
Beryl is one of the textile artists in the shop and her work is a constant on the shelves. Maybe you have already bought one of her finely woven scarves for yourself or as a gift? Or perhaps you've visited during our annual Christmas Marketplace (coming up November 14th this year) and treated yourself to one of her fantastic shawls or wraps?
If you have, or maybe next time you're in the giftshop, take a closer look at the fabric - Beryl uses an array of weaving patterns in her work, ranging from a straightforward 'over-and-under' technique* to stitch combinations which add a 3D texture to the surface of the work.
She also mixes different types of fibre with a complimentary palette of colours to create these beautiful accessories.
Not just a scarf, but a unique wearable work of art.
Beryl's work will be on show in the gift shop until the end of August, and on sale year-round.
|temari balls, by Beryl Hickinbottom|
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