Sunday, May 30, 2010

Opposing views

sunny shelf
ceramics by Myrta Hayes and Jacqueline Sheridan, jewelry by Kerry Peters, artwork by Elizabeth Wallace, stone carving by Tom Reid, photographic tile by Sarah Ronald

This is your view - another stunning shelf display set up by Alina Markiewicz!

looking out to the gallery
reusable cloth gift bags by Angela Holbrook, glass roundel by Margret Billings
.... and this is ours, out into the gallery through the gift shop open door.
We love visitors!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Spirit Square in Coquitlam opens

detail from photograph by Sarah Ronald, one of the Blackberry Artists attending the opening ceremony

The City of Coquitlam will be celebrating the opening of its very own Spirit Square on Thursday, June 3rd with entertainments and an artisan market showcasing local work.
Festivities start at 5.30pm and continue for a couple of hours.
Stay tuned to the blog for more news!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

wordless wednesday: lower shelf blues

lower shelf

jewelry, photography, paperwork and ceramics

artists: Kerry Peters, Myrta Hayes, Dan Severance, Clive Tucker, Sarah Ronald, Urszula Petrykowska, Joan Marr

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A walk in the woods

into the woods
detail from a painting by Val Simons

Wondering what to do this holiday weekend (or more since it's also a pro-D day for local schoolkids too!)?
Why not take a walk in the woods with us?

lions and tigers and bears oh my!
polar bear and cat carvings by Tom Reid, bear paper art by Valerie Gilbert

Meet all kinds of fascinating wildlife .....

dragonfly vessel by Myrta Hayes, intarsia wood bear by Del Holbrook, glass flower lamp by Margret Billings

...... right here in the gift shop!
No danger to you, honest, though you might end up taking one of them home with you (we assure you, they are all fully housetrained!)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

grad show - make a date!

Here's a date for your diaries!
Urszula Petrykowska, one of our jewelry artists, is having her grad show at Vancouver Community College this Thursday.
The opening reception for the jewelry art and design students is taking place on Thursday, 20th May at the downtown campus. The reception starts at 6pm and the exhibition will be in place for three weeks until June 13th.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

City Hall featured artist: Beryl Hickinbottom

This month's artist featured in the Port Moody City Hall display case is weaver and textile artist, Beryl Hickinbottom.

ruffle scarf

Beryl is a very active local weaver, belonging to two guilds and continuing to learn her craft thru workshops. Her handwoven scarves will amuse the senses thru their texture and adorable mixture of colour. I love her mix of different types of fibre, some of her scarves have a geat sense of playfulness about them. All would enhance an outfit (and make a mum proud to receive one as a gift!)

bookmarks and fibre jewelry

Of particular delight to me personally is the addition of two beautiful fibre jewelry pendants in her display.
Well worth a trip to the display cases!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Blackberry Artists display at the library

library display case May 2010
library display case May 2010
library display case May 2010
view thru the galleria to the library

Blackberry Artists' work on display at the Port Moody Library

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May's Featured Artist: Amanda Maxwell

featured artist display May 2010

(ahem) May's featured artist just happens to be me, your blog editor so I'll keep the text brief and let the photos do the talking.

wire evening purses

I've been a member of the Blackberry Artist's Society for almost a year now and making/selling jewelry for four years. I use wire crochet to make jewelry, weaving beads and pearls into a mesh which encircles your wrist or neck, or dangle from your ear lobes. Wire crochet is a very versatile technique, very delicate yet robust. As well as in jewelry I've also used the mesh I hand crochet in evening purses.
wire and fibre jewelry

A lot of my pieces are inspired by my parent's garden, far away in bonnie Scotland, or by the beach in the wee Scottish village I grew up in.
Yes, there's an element of homesickness abounding in my work!
PS: I'll be blogging the tales behind the pieces on display on my crafting blog if you'd like to stop by for a read.

maple leaf detail

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hanging Around

glass art, originally uploaded by Blackberry Artists.

While we're waiting for some photographs of the new featured artist, City Hall and library displays how about feasting your eyes on this astounding art glass roundel from artist Margret Billings?

Each piece of glass is meticulously cut by hand before soldering delicately into place.

For more of her work please visit the gift shop (links under the Follow Me button in the right hand side bar). This would make a beautiful and unique Mother's Day gift!