Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Canada Day (advance notice)

fine silver maple leaf by Amanda Maxwell

You can never have too much maple leaf IMO.
Just a quick shout out for some Blackberry Artists who will be working on Canada Day this Thursday.

Sarah Ronald, Valerie Gilbert and Amanda Maxwell will be taking part in the artisan market at Coquitlam's Canada Day celebrations taking place in Town Centre Park on Thursday. The marketplace will be open 1-8pm so even though the gift shop will be closed, you can still visit with some of us artists!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

.... under the sea .......

detail from a painting by Elizabeth Wallace

Let me take you on a voyage .....

turquoise pendant by Sandra Ho

... a voyage deep under the waves

shell detail
detail from paper art mask by Joan Marr

 to find fabulous treasures .... yours for the taking!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Raindrops

detail from a photograph by Alina Mankiewicz

raindrops: scarf fringes, handwoven by Beryl Hickinbottom

clouds and rain
raindrops and clouds: ceramics from Clive Tucker

raindrops on grass from Sarah Ronald

All available in the gift shop!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: it's almost Father's Day

Just a few suggestions for Father's Day in the gift shop.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

City Hall Display: June

This month the City Hall display case is showcasing work from all the Blackberry Artists.
Please pay a visit to the half landing up the stairs opposite the information/security reception desk and check out what the artists have been working on.

etched glass vase by Ingrid Davitt

There are some excellent suggestions for Father's Day.
Many thanks to Margret Billings for setting up the display - it looks beautiful.

stained glass lamp by Margret Billings

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Travels

sailing boat
sailing boat: paper art by Valerie Gilbert

This summer, Blackberry Artists will be taking you on your summer travels ..... without even leaving the comfort of Port Moody!

water sports
artwork by Vicki Allesia

Stay tuned for more details.
Here are some tasters to get you in the holiday spirit!

more artwork by Vicki Allesia, raku vase by Myrta Hayes

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Passport to Summer


The Blackberry Gift Shop will be taking part in the Old Town Port Moody merchants' Passport to Summer 2010 shop "n" stroll event (remember Moonlight Madness in the winter??).
Pick up a passport at the gift shop, collect a stamp in all participating businesses and then drop it off for a chance to win your dream vacation.
See you at the gift shop!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gallery openings = late night shopping at the gift shop

our home
the gift shop - open for business during gallery openings

Each month the exhibitions at Port Moody Arts Centre change and new gallery works are celebrated with an opening reception. Artists are in attendance, and refreshments are offered to accompany the previews of new artwork.

not just art
refreshments provided by the artists

 As an added enticement, gallery openings also mean late night shopping at the Blackberry Gift Shop!

Raku vases dan severance
raku vases by Dan Severance

The next scheduled opening reception is Thursday, June 10th, 6 - 8pm, with admission and refreshments free for the general public. There will be a cash bar on the night, and Vicki Allesia is the featured Blackberry artist for June!
See you there!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June's featured artist: Vicki Allesia

June's featured artist:Vicki Allesia

This month the Blackberry Gift Shop is featuring the work of Vicki Allesia.

June's featured artist:Vicki Allesia

Vicki, who is a founding member of the Blackberry Artist's Society and former Executive Director of Port Moody Arts Centre, works in acrylics and watercolour media. She draws inspiration from her surroundings, either trips along the board walk on Port Moody's Inlet Trail or while relaxing at her cabin on Indian Arm. The work displayed in the gift shop features the use of wrapped canvases - a beautifully modern and contemporary introduction to presenting 2D art which would look fabulous in many modern home decors.

June's featured artist:Vicki Allesia

Her work is a very distinctive and fresh take on many familiar and well-loved scenes in and around our home city. Even though summer is being a little sluggish in coming forward, I for one am longing for a heavy snowfall so I can get out for a walk on a snow-covered board walk this winter.

June's featured artist:Vicki Allesia

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spirit Square in Coquitlam opens!

Sronald 6by6 stone trivet
hydrangea photo tile by Sarah Ronald

The City of Coquitlam will be formally opening it's very own Spirit Square on Thursday evening. With an evening of summer festivities and activities planned it will be a great start to the summer (pssst! rain - go away!).

 mini tiles by Sarah Ronald

The evening's events include an artisan market featuring some of the best in local designers, artists and crafters. Blackberry Artist's Society members Sarah Ronald and Amanda Maxwell will be there so please pop by and say hello!

 wire and fibre flower brooch by Amanda Maxwell

Festivities take place at 3005 Burlington Drive, Coquitlam on Thursday, June 3rd, starting at 5.30pm and running until 7.30pm. For more details see here.

"Faberge" freshwater pearl and tinned copper wire crochet cuff