Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An Invitation

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls!
Christmas is only so many sleeps away, and the shopping days are numbered!

Please accept our invitation to the grand opening of our Christmas Marketplace on the evening of December 2nd (6 - 8pm) at the Arts Centre of Port Moody.

Our artists have been busy preparing a cornucopia of gifts, great and small, for your delight. Consider the gift shop your one-stop holiday shop, with gifts, gift bags and cards galore. There is something for everyone!

Extended shopping hours throughout December (with late shopping nights Wednesday to Friday) until the 23rd mean there is not excuse not to visit (no, really!).

Season's greetings :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Reminder

As if you didn't already need an excuse to visit!!

Not only do we have a splendiferously festive gift shop right now (shop handmade, shop local)  but we also have a lovely "thank you" for one lucky visitor.

So next time you're in the gift shop don't forget to fill in a "where did you find out about us" slip for a chance to win this gorgeous 6" by 6" acrylic painting by Val Simons. The prize will be drawn in the new year.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Marketplace and more (oh my)

You are cordially invited to the opening of the Port Moody Arts Centre annual Instructor Show. The exhibition opens on December 2nd and runs until December 23rd.

The opening night (6-8pm on Thursday, December 2nd) is also a great opportunity to view and bid on the entries for the 6x6 art auction. Proceeds from this fun sale of art by members of the Arts Centre benefits future programming.

PS: It's also the night that our Christmas Marketplace expands into the 3D gallery :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas is coming

photographic christmas baubles (Tracy Riddell)
Christmas is coming soon! and so is our Christmas Marketplace ;)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Winter Warmers

handwoven scarf (Beryl Hickinbottom)
The nights are drawing in, the sun barely warms the land, frost decorates the eaves each morning .... brrr! chilly out.

What you need is a warming visit to the gift shop to banish those winter chills.
We have toasty and stylish scarves, handwoven by a local weaver, to accessorise your cold weather clothing.
We have warming glass votives for maing your living room snug in the dark evenings.
We have handthrown mugs for that steaming hot chocolate at the end of the day.

Do visit :)
PS: our full Christmas Marketplace will be open from the beginning of December with extra late night shopping times :)

glass votive (Margret Billings), blooms photo tile and print (Sarah Ronald), ceramic beaker (Dan Severance)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas soon

intarsia picture (Del Holbrook)
Welcome to the Blackberry Gift Shop
Christmas is on its way! and so is our Christmas Marketplace ;)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Horses For Courses

and of course horses as gifts.

We are very lucky to have some amazing artists who can capture the essence of all things equine.
Artist Cathy Rycroft, who is one half of a race horse training duo at Hastings Park in her other life, captures the smooth physique of the equine athlete in her paintings on stone. Her work is also available as unframed prints so please check out the folders beneath the cards in the gift shop.

Another artist who captures the spirit of horses in her work is photographer Tracy Riddell. She was also our featured artist in September where she explained how her striking images have been used to promote animal welfare.

Moving on to 3D art, we have carver Tom Reid also exploring the equine form with this magnificent horse head carving. Tom works in a variety of stones; this carving is in serpentine.

Why not come in this evening to check them out in person? - new exhibitions are opening at the Arts Centre this evening so the gift shop will be open 6 - 8pm.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

Bloom Poppy, Vicki Allesia

Move him into the sun -
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds, -
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved, - still warm, - too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
- O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?

(Futility by Wilfred Owen, 1893 - 1918)

The "Lacrymosa" from Britten's War Requiem. 
Soprano, Makvala Kasrashvili. Tenor, Anthony Rolfe Johnson
conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, Royal Albert Hall 1993

Saturday, November 6, 2010

For The Birds

driftwood sculpture (Pat de Couto)

stone carving (Tom Reid)

The gift shop is going to the birds IMO. It's like a flock of assorted avians descended on the shelves one night (in the cleanest possible way, I hasten to add).

So incredibly "tweet" ....
painting (Elizabeth Wallace)
rooster (Tracy Riddell)

But I'm sending in the cat ;)
stone carving (Tom Reid)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Christmas is only so many sleeps away, and the shopping days are numbered! This year we'd really love you to shop local, shop handmade ..... and where better to start than the Blackberry Gift Shop in the Port Moody Arts Centre.

Please mark your calendars for our grand Christmas marketplace - opening the evening of December 2nd and continuing (with late shopping nights Wednesday to Friday) until the 23rd.

If you're either impatient to get festive or wanting to meet the overseas shipping deadlines take note; the gift shop will be getting seasonal from the beginning of November. Our artists are already delivering their new Christmas work to our vault and the Arts Centre tree, decorated with handmade trimmings for sale, will be in place November 15th.

Season's greetings :)