Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Merry Christmas

Christmas is coming
mother and child: BC jade carving by artist, Tom Reid

The Blackberry Artist's Society would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: We Close Tomorrow

Just a hint but we're closing tomorrow afternoon .....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tree Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

For tree gifts and stocking stuffers don't forget to check the tree in the main gallery. 
It's loaded with all sorts of delightful handcrafted goodies for decorating your own tree or as tiny little stocking stuffers. 
Some of the items, all handmade by our members, are also suitable to adding to gift wrap for a hostess or girlfriend gift to boost the festive impact. 
All items decorating the branches are for sale (but I think we'll hang on to the lights and ribbon garland).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Festive Adopt-a-thon: For The Kids

This one is especially for the children and young-at-heart. We have a chirpy little cricket needing a loving home. Made by wood artist, Del Holbrook, this gorgeous pull-along-invertebrate will bring joy and entertainment to its adopted family for many years.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Also At City Hall

With all the excitement of our Christmas Marketplace underway at the Arts Centre, it's easy to forget about one of our other showcase spectaculars. Year round, the Blackberry Artists are on display at the Port Moody City Hall (up the steps on the half landing in front of the reception desk). Mostly, the display case is populated by individual or groups of artists but sometimes our coordinator puts on a "Best Of Shop" display ... and that's what we have for your viewing pleasure this Christmas.

All items on display are for sale, and there is a contact number for you if you see something you desire (and let's face it, they are all objects of desire).

Yet another shop local, shop handmade moment brought to you by the Blackberry Artist's Society :)

PS: Don't forget - we're open for late night shopping Friday 17th to Sunday 19th ie. this weekend, coinciding with live theatre performances in and around the Arts Centre.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Festive Adopt-a-Thon: Shy and Retiring

Bold and brash not your style? Bouncy slobbering party animal not on your wish list?
Don't worry - at the Blackberry Gift Shop we have 'pets' for all tastes.
How about a calm, zen-like panda from paper artist, Yolanda Cheung, or a wee creature to lurk in your eaves from wood artist, Pat de Couto?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Further Adventures in Adopt-a-thon

Raining Cats and Dogs?
As if we need a reminder?

beautiful iris folding paper art by Valerie Gilbert
also available as cards

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Away From Your Cosy Fireside

Can we tempt you away from your cosy fireside this weekend?
On this weekend before Christmas (yes, the last one ... you're nearly there!) Port Moody and the Arts Centre gets really festive. For one thing, the CP Holiday train will be pulling in to Queen's Street, Port Moody on Friday, December 17th so why not call in to visit the gift shop since you're in the area (we're open till 8pm)?

As an added incentive (and to tempt you out over the rest of the weekend), a theatre troup will be putting on performances of The Little Match Girl each night, at 7.30 and 8pm (17th to 19th December inclusive) in the grounds of the Arts Centre. To stave off the chills, hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be available.

Might I suggest that a visit inside the Arts Centre to the Marketplace, Instructors' Exhibition and Silent Auction would also help warm you up? We'll be open each night for late night shopping.

PS: the performance is a fund raiser for local charities - suggested donation of $5 per person.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

For The Kids

The Blackberry Gift Shop is not just breakables, smashables, daubables, or destructables - we are very lucky to have an excellent toymaker in out midst, and at Christmas our market place is enhanced with its very own Toys Corner.

I'm not sure if Del Holbrook's amazing wooden toys have achieved cult status yet ... but here's what we have on offer this year. Why not come check them out yourself and decide?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Festive Adopt-a-thon

The latest batch of anipals needing a festive good home is ready and waiting for you at the Blackberry Gift Shop Christmas Marketplace (yes, it's Christmas - sooner than you think). It's not quite lions and tigers and bears (oh my) but we're not far off. I'll get you started with this beseeching bear from carver, Tom Reid.

... and don't forget the real fur people; Coquitlam Animal Shelter is running a campaign this year to find homes for their adorable kitties :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Just In Case ....

Christmas is coming, originally uploaded by Blackberry Artists.

.... you didn't know, our Marketplace is open ....

For a sneak peek check out this slide set on our flickr portfolio, and start making that list.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: the festive edition

snowy scene art card (Gay Torlay)

Christmas is coming soon! our Christmas Marketplace is now open ;)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spread The Word!

by artist, Cathy Rycroft
Our Christmas Marketplace is open as a one-stop shopping venue for local handmade in and around Port Moody. The gift shop is open seven days a week in the run up to Christmas Eve, with late night shopping Wednesday through to Friday.

On the last weekend before Christmas we will also extend our shopping hours into the evening on both Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th December.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Marketplace Opens Tonight

wood intarsia decoration (Del Holbrook)

The Blackberry Artist's Society proudly announces the grand opening of its Christmas marketplace this evening. In conjunction with the opening of new gallery exhibitions at the Arts Centre in Port Moody, we would like to invite you to this free event held between 6pm and 8pm this evening.
Cash bar, and appetisers served.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Shopping

candle paper art card (Valerie Gilbert)
Christmas shopping now available - Christmas Marketplace ;)