Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tall Tales for Father's Day

a stroll in the woods
one day while hiking, i fought off a ferocious bear in the woods
(carved bear by Tom Reid, woods painting by Valerie Simons)

In honour of all the dads who love to tell tall tales to their children, why not celebrate Father's Day with a reminder of their hyperbole and scaremongering?
My own father told bedtime tales so vivid that, even now, I'm unable to drop off to sleep with even a foot protruding from under the duvet or (heaven forbid) hanging over the side of the bed. His descriptive passages involving children with dangling limbs being trimmed by the ferociously dentured crocodiles which dwelt under each bed were punctuated after storytime by him peering round the bedroom door, thrashing his out-stretched arms up and down in the manner of a vicious toothed beast seeking its next meal. This was of course accompanied by guttural roaring noises, presumably similar to those emitted by hunting reptiles in the throes of a blood lust.

He was mortified many decades later, when I told him how scarred I was by this.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Reminders!

ok - a few words if you want to get all nit-pickety
a. our Port Moody Arts Centre exhibition, Inspiring Each Other, ends this Sunday
b. Father's Day is fast approaching

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Port Moody Library Display Case May 2012

tiles by Pauline Doyle,
glass leaf by Margret Billings
pendant by Luci Gimenes

The Blackberry Artist's Society is primarily a local artist cooperative which strives to bring unique, handcrafted work by our members to our community through our gift shop in Port Moody Arts Centre . One of the ways we promote this is by getting out there into our community.
vase by Jacq Sheridan

Our members display their work every month in the mezzanine display cases at City Hall (just up the stairs on your way to pay business licences, dispute traffic fines and so on ...).

Another display venue available to us (and other Tri Cities artists) are the display shelves beside the Port Moody library reception desk. This area is primarily used for showing smaller scale 3D works in a secure but accessible venue.

All items on display are for sale. All you need to do is make a note of any details, e.g. artist, title or description of piece, price, and then phone the gift shop on 604 931 2008, ext. 102, to reserve your prize and arrange collection.

PS: Don't forget about our current exhibition at Port Moody Arts Centre, Inspiring Each Other
running until May 27th!
watercolour by Elizabeth Wallace, jewelry by Amanda Maxwell
Our artists will also be on hand with demonstrations of their art at the new Port Moody Art in the Garden tour, July 15th.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


buttons by Dan Severance

driftwood bird by Pat de Couto

textile mixed media panel by Karen Bagayawa
Not just for intergalactic travellers, the Blackberry Gift Shop strives to answer most of life's little conundrums as related to last-minute-gift-buying.
Relax - we have gifts big and small, cards, and eco gift wrapping for those of you who haven't heeded our warnings about Mother's Day stealing up on you.
We're open today (Saturday) from 11.30am to 5pm.
You were warned.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Raining?

intarsia panels from artist, Del Holbrook

Psst! Mother's Day is this weekend!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wish List

For Mother's Day I would like this beautiful watercolour by Elizabeth Wallace, and a luxurious woven scarf by Beryl Hickinbottom.
What's on your wish list? and do you think you can get down to the gift shop faster than my nearest and dearest?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

wordless wednesday: eat your greens

shibori silk and wire crochet necklace by Amanda Maxwell

The artist says this necklace reminds her of washed green lettuce!
Your mother would appreciate the reference to eating healthily.
... and it's Mother's Day soon :)