Saturday, November 30, 2013

Congratulations Urszula Petrykowska!

The Blackberry Artist's Society is incredibly pleased to announce that one of our jewellers, Urszula Petrykowska, has been recognised among Vancouver's creative talents and been awarded the Mayor's Arts Award as an emerging artist in craft and design.
The award itself comes from a nomination by the honouree in that discipline, Dominique Br├ęchault, who personally picked Urszula for the nomination.
Congratulations Urszula!
Urszula's unique and inspiring work can be seen in the gift shop during marketplace hours of 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (to 5pm on Saturday, and between 12 noon and 4pm on Sundays) until 1pm on December 23rd.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Meet Your Makers: Saturday artist demo — Pauline Doyle

Pauline Doyle, Port Moody Arts Centre Ceramics Department
Pauline Doyle making soft boxes in the ceramics studio
Christmas ornament by Pauline Doyle
Christmas ornament by Pauline Doyle
You're invited to the Christmas Marketplace this Saturday to watch artisan Pauline Doyle as she works with that most malleable of materials: clay. Pauline is very approachable and interactive and her demo will be a delight. A little magic water, some hand building and voila! Mark the date and time on your calendar... Saturday, November 30th, from 2-4 p.m. It’s a fantastic way to introduce children to ceramics as art. Who couldn’t relate? After all, making mud pies is only a step away from working with ceramics. Adults, as well, will be intrigued, as they watch Pauline demonstrate techniques and the creative use of materials. She likes to experiment with the idea of ‘softness’ and it is a concept that make Pauline’s work unique.

While you’re there, check out our gorgeous tree, the gift shop and 3-D gallery to find more things to enchant you… 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Iridescence

Ceramic vessel by Pauline Doyle

Come enjoy the lovely work of Pauline Doyle: vessels and soft boxes, beautiful ornaments.

Experience the Blackberry Artist's Society's Christmas Marketplace at the Port Moody Arts Centre. Hours are Mon.-Fri, 10 am-6 pm, Sat., 10 am-5 pm, and Sun. 12 pm-4 pm.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Christmas Marketplace created with you in mind

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  • Who?  You!
  • What?  Blackberry Artist’s Society's 17th Annual Christmas Marketplace
  • Where?  Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St Johns St., Port Moody, BC
  • When?  Open daily through Dec. 23rd — Mon.-Fri.: 10 am - 6 pm, Sat. : 10 am - 5 pm, Sun.: 12 pm - 4 pm
  • Why? Shop local; buy handmade…. 
ChristmasornamentsIt was a frosty day…one of our first. Glittering ice crystals everywhere…on the sidewalk, edging the leaves, on the tall grass. It was the perfect day for me to head to Port Moody City Hall to take photographs of a Blackberry Artist's Society display highlighting our 17th Annual Christmas Marketplace. The slide show above gives you a glimpse of what’s in store for you at the full exhibition and in our gift shop at the Port Moody Arts Centre. The centre is housed in a beautiful example of classic Arts and Crafts-style architecture, a bungalow writ large. High ceilings and much ambient light make it the perfect setting for a Christmas Marketplace. Every piece glows, no matter the time of day, whether you are gazing at warp and weft, brush stroke, vitrified glaze, polished stone, wood, paper, rendering, precious metal, glass, or captured image. A sensory extravaganza! Next to it is the centre’s Christmas tree, full of handmade ornaments at very reasonable prices. In fact, each piece being shown at City Hall or in the centre’s 3-D gallery or Blackberry Gift Shop is conceived of and created by talented artisans. They not only love what they do, they are active members in their art co-op, each assuming roles needed to make the society and gift shop run. And a member will warmly greet you the moment you step inside the shop…. So, whether you’re breezing by the display at City Hall, or at the centre to see the tree or exhibitions, make sure you take the time to linger in our Christmas Marketplace and gift shop, which are filled with marvelous goodies. Not only will you see paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, but also weavings, stained glass, paper and fiber art, intarsia, and carved wood and stone. Every medium. Brighten your day and fill your heart with the loveliness of it all!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Let's sit by a cozy fire and read!

Handmade paper bookmarks by Joan Marr
Treasures to be found, including Joan Marr's amazing handmade paper and fiber art! 

Experience the Blackberry Artist's Society's Christmas Marketplace at the Port Moody Arts Centre. Hours are Mon.-Fri, 10 am-6 pm, Sat., 10 am-5 pm, and Sun. 12 pm-4 pm.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Silky Elegance

Hand painted silk scarf by Jane Ostenstad
The Blackberry Artist Society's 17th Annual Christmas Marketplace opens Thursday, November 14th at the Port Moody Arts Centre. Many lovely delights to entice, including hand painted silk by Jane Ostenstad.

Please join us for the Opening Reception, which runs from 6pm to 8pm the 14th. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lest We Forget

by Vicki Allesia
Not just Flanders Fields and poppies between the rows ...
Not just the grave markers ...
Remember the living survivors and their sacrifice too.

To listen to a CBC White Coat, Black Art podcast about PTSD in Canada's veterans, click here.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


We are open on Sunday, November 10th (12 noon to 4pm) as usual.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Bowl of Treasure

Ceramic bowl by Myrta Hayes, necklace by Luci Gimenes
To see more creations by Blackberry artisans, click here. To view this blog post in the browser, click here.

Please note: the gift shop will be closed from close on Saturday, November 9th until our grand opening reception for Christmas Marketplace at 6pm on Thursday, November 14th.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Christmas Marketplace opens November 14th

Save the date!
Blackberry Artist Society's annual tradition, the Christmas Marketplace opens for business at Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns Street) on Thursday, November 14th.
The opening reception starts at 6pm, with invited guests trying out their handcrafted wooden keys to see who will be the lucky one to open the handmade wooden lock holding the gift shop doors closed.
Who will it be?
... see you at the Arts Centre on Thursday 14th?

Artists in attendance | free admission | refreshments and cash bar