Rae Yano, Walk on St. Johns, acrylic

January 10, 2023
Rae Yano | Walk on St. Johns

Tonight’s Art at Council is an acrylic painting by Tri-City artist Rae Yano and is titled Walk on St. Johns. The painting was acquired by the City last November at the Port Moody Art Association’s Art to Go event. Rae is not here with us this evening but was kind enough to pass along her memories of how the painting came to be.

It all started with a beautiful day in Port Moody. Rae and her husband decided to take a big walk that looped around St. Johns Street and Rocky Point Park. She always carries her camera, or in this case her phone, to keep a visual record. Rae took many pictures that day as the light and autumn colours were so powerful, and ultimately were the inspiration for her to paint this particular scene. She has a couple of photos of Rocky Point Park from that day that she still wants to put onto canvas.

Rae is pleased and honoured that the City chose her painting. In fact, several years ago the City purchased a pair of her paintings, so she is doubly proud! We are delighted to share Rae’s painting with everyone this evening.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 50 second mark.

Karlie Norrish Chesney, Sonobe, mixed media

January 24, 2023
Karlie Norrish McChesney | Sonobe

Fibre Friends is one of two exhibitions currently on display at PoMoArts. The exhibit demonstrates the different approaches that three artists use to create their art. Colour first attracts a person to their pieces, but a closer examination reveals a unique look for each of their artworks. Line and/or shape leads to an exploration of different techniques, many of them reflected in their use of fibre. We are fortunate to have one of the artists, Karlie Norrish McChesney, joining us this evening.

Karlie’s art making frequently explores her love of perspective and structural form. Her art practice requires much measuring, calculating, and arranging of colour, so much so that her work is a form of puzzle solving. Tonight’s Art at Council is titled Sonobe and is one of her artworks that explores how 3D origami models can be represented in a 2D format that demonstrates great depth and volume. There is often an element of mixed media applied to the surface, in this case paint and plastic.

Karlie is joining us via Zoom. Welcome Karlie! We would love to hear more about you, your artwork, and the exhibition.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 1 minute 45 second mark.

Alexa Adams, In Dependence, watercolour

February 14, 2023
Alexa Adams | In Dependence

As you walked into Council Chambers this evening you would have walked by an impressive collection of artworks on display in the Galleria. These pieces, created by Port Moody Secondary School grade 12 students, form an exhibition for their International Baccalaureate Exam. Each year students showcase selected works done over the last 2 to 4 years of their time in high school.

While we would have liked to showcase every student’s artwork this evening, we are focusing on a watercolour painting by Alexa Adams. The self-portrait is titled In Dependence.

Alexa is drawn to the visual arts for its ability to document and convey personal experiences. She gravitates towards mediums that are accessible regardless of financial and cultural backgrounds.

Alexa is here with us this evening. Welcome, thank you for joining us!

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 1 minute 30 second mark.

Gavel, Port Moody Station Museum, artifact 2

February 28, 2023
Artifact | Gavel

Tonight’s Artifact at Council is a wooden gavel that has historical significance relating back to the first year of Port Moody. The City was incorporated on March 11, 1913, and its first civic election was held a few weeks later on April 3.

The gavel was presented to Port Moody’s first Mayor, Perry D. Roe, after his successful campaign. The centre band is engraved with the names of the first Council members. Those early Council meetings oversaw issues about the collection of taxes, the upkeep of public spaces such as sidewalks, roads and parks, and the provision of utilities.

We do not have anyone from the Port Moody Station Museum joining us this evening, but we invite everyone to see the gavel and other items currently on display in the museum’s Building Port Moody exhibition. The exhibit is on until May 1.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 55 second mark.

Colleen van Niekerk, A Conspiracy of Mothers, novel

March 14, 2023
Colleen van Niekerk | A Conspiracy of Mothers

A novel titled A Conspiracy of Mothers and the author Colleen van Niekerk are the focus of tonight’s Art at Council.

A Conspiracy of Mothers is Colleen’s debut novel and was released in October 2021. The novel is a compelling story of three mothers who fight for their families in a period of upheaval and hope in South Africa.

Colleen is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, has been living in Port Moody for the past decade.

We are delighted that Colleen is here with us this evening. Welcome Colleen and thank you for joining us! I understand you will be reading a few passages from your book. Please make your way up onto the stage.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 54 second mark.

Jenny Tang and Melissa Hoffman, 2023 Community Banners

March 28, 2023
Jenny Tang & Melissa Hoffman | StreetArts Community Banners

Tonight’s Art at Council is a celebration of the return of our StreetArts Banner Program. The community banners were painted here in the Galleria this past weekend, and everyone involved was delighted to be back!

This year’s design theme is "Renewal & Rejuvenation" a nod to 2022 which was a time of recovery and renewal post-COVID. The City saw the resilience of our community and the excitement of restoring our daily social activities. We discovered collectively, through the pandemic, the importance of family, friendship, community, and support.

Mother and daughter, Jenny and Faith Tang, have participated in the program since 2014 and enjoyed it so much they invited their friends to sign up. This year they requested to be setup next to each other so they could enjoy the experience together. Jenny is the artist behind the banner depicting a tree with a heart motif.

The other banner, painted with a large flower, butterfly, and caterpillar was designed by Melissa Hoffman, also a long-time participant. After the banners have been up on City streets they are given to the artists. Melissa’s grandfather has been installing her banners in his backyard during the summer since 2014.

All the colourful banners will be available for viewing in the Galleria until this Thursday, March 30, and then displayed on Port Moody streets in late spring.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 50 second mark.

 Crystal Noir, The Answer, oil on canvas

April 11, 2023
Crystal Noir | The Answer

Crystal Noir is the artist behind tonight’s Art at Council, an oil on canvas titled The Answer.

Crystal is an emerging self-taught artist of Jamaican and Ukrainian descent from Vancouver - the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her work explores the intricate effects of ongoing colonial violence and the interplay between mental health disparities within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.

Seeking to dispel stigmatization and redefine taboo cultural conversations, her work is often autobiographical and is likewise concerned with the experiences of being multiracial, and the unique encounters of exclusion, colorism, privilege, and guilt that those of multiethnic lineage face.

You can see this painting and others at her current exhibition titled Shades of Self at PoMoArts. Using vivid colour, bold compositions and expressive brushwork Crystal conveys a range of emotions and experiences that are often too difficult to express through words. This new series in oil is a visual exploration of personal identity and introspection. The paintings offer a glimpse into the complexities of her inner world, while examining themes of shifting identity, self-reflection, and growth.

At this time, I would like to invite Crystal up to the podium. Welcome! Thank you for joining us this evening.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 35 second mark.

 James Groening, Thunderbird Teacher, acrylic for web

April 25, 2023
James Groening | Thunderbird Teacher

Tonight, we have James Groening joining us for Art at Council.

James, or Blue Sky, is a Burnaby-based Cree artist from Kahkewistahaw Band, Turtle Island. He was raised in a farm community in Plains Cree Territory (otherwise known as Manitoba) by his white grandparents. Although disconnected from his Kahkewistahaw roots, he retained part of his Indian name, Blue Sky, given by mushom or grandfather, as a child. After meeting his maternal mother and learning of his heritage, he attributes discovering Coast Salish art forms, specifically, drawing a Haida-style hummingbird that inspired him to pursue a journey of reclaiming his Indigeneity.

James hopes to learn more and contribute to the art world by creating and teaching those who want to learn. He believes this is the way forward for our cultural heritage to heal and grow.

At this time, I would like to invite James up to the podium. Thank you for being here with us this evening. We’d love to hear more about you, your craft, and your current exhibition Life in Legends at PoMoArts.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute mark.

Dilys Huang, PM Old City Hall, RPP, ink and watercolour

May 9, 2023
Dilys Huang | Port Moody Old City Hall & Rocky Point Park

Tonight’s Art at Council are two ink and watercolour sketches from Tri-Cities artist, and Blackberry Artist’s Society member, Dilys Huang. The sketches are titled Port Moody Old City Hall and Rocky Point Park, both iconic venues in Port Moody.

Dilys’ creative journey began at an early age when she participated in various colouring and drawing contests. In high school she enrolled in Port Moody Secondary’s IB Art Programme where she had the opportunity to explore using different media and styles to express her ideas. In fact, the artwork she created during her time in the IB Art Programme was displayed here in the Galleria as part of a final exhibit of all of the students’ work. Dilys later went on to study urban planning in university.

Dilys is curious and fascinated by her surroundings, and with her background and interest in planning it is only natural that her ink and watercolour sketches tend to focus on buildings, cities, and the urban landscape.

At this time, I would like to invite Dilys up to the speaker’s podium. Thank you for joining us! We would love to hear about the sketches you brought with you this evening.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begin at the 1 minute mark.

Tamara Grand, Sign of the Tides, acrylic

May 23, 2023
Tamara Grand | Sign of the Tides

We have abstract painter and mixed media artist Tamara Grand joining us this evening for Art at Council, and she has brought along her painting titled Sign of the Tides.

The passion to paint began when a friend introduced her to acrylic paints. Tamara immersed herself in the online world of art and painted daily to work on and expand her techniques and to hone her personal artistic vision.

She creates large and small scale paintings for private collections in North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom, has her paintings displayed in local businesses, and participates in Canada-wide and local exhibitions.

Bright colours and organic shapes are signature elements of her paintings. Each piece is painted with the intention to calm or energize a space through the use of shape, colour and form.

Good evening Tamara. Thank you for joining us. Please make your way up to the speaker’s podium.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 38 second mark.

Cynthia Head, Rising Tides, pine needs, antler, cotton thread with bees wax

June 13, 2023
Cynthia Head | Rising Tides

Tonight’s focus is on a sculpture titled Rising Tide. The artwork, created by Cynthia Head, is made from Yellow Leaf Pine and Ponderosa pine needles, a shed antler, and cotton thread waxed with bees' wax.

Art was always part of Cynthia’s life but even more so when she was living and teaching high school in Florida. There, she had the opportunity to be mentored by a well-known local artist. After several years, Cynthia and the artist began leading workshops, and it was during one of these workshops that she met a woman who taught her basketry.

Today her baskets and sculptures are in collections in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Each piece is worked by coiling around a center, adding beads, and wrapping threads to create a design. More recently, her sculptures, often woven around other natural objects, express the changes in our environment due to climate change.

She is a member of the Blackberry Artist’s Society and also sells her baskets and fine art online and at numerous local arts shows.

Welcome Cynthia! Please make your way up to the podium.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 22 minute mark.

Teri Shaw, The Angel, the Lion and the Secret of the Waves, children's book for web

June 27, 2023
Teri Shaw | The Angel, the Lion and the Secret of the Waves

This evening, we are joined by Teri Shaw for Art at Council. Teri is a writer who finds inspiration in everyday life, from the people she meets to the places she goes. She feels that there is always an adventure waiting to happen. With so many ideas in her head, being able to take those visions and create stories is a very rewarding journey.

The Angel, the Lion and the Secret of Waves is her first published children’s book and holds a universal message about the importance of realizing we are all unique. Teri has learned so much in the process of writing the book, from working with illustrators and publishers to creating websites, marketing and promotion. She is currently in the process of creating her next children’s book.

Thank you for being here Teri! Please make your way up to the podium. We are looking forward to hearing more about your book.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 22 second mark.

Angie Quintanilla Coates, In the Mood, Vol 1, acrylic and paper on wood

July 11, 2023
Angie Quintanilla Coates | In the Mood, Vol. 1

This evening Angie Quintanilla Coates is joining us for Art at Council. Angie is a self-taught artist and illustrator. She was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and has called Port Moody home since 2020.

Angie brought along one of her acrylic paintings titled In the Mood, Vol 1. She has a passion for vibrant colours which is evident in this painting. She also has a defiant sense of optimism, drawing inspiration from both her rich Mexican heritage and the breathtaking natural landscapes of Canada. Angie is keenly interested in sustainability and strives to incorporate eco-friendly practices into her creative process as often as possible.

Through her colourful pieces, she aims to invite viewers to join her in celebrating the connection between artistic expression and joy.

Hello Angie. Thank you for coming. Please make your way up to the podium so we can hear more about your art.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 5 minute 54 second mark.

Gloria Han, Celadon Ceramic Vase

July 25, 2023
Gloria Han | Ceramic Vase

We have ceramic artist Gloria Han joining us for Art at Council this evening.

Gloria earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also received the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Grant, and a Canada Council Grant to partake in a mentorship with master potter Clay Jung-Hong Kim and Sylvia Kim to increase the rigour of her ongoing studies with them in traditional Korean celadon ceramics.

Through Korean celadon ceramics, Gloria makes art that investigates how traditions are altered, adapted, and created anew by diasporic peoples. She draws connections between her experience as a first-generation Korean daughter of immigrants and the ways in which traditions survive tumultuous events in history. In this connection, she is able to use craft to communicate moments of extreme care, commitment, intimacy, and love."

Gloria is currently teaching full-time in Langara College's Fine Arts Diploma program and as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University. And she will be participating in the upcoming PoMoArts exhibition called An Abundance of Caring, which opens on Thursday, July 27.

Gloria, thank you for joining us this evening. We’d love to hear more about the piece you’ve brought and the processes you use in creating your art.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 1 hour, 9 minute and 30 second mark.

Olesia Kharlamova, Berdyansk, watercolour

September 12, 2023
Olesia Kharlamova | Berdyansk

Joining us this evening for Art at Council is Olesia Kharlamova and she has brought one of her watercolour paintings titled Berdyansk.
Olesia is originally from Ukraine and moved to Canada two months before the war started.

Creating art is a way for her to relax and feel calm, especially during times of war in her native country. She finds inspiration in nature, which remains beautiful even when the world around us is crumbling. Olesia is also inspired by the resilience of nature, which can recreate itself even after a nuclear disaster. She now lives in Port Moody, and the nature of British Columbia inspires her more than ever.

Through her art, she aims to convey a sense of peace and tranquility that can be found in nature and hopes that her work can help people find a moment of calm in their busy lives.

At this time, I would like to invite Olesia up to the podium. Welcome! Thank you so much for joining us.

Olesia's work can be seen at the upcoming Art 4 Life exhibition at PoMoArts September 14 through October 26.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 10 minute 18 second mark.

Kayla Rilling, Geometric Jaguar, acrylic spray paint

September 26, 2023
Kayla Rilling | Geometric Jaguar

Geometric Jaguar is the title of tonight’s Art at Council. This pop art painting made with acrylic spray paint is by local artist, Kayla Rilling.

Jaguars are nocturnal animals and their preference to hunt at night was what inspired the painting. The background represents the rainforest where jaguars live and the camouflage it provides to these hunters. The jaguar emerges in dark lighting, representing the nocturnal hunting patterns of jaguars.

Kayla created a series of geometric animal paintings titled I heART Animals, where she has hidden hearts in each of the paintings. Her other geometric animal paintings can be seen at PoMoArts as part of the Art 4 Life exhibition.

Kayla moved to Port Moody two years ago and says that living in Port Moody is amazing and the city has inspired her to express her creativity. She can look out her window and see natural beauty as well as other local artists sharing their talents! She says that she truly feels at home here and this is where she belongs.

Unfortunately, Kayla was unable to join us this evening, but we are delighted we could share her painting and passion for art with everyone.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 3 minute 35 second mark.

Geoff Cameron, Moody Blue, stone

October 10, 2023
Geoff Cameron | Moody Blue

Lapidary is the focus of tonight’s Art at Council, the art of working with gemstones. I am pleased to introduce Geoff Cameron, creator of the Moody Blue stone. Geoff has been with the Port Moody Rock & Gem Club for over 20 years and was taught the craft of hand polishing stones by other members. His most notable teacher was Cecil Smith, once B.C.’s oldest active lapidary member at 94 years old. After years of making stone cabochons, Geoff wanted to learn gemstone cutting and bought his own faceting machine. Through YouTube, his existing skills, and trial and error, he taught himself how to become a master gemstone cutter. Geoff also hand crafted the Centennial stone, which was gifted to the City in celebration of Port Moody’s 100-year anniversary in 2013 and is proudly on display in the Galleria.

The Moody Blue stone is part of the silent auction at this year’s annual Port Moody Rock & Gem Show “everything Rocks!”. The show runs this weekend, October 14 and 15, at Kyle Centre.

Welcome Geoff! Please make your way up to the speaker’s podium. I understand that you have brought the Moody Blue stone and a couple of cabochons samples for us to take a closer look.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 11 minute 32 second mark.

Peggy Scott Dunn, Fountain, watercolour

October 24, 2023
Peggy Scott-Dunn | Fountain

Joining us this evening for Art at Council is Peggy Scott-Dunn. Peggy is a long-time resident of Port Moody where she and her husband have raised three daughters. She has been actively involved in the community over the years from volunteering at Glenayre Elementary, as well as coaching, managing and being on the executive for Port Moody’s Girls softball and soccer clubs. Besides painting she is an avid curler and busy with her eight grandchildren.

Peggy has always been interested in drawing. She paints watercolours from photographs and added commissions and pencil drawings over the years. Tonight, she has brought along one of her watercolour paintings titled Fountain.

In the late 2000’s Peggy joined the Port Moody Art Association and has been their Show Coordinator for the past 10 years. This year’s 54th Annual Exhibition and Sale of Original Artwork takes place on November 4 and 5 at the Recreation Complex from 10am to 5pm on both days.

Hello Peggy!  Please make your way up to the podium.  Thank you for joining us this evening.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 6 minute 9 second mark.

Wendy Milne, Still Creek, acrylic and Val Philbrook, Relaxing Wolf acrylic

November 14, 2023
Wendy Milne | Still Creek
Val Philbrook | Relaxing Wolf

This evening we are pleased to share two artworks which were recently acquired by the City for our private collection. Each year a City Division is chosen to select artwork at the Port Moody Art Associations' annual show. This year, members and staff from Port Moody Police selected two pieces.

The first is Relaxing Wolf by Val Philbrook. This painting is based on a photograph taken by the artist while visiting the Northern Lights Wolf Centre near Golden, BC, where a rescued wolf looked very cute relaxing and sleeping.

The second piece is titled Still Creek and is by Wendy Milne. Wendy is part of a small group of artists that visits local spots to paint "plein air". This acrylic painting is inspired by an outing to Hockaday Park in Coquitlam where the artist was inspired by the different colours and shapes of the rocks, and the reflections on the water.

These two artworks will be hung at the Police Department, and we are thrilled to have these new additions to our artwork collection.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 48 second mark.

Nickie Lewis, Harriet the Hedgehog, cedar sticks, jute twine, burlap

November 28, 2023
Nickie Lewis | Harriet the Hedgehog

Nickie Lewis is an artist residing on the unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam first nations people, also known as Burnaby. She specializes in eco-friendly art created entirely out of natural organic materials such as cedar sticks, moss, and jute twine. Nickie endeavors to spread joy through magical, whimsical sculptures.

Her most recent public art projects included a solo exhibition at PoMoArts, a 12-sculpture project for the City of New Westminster, and 2 large scale projects through the ArtStarts program as an Artist in the Classroom grant recipient, as well as an upcoming Artist in Residence position in Port Coquitlam.

Nickie is also connected to Port Moody’s wildlife-friendly holiday decorating initiative which helps to protect wildlife and the environment in our parks, trails and natural areas. Nickie, with her special talent for working with natural materials, will be joining City staff at the Port Moody Farmer’s Market on Sunday, December 3 to show people how to make wild-life friendly decorations. The decorations can then be placed in Pioneer Memorial Park in a designated decorating area until February 11, 2024.

At this time, I would like to invite Nickie up to the speaker’s podium. Welcome and thank you for joining us this evening! We can’t wait to hear more about the sculpture you brought with you this evening.

The Council video archive can be viewed here.  Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 13 second mark.

Chiara Go, Caulfield School of Dance Voice Program

December 12, 2023
Chiara Go | Caulfield School of Dance Voice Program

We have a very talented young lady named Chiara Go joining us for Art at Council this evening. Chiara is 15 years old and a student of the Caulfield School of Dance Voice Program.

Chiara has been singing since before she could talk and started taking singing lessons at the age of 5. She loves musical theatre songs and the occasional classical song. She has won various voice competitions over the years and has also had the honour of representing the province at some of the competitions.

Chiara is also a dancer and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has won various awards in different dance styles. She has also performed with Ballet BC as one of the party girls in The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Chiara was accepted at Juilliard last summer to learn from well-known musical theatre instructors from around the world, which was a wonderful and memorable experience for her!

I would now like to ask Chiara to come up on stage to perform 2 songs. Welcome Chiara!

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 44 second mark.