Each Port Moody Regular Council meeting begins with a featured art presentation. Local performers and artists can request to showcase their art through the Art at Council program. This gives artists an opportunity to share their work with the public and educates Council on the cultural projects taking place throughout our city. Previous presentations have included paintings, sculptures, photography, film, music, sketches, artifacts, dance, and a variety of other forms of artistic expression.


01-14-20 Art at Council, Arlene Connolly, View from the Edge

January 14, 2020
Arlene Connolly | View from the Edge

View From The Edge is the title of tonight’s Art at Council. It is an acrylic painting by Arlene Connolly. Arlene is a member of the Port Moody Art Association, and this piece will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the Arts Centre titled Sea to Sky opening January 23.

Painting is Arlene’s way of connecting with others. When she creates something it lets others know exactly what she sees and how she feels about the world around her.

The majority of Arlene’s work is inspired by nature and she is always humbled by the beauty and the power of the natural world. She has a passion for detail, shapes, lines and colour with most of her work being rather graphic and stylized. Arlene’s favorite medium is watercolour for smaller work and acrylic for larger pieces, but she also enjoys working with ink and combinations of all three.

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

01-28-20 Art at Council, StreetArts Community Banners, Trees

January 28, 2020
StreetArts Community Banners | Trees

The City’s StreetArts Banner Program is comprised of three components: Community, Student and Artist-designed banners, and tonight’s Art at Council will be a selection of Community banners.

On January 18 and 19, the City of Port Moody hosted the annual Community Banner Painting Sessions in the Galleria. Thirty designed banners and ten duplicate banners were painted over the weekend. The banners painted on Sunday are currently on view in the Galleria, and six of the Saturday banners are presented here tonight.

Every year, the Arts and Culture Committee selects a banner design theme and this year’s theme was Trees.

Thank you to all who participated and your enthusiasm for this fun event!

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 50 second mark.

02-11-20 Art at Council, Ioco Imperials Baseball Uniform, Port Moody Station Museum archive

February 11, 2020
Ioco Imperials | Baseball Uniform

It feels like spring is just around the corner and for some that means it’s time for baseball and spring training!

Tonight’s Artifact at Council is an Ioco Imperial baseball uniform. The uniform, consisting of a jersey and pants, was donated to the Port Moody Station Museum by Mrs. Pat Hanson, and was worn by her husband, Mr. Frederick (Fred) Hanson Jr.

Ioco was home to one of the province's best baseball teams in the 1920’s. It is known that many men kept their jobs at the refinery based on the fact that they were excellent ball players. The photograph on display tonight is a picture of the 1923 team which were the winners of the BC Senior Baseball Championship. In fact, the Ioco Imperials won the championship twice in the 1920’s.

The front of the jersey has “Imperials” stitched along the front, and “Ioco” down the right sleeve, and there are 3 stars stitched on the back. If you look closely at the jersey you will see the inside tag states “Made in Canada” and has a Spalding logo.

Thank you to the Port Moody Station Museum for providing us with tonight’s Port Moody artifacts.

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

02-25-20 Art at Council, Amal Film Trailer, Port Moody Film Society

February 25, 2020
Film Trail | Amal 

The Port Moody Film Society was established in 2000 and their mission was to encourage an appreciation of film and film making, showcase films and filmmakers, and to provide opportunities for regular viewings, annual festivals and film screenings at special events.

The film society publicly screens high quality independent films from around the world. They are a unique film society in that they select all the films they scree, unlike most film societies that work through an established film circuit.

Their annual Port Moody Canadian Film Festival is celebrating a big milestone – it is now in its 20th year! They are presenting the Best of the Fest, the Board’s pick of the 6 best films presented over the past 20 years. The 4 day film festival runs March 12 – 15.

We have Mick Andic of the Port Moody Film Society here with us this evening. I understand Mick is going to tell us a little more about next month’s film festival, and will even share a trailer of the film Amal.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 3 minute 2 second mark.

You can view the Amal film trailer here.

Maria Palotas, Soda-fired Stoneware - Large Lattice Plate

March 10, 2020
Maria Palotas  |  Lattice Plate

Maria Palotas is the talented artist behind tonight’s Art at Council. The soda-fired stoneware is a large lattice plate.

Maria, who is originally from Hungary, developed an interest in the arts as a young child. She immigrated to Canada in 1988 and made B.C. her home in 1999. She is a member of the Tri City Potters and is part of their Earth, Form, Fire exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre on until April 16. Maria’s works adorn homes and offices throughout Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

For Maria, pottery is a multi-faceted art. Its 3 dimensional expression allows her to bridge functional form with sculpted creation. For the past 3 decades, pottery and arts and craft making have allowed Maria to integrate drawing, painting and sculpting with her artistic vision of form and colour.

Making artistic and craft pieces is her life, and her passion is to practice as well as share it with others.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 3 minute 36 second mark.

04-14-20 Art at Council, Alison White, Port Moody Heritage

April 14, 2020
Alison White | Port Moody Heritage

Tonight’s artwork is a mixed media painting by local artist Alison White, and has been part of the City’s private at collection since 2000.

The painting, titled Port Moody Heritage, represents the heritage of Port Moody where Alison’s husband’s grandfather lived along St. Johns Street. The homes were painted colourfully to symbolize the expectancy of a good future during that era.

On a side note: Alison’s husband’s grandfather was A.B. White and served as a Port Moody Alderman in 1913, and the house he lived in is still standing.

Alison has always painted heritage homes, whether in Port Moody, Ioco or Belcarra, enjoying the architecture and imagining what it was like to live in those times.

Alison is quite active in the local arts community. She has been a member of the Port Moody Art Association for thirty years, holding positions of Secretary, President and currently Treasurer. She is also a member of the Blackberry Artist’s Society and the Passionate Outdoor Painters.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 49 minute mark.

Gillian McMillan, earthenware, St. George Street

April 28, 2020
Gillian McMillan | St. George Street 

Tonight we are featuring another work of art from the City’s private collection. The 3D piece is by local artist Gillian McMillan and is titled St. George Street.

It is a ‘Pope’s Hat plate’, a wide-rimmed platter with a traditional Italian shape, in maiolica, a fine earthenware with coloured decoration on an opaque white tin glaze usually featuring istoriato, decorated with animals, flowers or other designs that have a narrative or symbolic purpose. Gillian’s earthenware version is painted with her coloured slips and clear-glazed. Three of the houses in this imaginary cul-de-sac are within a block of her home and the fourth is actually her own house (the ochre yellow one) on St. George Street.

The Port Moody Arts Centre opened its doors in 1996 and Gillian was there for 3 years as one of two ceramic Artists-in-Residence, and she also helped establish the ceramics department. It was also during this time that the St. George Street plate was created, and then displayed at a solo exhibition. Former Councillor Ann Hulbert attended the opening and decided it should have a home in City Hall where is has been proudly on display since then.

Gillian is still busy creating pieces in her home studio and an active and founding member of the Tri-City Potters.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 4 minute 35 second mark.

Christy Dunsmore, mixed media, A River Runs Through It

May 12, 2020
Christy Dunsmore | A River Runs Through It

Joining us this evening for Art at Council is Christy Dunsmore. She’s a local artist, and is also an instructor at the Port Moody Arts Centre.

Christy grew up in a home with a mother that was an amazing artist and a father that was an accountant, and over the years, she’s tried to honour that left/right brain duality gifted to her via her gene pool.

Christy loves science and her first studies at university were in microbiology. Then she returned to do a degree in Fine Arts, focusing on drawing and printmaking as well as Asian Art studies. Then Christy returned again to study creative writing. And in between her art studies, she worked in the worlds of advertising and architecture. Christy’s career has included extensive work as an illustrator, copywriter, editor and administrator. But no matter what she’s doing, her goal has always been to encourage others and help them find what’s important to them, to help them find the story within.

Tonight, Christy is presenting one of her mixed media paintings titled A River Runs Through It. Welcome Christy! Thank you for joining us! We would love to hear the story behind this piece.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 10 second mark.

Present your art

Are you interested in presenting your art at a future Regular Council meeting? Please contact the Cultural Services Events Assistant to make arrangements.