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.

Schedule

Jack Prasad, Changing Colours Collection, acrylic

January 9, 2024
Jack Prasad | Changing Colours Collection

Tonight’s Art at Council is an acrylic painting by Jack Prasad. The painting is part of his Changing Colours Collection and has been part of the City’s Private Art Collection since 2010.

Jack, a self-taught artist, discovered his love of art as a young child growing up in the Fiji Islands. Early on he created very intricate pen and ink drawings of classic boats, motorcycles, and cars. After living in Canada for many years and appreciating the beautiful and scenic backdrops of the BC West Coast, his focus changed to forests and the ocean. Jack’s medium of choice is currently watercolour and acrylics. He adds brilliant dimension to his artwork by layering paint, sometimes even using fluorescent paints.

Jack has been part of Port Moody’s arts community for many years. He’s a member of the Port Moody Art Association and has exhibited at the Port Moody Arts Centre numerous times.

Unfortunately, Jack is not here with us this evening, but we are delighted to have this painting on display in City Hall.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 9 minute 37 second mark.

Melanie Olson, Targeted, mixed media

January 23, 2024
Melanie Olson | Targeted

Melanie Olson is the focus of tonight’s Art at Council, and she is joining us via Zoom. Melanie is a perpetually inquisitive individual, who possesses an unwavering determination to transform her imaginative concepts into tangible realities. Having spent two decades immersed in scientific laboratories throughout Canada, Melanie's insatiable curiosity also led her to explore the boundaries of various art materials. Consequently, she has now evolved into a mixed media artist.

Melanie is sharing a piece titled Targeted, which happens to be the first piece she created for the exhibition of the same name currently on at PoMoArts. Targeted is a body of work that delves into the depths of human emotions, capturing the essence of the devastating aftermath of enduring relentless emotional abuse. She created the series to look back and identify all the little signs so many people in abusive relationships miss. And to share those signs, and remove the shame of it in a big, loud, and overt way.

At this time, I’d like to invite Melanie to say a few words. Welcome Melanie. Thank you for being with us this evening!

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 34 minute 30 second mark.

Sade Alexis, Rosemary Brown, ink and watercolour

February 13, 2024
Sade Alexis | Rosemary Brown

In celebration of Black History Month, POMO Museum is presenting Hope Meets Action: Echoes Through the Black Continuum. The exhibition is written, told and designed by Black voices and reclaims and retells the complicated history of stolen people on stolen land, and how the contributions of Black leaders echo across the centuries into the present.

We are fortunate to have an ink and watercolour painting by Sade Alexis , a Black Woman artist and illustrator. Sade’s work focuses on the ways in which Blackness can be understood and celebrated through art, in all its complexities and intricacies. The subject of her painting is Rosemary Brown, adorned with flowers from her homeland of Jamaica.

Rosemary Brown was born on June 17, 1930 in Kingston, Jamaica and emigrated to Canada in 1951. Rosemary attended Gill University and the University of British Columbia, receiving her BA and Master of Social Work. During this time, she encountered pervasive discrimination which led to her fight for justice for both Black people and minorities across Canada.

In 1972 Rosemary was elected and served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of British Columbia as a member of the New Democratic Party. She was the first Black Canadian woman to be elected to a Canadian provincial legislature. While an MLA she advocated on behalf of the elderly, the disadvantaged, immigrants, people with disabilities, and discrimination based on race or sex. Rosemary served the people of B.C. until 1979 when she retired and became a professor of Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She passed away in Vancouver in 2003.

Throughout her life Rosemary received many awards including the Order of British Columbia in 1995 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996.

The exhibition’s Opening Reception is taking place right now, so no one from POMO Museum was able to join us this evening. The show will be on display until April 22, and we invite and encourage everyone to learn more about Rosemary Brown and other Black leaders.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 10 minute 7 second mark.

Gwynne Halliwell, A Quiet Corner, oil

February 27, 2024
Gwynne Halliwell | A Quiet Corner

A Quiet Corner, painted by Gwynne Halliwell, is a scene from an English Garden in a London suburb. It is painted in oil and the City purchased it as part of its art collection in 1999.

Gwynne emigrated with her family from England to Ontario in 1966 and moved to B.C. in 1984. Gwynne had a great love of nature and was a talented artist who began painting in 1980 at nearly 60 years of age. She painted mostly landscapes and generally in oils. Her many beautiful paintings grace private homes and areas throughout the Lower Mainland.

She was a resident of Port Moody and a member of the Port Moody Art Association for over 30 years, leaving the group only a few years before she passed away in 2016 at age 95. A number of her paintings were sold at the annual Port Moody Art Association Show depicting B.C. landscapes and English gardens.

We are delighted to share Gwynne’s painting with everyone this evening.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 44 minute 37 second mark.

Denise Jeffrey, Large Wavy Rim Tafoni Bowl, ceramic and porcelain

March 12, 2024
Denise Jeffrey | Large Wavy Rim Tafoni Bowl

Tonight’s Art at Council comes to use from Denise Jeffrey, a Burnaby based ceramic artist. The piece, a large wavy rim tafoni bowl, is part of the Tafoni: Weathering exhibition opening this Thursday at PoMoArts.

Denise is not here with us this evening, but we like to take a moment to share some information about the show. Since Denise’s childhood on an East Coast Island, she has always been a little obsessed with patterns – particularly the seemingly random patterns found in nature. Grooves and depressions created in the vulnerable red sandstone of the Maritime Provinces were - to her - tidal treasure traps holding bits and pieces from places unseeable. This interest has only deepened since Denise’s move to B.C. and her introduction to the deeply textured rock formations known as tafoni found along the West Coast and its islands. With every visit to the shore, Denise’s curiosity and fascination invariably prompts her to carry home some sticks, stones, and shells that would make great study subjects and reminders. Ceramics offers her an opportunity to capture and communicate what she is seeing and feeling in a more expansive way - a challenge Denise felt worth pursuing in this time of environmental uncertainty and tumultuous change.

While creating work for this show she found herself thinking of waves and the action of waves on both small and large scales. It was the energy embodied by wave action that took hold of Denise and had her creating (or trying to create) images of ocean waves. At the same time, she wanted to capture that sense of energy that we feel all around us when we visit a shoreline - be it the big wild waves or ripples lapping a pebble beach. Intermixed in all of this is the weather we have been experiencing in recent years. We now recognize terms like Polar vortexes, atmospheric rivers, and jet streams as uncontrollable forces of change in weather. In her understanding, these are all forms of wave energy that work on a global scale. A reminder perhaps that what happens locally on a small scale has echoes and/or implications around the globe.

We are pleased to share Denise’s artwork this evening and encourage everyone to check out more of her work at PoMoArts starting March 14 through May 6.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 24 minute 35 second mark.

Zbigniew Kupczynski
March 26, 2024
Zbigniew Kupczynski | Eva and Frankie

For tonight’s Art at Council, I am pleased to highlight an artist and an artwork from the Polish Canadian Art Fusion Exhibition currently on in the Galleria until March 27.

The piece that we have this evening is an acrylic on canvas painting titled “Eva with Frankie”.

The artist, Zbigniew Kupczynski (pronounced zbig-niev cup-CHIN-skee), is a Polish Canadian artist who was born in Wilno (Will-no), Poland, immigrated to Canada in 1971, and recently passed away at the age of 95.

Zbigniew studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (pronounced wrote-swaf) and later in Paris. He has exhibited in Europe & the US and was called “one of the wild boys of Polish Art” by the New York Times.

After immigrating to Canada, Zbigniew opened a gallery on South Granville with his wife Eva, a renowned tapestry artist. A second gallery was later opened in Yaletown.

Known for his unique and distinguished style, he left behind hundreds of paintings that are part of many collections worldwide including the estate of former US President Richard Nixon, the late Pope John II, former Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper & many others.

I hope that you take the opportunity to view this artwork and the rest of the Polish Canadian Art Fusion Exhibition currently on in the Galleria until March 27. 

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 52 minute and 15 second mark.

Jason Young, Dex

April 9, 2024
Jason Young | Dex
For tonight’s art at council we are sharing a piece titled Dex, by artist Jason Young. Jason is currently having his first solo exhibition at PoMoArts.Jason holds a Bachelors degree in Communications Design from Emily Carr University. After completing school in 2008 he worked as a freelance graphic designer, then in 2017 left the industry to focus on his art practice.

Jason is a mixed-media artist, educator, and writer with life-long experiences of mental health challenges. Jason identifies as queer and neurodivergent. His artwork strives to investigate the space between queerness and abstraction through deconstructed portraiture, honoring members of Vancouver's Queer community. Jason hopes to find new ways of conveying identities, emotions, and narratives through his paintings.

Here is a quote from the artist:"I create work out of a desire for connection and healing — to better understand myself, my place in the world, and others. My work explores the intersections between painting and drawing, art and psychology, self and other." 

This piece, Dex, is a prime example of Jason's intuitive, abstract, mixed-media paintings. These works are process-based, meaning the artist uses a consistent method (with all sitters) to capture the energy of the moment and the intimacy between himself and the sitter. 

These portraits attempt to interpret the subject's identity by transcribing the physical and psychic space between the artist and the subject through intuitive, bold mark-making and color.

If you would like to see this original painting and hear more about his work, Jason will be providing a free artist talk and tour of his exhibit this Thursday, April 11th, from 7:00pm to 9:00 p.m. at PoMoArts.Jason’s exhibition Relational / Reflexive is on display at PoMoArts through May 6th

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 1 hour 2 minute 36 second mark.

Past Schedule

In 2023, there were a total of 21 Art at Council presentations and can be viewed here.

In 2022, there were a total of 17 Art at Council presentations and can be viewed here.

In 2021, there were a total of 18 Art at Council presentations and can be viewed here.

In 2020, there were a total of 17 Art at Council presentations and can be viewed here.