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

Community Art Engagement Project led by Sara Graham, Starlit Train, shadow play

January 12, 2021
Community Art Project led by Resident Artist, Sara Graham  | Starlit Train

We are kicking off Art at Council with a community art engagement project that was led by our Resident Artist, Sara Graham, titled Starlit Train.

Sara is joining us this evening to share some background on the project, as well as screening 2 short videos of behind-the-scenes and the final installation. Welcome Sara! Thank you for joining us this evening. 

A few of Sara's talking points included:

  • Starlit Train was a holiday-themed shadow play community art project where community members were asked to contribute a train or star artwork to the final design.

  • Two public engagement opportunities were held outside of the library (November 28 and December 5) to safely distribute 147 art kits.

  • Each kit included a template for a train and star, instructions and coloured cellophane.

  • A PDF was available online for community members that did not want to pick up a kit in person.

  • Outreach to community also included Port Moody schools, and also distributed 101 kits to the Recreation department's preschool and youth programs.

  • A grand total of 175 submissions were received.

  • Unfortunately, due to COVID health regulations, we were unable to promote the unveiling of Starlit Train on December 17. Starlit Train ran nightly from sunset to 1:30am until January 3.

  • Making a collaborative artwork in a pandemic is very challenging, but Sara was overwhelmed with pride with the number of submissions she received.

  • Both engagement dates were sunny and there was so much interest from the public on the project. It was a bright spot on a rather unexpected rainy holiday season.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 7 minute 40 second mark.

Don Portelance, The Arrival of the First Transcontinental Train, July 4, 1886, Hand pulled Lithograph

January 26, 2021
Don Portelance | The Arrival of the First Transcontinental Train, July 4, 1886

The City’s private art collection includes 3 artworks by Don Portelance, a local professional artist and art teacher. Two of the artworks are watercolour paintings titled Harbour Fantasy and Lillian Packs a Fish.

But the focus this evening is the third artwork, a hand-pulled lithograph titled The Arrival of the First Transcontinental Train, July 4, 1886.

We are delighted that Don is able to join us to give us a bit of insight on the creation of the piece.

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties Don was unable to connect with the online meeting and provide background on the artwork.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 6 minute 5 second mark.

Don Portelance, The Arrival of the First Transcontinental Train, July 4, 1886, Hand pulled Lithograph

February 9, 2021
Don Portelance | The Arrival of the First Transcontinental Train, July 4, 1886

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties we were unable to connect with Don Portelance for Art at Council at the last Council meeting. Fortunately those issues have been resolved, and I am pleased that he has agreed to join us this evening.

Don is a local professional artist, as well as an art teacher. We have three of his artworks in the City’s collection, and this evening we will be focusing on The Arrival of the First Transcontinental Train, July 4, 1886, a hand-pulled lithograph.

We are looking forward to hearing more about the creation of the lithograph.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 40 second mark.

 

Ulla Supelov, Golden Ears Park - Shoreline, acrylic

February 23, 2021
Ulla Supelov | Golden Ears Park - Shoreline

This evening’s Art at Council is by Ulla Supelov. Ulla is a nature lover. This acrylic painting is a reflection of one of her many walks and is aptly titled Golden Ears Park – Shoreline.

Ulla grew up in Finland in an artistic family and was exposed to many aspects of art. She studied ceramic painting, along with watercolour and acrylic painting, with well-known artists.

Moving to Canada, especially to beautiful BC, provided Ulla with an opportunity to express her love of nature in her paintings. She is inspired and moved by the colourful patterns and shades of light, trees dancing in the wind, and water falling and splashing along the shoreline. She says “It’s a pleasure to capture changing seasons with her brush and paint”.

Ulla is a member of the Port Moody Art Association and this painting was acquired by the City at their annual Show and Sale in 2014.

The Council video archive can be viewed here. Art at Council begins at the 2 minute 27 second mark.

Past Schedule

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