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

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.

Past Schedule

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.