Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Fibre Artist, Ceramic Artist, Art Group or Association, Mixed/Multi Media, Photo/Film Artist, Metal/Wood Artist, Glass Artist
In 1997 the City of Port Moody was looking for a group to provide a gift shop for the newly opened Port Moody Arts Centre. A variety of business models were studied, the artist-run shop was chosen and the Blackberry Artist’s Society (BAS) was formed. The mandate was to provide a place for local artists to show and sell their work, as well as provide volunteers to open the Arts Centre four afternoons a week as the Centre was unstaffed at the time. In 1999 The Port Moody Arts Centre Society took over management of the Centre from the City, removing pressure from BAS and greatly increasing traffic in the building. The Blackberry Artist’s Society has partnered with the Arts Centre in a variety of fundraising and awareness-raising events over the years:The Blackberry Tea, Light Up Port Moody, Light a Candle for Peace, Heritage Holidays, Art 4 U Family Day during the annual Festival of the Arts, Art in the Garden, the annual 6x6 Fundraising Exhibition, Car Free Day and a Fundraising Exhibition for the Arts Centre Endowment Fund. The Society's signature event is Christmas Marketplace. Held annually in November and December, Christmas Marketplace is our biggest, brightest and most anticipated event, offering gifts, collectibles and artworks for every budget and wish list.
Blackberry Artists Society - Gift Shop
Port Moody, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
The Blackberry Artist's Society is run entirely by its members; these artists and artisans volunteer a significant amount of their time and energy year round to help with the general operation of the society, and build upon the exciting opportunities to connect with the local community through their creative practice. The Society operates the only artist-run gift shop in the Tri-Cities area: The Blackberry Gift Shop, located inside the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St Johns Street, Port Moody - (read more about the shop under the Blackberry Gift Shop tab). The Society also maintains a showcase year round at the Port Moody Civic Centre (100 Newport Drive). The display cases are located on the stair landing leading to the 2nd floor of City Hall. The showcase is changed monthly featuring a single members' work, or at times a group display. All artwork in the showcase is made by hand and is available for purchase through the Blackberry Gift Shop by making arrangements directly with the shop or through the "Contact Us" form on this website. The Society maintains an ongoing connection to the community through our online social media efforts and by promoting our events in the community. We encourage you to sign up to receive our E-Newsletter by filling in the information on the 'Contact Us' page. Or follow one of our many social media links so you can be directly connected to your local artist's society. President: Del Holbrook Vice President: Violet Finvers Secretary: Luci Gimenes Treasurer: Vicki Allesia