A NEW DIGITAL SERIES AT POMOARTS

Welcome to The Artist Sessions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our gallery doors were closed, so we created The Artist Sessions to continue bring artists together. Each week we went live on Facebook with new artists discussing their work, the impact of COVID-19 on their art practice, and much more in engaging artist talks. Art keeps us grounded, connected, and inspired, and we hope to share it with you. Watch episodes of The Artist Sessions below.

Our Opening Receptions and Gallery Artist Talks continue to happen virtually on our Facebook Page. See what's on in the gallery!


February 25, 2021 | A Mysterious Attraction

Gravity is a fundamental force for our existence. Yet it’s very essence remains a mystery. In this body of work, the artists explore the force of gravity artistically, using it to create and activate pieces in this mixed media installation. The exhibition aims to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. View the complete digital exhibition here.



January 28, 2021 | Artist Talk with Mat Holmstrom

Timeless Pastimes shares imagery and objects that reflect the interests and traditions that inspire the artist and many Canadians across the land. People of all ages and backgrounds develop positive and important bonds through nature, sports, wildlife and more. Through difficult times, these pastimes are the glue to Canadian culture and help keep people unified, hopeful and inspired.


January 21, 2021 | Artist Talk with Ghislain Brown-Kossi

A French artist based in Vancouver, Ghislain Brown-Kossi’s work aims to understand how individuals interact with each other and how social relationships are transformed. As time passes he wonders if, as a society, we will break the walls and barriers between our diverse communities. People often fear new comers and change, but at the same time they would like to know more about them. “Are We Still Together”, addresses the feeling of disconnection, and spurs a dialogue in our communities.  



January 14, 2021 | Artist Talk with Sonya Iwasiuk

A body of work that corresponds with one of the most pressing current world issues – people fleeing their turbulent homelands searching for peace and prosperity. Iwasiuk’s multi-media installation is based on the First Wave of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. See her digital exhibition here.



December 3, 2020 | Blackberry Christmas Marketplace Meet the Artists

The annual Christmas Marketplace has become the signature event of the Blackberry Artist's Society.  This highly anticipated exhibition and sale attracts visitors from the Tri-Cities and beyond to shop from our artisan-decorated Christmas tree and find that special one-of-a-kind gift in our shop and expanded gallery space.



November 12, 2020 | Winter Treasures Opening Reception

A holiday shopping treat with COVID safety protocols in place. Winter Treasures artisan market is brimming with handcrafted gifts, art, décor, and fine craft items. Everything is created by BC artists, so there is always something new arriving. Tis’ the season to shop local, show loved ones you care, and support local artists! See the full digital exhibition



October 1, 2020 | Art 4 Life Opening Reception

Join PoMoArts Ceramic Artist in Residence Nolan Drew for a virtual artist talk and tour of his exhibition, Out of the Frame. Out of the Frame was inspired by the idea of motion; Nolan Drew hints at growth, regrowth, decomposition and denying the frame. The exhibition depicts a selection of Drew`s finished clay sculptures, married with his paintings, allowing the audience to see their origins in both two dimensions and three dimensions. Their relationship explores the connections between the world of painting and ceramics, connecting the sketch to the finished product. View the online gallery.



September 24, 2020 | Art 4 Life Opening Reception

Art 4 Life is a five-week exhibition that includes art, activities and events geared to the young and the young at heart. The goal is to cultivate artistic growth in our community by inspiring and engaging children, while raising opportunities for active participation and discussion, as well as cultural and environmental awareness and lessons on art appreciation. The benefits of an arts education affect every area of life and we want it to be a lifelong journey.


August 27, 2020 | Artist Talk with Gina Luke

Kwi Am Choi Scholarship Recipient Gina Luke discusses her solo exhibition, Treading Lightly.


August 20, 2020 | Artist Talk with Sylvan Hamburger

Kwi Am Choi Scholarship Recipient Sylvan Hamburger to discuss his solo exhibition Open House Press.


August 13, 2020 | Pushing the Boundaries Opening Reception

Watch the virtual opening reception of Pushing the Boundaries, a new exhibition by the Fraser Vallery Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.


August 6, 2020 | Anne Uebbing & Tamara Gorin

This week on The Artist Sessions, we are joined by the co-founder of Western Sky Books, Tamara Gorin, and the founder of Kinder Books, Anne Uebbing for a discussion of how local bookstores are weathering the pandemic, and the power of literature during this time.


July 30, 2020 | Martin Mayer

What is it like being a musician in a virtual age? On this weeks episode of The Artist Sessions, we're joined by Martin Mayer for live music and a discussion of the place of music in a pandemic.


July 16, 2020 | Creativity Lives Here

This biennial exhibition spotlights the art practices of PoMoArts talented visual arts teachers. With a passion for arts instruction, our teachers are leaders in their field and commit themselves to creating diverse learning experiences, sharing their creative skills and inspiring students of all ages. Now we celebrate them in Creativity Lives Here.



July 9, 2020 | Mini-Concert with Jessica Zraly

Join PoMoArts voice teacher Jessica Zraly for a virtual mini concert and talk back! Jessica will enchant us with a selection of music, and then sit down for discussion with Marketing Coordinator Caitlin Hill for a chat about how the transition from teaching in person to online has been, and what it's like to be a musician in a virtual age.



JUNE 25 | DEBORAH BAKOS | MELANIE ELLERY | TANNIS HOPKINS

Deborah Bakos, Melanie Ellery and Tannis Hopkins are established artists based in Vancouver, as well as members of the collective 13 Feet off the Ground. This group of 12 female artists first came together to participate in a residency program, 'Graniti Murales', in Sicily. Join us as we catch up with new projects for the collective and for the artists’ personal art practices. We’ll also look back at their 2018 PoMoArts exhibition “From Where We Stand”. 

View their Digital Gallery


June 18, 2020 | Linnea Perry, Peter Abando, & Paige Fraser

This week on The Artist Sessions, we're joined by Peter Abando, Linnea Antos, and Paige C. Fraser to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the performing arts sector.


June 11, 2020 | New Perspectives Opening Reception

Join the artists of New Perspectives on The Artist Sessions for discussions of their work, their inspiration, and how they are finding joy and hope in their current practice. 


May 21 & 28, 2020 | Igniting Hope Opening Reception

Join the artists of Igniting Hope on The Artist Sessions for discussions of their work, their inspiration, and how they are finding joy and hope in their current practice.


 


May 7, 2020 | Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson is known for his works examining narratives present in built urban environments and public interactions. His participation in several art residencies that included rural and remote locations gave him an opportunity to step outside of his usual environment. He shares his experiences at three residencies in Canada and abroad on The Artist Sessions.  

View Jeff's Digital Gallery.


April 30, 2020 | Eunkyo Kim -The Inner World

Eunkyo Kim’s highly imaginative paintings run the gamut from darkly humorous to joyful and healing and express her simple response to current events in this complex world. She practices mainly in oil, exploring her inner mind through imaginations and dreams.

See her complete Digital Exhibition.


April 23, 2020 | Kimberly Blackstock, Sarah Ronald, & April Lacheur

Although their painting styles and subject matter are quite different, these artists have much in common. Join us as we discover how their intense connection to the natural world has inspired their work, how they have juggled careers in other fields with their passion for creating and their experiences with the business of art.

See their Digital Gallery: https://spark.adobe.com/page/qVSFtAar3aMxK/


APRIL 16 | BRENNA QUAN, BEV ELLIS, AND BRYCE BARRY

Photographer Bryce Barry, sculptor and printmaker Bev Ellis, and botanical artist Brenna Quan, started PoMoArts 2019 exhibition season by creating a serene multisensory environment for Breathing Space. The exhibition was an ode to our West Coast woodlands and the artists’ expressions of a place to pause, reflect, and contemplate living with intention, meaning and mindfulness. 

See their Digital Gallery: https://spark.adobe.com/page/fHKeoplZ7exWR/