Picture this…a lovely room lit with winter light filtering through large windows…. The sills are wide and the ceilings high. It’s a lovely heritage building, Arts and Crafts-style; it’s the Port Moody Arts Centre and home to the Blackberry Artist’s Society. Dotted around the room are plinths festooned with festive paper and bows, neutral colors in contrast to the colorful artwork on display. You’ll find sparkling jewelry and rich hued weavings, lovely handmade paper. Ceramics, utilitarian and decorative, sit next to works of hand carved stone. Light shines through stained glass and framed paintings decorate the walls. Come see the delicate drawings, photography, and intarsia, hand-carved wooden toys…
But, what makes this a different marketplace? The select group of artisans who are members of this co-op devote themselves to their art throughout the year, exhibiting their work and selling it through their gift shop in the centre. To prepare for the Christmas Marketplace, each one of them has been working for months to bring you the best, the loveliest, the most beautiful of what they have created. When you walk into the centre, you’ll also be captivated by a Christmas tree just loaded with decorations made by the Blackberries. Between the tree, the exhibition and the on-site gift shop, you can experience and partake the best this unique Christmas Marketplace has to offer.
Stop by the Port Moody Arts Centre, located in the old City Hall building at the corner of St. Johns and Kyle in Port Moody. The Christmas Marketplace runs through December 23rd. Hours are from Mon.-Fri. 10-6 pm, Sat. 10-5 pm, and Sun. 12-4 pm.
Free artist demonstrations are ongoing: Nov. 30, ceramics with Pauline Doyle (took place today); Dec. 7, buttonmaking with Sarah Ronald, and Dec. 14, stonecarving with Tom Reid. Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping; come see us and you’ll meet a coop member who will be happy to talk about the artwork on display.