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Sculpture exhibition opening: “Shards, Bone Deep,” by Otto Kamensek, April 17

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otto's opening split

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A Christmas Marketplace with a difference!

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.

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Port Moody Heritage House Tour: Snapshots past & present

Pleasantside Grocery Store, on Ioco Rd. in Port Moody

Pleasantside Grocery Store, on Ioco Rd. in Port Moody. On the Port Moody and Canadian historic registers, it was built in 1923 for Leander Philip Peltier. Source: Julia Tihanenoka

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A map of Port Moody in Metro Vancouver (shown in red). By TastyCakes via Wikimedia Commons

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This week, friends of ours surprised us with a lovely Sunday afternoon outing. Antonina Tihanenok called me, saying she and her daughter Julia, wanted to know if we’d be interested in taking the Heritage Society’s Port Moody Heritage House Tour. We jumped at the chance! Port Moody is a charming little town at the very end of the Burrard Inlet in SW British Columbia. We are proud of our town and its remaining heritage architecture. Our neighborhood, Moody Centre, is a heritage area and many homes here are on the historic register. Today, we started out at the museum, where we picked up our maps and ‘passports.’ At that time, we learned we were scheduled for afternoon tea in an hour and a half, so we decided to drive to the North Shore first.

Port Moody Heritage House Tour:

Pleasantside Grocery Store

The Tihanenokas bought the Pleasantside Grocery Store, a site that has heritage status, and they have big plans for the post-and-beam structure. The photo above shows the store in its heyday. The photo below shows the new architectural plans for the site. They envision a renovated and rebuilt store. The lot is huge, so it will include other commercial sites, as well. Stay tuned! We support them in their effort and hope the City of Port Moody approves their plan.

 Mark Falkenberg and Julia Tihanenok with her display at the Pleasantside Grocery Store

Julia Tihanenok, an architect with Non-Stop Design Ltd., on the right. Her plans for the Pleasantside Grocery Store site shown the background. My husband, Mark Falkenberg on the left. The Tihanenoka family envision renovating and rebuilding the store and building more commercial and living spaces on the huge lot.


Adjacent to the last house is this modified Arts and Crafts-style bungalow. Soofi took advantage of Port Moody's new carriage house bylaw, placing two houses on one lot. Faces Grant Street.

A modified Arts and Crafts-style bungalow, Alexander House. On Grant Street, it faces Moody Elementary.

 The front of the house, which sits on the corner of Grant and St. George Streets in Port Moody.

Judd House, which sits on the corner of Grant and St. George Streets in Port Moody.

Port Moody Heritage House Tour:

Judd House and Alexander House

After saying goodbye to Julia, we swung back around the waterfront and parked in our neighborhood, Moody Centre. Our first stop was at a couple of houses Fred Soofi renovated. Soofi took advantage of changes to the city bylaws that now allow carriage houses to be built on lots with existing houses. He had a home moved from Port Moody’s main street to a lot nearby, behind a home he’d already been renovating. To read about the house he moved, click here. The photos above show these two houses. Judd House was built in 1913 and was owned by one of the city’s founding aldermen, N.R. Britten. The heritage society pamphlet says “it is representative of the typical wood frame bungalows built during the interwar period.” The Alexander House, built in 1914, was owned by Ethel and Arthur Alexander. According to tour literature, it is “a variation of the Craftsman style with a cross gabled roof, partial width verandah supported by tapered columns.” (It is so nice to know these houses have been preserved. Monster houses are springing up all over our neighborhood, but there are some people who believe in the character of the area and Soofi is one of them.) From here, we dashed to the elementary school next door, plowing through cold rain. The Heritage Society’s afternoon tea took place at Moody Elementary. I always love events like this because you get to sit next to people you don’t know and, if you’re lucky, they’ll have a story or two. We scored. A mother and son were on the tour and he remembered when the family would stop off at the Pleasantside Grocery Store when he was a child. During the summer, they’d buy ice cream there on the way to nearby Belcarra Park.


Moisio House, St Johns Street, Port Moody. (Taken during a different season.)

Moisio House, St Johns Street, Port Moody. (Taken during a different season.)

Port Moody Heritage House Tour:

Moisio House

This next house was one with which we were familiar. It is one of my favorite houses and one day last spring, Mark walked down to take measurements of the columns…for a project we were planning. The house was built in 1912 by Esa Moisio, a millwright at the Thurston-Flavelle Mill. Recently, it had been owned by a church that had used it for a Sunday school and the interior had been greatly altered. The good news is that Fred Soofi bought it (for $10,000.00!!) and he will be moving it to a new lot in Port Moody to begin renovation to heritage standards. “It’s an Arts and Crafts style bungalow typical of the working class in the pre-WWI era. Interesting features include exposed rafters, open soffits, triangular eave brackets and full-width open verandahs on the front and rear of the house,” according to the tour pamphlet.


Hamel House, Henry Street, Port Moody

Hamel House, Henry Street, Port Moody

Chevalier House

Chevalier House, nearly in its original state. Henry Street, Port Moody.

Port Moody Heritage House Tour:

Hamel House and Chevalier House

After we returned home, we realized that it seemed like the homes on the tour had been chosen just for us, as they were favorites we’d often admired. The next two houses are just around the corner from us. I call this part of Henry Street the “Secret Street” because it’s tucked away. An arterial runs adjacent to it and few people see this block of little gems, all of which face south. We often walk past them, as they’re along a shortcut to downtown and the Port Moody Arts Centre, where I work in clay in the Open Studio. Mark has long admired Hamel House, which was built between 1909 and 1913 by Charles Hamel (Hamuel). It’s a 2 1/2 story house painted a lovely green with a metal roof. Tour info says that “it is believed that it served as a boarding house for mill workers.” I have idolized Chevalier House for years, but knew nothing of its history till today. The owners of both these houses showed tour-goers their own homes, giving us much information. Chevalier House is three stories and was built in 1909 by Theodore Chevalier and his sons. According to the historical society, Chevalier built the house with cedar he brought home from his workplace each day. He managed the shipping shed for the Thurston-Flavelle Mill. “The two story house had two apartments on the top floor. Both were accessed by staircases on the sides of the house.” Today, only one of the outside staircases remains, but the owner said the house has a total of five staircases! The historical society’s material also states that the Chevalier’s were one of the first Catholic family’s in Port Moody and that Mass was said in this house before St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was built, in 1912. We found this fact very intriguing because our cottage was the guest house of the rectory of this church. Unlike most houses, our front door isn’t in the front of our house. Instead it faces west, toward the area where the church once stood. The same goes for the former rectory which is next door to us to the west.

Truth be told, there were three more homes on the tour, post-war homes in a different part of town, one we’d have to drive to. Since we were so close to home, though, we decided to head back for a steaming bowl of gumbo. Our cat, Rosie, was happy to see us and now we’re having a nice evening in our own little heritage house. One of these years, maybe our abode will be part of the Port Moody Heritage House Tour!



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Raku benefit for Port Moody Arts Centre

Sylvia making beautiful flowers for Raku-U!

Sashay down to the
Port Moody Arts Centre this Sunday to take part in Raku-U, part of Art 4 U Day at the Port Moody Festival of the Arts 2012! Visit the City of the Arts to take part in a fun event for your whole family…. Artists have been hard at work making things for you! Choose your pieces, pay a small amount, decorate your artwork and watch it be fired in a dramatic outdoor kiln firing. Think creativity and come join others in downtown Port Moody!


Raku-U at Art 4 U Day

Port Moody Arts Centre

Sunday, September 23rd

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2425 St. Johns Street
(corner of St. Johns and Kyle Streets)
Port Moody, BC



Lily made some fun fish for you!

Otto showed me the zippy VW bugs he made for Raku-U!

There will be giraffes and other animals made by Gary!



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