Friday, July 30, 2010

Tales from Summer Travels


Gentle reader, as you know by now, the Blackberry Artists are having a group exhibition in the arts centre. Our theme is Summer Travels and 20 of the artists have submitted works for the show.

The piece shown above is by ceramic artist Myrta Hayes and, sadly, is her second submission for the exhibition. The first 'bust' suffered a cruel blow when it shattered in the kiln. This version, sans cracked nipples, graces the display case in the Plum Gallery.

I'll let the artist say a few more words (but please - do go visit!)

"Remember, this piece of art is meant to be humorous, it is not meant to be realistic and some of its parts are greatly exaggerated for emphasis. It is functional as it can be used as a vase; I put glaze on the inside. The tag "Translink Bus Fare, WreckBeach" is made of clay, too, using lithography for text and the tattoo below the breast and on the back are also made using lithography."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

wordless wednesday: summer travels


slideshow of work for the Summer Travels exhibition in the Plum Gallery, in the arts centre, Port Moody - open now!

"Sun …water …gardens …travel …beaches …family fun …twenty members of the Blackberry Artist's Society have focused their diverse talents on a summer theme.  Working in glass, wood, stone, watercolour, acrylic, oil, metal, clay, fabric, paper and photography they have created fresh, local and unique works of art to celebrate everyone’s favourite season.  Come rain, come shine - the perfect souvenir of your “Summer Travels” is here."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer Travels Group Show


Beach Days EH, originally uploaded by Blackberry Artists.

Our Summer Travels group show is one of the current exhibitions at Port Moody Art Gallery.

Click on Events for details.

Monday, July 26, 2010

summer theme: butterfly flutterby

butterfly flutterby
detail from a painting by Eileen Harder

Summer is (usually) the season for really appreciating all things garden so this month the Blackberry Artists' blog is taking a virtual stroll for you into the lush herbaceous borders 'on our shelves'.

butterflies flutterbyes
cloth gift bag by Angela Holbrook

A garden, of course, is nothing without flowers and with the flowers come the butterflies.

flitterby flutterby
gift bag by Angela Holbrook

We have no shortage of beautiful butterflies in the giftshop ....

pinwheels
pinwheel paper art by Yolanda Cheung

.... or flowers!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Summer Travels group show

beach bracelet charms
detail from "Life's A Beach" sterling wire crochet bracelet by Amanda Maxwell

"Sun …water …gardens …travel …beaches …family fun …twenty members of the Blackberry Artist's Society have focused their diverse talents on a summer theme.  Working in glass, wood, stone, watercolour, acrylic, oil, metal, clay, fabric, paper and photography they have created fresh, local and unique works of art to celebrate everyone’s favourite season.  Come rain, come shine - the perfect souvenir of your “Summer Travels” is here."
 
Myrta Hayes-Destination Wreck Beach
Wreck Beach Bound - artist: Myrta Hayes

 The Blackberry Artists are taking part in a group show at the Port Moody Arts Centre. Members have been working in their own media on the theme "Summer Travels". The exhibition, opening Thursday July 22nd 6-8pm (nibbles and cash bar, the gift shop will be open too!), will run for the summer and work is available directly for sale.

Picnic Place DH
Picnic Place - artist: Del Holbrook

Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Theme: come into our garden

ceramics in bloom
ceramic ware poppies series by Jacqueline Sheridan

OK so bear with me gentle reader. These blog posts are written in advance and scheduled through the month. At the time of writing this the weather is Anything But Summery ...... but I'm hopeful (and recklessly optimistic).

flower power
ceramic jewelry by Myrta Hayes

Summer (nervous cough) is a time of ... sun. A time for being outside (suspnding disbelief) and enjoying the living world around us .....

in bloom
photographic canvas by Tracey Riddell

Dear reader, for those of you contemplating a staycation this year why not come for a stroll in our gift shop and enjoy the delights of our summer garden shelves?

foxgloves
foxglove detail from work by Vicki Allesia

We have an abundance of all kinds of flowers for your delight and entertainment.

And it might be a drier option than visiting Minter or Van Dusen.

fuzzy blossoms
wire and fibre flower bracelet by Amanda Maxwell

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

wordless wednesday: glorious copper

glorious copper
copper earrings by Urszula Petrykowska, meshwork by Amanda Maxwell

If copper's your metal .......

Saturday, July 10, 2010

pssssst! the HST

open door view
open door view into the gift shop

Blackberry Gift Shop won't be charging HST on its items - we're exempt!
What better excuse to visit and check out featured artist, Sarah Ronald's wonderful work or browse our shelves for that perfect summer souvenir?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July's featured artist: Sarah Ronald


This month's featured artist is photographer Sarah Ronald.

I should really correct myself here - this month's featured artist is Sarah Ronald whose amazingly vivid photography is on display in the gift shop during July. Her work ranges from incredible nature-inspired macro images of insects on flowers through quirky observations of architectural paraphernalia to vivid colour captures in the world around us. I find that each image is a totally new take on what we see around us in daily life.

Totally refreshing!



Sarah is much more than just a photographer; she also teaches youth art classes and runs her own creative business offering custom printing services. Her images can be printed traditionally or on to a range of alternative surfaces such as tiles, glass and ceramic (hint: you will have to visit the gift shop to learn how she does this!)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day

 
 
Happy Canada Day!

stained glass maple leaf from Margret Billings, paper art card from Valerie Gilbert