Celebrate Fall in Port Coquitlam With Art Exhibitions and More

Port Coquitlam residents will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the arts with the opening of two new art exhibitions in Leigh Square.

Chun Ping (Claire) Huang’s work On View from a Distance – colourful abstract paintings inspired by architecture -will be featured at the Michael Wright Art Gallery. Kaitlyn Beugh’s work Capturing a Wave – relating the human impact to the ocean to waves on paper – will be featured at the Outlet Gallery.

The opening reception for both exhibitions will be on October 22 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required as attendance will be limited. COVID-19 safety protocols, including contact tracing and screening will be required prior to entry. Facial coverings will be required when physical distancing can not be maintained.

To register for the opening, or to make an appointment to view the exhibitions, see portcoquitlam.ca/exhibitions.

Also as part of Culture Days, a national celebration of arts and culture, be sure to take in the following free programming in Port Coquitlam:


  • Enjoy virtual performances by Wild Moccasin Dancers and Mexico Vivo Folklore Dance Group available at culturedays.ca/bc – part of the Terry Fox Library’s Culture Days hub.
  • Be inspired by Lions Park Artist-in-Residence Cherry Lu’s virtual artist talk and residency memoir at portcoquitlam.ca/air
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of public art in downtown offered by the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society. Download a map of the Heritage Art Walk at pocoheritage.org.
  • Join the Heritage Writers’ Group virtual session on “The Ghosts of Halloween Past” on October 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No preparation required – just a pen, paper or computer. Sign up at pocoheritage.org.

Little Free Libraries across the City, including Castle Park, Aggie Park and Evergreen Park will also reopen over the month. Users are required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols posted at the sites, including handwashing or sanitizing and quarantining materials for 72 hours. Visit portcoquitlam.ca/littlelibrary for more information.

Registration is also now open for PoCo Heritage’s 8th Annual Christmas Tree Festival at pocoheritage.org. This year’s festival will focus on tiny trees. Families, businesses and community groups are invited to create a small tree (20 inches maximum) to be featured in a large festive Christmas Tree Display in the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives windows.

All tree entries will also be posted on the PoCo Heritage’s website and social media platforms. The tree with the most community votes will be awarded with a prize and eternal bragging rights.

For more information about the City’s arts and culture programs visit portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare.



Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Admin Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5335 Cel 604.218.0533
Email purewalp@portcoquitlam.ca