Culture Days

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The City has closed the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, Hyde Creek Centre, Terry Fox Library, Outlet and the Gathering Place. Services are also being limited at City Hall and other city facilities to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Join us for Port Coquitlam’s Culture Days events in Leigh Square and Downtown.

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. 

Read through the Culture Days page to find out more about this year’s festivities.

Feature Events

Exhibition Opening Reception
The Michael Wright Art Gallery
#200-2253 Leigh Square
Port Coquitlam, BC

The City of Port Coquitlam invites the public to two new art exhibitions featuring the work of Nadine Flagel, and Jennie Johnston. The exhibitions will open with a free reception on October 14, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Michael Wright Art Gallery (2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam) and adjacent Outlet Gallery (2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam).

The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG) presents Snagged, a solo exhibition by Nadine Flagel. Nadine is a self-taught textile and fibre artist whose mission is making art out of “making do.” She is interested in the repurposing of both texts and textiles. Both practices rely on cutting up existing text(ile)s, on aesthetic and sensual appeal, on thrift, and on putting old things into new combinations, thereby intensifying and multiplying meanings.

The Outlet Gallery presents a collection of work from our Fall Artist-in-Residence, Jennie Johnston. Jennie grew up in rural Quebec and has a Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her work studies the human condition as it relates to nature, social justice and ancestry.

On the journey to find her artistic voice she began combining traditional craft techniques like embroidery and quilting with painting and fabric design. Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year Jennie was Artist-In-Residence at Forest Grove Elementary school in Burnaby. During the residency over 300 students worked to create 4 unique quilts and learn traditional and artistic textile skills. Her work is featured alongside other Western Canadian artists in the beautiful Imago Mundi Oh West Canada! Book and has been shown in group shows in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, the U.S. and Italy.

Sew-In Mix & Mingle by Jennie Johnston
The Outlet
110-2248 McAllister Avenue
Port Coquitlam, BC

Saturday Sept 25 from 1:00-3:00pm
Tuesday Oct 5 from 4:00-6:00pm
Saturday Oct 23 from 1:00-3:00pm

Mending and stitching have been a source of connection for centuries. Gather around the table with Artist-in-Residence Jennie Johnston and mend a piece of clothing, knit, crochet, or hand stitch in a friendly studio atmosphere. Supplies will be available for trying out new skills like embroidery or using a sewing machine and all are welcome whether you are new to textiles or experts! Bring a non-alcoholic beverage and enjoy a chat in the community. Register at www.portcoquitlam.ca/register

Gimme Shelter Blanket Fort Experience by Jennie Johnston
Leigh Square
Port Coquitlam, BC

Saturday Oct 2 from 1:00-4:00pm

As a response to the isolation of COVID-19 stay-home measures, Gimme Shelter was created to convey a sense of peace and solace, just like a child feels inside a homemade blanket fort. Join our Artist-in-Residence, Jennie Johnston, to visit the blanket fort and add your own words of calm and tranquility. Speak another language? Write out a word on provided cards and attach them to the blanket as we expand the messages to everyone in our community.

Get Hooked by Rug Hooking by Nadine Flagel
Michael Wright Art Gallery
#200-2253 Leigh Square
Port Coquitlam, BC

Saturday, Oct 16 from 2:00-4:00pm

This hands-on workshop is a quick introduction to hand-hooking rugs and will appeal to those who want to extend the life of textiles. Surrounded by the vibrant textural layers of the Snagged rug exhibition, students will learn from the artist how to create a rug pile, experiment with different types of fabric, learn directional hooking, and various stitches.

Participants do not need to bring anything but will take home skills and knowledge instead of a project. The workshop offers the opportunity to try the artist’s tools and to practice under their guidance. For participants who want to explore further after the class, basic rug hooking supplies will be available for purchase (optional). Register at www.portcoquitlam.ca/register