Summer in the City

Port Coquitlam Farmers Market

The Port Coquitlam Farmers Market is back up and running outside at the Terry Fox Hometown Square (behind Port Coquitlam Community Centre) on Thursdays from 3-7 pm until September 29. Come out to enjoy fresh food and other products while supporting our local farmers and businesses.

Visit farmersandmore.org for more information.

Shaughnessy Pop-Up Park

Bigger, Better Pop-Up Park

Take a break or enjoy your lunch in the bigger, better Shaughnessy Pop-up Park, a downtown oasis.

Lions Park Artist-in-Residence

Meet Port Coquitlam’s new Artist in Residence in Lions Park, Kaitlyn Beugh. Working in nature, Kaitlyn inspires others to connect deeper with the land they are on, whether through a creative process or simply by sitting with nature and paying attention to the nuances of the life that surrounds them. During her residency, she will collaborate with local residents, as well as the plants, river, rain, wind, and sun in Lions Park. She has a keen interest in finding unique ways of creating art using invasive plant species growing in the park.

Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Workshops

Invasive Species Walk (all ages)

Join Lions Park Artist-in-Residence, Kaitlyn Beugh, on a short yet immersive walk through Lions Park. During this walk Kaitlyn will introduce participants to several invasive species growing in Lions Park park, share how they may have gotten here, what they do, and ways participants can incorporate them into their art making. Following the walk, colouring pages featuring select invasive species will be available, along with paper and basic art materials such as crayons, pencils and erasers. Enjoy a fun afternoon with friends and family, and create some art inspired by all the invasive plants and other discoveries in Lions Park. It is recommended that participants bring a chair or blanket to sit on for the drawing portion of the workshop following the walk.

*Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Eco-Printing (16+)

Join Lions Park Artist-in-Residence, Kaitlyn Beugh, in exploring eco-printing using natural materials from Lions Park and surrounding areas. During this workshop, participants will use plant material and iron water on fabric to create unique prints. These fabric prints will then be installed as part of a larger art installation in Lions Park. Each workshop will vary, as the group will focus on one method of eco-printing each session using the natural materials available at the time.

*This workshop is not suitable for young children. Having an up to date tetanus shot is recommended as we may be working with materials that have been in contact with iron water during the workshop.

Drawing with the Rain Garden (all ages)
Join Lions Park Artist-in-Residence, Kaitlyn Beugh, and witness the rain garden as it takes form. Sit alongside it sketching your favourite parts during these open studio sessions with the artist. Colouring pages inspired by the rain garden and blank paper will be available, along with basic art materials such as crayons, pencils, and erasers. Feel free to bring any other art material you’d like to use during the session. It is recommended that participants bring a chair or blanket to sit on for the duration of the workshop.

*Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Eco-Printing Thursday, July 28th from 1pm-3pm
   
Invasive Species Walk Tuesday, August 16th from 5pm-7pm
Eco-Printing Tuesday, August 23rd from 5pm-7pm
   
Invasive Species Walk Sunday, September 11th from 10am-12pm
Eco-Printing Sunday, September 18th from 10am-12pm
Drawing with the Rain Garden Sunday, September 25th from 10am-12pm
Art Exhibitions in Leigh Square

The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG), Outlet Gallery, City Hall Gallery, and Port Coquitlam Community Centre feature a rotating program of exhibitions by local and regional artists. The exhibitions advance knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by integrating art into community life and contributing significantly to the cultural landscape of Port Coquitlam.

Shelter in Place by Lacey Jane Wilburn

Michael Wright Art Gallery #200-2253 Leigh Square
June 29, 2022 – September 27, 2022

This series of expressive and intimate paintings illuminate the altering relationships to private and domestic space as a result of the pandemic. As a global society, we are undeniably living in a time of separation and distance. “Throughout this experience, I have been both challenged and deeply compelled by my domestic world, my relationship to the rooms in my home are becoming radically more important.” These works are about probing into the quiet moments of indoor solitude, the personal areas of human life that are often overlooked, or considered as incidental.

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Artist Talk with Lacey Jane Wilburn
Join us on Wednesday, July 27th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Michael Wright Art Gallery for an artist talk with exhibiting artist Lacey Jane Wilburn.

Inside Euphoria by Kristy Shandal

Outlet Art Gallery #110-2248 McAllister Avenue
June 29, 2022 – September 27, 2022

In this pandemic, our homes can sometimes feel more like prisons. I hope to renew the vibrancy and scope for life that still exists within everyday moments and everyday spaces. The subject matter of these works features domestic routines – washing dishes, opening the fridge, taking a bath – through the lens of an embodied ritual. With this exhibition, I hope to instill in the viewer a sense of appreciation for the beauty of daily life.

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The Peaceful Places We Seek​​ by Charlotte Heffelfinger

City Hall Gallery 2580 Shaughnessy St
June 29, 2022 – September 27, 2022

Charlotte is a self-taught, mixed-media artist from Port Coquitlam. Her art is solely inspired by the places that bring solitude: the mountains, the forests, the peaceful places we seek. Her works are created using acrylic, watercolours, and fine pen.

“Let my art create a tranquil place for your mind to wander and escape.” – Charlotte

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Santorini – a Parable of Planning, Patience and Persistence by Manfred Kraus

Port Coquitlam Community Centre 2150 Wilson Ave
June 29, 2022 – September 27, 2022

These images capture the astonishing beauty of Santorini, Greece and reflect on the parable between the physical struggle to climb these volcanic slopes and our societal effort to contain the pandemic. Through his photography, Manfred documents the contrast between old and new as a way to preserve our heritage in architecture and our ever-changing environment. This exhibition is a fundraiser to support ArtsConnect.

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Pride in PoCo

Thank you to everyone celebrated Pride in Port Coquitlam with us on July 23, 2022! The event at Leigh Square was an amazing celebration of LGBT2SQ+ communities with live music, crafts, food and community displays.

The family-friendly event reflects Port Coquitlam’s commitment to removing barriers and developing welcoming, inclusive and safe places for the City’s diverse populations, including the LGBT2SQ+ community and gender diverse people. The event is organized with the involvement of Port Coquitlam’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable (EDI).

Click here to learn more.