The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG) and Outlet Gallery feature a rotating program of exhibitions by local and regional artists. The MWAG (2253 Leigh Square Place) is open Monday to Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm.The Outlet Gallery  (2248 McAllister Avenue) is open Monday to Friday 9:30am-6:00pm and Saturdays 9:30am-5:00pm. Both galleries are free to the public.

Our two current exhibitions feature the work of Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, Pierre Leichner, and Pepe Hidalgo. The exhibitions open with a free reception on August 8, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Michael Wright Art Gallery and adjacent Outlet Gallery.

String Theory/ Pepe Hidalgo 

The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG) presents String Theory, a solo exhibition by Spanish painter Pepe Hidalgo. Hidalgo shares his surreal paintings that question the mechanics of reality, creating a world of dream-like possibilities. For the past 17 years, Hidalgo has made paintings with dots, points, and bubbles. Little by little, his work has evolved into distorted, disproportionate forms, but he is always trying to respect the rules of harmony, volume, color and perspective.

Hidalgo’s artistic process began in adolescence during frequent visits to the Museo del Prado in Madrid, where he discovered his first teacher, Francisco de Goya. His work is influenced by Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Bosco, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Freud, Esteban Vicente, and Pollock.

Collaborative Alchemy / Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, and Pierre Leichner 

The Outlet Gallery presents Collaborative Alchemy by Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, and Pierre Leichner.

Schwartz, Leichner and Peck are artists whose practices contemplate the full cycle of natural growth and transitions that are in an ever-changing state. They use plant-based materials to create works of art that speak to issues of permanence and impermanence. They are choreographers and arrangers who manipulate natural materials into compositions that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form, and the ephemeral. This installation strives to create a space of collaborative alchemy and experimentation with plants that will grow into sculptural forms during the course of the exhibition. It is designed to immerse the viewer inside the work and reveal the beauty of the process from emergence to decay. All three artists will collaborate in documenting the process during the show and engaging the public.

On Saturday September 28 (10:30 am – 3:30 pm), join artist Phyllis Schwartz for a lumen print workshop. Lumen prints use a camera-less process involving black and white photographic paper, organic material, and the sun. Participants will create their own unique lumen print. Registration is required for this free workshop as space is limited.

The exhibitions run until October 29, 2019.


Michael Wright Art Gallery                                                    Outlet Gallery
Tues – Fri      1-5pm                                                                 Mon – Fri       9:30-6pm
Sat                12-4pm                                                                Sat                9:30-6pm
Sun – Mon     Closed                                                                Sun – Mon     Closed


Lesley Perrie | City of Port Coquitlam
Arts & Culture Program Assistant
T: 604.927.8442  | E: perriel@portcoquitlam.ca  
2253 Leigh Square | Port Coquitlam, BC | V3C 3B8