Current Exhibitions

Detail from Lori Sokoluk's "Three Watchmen"

February 16 - March 17, 2018

PortTown
Mixed Media by Lori Sokoluk [Leonore Peyton Salon]

Lori Sokoluk’s PortTown series evokes the flux and mystery that shroud the territorial edge where city meets waterway. Humans draw lines based on industry, wealth, national security, prestige and access to nature. Time is palpable in the rise and fall of the tide, shifting mists and patina on surfaces. Ports are places of mystery, beginnings and endings.

In these pieces, soft elements, organic lines, curving shapes, drips of rain, are juxtaposed with mechanical, angular shapes and sharp-edged cutouts or photo transfers. Veils of paint obscure definition, mimicking the action of clouds and fog on our perception of the port.

A Mosaic of Our Past
Multiple Media presented by The Coquitlam Heritage Society [Atrium Gallery]

Artists from the Coquitlam Art Club and Centennial High School bring the historic narrative embedded in the Coquitlam landscape to life in this exhibition featuring unique, thought-provoking stories of our past and the pieces of history that inspire them.

Residents and visitors alike know Coquitlam is a multicultural community with many stories to share. Committed to preserving, honouring and promoting our past, Coquitlam Heritage brings together artworks, historic photos and artifacts to explore diverse aspects of our rich natural and cultural heritage. Artists examine, reflect, and draw inspiration from historic photographs, each with a story to tell.  

Over the past century, the Coquitlam landscape has shifted as land use has changed. Embedded within our heritage are stories which showcase, reflect on and re-interpret what we know about our local community parks, mental health and early settler life. This expansive interpretation of Coquitlam’s past features artworks which encourage reflection on diversity and community change over time.

Balance
Fibre Art by Mardell Rampton [Mezzanine Gallery]

Mardell Rampton creates contemporary abstract textile paintings using her own hand-dyed, painted and marked cloth and commercial textiles. The work varies from subtle to vibrant: the influence of a long-standing love of the oceans, skies and forests of the West Coast of Vancouver Island permeates the pieces. Choosing to work in series, Rampton explores a number of topics, including Balance, Equilibrium, Connections and Beaches.

Central to the textile paintings in this exhibition is the tension between striving to achieve balance while immersed in a continual state of imbalance. The elements in the artworks depict different sensations, sometimes disconnected, sometimes on a tangent striving to regain connection with the center, other times unable to reach a place of groundedness.

Rampton’s love of textiles, texture and colour come together in her artwork. Much of the cloth is hand dyed, hand painted and marked. Each piece of cloth is cut, one small, thin organically shaped rectangle at a time, then stitched together to form the initial layer of the composition. After layering this over a bamboo batting and a cotton backing, metres upon metres of thread is added by densely stitching over the entire surface to add additional colour and three-dimensional texture, drawing viewers in to see the nuances of the details.


Thanks to our exhibitions wine Monte Creek Ranch Winery Logosponsor Monte Creek Ranch Winery.

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    "It was thanks to Place Des Arts for accepting my work, that I found the confidence to [concentrate on my photography]! I could never thank you enough for this timely opportunity"

    - Robert Baliello

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