Come See My Work at Port Moody Arts Centre’s Winter Treasures Exhibition

I just signed a contract with the Port Moody Arts Centre to participate in their Winter Treasures exhibition, their holiday exhibition and sale!

The exhibit starts on Thursday, November 20th and runs until Thursday, December 18, 2014. It takes place at the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns Street) in the Canadian Pacific Gallery, 3D Gallery, and Suncor Gallery and offers a great opportunity to find a special gift for somebody on your Christmas shopping list.

I’ll be at the Opening Reception on November 20th from 6pm – 8pm and hope to see you there, too! My challenging 18-Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzles, Dogwood Screwdrivers, spectacular Live-Edge Cribbage Boards, mysterious Anniversary Boxes, and sculpted shelf, Reign, will be on display.

18-Piece Puzzles

18-Piece Puzzles

Dogwood Screwdriver 1

Dogwood Screwdrivers

Cribbage Board 12b

Live Edge Cribbage Boards

Chris and Anniversary Box

Anniversary Boxes

Reign

Reign

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Hands That Shape Our Community Exhibition at Gallery Bistro

Inlet Artists, a group of which I am a member, is having its second exhibition – at Gallery Bistro this time.

We have taken advantage of the extra space and ability to be flexible with our presentation and included not only the photos which make up the collection, but some of the paraphernalia and workpieces depicted in the photographs. This invites the viewer to step inside the photograph.

Included in the exhibition is the carving done by David Driscoll of M.C. Escher’s Drawing Hands.

Image from MCEscher.com

M.C. Escher’s Drawing Hands – image from MCEscher.com

One of my photographs, Detailing Anniversary Boxes, is on display, as are the boxes themselves and Maple Slab Table.

I hope that you find time to view the Hands that Shape Our Community exhibition at Gallery Bistro (located at 2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody, BC). It runs from May 6 to June 16, 2014 and the Artists’ Reception is May 22 from 6:30-8:30.

Hands That Shape Our Community Gallery Bistro

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New Exhibition: Twisted

Today is the final day of Discovery: Air at the Seymour Art Gallery and I am excited to announce a new exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre featuring some of my most recent work.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday, February 19th until Thursday, March 13th.

I will be in attendance during the opening reception on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6-8pm and I hope that you’ll join me!

Evite JanFeb 2014

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Discovery: Air at Seymour Art Gallery

I am proud to announce that Wireframe Cabinet has been juried into a new exhibit at Seymour Art Gallery. Discovery: Air features work from 28 artists based on the theme, “air” and runs from Wednesday, January 8 until Saturday, February 1, 2014.

The gallery is located at 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver and is open 10am-5pm every day of the week.

I will be attending the Reception and Awards Presentation on Sunday, January 12 from 2-4pm.

Discovery -Air E-vite

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Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works

All photos in this post are courtesy of Neil Clemmons.

Last week, I took a 9 hour train ride south to Portland, Oregon for the opening of Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works, an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.  An estimated 300 people were in attendance that night.

John Economaki, former furniture maker and President and Founder of Bridge City Tool Works

John Economaki, former furniture maker and President and Founder of Bridge City Tool Works

The exhibit featured select pieces that John created during his notable, if abbreviated, career as a furniture maker.

Waterfall Desk

Waterfall Desk by John Economaki.  Circa 1981

Throughout the exhibit were also a selection of quotes which also appear in the book, Quality Is Contagious: John Economaki & Bridge City Tool Works, 36 Years Through the Lens of Joe Felzman, that accompanies the exhibit.

Brenner Clock

Brenner Clock by John Economaki. Circa 1978

Requiring slightly more floor space were the tools that John created under the name of Bridge City Tool Works.

Layout Tools

Some of the many tools produced by Bridge City Tool Works

Also on display were a few pieces that John created with the Bridge City Tool Works products.  This chess set was impressive from both a technical and design perspective.  That, of course, was no surprise to anyone familiar with his work.

Fog of War

Fog of War by John Economaki. Circa 2013

The next day, I attended an open house at the Bridge City Tool Works Showroom and Skunk Lab (their prototyping and assembly workspace).

Skunk Lab

John Economaki talked about the Jointmaker Pro. Jack, the fellow in the white shirt, travelled from China to attend.

After the open house, we were invited to John’s house for a Book Party.  I collected signatures from John, Joe Felzman and the other contributors present.  I also had the idea to collect signatures from everyone else at the party on the protective cardboard case for the book, which turned out to be a great way to meet new people.

Book Signing Photo

Customers, friends, family, and contributors to the book enjoyed a beautiful evening in John’s backyard

On the third day, Bridge City Tool Works organized a couple of buses to take us on a tour to three wineries.

Harry, of

Harry, of Chehalem Wines, talked to us about his wines in the shade of a large canopy

My trip to Portland was as memorable as any I have taken.  The museum exhibition was inspiring and humbling, and the open house gave me further insight into the Bridge City Tool Works world.  The party at John’s house and wine tour gave me an opportunity to meet and talk to other customers, as well as his friends and family.

I would strongly recommend viewing the exhibition.  It is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon until February 8, 2014 and it is my understanding that it will then travel the country.  I would also recommend getting yourself a copy of the accompanying book.  It is an amazing book, put together in a very similar fashion to how I imagine I would do it – lots of pictures, bits of trivia, interesting stories, and quotes.

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Recap: Port Moody Celebration of Wood Fair

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Celebration of Wood Fair on Saturday.  The Fair was well-organized and we saw a strong turnout.  The weather was perfect as well, so it made the day even more enjoyable.

I sold Tee Coffee Table as well as some raw wood in the silent auction.

The Celebration of Wood Exhibition is still on at the Port Moody Arts Centre until August 11.

Port Moody Celebration of Wood – An Exhibition and a Fair

Image from Google Street View

Port Moody Arts Centre, as seen from St. Johns Street (Click to view on map).  Image from Google Street View

Address:  2425 St Johns St, Port Moody

Celebration of Wood:  Form and Function

In partnership with the Celebration of Wood Fair, the Port Moody Arts Centre Gallery is hosting an exhibition that shows many of the ways wood can be used.

Visitors to the gallery will see how artists have portrayed wood in its many forms, from images of trees in their natural environment to highly refined and crafted pieces made for personal use.  Take in the chance to view works using contemporary techniques beside designs celebrating traditional forms.

The exhibition runs from July 18th until August 11th.  Opening reception is Thursday July 18 from 6pm-8pm.

Port Moody Arts Centre Event Listing:  Celebration of Wood:  Form and Function

Celebration of Wood Fair

A week from now, I’ll be at Port Moody Arts Centre for the Celebration of Wood Fair.  The show will be open Saturday July 20 from 10am-5pm and I’m really looking forward to showing my work and seeing the wide variety of other exhibitors – all wood-related, of course.  There will be a silent auction and food, as well.  (Wood chips anybody?)

Port Moody Arts Centre Event Listing:  Celebration of Wood Fair

Booth Layout

Exhibitor List and Site Map (Click to enlarge)

I hope to see you next week!