Invitation to New Members
The Port Moody Art Association is open to new members. If you are an artist living in the Tri-cities and are interested in joining our club, please download the application form listed under Contact Information below, and remit as per instructions.
History of The Port Moody Art Association
The Port Moody Art Association was founded in 1967 by five artists who wanted to share their passion for painting. Lorna Steeves, Elsie Jones, Lucy Page, Steve Shane and Nora Belton held meetings in the old Port Moody Library, charging 50 cents per week, plus collections when guest artists presented.
In 1968 the Club received its first grant of $50.00 from Port Moody City Council.
Membership has expanded to a maximum of 100 members and we continue to attract new artists with diverse styles and fresh approaches to art. Many teach their craft and have their work in galleries around the world.
The Club moved to the Old Recreation Center where the furnace often failed when it was needed most. Meetings were changed from Tuesday to Monday when the noise of the Square Dancers above interrupted the sessions. We moved to the new Recreation Center in 1976, then in 2014, when we outgrew that space, to Kyle Centre.
Over the years the Club has been involved in many activities: Three months in a store in Lougheed Mall when it first opened; art shows at Stanley Park, the PNE, Rocky Point, Surrey Art Centre, Port Moody Art Centre, Port Moody Public Library; bus trips to galleries in Vancouver and Seattle; local parades; Golden Spike Days; as well as our Annual Show and Sale in November. For our 50th year we embarked upon a very successful major project, the Heron mural, which was donated to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and is on display in the hospital.
Our Annual Fall Show has seen many changes over the years. Included are the introductions of unframed works, classic minis ten years ago, small works a few years later, and in 2014 art cards. Members and spouses built the required stands and panels as necessary. Lighting has always been a focus, shedding the best light possible on our work.
Another change we've seen and definitely benefited from is technology. Catalogues can now be computerized, copied and stapled. In the early years a long table was set up where several people set to work to compile the typed out artists lists and prices. Invitations were ALL snail mail with no images. It took approximately twenty people to prepare 1000 or so envelopes by hand. Social media and email has decreased that number significantly and has made the task more manageable.
We have had many varied and outstanding guest artists at our meetings, including the renowned Canadian painter, Robert Genn, who acted as a Mentor to the Club in its formative years and who opened several of our annual shows.
PMAA has kept our high standards and integrity throughout the years. We have been steadfast in our insistence on original work. Each November, many visitors from the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver attend this popular event to enjoy the new original paintings and to meet the artists.
Thank you to the City of Port Moody and their staff for their continued support and 2017 grant to honour our special year....Our 50th Anniversary. Last but not least, a thank you to the original five for their foresight!