Port Coquitlam unveils summer art exhibition lineup

Local artists set to debut paintings at multiple Port Coquitlam galleries.
One of Lynda Walker’s paintings from her new exhibit, Floral Bouquet. photo City of Port Coquitlam.

Leigh Square is set for construction later this summer, but the art show will go on. 

Three new exhibitions by local artists will kick off with a reception on Thursday in the downtown plaza, the city announced this week. 

“The summer art exhibitions are engaging events that support and enhance the appreciation of culture and the arts in the city,” Mayor Brad West stated in a press release


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Samantha Harrison, a Vancouver-based artist who graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, is debuting a series of paintings called Recreations of Myth and Spirit at the Michael Wright Art Gallery. 

The paintings aim to portray mythological or religious figures as modern people. 

A portrait from Samantha Harrison’s new collection. Image via City of Port Coquitlam.

이선물 (This Gift) is a painting collection that will make its debut at the Outlet Art Gallery on McAllister Avenue. The series is made by Jeongmin Ahn and is designed to make viewers think about their relationship to consumerism. 

Port Coquitlam’s Lynda Walker is also slated to show off her solo exhibition, Floral Bouquet, this week. Her paintings, which capture various floral plants, will be on display at the City Hall Gallery. 

Walker credited the flowers around her Port Coquitlam home for giving her inspiration to make her latest exhibition. 

“I have always had a love for flowers,” Walker wrote in an interview with the City of Port Coquitlam. “They never cease to surprise me with their variety of shapes, colours, and beauty.” 

The opening of Port Coquitlam’s summer art exhibition comes weeks before the city plans to start a one-year construction project that will bring a new stage and water feature to Leigh Square. 

The exhibits are scheduled to open on July 20 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Leigh Square.


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