ARTS IN BRIEF: Wearable arts deadline nearing

Fashion designers have less than two months to stitch up their garments for the Port Moody Art Centre Society's annual Wearable Arts contest. The deadline is Nov. 15 to apply to the competition, which encourages artists of all mediums to enter original and evocative creations for the show. A total of $5,000 in prize money will be handed out for the top submissions. To apply, visit


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Volunteers are needed on Saturday to help transform a Port Coquitlam soccer portable into public art. The community mural project for the field building at Minnekhada middle school (1390 Laurier Ave.) is open to Tri-City residents of all ages and artistic abilities. The event, a spin-off of the Teens Against Graffiti (TAG) program, happens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is in partnership with the city's youth services, Coquitlam RCMP, PoCo Euro-Rite FC soccer association, Benjamin Moore Paints and School District 43. Mural and graffiti artist Kris Kupskay has designed the soccer-themed mural and will lead the painting on Sept. 22. For more information, call 604-927-2393 or 604-927-7981 or email


The Coquitlam Public Library this month and next will screen four documentaries produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The shows start at 6:45 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett Room at the Poirier branch (575 Poirier St.). The flicks are: The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (Sept. 20); The Boxing Girls of Kabul (Sept. 27); Pink Ribbons, Inc. (Oct. 4); and Surviving Progress (Oct. 11). Admission is free but registration is required by calling 604-937-4155.


An instructor at Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art + Design will speak at a Port Coquitlam artist group meeting next week. Chris Tyrell-Loranger's talk is titled What Art Buyers Want and is being presented by the Art Focus Artists' Association at The Outlet (2253 Leigh Sq.) on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. There is no admission charge.


Tri-City residents can sup eight craft beer from Europe for charity next week. The event, held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Coquitlam's Pasta Polo restaurant to celebrate the fall harvest season, will support Oxfam Canada. Tickets are $44 per person and includes tax. Visit

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