A reboot of the Art Walk in Port Moody lands Friday night in Moody Centre.
But this time with a different name.
The Shuffle is a collaboration between 37 artists, artisans and art groups and the inaugural Shuffle committee — made up of Helen Daniels (Gallery Bistro), artists Rose Kapp and Gay Mitchell and Port Moody visual arts manager Janice Cotter — designed to give creators a platform in the City of the Arts.
Inspired by past ArtsConnect art walks and the Indigenous Perspectives night last June, the Shuffle came about after Cotter placed a notice on the city’s website.
And while it grew organically, no outside funding came in for the volunteer-run event until just recently.
Among the performers and exhibitors taking part in the self-directed Shuffle, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., is Lydia Podobnik, who sells the work of 43 B.C. artists in her Little Gypsy’s Fine Jewelry Gifts & Gallery on Queens Street.
“This is a great opportunity for people to get out and see what’s being made and sold around town,” she said during a tour of her shop on Monday.
Other presenters include Elmira Habibullah, the 2017 winner of a Kwi Am Choi scholarship (and newly minted SFU graduate) who is currently showing her pieces at the Port Moody Arts Centre; and Yandy Chau, another Kwi Am Choi scholarship winner.
Cotter said the committee already has plans for a larger-scale Shuffle next year.
Meanwhile, visitors can use the handle @PortMoodyArtWalk to share your experiences and photos along Shuffle. Also, the city will run its new Shoreline shuttle bus that night — a one-way loop that starts at Rocky Point Park at 4 p.m. and circles up to Moody Centre. It can carry up to 20 passengers. Visit portmoody.ca/shuttle for a map.
• 2214 St. George St.
• 2304 Henry St.
• Kyle Centre (125 Kyle St.) • Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. Johns St.)
• Little Gypsy’s Gallery (49 Queens St.)
• Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St.)
• Spatial Art Studio (C-2415 Clarke St.)
• Silk Art Gallery (2419 Clarke St.)
• The Stitchery (80 Mary St.)
• Rick Glumac’s MLA office (2708 St. Johns St.)
• Esplanade Artist Studios (2709 Esplanade St.)
• Straight Up Studios (2605 Murray St.)
• Moody Ales (2601 Murray St.)