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Artist heals with Port Coquitlam nature

Port Coquitlam painter Melissa Burgher will show her new series on March 6 and 7 at the new Braid Street Studios in Port Coquitlam.

Port Coquitlam’s Melissa Burgher will be the the first Braid Street artist-in-residence to show her work in the new Braid Street Studios home.

Burgher’s paintings, which depict PoCo landscapes and her feelings for these places, are part of a series called At Home - Healing Through Nature.

“We’ve only lived in Port Coquitlam for a year,” she told the Tri-City News. “We walk in the mud, next to the Pitt River. This exhibit shows how nature can ground us when we get stuck in our head. You can see the mountains and the bigger picture when you get outside.”

Burgher, who runs up to 12 km a day and is a co-ordinator with the Surrey Art Gallery Association, said her display focuses on the positive during the pandemic, when people are self-isolating and may be dealing with mental health challenges such as loneliness and anxiety as well as financial hardship.

At Home - Healing Through Nature, which runs on March 6 and 7, will include about a dozen of her oil and mixed media works, which will also be for sale.

To book an appointment to see her art, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit

The Braid Street Studios’ home base is located at 701-2071 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam.