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En plein air painter opens first solo show at Braid Street Studios in Port Coquitlam

Painting outdoors for twice a week was a relief during the pandemic for Port Coquitlam artist Michael King.
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Port Coquitlam artist Michael King paints on the Pitt Meadows dike, en plein air.

Plein air painting — that is, painting outdoors — has been a release during the pandemic for Port Coquitlam artist Michael King.

An industrial designer by day, King heads outside twice a week to nature spots around Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and the North Shore to set up his easel and canvas, and apply oil paints to create a landscape.

On June 12 and 13, King will show more than 20 framed pieces from his latest collection — plus some unframed works — in his first solo exhibit.

The display will be held at the Braid Street Studios (701-2017 Kingsway Ave., PoCo).

Viewings are for 20 minutes, with a maximum of two people in the same social bubble in at one time.

Health and safety protocols are in effect.

To book a time, go online to



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