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Artist Spotlight: Kimonos are the focus for Port Coquitlam's Yoshi Kamei

Yoshi Kamei is one of several painters in PoMoArts’ 25th anniversary show.
“Coloured Leaves” by Port Coquitlam artist Yoshi Kamei. | via PoMoArts

Yoshi Kamei

Coloured Leaves by Port Coquitlam artist Yoshi Kamei is one of many pieces on show this month at PoMoArts (formerly the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St.).

His work is part of the facility’s 25th anniversary exhibition titled Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future that’s in the Canadian Pacific Gallery from July 27 to Sept. 6.

Kamei restarted as an oil painter about 30 years, dabbling on the weekends.

To further his skills, he joined Tri-City art groups such as the Suite E Life Drawing Group, the Glen Pine Drawing Group, the Port Moody Art Association and the Port Moody Arts Centre Association.

Over the years, his paintings have been hung at Place des Arts, the Glen Pine Pavilion, the Maple Ridge Art Gallery and PoMoArts.

His favourite subject is women in kimonos, especially his wife who dances in the traditional Japanese robe.

Also on display at PoMoArts is another anniversary show: An Abundance of Caring: Ceramic Artists in Residence 1998–2023.

The opening reception for both exhibits is on July 27 at 6 p.m. The artist will be in attendance; admission is free.


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