You don't have to travel far to find unique gifts made by local artists in Port Moody.
From now until Dec. 22, the Winter Treasures Artisan Market and the Blackberry Christmas Marketplace are open for holiday shopping at PoMoArts (Port Moody Arts Centre), located at 2425 St. Johns St.
There are four galleries with 1,200 sq. ft. of body products, jewellery, ceramics, cards, prints, paintings and clothing for sale by local artists from all over the Lower Mainland.
"It's a beautiful exhibit," said gallery manager Janice Cotter, noting many of the participating professional artists also teach at the arts centre.
In all, there are 67 artists represented at Winter Treasures and more than 20 in the Blackberry Christmas Market.
Walk around the airy space that was renovated in 2014, and you'll find exquisite pottery by D'Arcy Margesson, a ceramics professor, paintings by Diane Akey and soapscapes by Dragana Skoro as well as many more amazing artists and artisans.
As well, proceeds from purchasing a hand-made gift are also set to help SHARE Family and Community Services, which runs the local food banks, and provides many other social services to the Tri-Cities.
Either round up the value of your purchase to include a donation or bring a non-perishable food item and you'll be entered in a weekly draw for a gift by a Blackberry artists valued at between $25 and $30.
PoMoArts is open seven days a week, and the hours are as follows:
- Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Satuday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, you can visit the centre's website.