September 2019 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community
Firstly, I want to thank you for your interest and participation in Place des Arts and for reading my monthly newsletters.

Secondly, I have some bitter-sweet news; this will be the last newsletter I write for Place des Arts. I am moving on to the next chapter in my life: semi-retirement/retirement . . . maybe a little freelance work or perhaps something completely different! The possibilities are as exciting as they are endless.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Place des Arts for the past 12 years. Connecting with so many wonderful clients, artists and arts enthusiasts has been gratifying and inspiring.

Of course, you'll still get your regular news each month, so stay tuned to meet our new Communications Coordinator who will make introductions in our October newsletter.

In other news, read on to find out about everything going on this September at the centre.

And with that, I bid you adieu!
Kate Lancaster
Communications Coordinator

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what's on? 
Come and pARTy@PdA with your Pooch! 
First adult-only art party of the season is September 7  from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

We have another fabulous season of adult-only (19+) pARTy@PdA events lined up,  launching with the popular PAWcasso, designed specifically for dogs and their people on Saturday, September 7 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Bring your canine pal and create a painted masterpiece together in a social and relaxed outdoor setting (indoor option if the weather doesn't cooperate).

Find out more and buy tickets online here or by phone at 604.664.1636

One dog per human participant; all dogs must be up to date with vaccinations and leashed at all times - no retractable leashes, please.

Find out about all our other pARTies, concerts and family events in our
2019/2020 Events, Performances and Exhibitions Guide
Come Celebrate Culture Days with Us! 
Dive into culture with four all-ages art activities
Visit Place des Arts for a special edition of Family Day as part of BC Culture Days!  
Start your afternoon with a self-guided tour of the three September exhibitions and a special pop-up exhibition by The Poppy Project. Then, get creative with four drop-in, exhibition-related art activities!
  • Join the Coquitlam Weavers and Spinners Guild and learn about spinning yarn
  • Wet-felt a poppy to contribute to the collaborative Poppy Project
  • Capture the beauty of a floral still life using watercolours
  • Create your own photo props, then take a family photo (cameras welcome!)
Please register online at or by phone at 604.664.1636 to let us know how many to expect.
what's new? 
Exhibitions Season Opening is Sept 6 
Meet the artists and view their work!

Fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine! Our first round of exhibitions for the new season opens with a free, public reception on Friday, September 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  
Join us to view From East to West, fibre arts by the Coquitlam Weavers and Spinners Guild; The 2019 Annual Members' Exhibition, photography by PhotoClub Vancouver; and Synthesis, acrylic paintings by Sandra Yuen MacKay .   

Image: Yellow Balloon, Ivor Levin (PhotoClub Vancouver)
Learn and create in Fundamentals of Art & Design

Teacher Lena Savic invites adults (18+) to come and expand your visual literacy in her new class. From learning how to read abstract art and appreciate art that doesn't have any narrative or personal resonance, to creating your own projects in drawing, painting and collage, Lena will guide you through the fundamental elements and principals of art and assist you as you put them into practice.

The Fundamentals of Art & Design runs during the fall, winter and spring sessions on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Register for the fall session online here or call our registration staff for more info and to register by phone at 604.664.1636.
get inspired
Meet Joanna Kovats, Triple Threat! 
Theatre artist joins faculty for 2019/2020

Trained in London, performed internationally, landed in Canada - the lucky few can train with Joanna Kovats and learn from a real theatre pro!
Joanna is a new teacher to our theatre arts department, and we couldn't be happier to have a pro like her join our faculty! Joanna will teach a variety of musical theatre and acting classes for kids this season.
get informed

Boy, Have We Got Some Great Stuff for You!

Save the Date for our Annual Online Fundraising Auction

Our fourth annual Online Fundraising Auction is coming up next month from October 19 at 9:00 am to November 2 at 9:00 pm. This is our major fundraising event of the year with proceeds going towards providing arts program subsidies.

The auction is a fantastic opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early while supporting under-served people in our community to explore the arts at the same time! What could be better?!

We thought we'd give our newsletter readers a peek at some of the amazing items we've secured thanks to many generous donors and sponsors. So check them out and save the date!
  • Travel in luxury with a round trip Royal Class cruise for two from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria with V2V Vacations.
  • Be inspired by an iconic Canadian rail journey with a $500 travel credit, applicable to any trip on VIA Rail trains.
  • Experience an extraordinary retreat in comfort and style with a two-night stay on a private island at Water's Edge Suites, Ucluelet.
  • Plus! Premium Knife Block Set | Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking | Restaurant & Movie Vouchers | Family-friendly Activities | Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker + K-Pods | Tickets to Ballet BC, BC Lions, VIFF, Royal City Musical Theatre and much more!

Thanks to our major auction sponsors!

Reminder: Calls For Artists
Positively Petite and Christmas Boutique Want You!

Are you an artist who makes things small and beautiful? Or an artisan preparing works for the multitude of annual Christmas craft fairs? We have opportunities for you at Place des Arts!

Our Positively Petite: 30th Annual Miniature Exhibition runs from November 15 - December 19 this year and we're currently seeking artists to exhibit their tiny works. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm. We've revised our size guidelines this year, and are accepting slightly larger works, so be sure to read them carefully.

Find out more about Positively Petite and how to apply here.

Our lovely Artisan Shop Coordinator Lidia is also still seeking new artisans for the annual Christmas Boutique. It runs from December 12 - December 20 and is a great opportunity for artisans who are creating work to sell at Christmas Craft Fairs to make extra items and let us do the work for you! The deadline for submission has been extended until Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Find out more and apply for our Christmas Boutique here.
get out in the community
BC Culture Days 
September 27, 28 and 29 

Take part in Canada's largest public participation campaign for the arts! Celebrate arts, culture and heritage in your community through free interactive events held on September 27, 28 and 29.

Along with our own Family Day at PdA, check our some of the other fabulous events taking place in or near the Tri-Cities:

Coquitlam Express Home Game Opener! 
Take in some great hockey and stop by our table at the game

We've partnered with the Coquitlam Express hockey team this year, making an arts/sports connection in our community. The team's home game opener is on Saturday, September 21 starting at 6:00 pm, and the team would love to have a great audience cheering them on!

We'll be there facilitating a simple art activity to entertain the kids in the audience before the game and during intermissions, so stop by to say hi and get your kids engaged in art.


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