Exhibition By The People Of Coquitlam, For The People Of Coquitlam And About The People Of Coquitlam.

We invite you to the Art Gallery at Evergreen to join your neighbours and your neighbours’ neighbours in creating an exhibition as unique and as vibrant and as diverse as the City of Coquitlam. The exhibition opens with a Collage Party led, encouraged or otherwise faciltated by Winnipeg artist Paul Butler on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm and runs through August 21, 2016.

1979 was a watershed moment in the history of Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Centre opened and the centre of the city moved from its origins in the south by the Fraser River to a new gathering place in the north, hugging the local mountains. At that point in time, the City counted about 41,000 citizens. In 2016, on its anniversary, about 141,000 people will call Coquitlam home.

We welcome you and those in the communities in which you participate to share in this exhibition by the people of Coquitlam for the people of Coquitlam about the people of Coquitlam. There are three ways for you to make your mark:

Collage Parties

  • Join your neighbours at one of the many scheduled Collage Parties or book a party and get your community group, organization, or association to make your mark on the city as your work with images at hand to add to the exhibition that is as evolving and ever-changing as the city.
  • Come on down or come on over or just fall by for one of 8 scheduled Collage Parties:

    14 July 2016, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Opening Collage Party
    16 July 2016, 1:00 – 4:00 PM: Collage Party 1, 2, 5! Westminster Savings Family Days
    21 July 2016, from 7:00 PM
    23 July 2016, 12:00 – 5:00 PM: Coquitlam Kaleidoscope Festival
    23 July 2016, from 7:00 PM
    24 July 2016, 10:00 – 4:00 PM: Coquitlam Kaleidoscope Festival
    28 July 2016, from 7:00 PM
    4 August 2016, from 7:00 PM
    Or, contact us to schedule a collage party for you and a group of friends, your organization, or your community group.

To Our Present as Future History

  • Bring to the gallery something that is meaningful to you. A photograph, a document, a trinket or a treasure. Add a piece of you to the growing collection of items brought in by others and tell the person you work with or are in a group with a this will provide a wholly unique picture of Coquitlam’s present in our future past. Your contribution will be documented and stored by the Evergreen for recreation and presentation to the approximately 225,000 people who will be living here to celebrate Coquitlam’s 150th anniversary in 2041.

Continuous Portrait

  • Come and sit for a photograph and have it added to the Continuous Portrait. Using unique software, your portrait will seamlessly blend into the next portrait and that portrait into the next and so on and so on. The Continuous Portrait will be projected in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

The Collage Party is a nomadic studio made open to the public where participants come together to make art in a social setting. Since 1997, The Collage Party has been staged throughout North America and Europe in museums, private residences, public schools, universities, hospitals, department stores, and community centres.

Paul Butler’s multidisciplinary practice hinges on the logic of collage, from the traditional approach of combining collected-paper source materials to staging events focused on combining participants and establishing collaboration and community, always with a canny intuition for proximity and balance. Butler has exhibited at venues including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, White Columns in New York, Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland and La Maison Rouge in Paris.

Photo: “Opening Day at Coquitlam Centre,” August 15, 1979, Craig Hodge, Columbian Company fonds, City of Coquitlam Archives.