This month, we’re celebrating visual arts instructor Agata Teodorowicz’s 20th anniversary at the arts centre.
Agata has been teaching classes here since 1995 when the building officially opened to the public after city staff moved out to the new city hall building at the head of the inlet. She joined representatives from a couple of local arts organisations, who occupied offices on the main floor, and the clay enthusiasts who manned the kilns in the basement to populate the building with creative endeavor.
The building had been vacated by city staff and was completely empty of furnishings and fixtures in the early days. Agata set up her new studio beneath the eaves on the top floor of the building, in what used to be the kitchen of the old city hall where workers would prepare lunches and make coffee. For the first two years, she literally scavenged for fittings, building the studio up with cast offs from other city office spaces. What you see today is the result of a lot of scrubbing, cleaning and repainting!
In those early days, there were no staff - Agata was the only Arts Centre instructor. Eventually members of the Blackberry Artist’s Society, who now run the Arts Centre’s gift shop, would open the gallery up to the public for a few hours a day during the week. Agata remembers running up and down the stairs to unlock the main door to let students come in and out as parents handed over their children for their classes. Eventually an executive director was appointed by the new cultural services department, and more instructors came into in the building. The Port Moody Arts Centre Society formed to oversee operations, taking over day-to-day management in 1998.
Agata is an enthusiastic and loved art teacher in the Port Moody area, instilling in her students her own passion for the arts. She teaches oil painting, acrylics and pastels, in addition to drawing, pen and ink, and papier mache. Agata has taught countless students both young and old, many of whom who return year after year for inspiration and instruction. Adult students graduate to her directed painting classes held regularly each term, where they continue to grow as artists under her expert guidance.
Please join us in celebrating her 20 years at the Arts Centre; she is indeed one of our favorite instructors. and we are blessed to have her here. If you would like to congratulate Agata on her wonderful accomplishment, please join us on Thursday, November 5 at 5:00 pm to celebrate her milestone and then stay for the Winter Treasures and Christmas Marketplace Exhibition Opening Reception at 6:00 pm.
And for a visual feast, don’t forget to check out her amazing work on display in the VanCity Satellite Gallery until early January, and in the upcoming instructors show.
Read all about it: Janis Warren's Honouring Agata article in the Tri City News