Special gratitude and thanks to those that were there from the beginning.
The First Directors
In The Beginning
Art Focus Artists' Association (AFAA) was founded in 1993 when the need for a visual arts group based in Port Coquitlam was acknowledged. Members of the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Port Coquitlam, Michael Wright, Mike Thompson, members of the ARC Arts Council, Colin Craig, then president of Port Moody Art Club, and others launched it on October 13th of that year.
Forty-seven people were in attendance at the November 1993 meeting at Hazel Tremblath School. Since the very beginning, Art Focus upholds its mandate of welcoming all artists, from emerging to highly accomplished, into the club. AFAA continues to hold 3 meetings a month including public demos by visiting professional artists, two art shows a year and participates in various community events. Each year we provide scholarships to three art students at local high schools. Our art work is exclusively displayed at the Port Coquitlam City Hall, the MLA's office, the Tri-Cities Community Dialysis clinic, and lately, Western Sky Books.
Art Focus is highly involved in the community, participating in the May Day Art Show, Canada Day at Castle Park, Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market, collaborative projects with the Heritage Society, a yearly scholarship fund to three deserving high school graduates pursuing an arts career, two Art Shows a year showcasing the talents of our members, to name but a few projects.
There are over 30 members in Art Focus ranging from emerging to highly accomplished artists who work in various mediums. Members meet three times a month on Wednesday evenings for a Business meeting, a Workshop and a Demo evening where professional artists demonstrate their techniques. These Demos are always free and open to the public. All meetings (eg. demo, workshop or business meeting) take place at The Outlet, 2248 McAllister Avenue in Port Coquitlam.