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2016 News and Information

Feast of artistic treats coming to Branscombe House

27 April 2016

Artistic TreatPetite still life models, sculpted feasts and watercolour painting are all on the menu of unique, hands-on activities planned by 2016 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence Rhonda Weppler as she continues her year-long program of free art programs.

On Sunday, May 8, visitors are invited to drop in anytime between noon and 4:00 p.m. to get a “behind the scenes” look at Weppler’s creative process while working on a public sculpture commission. While there, they can make a miniature still life out of dried fruits and candy to resemble the local diets of Richmond residents through the ages. Note: art materials for this workshop are limited so will be available on a first come first served basis only until gone.

For adults (and children aged 10 and up with an adult) looking for a more detailed food-themed experience, the artist offers The Sculpted Feast: Creating with Marzipan and Fondant, a three-part workshop offered over three Wednesday or Thursday evenings (May 18, 25 and June 1 or May 19, 26 and June 2.). All materials will be provided for this mini-course where participants will learn how to make marzipan and form it into shapes that resemble their favourite food as they learn about the history and traditions of this craft. Pre-registration is required (only ten spots available); call

604-276-4300 or (course #1514268 for Weds and #1514269 for Thurs.)

During Doors Open Richmond, Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, the artist will welcome visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will invite them create an image of their favourite international food in exchange for a candy gift that reflects the artist’s own favourite ethnic food. All artwork will contribute to her “International Picnic” mural project. An exhibition of tiny sculptures created at The Sculpted Feast workshops will also be on display.

The fascination with small-scale things continues with Weppler’s next free three-part workshop, Watercolour for Beginners: The Smallest Artifact. Over three Wednesday or Thursday evenings (July 6, 13 and 20 or July 7, 14 and 21), adults and children aged 10 and up with an adult will select a small object from the Richmond Museum collection to be their subject while learning the basics of watercolour painting. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration (starting May 18) is required (only ten spots available per course); call 604-276-4300 or (course #1514270 for Wednesday and #1514271 for Thursday).

Weppler was born in Winnipeg and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and fine art from the University of Toronto, and an MFA degree from the University of British Columbia. She makes both collaborative work with Trevor Mahovsky (Toronto) and solo work, and has run community art programs in Canada, England, Scotland, and San Francisco. She has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally and her work is represented in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Hamilton Art Gallery, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montreal, and the National Gallery of Canada. The TransLink-commissioned sculpture Watch Seller (collaborative with Trevor Mahovsky) was recently installed at the Main Street Skytrain station.

Branscombe House is located at 4900 Steveston Highway and is one of the earliest homes built in the area; as such, it is significant for its historical association to Steveston and for reflecting the pattern of commercial and related residential development that occurred early in Steveston’s history.

For updated information about the Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence program including upcoming free events and activities, visit