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2016 News and Information

Meet the Branscombe House artist-in-residence

05 January 2016

After three years living and working in San Francisco, acclaimed visual artist, Rhonda Weppler is returning to the Lower Mainland for a year as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Branscombe House, Richmond heritage site.

To kick off Ms. Weppler’s 11-month residency, a special launch will be hosted on Thursday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Centre located at 7700 Minoru Gate. The evening is open to the public and will include a short reception with light refreshments. Space is limited so please RSVP by emailing

At the launch event, everyone will meet the artist where they will hear firsthand about her artistic career and learn about what will be offered during the year ahead, including: free workshops in painting, textiles, sculpture and photography. There will also be opportunities to meet other visiting artists whom she is inviting to Steveston as well as monthly Open Studio days to provide visitors with a “behind the scenes” look at her creative process while working on a public sculpture commission.

Rhonda 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.

The Artist-in-Residence will reside and work in a studio apartment upstairs in the Branscombe House. The main floor remains a space for public programs and is available for rentals (max. capacity 30 persons;

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