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2016 News and Information

Some sweet arts served up at Branscombe House

Jan 26 2016

Rhonda Weppler, 2016 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, is inviting visitors to the historic home for the first activities in her year-long program of free artful activities:

On Saturday, February 6, aspiring artists of all ages are welcome to drop by between 1 and 4 p.m. to make cookie self-portraits. Another opportunity to make cookie self-portraits will be held the following Saturday, February 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. During her university days, Weppler managed a bakery on weekends, and she is putting this work history to good use, providing cookie dough for visitors to mould into their own likeness and paint with edible colours using brushes and markers.

For adults (and children aged 12–15 with an adult) looking for a more intensive experience, the artist offers Tiny Paintings of Tiny Things a three-part beginner acrylic painting workshop offered over three Thursday evenings (February 11, 18 and 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.). All materials will be provided for this mini-course where participants will learn how to paint a miniature still life as they learn about the history of the genre. Pre-registration is required; 604-276-4300 or (course #1335558.)

Starting on February 14, and on the second Sundays of March, April and May, from 12:00 and 4:00 p.m., visitors are invited to Open Studio days to get a “behind the scenes” look at Weppler’s creative process while working on a public sculpture commission.

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