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Richmond’s food gardens celebrated at Branscombe House

2016 August 08

familygardensThe bounty of Richmond growers will be showcased and celebrated at Branscombe House from August 15 to 20 with the Richmond Urban Food Garden Project, a photographic exhibition presented by Branscombe House artist-in-residence, Rhonda Weppler, in collaboration with local food blogger, Michelle Li.

Since May, Weppler and Li have photographed local residents in the places and spaces where they grow food. From gardens to windowsills, balconies to backyards, co-ops to community gardens, their goal has been to highlight successes and connect these green thumbs with their shared passion as well as build upon a growing interest in and awareness of food security, climate change and increasing food costs.

The artists hope to inspire more Richmond residents to grow food and to encourage the creation of spaces where residents can grow food in their neighbourhoods and connect with their community.

Visitors are invited to view the Richmond Urban Food Garden Project photo exhibition and slideshow at Branscombe House from Monday to Saturday, August 15–20, from 2:00–6:00 p.m. daily.

On a related note, on Sunday, August 14, aspiring artists can drop in anytime between noon–4:00 p.m., for “Print vs. Print” when they can try their hand at two types of printmaking using garden or foraged greens.

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 www.richmond.ca/branscomberesidency.