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2016 News and Information

Fall for the Forest Floor at Branscombe House

06 September 2016

Branscombe House ArtThis fall, Branscombe House artist-in-residence Rhonda Weppler invites community members to sculpt slugs and leaves to contribute to The Edible Forest Floor, her third and final community-collaborative, food-focused mural project.

On Sunday, September 11, visitors are invited to drop in anytime between noon and 4 p.m. to create a sculpture of a banana slug using edible, banana-flavoured fondant icing. The slug will be left behind to become part of Rhonda’s mural but a second slug can be made to adorn an edible chocolate “dirt” brownie to take home.

On, Sunday, October 9 between noon and 4 p.m., people can drop in to learn how to make leaf casts with chocolate, using both real mint leaves and food-safe silicon moulds. Participants are encouraged to contribute a chocolate leaf or two to become part of the photo mural project, and then decorate and take home a cupcake with more chocolate leaves and fondant embellishments.

All drop-in workshops are a self-directed activity and materials are available on a first come, first served basis. All Branscombe House public programs are free.

For those curious to learn about Rhonda Weppler’s residency to date and for previous Branscombe House workshop participants, there is an interactive exhibition on Friday, September 30 as part of Culture Days. Visit between 3 and 8 p.m. for light refreshments, a slideshow and display showcasing her activities in the community over the past nine months. Visitors will be invited to participate in a creative hands-on clay sculpture workshop as well.

Weppler was born in Winnipeg and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and fine art from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Fine Arts 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.