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Branscombe House Artist Residency

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Rhonda Weppler,
2016 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence

Rhonda WepplerA celebrated visual artist whose work represents the everyday objects that make up the background of our lives is moving into Branscombe House in January and will provide a year-round program of free public activities and exhibitions around the theme of “details of place.”

Rhonda Weppler has been selected as the first annual Branscombe House artist-in-residence. During her residency, she will lead free workshops in painting, textiles, sculpture and photography; introduce the community to other visiting artists whom she is inviting to Steveston; and host monthly Open Studio days to provide visitors with a “behind the scenes” look at her own creative process while working on a public sculpture commission.

Born in Winnipeg, the artist has been living and working in San Francisco for the past three years. She 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. She has run community art programs in Canada, England, Scotland, and San Francisco.

Ms. Weppler has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. 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.

At Branscombe House (4900 Steveston Hwy), the Artist-in-Residence will reside and work in a studio apartment upstairs. The main floor of Branscombe House remains a space for public programs and available for rentals (max. capacity 30 persons)

Follow Rhonda Weppler’s residency on her blog and website.

Open Studio Drop-in and Hands-on Fun
The Changing Plate: Miniature food still life Changing Plate Miniature food still life 
Sunday, May 8 | 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Drop by Branscombe House anytime between noon and 4:00 pm to visit Rhonda Weppler and get a “behind the scenes” look at the processes involved in her creative work. Learn about the technical aspects of making a work of public art as well as her varied influences and inspirations.

While you are here, make a miniature still life out of dried fruits and candy to resemble the local diets of people living in Richmond during different periods in its history. This activity is presented in conjunction with the Richmond Heritage Fair. Limited materials. Drop-in for this self-directed hands-on activity anytime between noon and 4:00 pm, first-come, first-served.

Visit the Open Studio on Sunday, June 12, for a different hands-on activity.

The Sculpted Feast: Creating with marzipan and fondant Sculpted Feast Marzipan and Fondant
Wednesdays: May 18, 25 & June 1
Thursdays: May 19, 26 & June 2
6:30-9:30 pm

Make marzipan from scratch and form it into shapes that resemble favorite foods like fruits, sushi and sweets. Participants will also learn about the history and traditions of marzipan and fondant.  This series of classes is in conjunction with Doors Open Richmond, June 4 and 5 when a selection of participants’ sculptures will be exhibited at Branscombe House as inspiration for a community collaborative mural to be titled “The International Picnic”.
All materials provided.
Limited to 10 participants per 3-session program.
Pre-registration required: 604-276-4300 or visit
Wednesdays 6:30–9:30pm (May 18, 25 & June 1) Course # 1514268
Thursdays 6:30–9:30pm (May 19, 26, June 2) Course # 1514269

Doors Open Richmond Branscombe Open House Image
Sat & Sun, June 4 & 5
10:00 am–4:00 pm

International Picnic
Rhonda will be on site to welcome visitors to her studio/living space located at the recently restored heritage building. Participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to contribute to her International Picnic project, a still life mural that is part of her object-focussed “details of place” themed programming at Branscombe house. Visitors are invited to contribute a drawing, painting or collage of their favorite international food found in the Richmond area. This work of art can be exchanged for a candy gift that reflects the artist's own favourite ethnic food. Drop-in for this self-directed hands-on activity anytime between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

The Sculpted Feast: Creating with marzipan and fondant display
An exhibition of tiny sculptures representing a variety of international foods found in Richmond markets and restaurants will also be on display to inspire creativity. These edible sculptures were created by local residents at marzipan sculpting workshops that Rhonda hosted in the weeks leading up to the Doors Open Richmond weekend.

Watercolour for Beginners: the smallest artifact Watercolour for beginners
Wednesdays: July 6, 13 & 20
Thursdays: July 7, 14, 21 

This series of classes is offered in conjunction with the Richmond Museum and their new online archive of artifacts. Select a small object from the collection and/or a small artifact of your own as your subject while learning the basics of watercolour painting. Images and the actual objects will be available at Branscombe House for this special program. All experience levels welcome. For adults and kids aged 10 and up, with parent or guardian.
All materials provided.
Limited to 10 participants per 3-session program.
Pre-registration required: 604-276-4300 or visit  (registration open May 18)
Wednesdays 6:30–9:30pm (July 6, 13 & 20) Course # 1514270
Thursdays 6:30–9:30pm (July 7, 14, 21 ) Course # 1514271


The Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence is selected annually via an Open Call