2011 Arts Awards
Richmond Arts Awards Winners
The City of Richmond is delighted to congratulate the six winners of the third annual Richmond Arts Awards, as presented by Mayor Malcolm Brodie at a ceremony in Council Chambers on April 28, 2011.
Recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.
Over his 33-year career as a music teacher in Richmond, Len has been an inspiration to countless students. His longest stint was 20 years at Steveston Secondary School where he became known for his untiring and inspiring involvement with the school’s music program and the Richmond Youth Concert Band, which toured nationally and internationally. His teaching career included courses in Concert and Jazz Bands, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz, Music Composition, Guitar and Musical Theatre. An executive member of the BC Music Educators’ Association, his students have competed in and received many festival honours at the regional, provincial and national level.
FINALISTS: Gateway Academy for the Performing Arts and Dr. Sze-oi Lucia Lau
Recognizes an individual artist or organization that is producing visionary creative work, exhibiting innovation within in their arts discipline and/or bringing a new cultural experience to the City of Richmond.
Since her first private painting lessons at age 11, Jeanette has been making art. Raised in Richmond, she won a high school scholarship to attend Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 1992, where she would subsequently win four more scholarships. Prior to graduating in 1996, she spent a year in Berlin, Germany, studying painting, sculpting and installation art as part of a student exchange program. Jeanette is best known for her bold colour and dramatic figurative compositions, typically painted in reverse on the back of clear acrylic panels. In recent years, she has been part of City’s public art program for utility boxes and Canada Line Art Columns. Jeanette regularly donates her time and artwork to charities and is an active member of the Richmond Arts Coalition.
FINALISTS: Shirley Inouye and Richmond in 3D
Business and the Arts
Recognizes a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through sponsorship, philanthropic and/or volunteer service.
Coast Capital Savings
One of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies, Coast Capital Savings sponsors community events that help build strong families and healthy communities. In addition to financial assistance, the company often provides enthusiastic volunteers to provide hands-on support in front of and behind the scenes. Coast Capital Savings was the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Winterfest Weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and has sponsored other Richmond events including the Richmond Children’s Festival, Rich City Idol and Steveston Salmon Festival.
FINALISTS: Appia Group of Companies and Lulu Island Winery
Recognizes an individual that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through volunteer service.
In 1998, Nadeane approached the Richmond Art Gallery with an extraordinary idea: a three-day exhibition that would include anyone who wished to represent their affection of Finn Slough through art. Now in its 11th year, Art About Finn Slough annually includes work by dozens of artists (nearly 600 visitors enjoyed work by 50 artists in 2011), music, food, guest speakers and more. Nadeane is the driving force behind this community-based event which showcases and inspires artists of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Described by artist Margaret Dragu as “one of Canada’s first artist/academics,” Nadeane also teaches Writing at the University of the Fraser Valley.
FINALISTS: Debbie Tobin and Willa Walsh
Recognizes a performing, literary or visual artist, 24 years of age or younger, who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Richmond arts community.
Since she was four years old, Natalie has played piano and taken home prizes, including the Gifted Youth Award from the Vancouver Academy of Music in both 2007 and 2008 and second prize in the International Piano Festival in 2009. She has performed twice as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to piano, Natalie plays the violin (receiving the Silver Medal for the highest mark in BC for Grade 6 violin) and the yang qin. She is also an Irish dancer who has competed internationally. Fluent in French, Mandarin and Japanese, Natalie is also an honour roll student at McMath high school where she led a small team in raising over $6000 for Haiti earthquake relief.
FINALISTS: Aviva Levin and Jennifer Li
Recognizes an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, their organization stewardship and/or their contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.
Simon is Gateway Theatre’s Artistic & Executive Director. Over the past 12 years he has served on the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Richmond and is a founding member of the Richmond Arts Coalition. He started Gateway’s innovative Studio series and play development programs to emerging artists in professional theatre. Prior to Richmond, he worked in Canadian theatre for almost three decades as an artistic director, director, writer and teacher at the National Arts Centre, Stratford Festival and Banff Centre to name a few. He was awarded the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal, was inducted into McMaster University’s Alumni Gallery and won Theatre BC’s 1995 National Playwrights Award.
FINALISTS: Cinevolution Media Arts Society and Nes and Tonette Gatus
The Richmond Arts Awards was developed in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition and is sponsored by the Richmond News.
2011 Selection Committee
- Sid Akselrod, arts educator
- Jean Garnet, visual artist
- Mark Glavina, Phoenix Art Workshop
- Marina Szijarto, visual artist