Community Art Exhibitions
Current Community Art Exhibitions
Upper Rotunda Exhibition Space
Minoru Hall Exhibition
Pictorial History of the Steveston Fire
During the early 20th century, Steveston was a booming industrial village due to the strength of the fishing industry. The many salmon canneries built there - with housing for their workers and many businesses established to serve them - were all wood framed buildings packed close together, heated by wood stoves and lit with coal oil lamps. That, combined with minimal or non-existent fire protection, made the place a tinder box.
Fires were common, but the fire of May 14, 1918 was the worst. It is alleged to have started in the Chinese cookhouse of the Star Cannery. Strong winds caused it to spread quickly and by the time it was extinguished most of the buildings between No. 1 Road, 3rd Avenue and south of Moncton St. had been destroyed, including three canneries, three hotels and numerous businesses.
Approximately 600 Japanese, Chinese and First Nations workers and their families were made homeless. Total damages amounted to $500,000.
This exhibit has been made possible with the support of the friends of the Richmond Archives and the City of Richmond Archives.
|After the Steveston Fire, 1918. City of Richmond Archives photograph #1977 11 2.|
Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 15, 2020
Upper Rotunda Gallery
Open during Richmond Cultural Centre opening hours
The Richmond Cultural Centre is proud to present this exhibition featuring artist Chrystal Johnson's exploration of the concepts of identity and vulnerability through sculpture. Carving the challenging material of soapstone since 1995, with its hidden faults and fissures, Johnson found it impossible to pre-plan carvings. Undeterred, Chrystal let the stone take the lead, which led to releasing human forms and the three-dimensional aspects of carving set her in another direction of searching for different perspectives.
Celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present and their contributions to Canada’s history and culture with this exhibition that marks the fifth Black History Month in Richmond celebrated by the City and its partners.
Greg Chin, Arts Leader