No. 3 Road Art Columns exhibition asks, “what are the stories we want to tell future generations?”
07 August 2019
A new exhibition of artworks by three Richmond-based artists will be on display for six months starting on Tuesday, August 6 on the No. 3 Road Art Columns located at Aberdeen and Lansdowne Canada Line Stations. For this exhibition, artists Jeni Chen, Paige Gratland and Megan Yung explored the question, “what are the stories we want to tell future generations?” resulting in works that reference inclusion of LGBTQ2S communities, cultural diversity and Richmond’s unique natural heritage.
The works are presented by the Richmond Public Art Program to showcase local visual artists and their artwork in outdoor public spaces. The series – presented in the large, backlit display cases at the base of three concrete columns supporting the Canada Line guide-way – are part of the City’s commitment to enhance the No. 3 Road streetscape, in partnership with InTransit BC. This is the second of a two-part year-long exhibition; the first exhibition presented artwork by artists Nadia Mahamoor, Ming Yeung and Valerie D. Walker.
The public is invited to the Artist Salon talk at the Richmond Cultural Centre, Performance Hall (7700 Minoru Gate) on Thursday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., where all three artists will present their work. The discussion will be moderated by Jas Lally, a Richmond Art Gallery Association Board member. Admission is free with registration required. For further information on the event and to register, visit www.richmondartgallery.org/upcoming-events.
About the artists
Jeni Chen graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree and recently obtained a Fine Art certificate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Jeni’s wide range of work experience has served as inspiration for her art. Currently, she is writing and illustrating a picture book for children, and developing a new body of work in mixed media painting. She lives in Richmond with her husband and son.
Paige Gratland is Richmond’s 2019 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence. Her projects move playfully across media and include video, performance, sculpture and printmaking. Through her socially-engaged practice, she offers opportunities for interpersonal and intergenerational exchange. Paige, also an experimental filmmaker, studied film production at Ryerson University. Her No. 3 Road Art Column panels depict artifacts from the communal hand weaving activities that were done through her Setting the Table project.
Megan Yung is an emerging artist and student based in Richmond. Through most of her childhood, she was enrolled in summer art classes at Arts Umbrella and was taught by local community artists. It was through these experiences that she learned the fundamentals of composition and colour. Megan has created artwork for the Richmond School Board, Richmond Public Library and a Richmond Street Banner, which is currently on display throughout the city.