Get bronzed in latest Branscombe House art workshop
11 October 2016
Branscombe House artist-in-residence Rhonda Weppler invites community members to participate in the making of a small bronze sculpture that is anticipated to become a permanent artwork installed near Branscombe House.
The sculpture, titled The Gathering, will take the form of a picnic basket overflowing with life-sized sculptures of small pieces of food. This work will represent Richmond as an abundant bounty and an island, as well as reflect the multicultural nature of the area and its food.
To contribute to this artwork, budding sculptors must pre-register for one of four two-session workshops happening 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 30 or from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, Oct. 25 and Nov. 2, or Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. After learning a little about the history of bronze and basic sculpting techniques, participants will get to model a single piece of food in clay. Rhonda will then integrate all the creations with a sculpted basket, to be cast in bronze.
All Branscombe House programs are free for adults and children over 10 accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required: 604-276-4300 or richmond.ca/register.
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.