Aug 28 - Sept 7, 2020

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The 17th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is pleased to showcase these organizations, artists and installations.

Steveston Maritime Modellers

Steveston Maritime Modellers are a group of enthusiasts who enjoy building model ships, both static display ships and/or radio controlled ships that ply the pond at Burnaby Central Park. The group was originally formed in 2002 after the Tall Ships visit to Richmond. It is open to novices and “more experienced” members with interests in model ship building. Any interested individual is very welcome to join our club. We meet a few times a year but also have individual meetings to trade information and skills development to assist our members in perfecting their individual builds. Building a scale model ship, wether an old three masted sailing ship or a modern ship brings maritime history to life. This work provides us the opportunity and interest to learn more of the history and the living conditions in the era we are working on. Displaying these ships allows us to pass on some of the most interesting aspects of the particular ship or time period to others. Our club members have also done “ship repairs” for individuals who have heritage ship models that have been subjected to the ravages of time or have had a tragic meeting with the floor or other “immoveable object”.

Susan Viccars

For the entire duration of the festival, Susan Viccars, paintings and weavings are exhibited at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Susan Viccars is a resident of Steveston and a retired Richmond School District Secondary Art teacher. Susan enjoys painting with water colour and acrylics in her detached home studio and plein air painting around Richmond. Susan is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, the Richmond Artists Guild, and Men in Hats. The idea for the show at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery came from pairing water colour paintings with small tapestry weavings. Weaving is a craft that Susan practiced many years ago when she took some art education courses at UBC. During Covid isolation/creative time, weaving and water colour painting have both offered a pleasant escape and meditative response to the curious times we are living through.

Glen Andersen

Glen Andersen makes art that responds to place. Living and working in Richmond provides him with a wide range of unique subjects for his practices in 2D visual art, public sculpture, mosaic, video, installation art and for this project particularly, materials for environmental sculpture. The Fraser River is the setting for a myriad of mysteries across time and through its wild mysterious depths, continually offering up free gifts of readymade sculptural materials, just outside of the often-distracting turmoil of human affairs. Since the mid 90’s Glen has created civic public artworks across the region using sculpture and mosaic, including for Richmond’s RCMP/ public safety building and at London Landing. Also in Richmond, working with Marina Szijarto, a collaborative community-engaged (crowd-sourced) sculptural video installation, “Voice of the River” has been installed at Britannia and elsewhere in town. In all these works Glen aims to target the viewer’s imagination with tactile materials, hopefully stimulating a deeper understanding of the unique spirit of a place.

Bea Martin

Bea is a character animator, certified medical illustrator and nature journal sketcher. With curiosity and enthusiasm, she loves painting and drawing around Richmond. For this year’s Maritime Festival, she created colouring pages centered around five bird species living in Richmond and the Fraser River.

Enter the Beautiful Birds of Britannia Colouring Contest!

Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site Society

The purpose of the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site Society (BSNHSS) is to preserve and promote West Coast maritime heritage with an emphasis on local wooden boat building traditions and the cultural mosaic and living conditions of the people who worked on the Steveston waterfront.
www.britanniashipyard.ca

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Located in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery built in 1894, was once the largest building of its kind and a leading producer of canned salmon. Now a Parks Canada national historic site, the museum presents the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry with interactive exhibits which bring to life the industry, its people, and the machines that once churned out millions of cans of salmon. Open Daily 10am-5pm Location: 12138 Fourth Ave, Richmond, BC