Artist Salon: Talks by Art Columns Artists

  • Artist Salon
  • August 15, 2019

    Above: Jeni Chen, "Flow, Roots, Oneness, Wild" (left) and Megan Yung "Cycles of Life" (right), Richmond Public Art Columns, Lansdowne Station, 2019

    The Artist Salon is a series of artist talks for artists to learn, share and connect with each other.

    In August, join us to hear about the artwork produced for the No.3 Road Art Columns in response to the question, “What are the stories we want to tell future generations?”. For this exhibition three Richmond-based artists were selected for the opportunity to develop visual narratives inspired by stories of migration, cultural diversity and respect for sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI).

    Artists Jeni Chen, Paige Gratland and Megan Yung will tell their stories, discuss their process and the work they produced as part of the No.3 Road Art Columns Program. Discussion moderated by Jas Lally.

    Free admission, but RSVP is required.

    Presented by the Richmond Public Art Program in partnership with the Richmond Art Gallery.

    About the Presenters:

    Jeni Chen has always loved to draw. As a child, she would carry her sketchbook and pencil crayons everywhere with her. In 2018, Jeni obtained her Fine Art certificate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Jeni’s wide range of work experience from science to business to real estate have 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. And just for fun, Jeni draws an online comic series about her life with her eight year-old son.

    Paige Gratland studied film production at Ryerson University and her experimental films are distributed by Vtape (Toronto).  She is the current Artist in Residence at Branscombe House in Richmond for 2019. In 2013, she traveled to New Mexico to learn the traditional techniques of boot making from a third generation master, Deana McGuffin. The experience introduced her to a new art form with deep folk traditions that inspired her to make a short documentary, Bootwmn, about her mentor.  Bootwmn has been screened at over 50 film festivals in 9 countries including Hot Docs (Toronto), Frameline (San Francisco) and Outfest (LA). The film received audience awards in Seattle (US), Perth (AU) and Brighton (UK) and has been licensed for streaming and broadcast on OutTV.  Her work has been published in The Walrus, Geist, Spacing and Phaidon’s Art and Queer Culture and is held in collection at the National Gallery of Canada’s Artist Multiple Library (Ottawa) and the Getty Research Institute Harmony Hammond Archive (Los Angeles).

    Megan Yung is an emerging teenage artist and student based in Richmond. From as soon as she could hold a pencil, Megan knew she loved to draw and create. Through most of her younger years, she was enrolled in various art courses during summers with Arts Umbrella and was also taught by local community artists. It was there where she learned the fundamentals of composition and colour. Since then, Megan has been self-taught after having dropped art classes to focus on school. She has created artwork for the Richmond School Board, Richmond Public Library, and the City of Richmond through various contests and commissions. Currently, her design for “The Arts” 2019 Richmond Street Banner is displayed on street poles around the city. Her artwork also makes an appearance on the School District 38 Mission Values poster around schools in Richmond. Megan intends to pursue art and design in post-secondary to hopefully further her artistic ability and knowledge.

    About the Moderator:

    Jas Lally is the Showroom Assistant at Art Rental & Sales at the Vancouver Art Gallery where she works with local B.C. based artists. Her past position includes Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Lally is currently serving as President for the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver and is Fundraising Chair for the Board of Directors of the Richmond Art Gallery Association. She received a Master’s in History of Art from the University of Birmingham, UK, in the curatorial program where she was the team leader in organizing a graduate led exhibition of drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, London.


    Above: Jeni Chen, "Flow, Roots, Oneness, Wild" (left) and Megan Yung "Cycles of Life" (right), Richmond Public Art Columns, Lansdowne Station, 2019


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