Holly Schmidt: Vanitas

June 10, 2017

On the occasion of the City of Richmond’s Our Home and Native Bloom installation at Richmond City Hall, Richmond Art Gallery offers a unique workshop with Vancouver artist Holly Schmidt.

Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC

Cost: FREE – SOLD OUT – Please sign up for waitlist via Eventbrite.

This workshop is part of Richmond Canada 150, Our Home and Native Bloom.  Click here for more details.



Explore the vanitas characteristics of Dutch still life painting through the creation of floral arrangements. The workshop will begin with a look at how these painters captured the passing of earthly life through imagery of abundant bouquets on the verge of decay. Following this, participants will be invited to forage for foliage in Minoru Park, and with a range of local blossoms create their own still life to be photographed. Participants are welcome to take their arrangements at the end of the workshop. Digital images of their arrangement will be shared. The first iteration of this workshop was hosted by Arts Assembly in September 2016.

The workshop will begin at the Richmond Art Gallery and will eventually move to the Richmond City Hall Plaza one block away (this portion of the event will be held outdoors). Participants are asked to bring their own vase (a vase or bowl with a wide mouth is recommended) and a pair of small pruners.


About the Artist

Holly Schmidt is a Vancouver artist with a research-based practice that engages processes of collaborative research and informal pedagogy. Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities. Her recent exhibitions and residency projects include Pollen Index with Charles H. Scott Gallery (2016), Till with the Santa Fe Art Institute Food Justice Residency (2014/15), Mess Hall as part of the residency Society is a Workshop at the Banff Centre (2013), Moveable Feast with Burnaby Art Gallery (2012) Grow with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects (2011) She is the Curator of Learning and Community Engagement at the Contemporary Art Gallery and an adjunct instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Closed on statutory holidays.

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Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC  V6Y 1R8
Canada Line Station: Richmond-Brighouse


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