Our Featured Member: Michael Shirley!


Michael Shirley has been an artist for many years. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and is a long-time resident of Richmond. His love and passion for art began in his early childhood. He was primarily self-taught, yet studied with many famous artists including Toni Onley and Brent Heighton. His paintings explore the innocence of youth and the beauty of nature with wonderful scenes of children and gardens. He has exhibited at the Richmond Art Gallery and he is a Board Member with the Community Arts Council of Richmond. He has also generously donated his art to the Nite of Hope, Canadian Breast Cancer Society’s fundraising event. His paintings are carefully composed with rich earthy tone colours and beautiful imagery.





Thank you all for helping to make ArtRich 2017 such a resounding success. As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations, we offered three prizes of 150$ to the top pieces of artwork in the exhibition, as chosen by visitors to the gallery. The People’s Choice winners are:

  • Haitao Yin!  for  Whispering Grass
  • Kerri-Jo Stewart! for  At The Docks. (Pinhole)
  • Denise E. Paluck! for  Firestorm at Moonrise

Thank you again to everyone who submitted works and/or came to the exhibition. We hope to see you all again for the next ArtRich!

Haitao Yin with Whispering Grass


Kerri-Jo Stewart with At The Docks. (Pinhole)


Denise Paluck’s Firestorm at Moonrise


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Our Mission

To promote, support and advocate for the Arts in all their various forms within Richmond, BC.

Our Vision

RAC Vision:

Richmond is recognized as a creative community. This means:

  1. The City is an Arts destination with a vibrant Arts scene which values and appreciates all forms of the Arts.
  2. The community is engaged in activity which includes:
    1. A variety of Arts-related objects, performances and experiences available to the public
    2. Arts gathering spaces
    3. Meaningful connection between culture, heritage and the Arts
    4. The Arts are used to explore cultural connectivity
    5. A friendly and welcoming community including daytime and night-time vibrance
    6.  A wide variety of Arts-related programs and events
    7. Sustainable and stable Arts organizations
    8. Arts-focused hubs (The Arts District in the City Centre Official Community Plan and Steveston)
  3.  The livability of the community encourages artists to live and work in Richmond.

Our Sponsors

    • Gateway Theatre
    • Richmond News
    • Innovation Networks
    • City of Richmond
    • Government of Canada (Department of Canadian Heritage)
    • Richmond Canada 150

Our Partners

    • City of Richmond
    • Gateway Theatre
    • Richmond Art Gallery
    • Steveston 20/20
    • Gulf of Georgia Cannery
    • Steveston Historical Society
    • RYMP (Richmond Youth Media Program)
    • CMWAC (Community Mental Wellness Association of Canada)
    • RCCS (Richmond Chinese Community Society)

Indonesian batik demo

Indonesian batik demo by artists Diandra Durando and Liza Wajong of Citranti of Canada Indonesia Diaspora Society at Lipont Place on May 20th, 2017. Stay tuned of upcoming workshops!

Posted by Lipont Place on Thursday, June 22, 2017