Our Featured Member: Jeanette Jarville!

Jeanette Jarville (BFA, AFCAfull-timell time professional artist from Vancouver BC, Canada who works from her studio in Crescent Beach, BC. She began classical oil painting at the age of 11, received a District Art Scholarship and Art Council Scholarship in High School and was accepted into the renowned Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Jeanette was awarded 4 more scholarships for the work she was creating there, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 1996. She studied art for one year in Berlin, Germany, with master sculptors and painters. While there she traveled extensively throughout Europe, inspired by the abundance of art. She has been awarded 9 public art commissions, received The Mayors Art Award for Artistic Innovation, is a founding member and Past Chair of the Richmond Arts Coalition, received the Award of Excellence and AFCA Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Jeanette’s art is in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, Europe and the USA, Australia, Asia and South Africa. Her work has been featured on television, in Movies, numerous news articles and magazines and in designer homes. She has exhibited locally and internationally, has had work in The McBride Museum in Whitehorse, the Biennale, Venice, Italy, and gallery representation in Canada and the USA.

Artist Statement:

Meditations, Music, Water, Trees, the Human Form, things having lyrical, flowing movement are subjects that inspire me to create. I am compelled to use fluid lines, unique colour combinations, and dramatic compositions to capture my inner visions and feelings about the subject. I strive to make empowering, intimate, thought provoking work that touches others.

I have always been driven to create, whether it is through drawing, painting in oils, acrylics, mixed mediums, glass, or sculpting using a variety of mediums, the satisfaction I receive from the process of transforming what I imagine into a reality for others to experience is the reason I am an artist.


On April 26th we at RAC held our annual board meeting. At the AGM, we were delighted to officially confirm the appointment of our new board members Teresa Chow, Paul Dufour, Keith Kidwell, Robert Scott, and Susan Skemp, who were elected unanimously to two-year terms. We are delighted to have a reinvigorated board as we move forward as a voice for the arts in Richmond.

At the AGM, we also said a fond goodbye to Jean Garnett, who steps down from the board after serving the eight year maximum term allowed for in our bylaws. That limit was put in place to ensure the vitality of our organization, and no one is more of a proponent for it than Jean. Over her eight years as a board member of RAC, Jean has been indispensible, acting as record-keeper, grant-writer, secretary, financial signer, public face, chief communicator, happy host, and so, so much more. We look forward to seeing what she gets up to in her new-found free time!




At our Annual General Meeting, our Executive Director shared a report on all we have been up to in the past year:

Executive Directors Report, Rob Fillo, Richmond Arts Coalition, April 2018

Richmond Arts Coalition’s mission is to promote, support & advocate for the Arts in all their various forms in Richmond.

2017 was a banner year for Richmond Arts Coalition (RAC.) It began with the hiring of our first ever executive director (ED), myself Rob Fillo, and ended with an amazing ArtRich 2017 Gala and exhibition of our finest local artists. In between, I did vast amounts of organizational education, board-development workshops and mentor outreach, the knowledge from which I imparted on RAC’s board, staff, member base and broader public through our regular monthly eBlast newsletters, our website and regular multi-platform social media updates. With this refreshed knowledge base, we embarked on a massive infrastructure overhaul to bring our digital existence up-to-date and redevelop our membership database for both client and organizational efficiency. One of our main tasks in doing so was to commission the build of an entirely new website, from the ground up. RAC needed to catch up with ever-changing technology and, with the assistance of a grant, from Tourism Richmond we were able to hire a professional web-designer and create a powerful and more accessible website that will help us create more value for our members and public users, as well as sponsorship companies and organizations. Also, this year our board members and staff took on a very important succession planning project. Spearheaded by board secretary Jean Garnett, we created an updated board orientation package, featuring our updated conflict of interest policy and new board commitment pledge. We are firm believers in succession planning and want to know that our organization has the tools to both survive and refresh itself, board term limits are also a very important and celebrated part of our group and we were honoured by the retirement of multiple board members this year and thank them dearly for their service.

RAC continues to advocate for arts of all forms in Richmond and beyond. In 2017, RAC was consulted on a multitude of matters in regards to arts and arts communities in Richmond. Massive community outreach efforts were made this year to grow and solidify our relationships with other communities and organizations. Our board chair, Linda Barnes and myself spoke to council on behalf of the possibility of repurposing the Minoru Activity Centre for arts use to fill community needs. I was also directly interviewed by the Minoru Park Planning Consultants (along with Board member Susan Skemp.) Another advocacy highlight would be the Minoru Activity Centre Repurposing Consultant meeting, where myself and the consultant spent time designing a concept floorpan layout to suit the various local arts needs as part of the consulting process. I and various board members continue to meet with city art staff on a regular monthly basis, to discuss the ever changing and developing needs of our fast growing city. As ED, I made huge strides in opening up our lines of communications with various cultural organizations and local businesses. One highlight included our media-marketing partnership with the Community Mental Wellness Association of Canada’s Gala Fundraiser where I was also a featured performer representing RAC and Richmond’s arts community to a largely international audience. I also reached out provincially and have received mentorship from over 10 other executive directors. With regular meetings and communications with these mentors, the Arts BC Insight Team and The BC Arts Council, I have been able to more accurately depict the most appropriate timeline directives for our organizational growth; while continuing to find areas where we can improve and meet our growing fiduciary responsibilities. We are always searching for ways to better serve our membership base and Richmond as a whole with our advocacy and presence.

While building on RAC’s previous development and creating our new updated infrastructure, RAC’s board, staff and volunteers have also managed to be involved in a wide range of community events. I was asked to be a featured artist in the Richmond Art Galleries, Art at Work series where I spoke about RAC and my career as a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator. RAC was involved in Richmond’s Culture Days festivities, hosting an all day music marathon featuring local artists (including some of our RAC members.) In Winter, RAC partnered with Steveston Historical Society (and other local organizations) to put on Songs in the Snow; A free, family friendly, community building concert series that featured local talent and charities. We had fantastic community engagement and warmed up the holiday season for many, many people; In hopes of recapturing a sense of home and community awareness in such a rapidly changing urban environment.

RAC also put on a workshop to aid those, less digitally inclined, submit their works to our very special biannual flagship event, ArtRich!

ArtRich 2017 was an unprecedented success. This spectacular event featured a rich tapestry of multicultural performing artists, spoken word, food art and a barrage of incredible local talent and their art pieces. This event both energized and motivated the local arts community sparking the interest of many new incredible board member applicants. I am happy to say that Richmond Arts Coalition has welcomed some of those applicants and we now have fresh and incredibly talented new board members.

Richmond Arts Coalition was once again honoured to provide the artists performing during this past years Maritime Festival. And we are happy to announce that, this will be our 8th year receiving the Canadian Heritage grant to assist us in doing so once again.

It was again our honour to serve the arts community by co-hosting the Richmond Arts Awards. We have, officially, set aside a charitable endowment fund with the Richmond Community Foundation and plan to grow it to fruition in the coming years to support the Richmond Arts Awards in perpetuity, among other ambition endeavours.

With the support and networking of local organizations, I am proud to say that we have served a large number of our members of many various communities with our advocacy and community presence. It is truly an honour to be the first, ever, executive director of the Richmond Arts Coalition. I believe we made huge strides this year and with our continuing education and development as an organization, I know we will continue to serve Richmond with assertive advocacy and respectful, inclusive community outreach. Since my hiring in March 2017 we have bolstered a %127 increase in our member base and have implemented a %100 increase in our membership fees to better accommodate our growing population and increase benefits for both our members and Richmond’s overall population.
None of this could be done without our many partner organizations and friends in the community and we kindly acknowledge the continued funding and support from the City of Richmond, Canadian Heritage Foundation, Tourism Richmond, Canada 150 Fund, Richmond Art Gallery and many more supporting pillars including our highly appreciated, and steadily increasing membership body. In closing, I would also like to take a moment to thank RAC’s unsung heros, the people that keep our digital infrastructure and public information delivery services running; admin assistant Andrew Wade and our social media volunteers Allie McDonald and Wendy Tsui. Not to mention the incredible work from our staff and especially our board member Debbie Tobin, who worked especially hard to make sure that our biannual ArtRich celebration was an amazing success.

In the coming year, we plan to maintain this bold and ambitious trajectory while sewing the seeds of growth with increased community outreach and succession planning. I intend to find our local champions of the arts and empower them to do their best work serving our community through the magical, wonder-filled catalyst of human evolution, the arts.

– Rob Fillo




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