Linda Barnes, RAC Vice Chair
Linda has always been supportive of the Arts and recognizes them as an essential piece of a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city. As a Richmond City Councillor she ensured the Arts were recognized as part of the City’s economic development. In her retirement she wants to continue to advocate and be part of keeping the Arts alive and well in Richmond.
Emily Yip, Visual Art, RAC Treasurer
Emily Yip has had a passion for art since she was young. She creates paintings, photos and mixed media artworks. Her paintings directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By applying abstraction, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical, and believes in the idea of function following form in a work. She is a CGA who has worked in both public and private practice.
Jean Garnett, Visual Art, RAC Secretary
Jean Garnett is a Paper Collage artist. Her career was in Accounting and Office Management. She was President and then Secretary of the Richmond District Parents Association, where she represented parents for nine years as a member of many school district and community committees. She was also Parent Education Chair and Secretary of two school Parent Advisory Councils and Secretary of a School Planning Council. Jean is a member of CFUW Richmond (Canadian Federation of University Women) and is currently Newsletter Editor. She also serves on the Board of TALK (Third Age Learning at Kwantlen) as Program Chair.
Susan Skemp, Performer
Susan’s career has taken her worldwide. Susan was a guest entertainer for Princess Cruises, the female lead at the Diamond Horseshoe for Tokyo Disneyland, and starred in “Escandola”, a musical revue in Europe. Susan has worked with the late Bob Fosse, Peter Matz and Earl Brown and at home; she has performed with Bob McGrath on the Variety Telethon and sung with Dal Richards and Bobby Hales Orchestras’ and with Motown singer Bobby Taylor. She starred as Nelly Forbush in “South Pacific” for Theatre Under The Stars, in “Godspell” at the Vancouver Playhouse, was the female lead in “Steppin’ Out” with Variety at the Vogue and a guest entertainer in the “Hugh Pickett Tribute” at the Arts Club. At Metro, she starred as Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” and Dorothy Brock in “42nd Street”. Susan produced and starred in her own one-woman show, “An Evening with Susan Skemp” at the Gateway Theatre, “A Date with Susan & Michel” at the Oasis and her Cabaret series, “Nostalgia” with Phil Moriarity at Metro.
Debbie Tobin – Founder and Artistic Director, Children’s Arts Festival
Debbie holds a Bachelor and Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia. She has taught in the Richmond School District for the past 22 years and is a strong advocate for the use of arts in all curricular areas. Her inspiration for founding BC Children’s Arts and Literacy Centre (BC CALC) and the Children’s Arts Festival was one of her students. Since its inception, the Children’s Arts Festival has benefited over 30,000 children and provided an essential curriculum supplement to hundreds of elementary school instructors. In 2012, Debbie was nominated for the Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award, Community Category and in 2013 BC CALC received the 2013 Richmond Art Award for Arts Education. An active member of the community, Debbie has volunteered her time on many boards and projects and was a member of the Gateway Theatre’s Board of Directors from 2007 – 2012.
Ying Wang – Filmmaker
Born in China, a self-taught filmmaker and artist, Ying is an adventurous spirit full of curiosity about life. Her first feature film Sisters has been shown at film festivals and was collected by Vancouver Public Library and numerous educational institutes. Ying is also the founder of Cinevolution Media Arts Society, one of the most promising media art organizations in Metro Vancouver. Cinevolution’s featured event Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival is the first annual celebration of international media arts in the city and has been acclaimed for its cutting edge programs and fresh perspectives. Currently, Ying is completing her first feature length documentary: Dad, I Will Be Home Soon, a story tackling issues of global emigration and mental health.
Sabrina Henry – Photographer
Like many photographers, Sabrina began armed with nothing more substantial than a point-and-shoot compact camera. Encouraged by her father’s desire for her to pursue photography, she has worked to hone her photographic skills and develop her visual voice. She studied under Canadian photographer/writer Freeman Patterson, Magnum’s Larry Towell, and National Geographic’s William Albert Allard and she has had a long apprenticeship with Pacific Northwest photographer Raymond L. Ketcham. As part of the editorial team at Rear Curtain magazine, she provides a venue for emerging visual storytellers to share their work online and in print. As co-founder of ART (the Artist Round Table) and IDEA (Image Discussions for Emerging Artists), Sabrina has created a community to support the development and mentoring of photographic artists in Canada, the US and as far away as Australia. These artists have gone on to exhibit and publish their work to a growing audience. Rarely seen in front of the camera, Sabrina also leads a secret life as a Human Resources Professional and is currently working on a long-term project documenting changing life in the Village of Steveston, Richmond.