Board of Directors

 

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.

Teresa Chow

 

Paul Dufour

Paul enjoys a wide variety of art’s disciplines including visual, mixed media, photography and fine woodworking but his true passion is playing music. His love of music began with a summer job playing records for figure skating routines at his local arena and moved on to playing percussion in his high school band. Paul and his rock band performed at Expo 67 in Montreal and more recently he played for several seasons as the percussionist for the Richmond Orchestra. After moving to BC in 1972 Paul began a long career in the music industry working for Warner Brothers Music and London Records of Canada and several other organizations.

Paul has been honoured to serve on many boards in many capacities. This included a time as president Richmond Orchestra and Chorus. After retiring from that position, an opportunity to stay on with the organization as Administrator presented itself and Paul applied himself to furthering the organization in this role for over 5 years. As well, Paul served as an advisor to the Sister City Committee of Richmond when they brought both the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wakayama Youth Choir to Richmond.

Paul brings a great deal of experience to his position with the Richmond Arts Coalition as well as a desire to help with the growth of the arts, culture and heritage in our community.

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.

Keith Kidwell

Keith Kidwell is a big supporter of the arts communities and non-profit organizations. He is from the traditional and digital marketing worlds, and brings over 20 years of marketing expertise, for clients in both the business and non-profit sector.

He has been infusing the non-profit sector with digital marketing strategies through a series of workshops over the past several years. Through a long running workshop on Social Media and Blogging for Non Profits, he has presented to over +200 non-profit organizations, on developing social media strategies. In consulting with several artists over the years, he brings an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for artist in the community.

Sudnya Mulye – Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor

Sudnya Mulye is a professional Bharata Natyam dancer, choreographer and instructor. Bharata Natyam is an Indian Classical dance which integrates stylized hand gestures, facial expressions, footwork, yoga, and universal emotions. Sudnya holds her B.F.A in Bharata Natyam and M.F.A in Choreography from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, University of Mumbai, India. Sudnya has been nominated for several dance and community awards including the Richmond Review’s Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award. She is the founder of the Sudnya Dance Academy.

Robert Scott

Robert Scott, born and raised in Richmond, B.C. has been involved in music for much of his life. He started piano lessons at the age of five and has been playing the French horn for 23 years. Robert continues to perform on the French horn and vocally. He plays the French horn in small ensembles and as a soloist. Throughout high school, Robert performed in many groups, including the Richmond Honour Band, Hugh Boyd Band, Richmond Youth Orchestra, Richmond Youth Concert Band, Little Mountain Brass Band, Summer Pops Youth Orchestra, and the West Coast Amateur Musician’s Society.

Throughout high school, Robert composed hundreds of pieces with the aid of digital music technology. Genres covered modern instrumental pieces to contemporary “pop,” RnB, and electronica. Several of these pieces have been performed by Robert and other musicians. Seven years ago, Robert was invited to perform in a local Chinese boy band called “杨光志” which translates to “Sunshine Club.” Robert was one of five vocalists, performing in both English and Mandarin; he also offered language translation support to the lyricist.

Music continues to be an integral part of Robert’s life. While now, working as a business consultant, he continues to perform in Richmond; here, he shares his passion and commitment to music and the arts by encouraging community members of all ages to participate in and enjoy in the many facets of art. Robert is excited to have been selected as a RAC board member where he can combine his artistic background and business experience to further RAC’s mandate.

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, “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. She was in the Canadian Premiere of “Snoopy” as Sally Brown and sang a live telecast to New York for the “Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour” at Expo ’86. She also starred in the Japanese TV series, “Rice Curry” and the Vancouver produced Children’s TV series, “Tell-A-Tune-Town” – for which she wrote six original songs. Susan was the lead vocalist on, “The TLO Celebrates Musicals” CD, she sang on the 2005 Grey Cup Theme song and 2007 PNE parade song. She was a session gospel singer on the Harrison Ford film, “Fire Wall”. Susan performed at the 2012 Senior Games, and in 2013 she sang at the “Christmas at the Dunbar” event. In 2014 she produced and performed in the “Dunbar Celebration” and at Hycroft in 2015. Since 2015 she has been performing at over 45 different Senior Centre’s and residences all over the lower mainland. For Canada’s 150 celebration, Susan wrote, produced and performed in a musical revue at the Richmond Night Market in July 2017. Her short film, “Play it Again”, which she wrote, produced and sang the theme song for premiered at the Dunbar Theater in 2017. Susan is the writer on the TV series, “Desi Bride to Be” and “Desi Homes” soon to be airing on the FYI TV Channel.

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.