Richmond Artists Guild belongs to Richmond Arts Coalition as a group member. Now in its 61st year, Richmond Artists Guild was formed in September 1955 after a group of artists posted a notice in the local paper and a meeting was held. One of the aims was to get together for outdoor painting and the group wasted no time in organizing for Sunday sessions almost immediately. With the sponsorship and encouragement of J.E.H. McDonald (of the Group of Seven) President of the Federation of Canadian Artists, an exhibit was held in Lambert Potteries in Vancouver – then somewhat a hub of the local art scene. Further recognition occurred when Richmond Artists Guild was presented with a special award from the Vancouver Art Gallery for its efforts in promoting local art activities.
Members continued to be active in displays, exhibits and plein-aire painting including shows in a local furniture store and the P.N.E. in a sponsored display in the Manufacturer’s Building. RAG displayed in Municipal Hall for Canada’s Centennial and was consulted on plans for a Richmond Art Gallery.
Over the years, meetings were held in various locations until the first Art Centre was built and there was room there. When it became obvious that a new Library and Art Centre was needed, RAG members were active in helping raise $500,000 and also appealing for provincial and federal grants of 1million each for the present building.
Richmond Artists Guild has approximately 60 members. Our motto is : “To encourage local artists to meet together to improve their skills and expand their knowledge of art.” From September through June, meetings are held with demonstration artists the second Wednesday evening of the month. Alternate Wednesdays, Life Drawing is held. A smaller group meets for Long Poses every second Friday. The plein-aire painting group is Men in Hats who paint outdoors from May to October on Tuesdays and do studio painting through the winter. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter. Websites can be found at: www.richmondartistsguild.com and www.meninhats.ca. Both are also on Facebook.
Current Richmond Artists Guild members who are also members of RAC include: Margot D’Souza, Jeanette Jarville, Rebecca Woo, Robin White, Shirley Rampton, Loraine Wellman, John Beatty, and Margreth Fry.