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Richmond is well known for its culinary scene; people travel here just to eat, and our residents enjoy the wide variety of dining options their city provides.

Grabbing takeout and gathering with friends outdoors to share a meal has grown in popularity in recent years. In celebration of the coming Spring and Summer seasons, when the breeze is warmer, and nature is calling us outdoors, Tourism Richmond has launched, its second edition of the Pacific. Authentic. Pop-up Picnic Areas to provide an inviting place to dine outside in places that are close to restaurants. We have partnered with seven local artists who designed and painted one of a kind works of art on our tables.  These tables add colour and a whimsical flair to the our wonderful local landscapes and the picnic tables capture the Pacific. Authentic. brand essence by using brand elements and colours.

ARTISTS BEHIND THE TABLES

AMY BAO

Amy (Yun Ru)Bao is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in visual arts and architecture. Her projects vary in scale from paintings and sculptures to installations and buildings, and range in medium from traditional art to digital rendering.

She is passionate about playful and interactive art — especially artwork that is publicly accessible. Growing up as an immigrant, she valued the vibrant blend of cultural experiences in Richmond. Her multicultural upbringing developed her creativity, and she is grateful for the chance to share it with the community. You can find more about her here.

Amy Bao’s design is inspired by Richmond’s mixture of culture and history. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Amy designed the table while imagining Richmond’s intermingling of culture and history that is valued by both its visitors and residents. The fish leaping from the opposite side to meet in the center is a play on Yin-Yang imagery. Traditionally, fish swimming in a circle represented balance, harmony, and the connection of all living things. In this version, the fish represents the vibrancy and excitement that is born from the different cultures meeting and intermingling — the koi being the East, and the salmon being the West.

The edges of the table top present environments and contexts for the two fish in the center, connected by a body of water. It shows imagery from iconic locations in Richmond, specifically the docks of Steveston, and gardens in the International Buddhist Society

The benches are covered in a scale-like pattern. This design not only reflects the fish in the center, but also acts as abstractions for elements of the locations illustrated.

You can find Amy’s picnic table at the entrance of Aberdeen Centre on the corner of Browngate Road & Hazelbridge Way (number 1 on the map).

ATHEANA PICHA

Atheana Picha is a Salish artist from the Kwantlen First Nation. Born in Vancouver and raised in Richmond, she is an interdisciplinary artist who mostly works in 2-D artwork. Atheana studied Fine Arts at Langara College for three years, with a focus on ceramics, intaglio printmaking, and wood carving.

Athena has been engaged with public art through her mural work since 2018. She is a two-time recipient of the YVR Art Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship and her work is featured in the Museum of Vancouver, Burnaby Art Gallery, and Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Click here to read more about her work.

Atheana Picha’s picnic table is influenced by her personal association with Herons. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Atheana used a Blue Heron with a Coast Salish design as the motif for her picnic table. As someone who grew up in Richmond, she would often see herons during her walks which symbolizes home. They specifically remind her of Steveston as she has a fond memory of sneaking up on them with her brother while they were waiting for their parents to finish working on the boats. As her parents and family friends have strong ties to the Steveston fishing history, Atheana associated herons with the fishermen who are part of her life. You can locate her table at Britannia Shipyards (number 4 on the map).

BEA MARTIN

Bea is a character animator, certified medical illustrator (CMI), nature journaler, educator and Fulbright Scholar with a medical background. With curiosity and enthusiasm, her goal is to craft entertaining, inspiring and educational stories, merging art with science in both digital and traditional media in a creative collaborative environment.

As an educator, her goal is to create a safe space to support creativity, curiosity and artistic development of people of all ages. Bea launched Curiosity, Creativity and Beyond, thanks to Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, which contains free and easy to follow “how-to-draw” animals and plants videos. 

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Educate yourself at Bea Martin​’s bird inspired picnic table design. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Bea had several goals for this design, in terms of community engagement, she wanted to promote education and preservation of bird species found around Richmond and their habitats. She also wanted to create an experience for kids and grown-ups while they sit at the picnic table and help create fond memories for friends and families that can finally reunite and spend time together again.

But also, to foster curiosity of the natural world around us and engage our community in identifying and helping preserve Richmond natural habitats. Bea has dedicated this design to her uncle and grandma, both painters. You can find Bea’s picnic table located at the Fisherman’s Park located next to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (number 6 on the above map).

Come down to Britannia Shipyards learn fun facts about squirrels. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

This year, Bea has chosen to use squirrels as her theme. She wanted to bring awareness to the community of the importance of squirrels to our ecosystem. Once again, she had several goals in mind while designing the table. She wanted to educate the public about urban wildlife and safety and to help connect with the community through art and science. She also hoped to spark curiosity about the squirrels with fun facts painted on the table. You can find Bea’s new table at Britannia Shipyards (number 4 on the map).

CRYSTAL LAN

Crystal (she/her) is a Taiwanese Canadian settler working on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nations. Crystal is a program coordinator who organizes and promotes cultural programs that help create a sense of community amongst diverse neighbours.

Crystal enjoys talking with community members, creating efficiencies, working with creatives, and writing about art. She enjoys feedback even when program changes are not yet possible. In her personal practice, she makes illustrations and paintings for indoor and outdoor spaces. Crystal holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Visual Arts. Click here for more information on Crystal’s work.

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Crystal Lan​’s Design is all about the conversations and communities created when sharing a meal. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

This bench illustration celebrates the conversations and communities created when sharing a meal. While we may not all remember eating from a bright red picnic blanket, the artists hope that you can also enjoy a meal on this picnic bench. You can find Crystal’s picnic table located at Fisherman’s Park (number 6 on the above map).

DAWN LO 

Dawn Lo is an illustrator whose work has appeared in picture books, stationery, greeting cards, public art installations, and more! Born in Hong Kong, she is currently based in the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.

Dawn Lo incorporated her Asian heritage to design a hotpot inspired picnic table. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Originating from China, hotpot is a popular cooking method that encourages diners to share and add a variety of ingredients like meat, veggies, tofu, even leftover food, to a boiling broth. The interesting thing about hotpot is that it is a brand new experience each time.

The flavours differ depending on the ingredients combination and the atmosphere differs depending on the companies. In the illustration, you can see the characters are coming together for this communal dining experience – different fun ingredients are thrown into the pot!

Dawn used mainly bold and simple shapes featuring a bright colour palette to create a cheerful and inviting imagery. Just like hotpot, she hopes that this illustration conveys the feelings of community, diversity and connectivity of what these picnic areas can bring to the Richmond space. 

You can find Jeni’s picnic table located at Lansdowne Centre (number 3 on the above map).

EMILY LAU

Emily Lau is a self-taught acrylic painting artist, originally from Hong Kong, now residing in Richmond. Having spent over 10 years in the beautiful Kootenays, she was inspired by the surrounding nature, wildlife and the most artistic human beings in this quaint and unique town.

The nature in Richmond instilled Emily Lau to create this artwork. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Emily’s artwork is titled The Soul of Richmond. It was inspired by the city’s beautiful nature. She believes the mother nature and history of this land enlightens the community’s daily lives. She considers certain elements such as the people and wildlife are the nutrients and the soul of the City. Click here to find out more about Emily’s other artwork. You can locate Emily’s table at the Richmond Oval (number 2 on the map).

JENI CHEN

Jeni Chen born in Taiwan, moved to Richmond, Canada with her family when she was a teenager. As a kid, Jeni loved to draw but stopped when she decided to pursue a more practical career in science. After the birth of her son, Jeni picked up her childhood passion and obtained a Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 

Since then, Jeni has been selected for several public art programs in her city. Currently, she is working on her debut picture book Emet’s Box to be published in spring 2022. And for fun, Jeni draws a webcomic series EJ Rascal about family life with her elementary school-aged son.

Jeni Chen​’s wanted to connect Richmond’s natural heritage with tourism. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Richmond is an Island City by nature and home to YVR International Airport, a gateway to and from destinations around the world. This concept connects Richmond’s natural heritage with tourism.

When kids and family are using the picnic table, they can pretend to be an airplane, trace the runway and imagine taking off into the surrounding area! You can find Jeni’s picnic table located at Aberdeen Centre (number 1 on the above map).

LAURA KWOK

Laura Kwok is an artist and illustrator with a wild heart, young spirit, and old soul. She is captivated by the beauty of nature and her artwork is merely a small ode to the grandeur of the natural world. Her recent work focuses on capturing the fluid and ethereal life cycles of flowers and creating a personal language of floral symbolism as a means of self-expression.

Laura is curious about how art plays a therapeutic role in healing humans, creating connections, and strengthening communities. You can stay up to date with Laura’s creations here.

Laura Kwok​’s vibrant and joyful design. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

This table design depicts the quintessential picnic feast. From the watermelon and ice-cream, to the red and white gingham accents, this illustration incorporates all the picnic peculiarities and creates a sense of summer filled with friends, family, and food.

Joining together for a meal facilitates conversation and community, and Laura wanted to celebrate those elements with this vibrant and joyful design. You can find Laura’s picnic table located at the Fisherman’s Park (number 6 on the above map).

Laura’s artwork is a reminder to cherish the beautiful things that surround us. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

During the pandemic, listening to music, song writing and painting were all therapeutic activities that eased Laura’s sense of anxiety. This design depicts a healing garden of creative expression and celebrates the vibrant spirit of art and music. Through hardships and challenging times, she hopes this artwork is a reminder to continually cherish the beautiful things that surround the public and to keep looking for light in the worldHer picnic table is located at the Steveston Town Square Park (number 5 on the map).

LISA TANIGUCHI

Lisa Taniguchi creates bold, vibrant, and hopeful lettering for brands, publications, and the public. She has worked for clients such as McDonalds, Zappos, Vancouver Mural Festival, and the Government of Canada. Her work lives across mediums, from digital, to print, to canvas, to large scale murals. Lisa often draws from her introspective, honest, but hopeful perspective in her lettering messages. On the side, she runs her own shop for fun and fundraising called Be Kind Club. Read more about Lisa here.

Lisa Taniguchi’s love of Japanese food with lettering inspired this artwork. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

This design was inspired by Lisa’s Japanese heritage and combines a love of Japanese food with lettering. The table top reads “itadakimasu” – a standard phrase said before a meal to show appreciation for everyone involved in the preparing the meal. In a bento like collage, the hiragana characters are complemented with patterns of quintessential Japanese food: onigiri rice balls, dango(sweet Japanese dumplings) and white peach. The seats feature a hand-lettered “Let’s eat!” with Japanese patterns to fit the theme. Her table is located at Lansdowne Centre, next to the skytrain station (number 3 on the map).

MARK GALVINA

Mark Glavina studied graphic design and Illustration at Capilano College and has worked as a teacher and illustrator with various contracts including background painting for animation and private contracts and commissions as well as established a reputation as a muralist. In the 90’s he turned to developing his own fine art, exploring environmental and cultural issues, as well as working with the figure and portrait. Mark has been teaching and facilitating art for over 20 years encouraging the benefits of art education for all ages and a pioneer of Community Public Art. Click here to read more about Mark.

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This design by Mark ​and Co is inspired by the mighty Fraser River. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

Mark used this opportunity to create a youth project and a couple of his youth artists joined him creating this wonderful table. This artwork is titled Picnic on the River Rock, that is designed by Stella Lin. The table captures the feeling of sitting on the riverside, celebrating and contemplating the teeming life supported by rivers and streams. You can find Mark’s picnic table located at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (number 7 on the above map).

STEVEN LAROCCA

While Steven has always enjoyed drawing, painting, playing guitar and writing music his current passion is creating unique art pieces with beachcombing finds from along the Fraser River. You can stay up to date with his creations on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Steven LaRocca​’s design is in recognition of Richmond as an island city. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

This design was created in recognition of Richmond as an island city. Lulu Island is one of the 17 island that make up Richmond and is the most populated island in Richmond which stretches from Steveston to just before Queensborough. 

A land acknowledgement to the First Nations via the script “Traditional Unceded Territory of the Halkomelem People was included on the creation. You can find Steven’s picnic table located at Lansdowne Centre. (number 3 on the above map).

SUSANNA LAU

Susanna worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and children’s art instructor after graduating from Emily Carr University’s Fine Arts Program. She currently works as a texture artist in the VFX industry. Although she works as a texture artist, she still loves traditional art forms such as painting and illustrating. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies and reading comics for inspiration.

Susanna Lau’s art piece represents reminiscing the wonderful times with her friends. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

The Design:

The concept for this work is based on Susanna’s personal experience living in Richmond. On one summer day, she and her friends were feeling upset on their way home from school. The sky suddenly turned grey and it started to rain. Instead of feeling miserable, they started to laugh as if their sadness were being washed away. This became a memorable day for them. To remember this special day, they bought some bubble tea. Since then, bubble tea reminds her of the days when she and her friends used to do silly things in Raincouver, Richmond.