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July 12 - July 29, 2017


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In Darkness Exhibition ft. Anne Sargent, Anyuta Gusakova, and Fiona Moes Pel.

In silence, in isolation. It is something you see in the corner of your eyes, something you feel deep in your heart. In Darkness. It is that something you cannot describe, that something sending a shiver down your spine. It is that something. Through an uncanny display of artistic expressions, in the most creative media, In Darkness instils a sense of darkness within. October 21st, join Vancouver Lipont Art Centre for a night of darkness you have never experienced before.

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Poetic Dance of Ink - June Yun and Paul Crowe


Opening reception: Saturday February 18, 2017 2:00 – 4:00pm

Exhibition dates: February 18 – March 11, 2017 Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm. Closed on statutory holidays.


All artworks in the exhibition are for sale.


This new series of artworks has emerged from collaboration between artists June Yun and Dr. Paul Crowe. This exhibition is the first collaboration between the two artists in exploring their shared aesthetic interests through combining painting and photography.


Playing with the concept of time and fleeting moments he used multiple and long exposure techniques to photograph the flow of June's movement as she danced. June's movements were then echoed in the dance of ink in water; once again captured photographically. Both sets of images were transferred onto semi-transparent mylar to create a series of images combining the parallel poetry of motion in the forms of body and ink. Water is their theme, dance her passion. Daoism is his philosophy; ink painting is the root of her art—mist is their shared aesthetic.



June Yun

June Yun is a Vancouver-based Chinese-Canadian artist. Her artwork builds on the edge of Eastern and Western cultures. Through her life/ travel experiences from East to West, and then looking back at the East, she transforms her appreciations and struggles into visual forms: oil painting, drawing, video and installation. Those framed thoughts are sublimates of her inside words and passions, made more simple and quiet in their external form.



Dr. Paul Crowe

Dr. Paul Crowe has a MA in Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Asian Studies with a focus on the historical interactions between Daoists, Buddhists and Literati (Ru ?). He is fascinated by the various approaches to personal cultivation that evolved through China's history. In recent years Paul has taken up film and digital photography to explore their potential for art-making. He recently began a three-year certification in photography at Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a concentration to date on analog film photography and photographic print making.

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Calling All Artists to Converge

7-11 PM Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tickets: $5, cash bar

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, 4211 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C3

Inquiries: icoaat@gmail.com

(604) 285-9975

Canada Line Aberdeen Station

Free parking on south side of building

Co-presented by ICOAAT (International Centre of Arts and Technology) and Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, CONVERGE offers an exciting new take on the arts. Converge is a chance to gorge on the visual arts, music, performance art, spoken word and we will even have a huge video screen for gamers. It is a whole festival in one evening.

All are welcome to attend Converge on Saturday, March 18th, tickets $5. There will be a cash bar as well.

With a list of over ten writers coming to read from their original works, musicians performing, as well as a host of visual artists the evening promises to be a great evening to mix, mingle, nibble and sip your way through a visual and auditory feast.

One of the confirmed Vancouver artists, Deanne Achong, whose work has been in galleries world-wide, will present Slow Takes, two long-exposure photographs taken with a film camera. In these works, she tackles the concept of time. Achong says, “In today's world of Instagram, Snapchat and the like, everything is almost instantaneous - including the sharing of the image. This project invites the audience to consider notions of time, and movement, where the blur created by the movement of the subject freely sitting during the longer exposure is part of the finished image.”

Much like the slow food movement, using slow film with the portrait subject sitting for anything from five to thirty minutes for their portrait lets the sitter savour both the moment and the results. Achong will also be taking slow portraits at the CONVERGE event with the sitters able to download or acquire their slow portraits as a reminder of the event and Achong’s artistry.

Artist Profile | All Artwork from Fang Tong

SPECTATOR-Photography by Fang Tong


Opening Reception: Saturday April 1st, 2017 2:00p.m. Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, 4211 NO. 3 Road, BC Canada V6X 2C3

Exhibition dates: April 1 – 27, 2017  daily 9am – 5pm, free admission (closed on April 14th Good Friday Holiday)

Artworks are available for purchase in the gallery, at YKLM.com and on YKLM™ App.

Fang Tong adopts a spectator’s perspective to look at the lives around her and uses a cinematic style in her photography. Her works are embedded with an implied narrative, which is left to the viewer to resolve over time with their own imaginations. Reflecting the artist’s background in classical art, the production process is carefully planned to control the frames and the expressions of details, which gives her work an ethos of a painter. As a bystander, Fang Tong captures the potentials that photography can embody the work with an eternal quality, thereby creating a slightly fictional world that resembles reality but transcends consciousness. Fang Tong’s passion is to put her work at the border of the surreal, yet hold back enough to keep it firmly in the real world.

Audiences may see versions of themselves in the Soap Opera, The Chen Family, and Window Series. Multicultural British Columbia creates opportunities for us to ponder different cultures, lifestyles, adventures and the future. Along with the carefully processed details, her photos provoke audiences to create a narrative out of cinematic pictures. There may not be a clearly defined story behind the scene, but there is a strong mood and atmosphere throughout the whole image. The imaginary world is strangely familiar while the narrative arc takes audiences on a hyper-visual ride through people's sub-consciousness. She nurtures the balance between the real and the surreal that pulls her audiences into the world she created, but she also allows the audience to discover their own answers.

Fang Tong 

Fang Tong is an artist based in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She graduated from the Fine Arts Institute of Shanghai University and has studied in France. She has had a successful career in painting, sculpture, design and in other media. In recent years, she has been focusing on photography and has won several major international photography awards. Her works are published in Canadian and international magazines such as VOGUE. Her Swimming Pool won first prize in the Nikon International Photography Competition Category C in 2015. She was commissioned by Sony Corporation in 2013 as one of the twenty photographers around the world to represent Sony’s camera phone.

For more of her artworks please check out: Fang Tong

Artist Profile | All Artwork from Fang Tong

Artist Talk- Fang Tong


Join us on

Saturday April 15th 2017 2PM


Saturday April 22th 2017 2PM

for Fang Tong's Artist Talk 

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Batik-making Demonstration and Indonesian Textile Pop-up Shop


Indonesian batik is part of the cultural identity of its people, but as traditional craft, the intricate process of batik making has been an inspiration of many artists.  Come and enjoy the demo of Indonesian batik-making making process at Lipont Art Centre.  Liza Wajong & Diandra Durando will be on stage to show the beauty of batik creation.  They will create a colourful wall hanging using wax resist and natural dyes. 


Saturday May 13th, 2017 2:00pm free admission

Saturday May 20th, 2017 2:00pm free admission



Batik Pop-up Shop

May 13 – June 4, daily 9am-5pm. Closed on statutory holidays.

CITRANTI by CIDS (CIDS Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CitrantiCanada/)


Explore the collections of batik and weaving, ancient textile art techniques that still relevant to these days. Its intricate designs are true inspirations for art enthusiasts.


Silk & cotton scarves

Colourful scarves inspired by spice and nature from the land of tropics. Hand printed in so many different colours, including natural character of silk shimmers as the fibre’s triangular structure acts as prism.


Batik purses

Gorgeous patterns of purses, handmade with care using no factory labour, and no two purses are completely alike. Handcrafted batik and weaving textiles inspired by the colour of home. All are rich and beautiful in colours and textures.


Batik workshops coming up!

Separate batik workshops will be available for a fee later in the summer. Information will be available at the Centre.  


Vancouver Lipont Art Centre

4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C3

(604) 285-9975 www.lipont.com

Artist Profile | All Artwork from Fang Tong

The 1st Global Chinese Photography Art Exhibition


With great efforts from the Globe Chinese Photographers Association (GCPA), the Canadian International Photography Association, the Chinese Art Photography Society, the Canada Vancouver Art Photography Society, the Entrepreneurs Photography Association (Shenzhen) North America Branch, and nearly 40 other Chinese photography groups, The First Global Chinese Photography Art Exhibition, themed “Harmonizing”, will be held at Vancouver Lipont Art Centre in Richmond, BC, Canada. As a celebratory event for Canada 150, the exhibition will showcase 150 masterpieces, from 150 Chinese photographers from around the world. These photographs spotlight mountains, rivers, stars, humanity and joyous moments.

As contemporary photographers, they view the world with unique perspectives. They respect multiculturalism. They passionately integrate with the world. They use their spirituous soul to feel the rhythm of nature and mankind.

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Family Oriented Painting and Drawing Demo by J.A. Tan


Thursday June 1st, 2017 5PM-8PM

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre

Free Admission

Age group: All. Family oriented.

Language: English

On June 1st, Children’s Day, during the Generation One Exhibition – Art by First-Generation Asian-Canadian Artists, local artist J.A. Tan will be giving a collaborative demonstration of painting and drawing at Vancouver Lipont Art Centre. Audiences of all ages will be able to work together with the artist to paint, draw and finish paintings on canvas.

About the Artist

Born and raised in the Philippines, J.A. Tan moved to Vancouver in 2006 and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art+Design in May 2010. Since then he has had solo and group shows in Vancouver, Canada, Philippines, Los Angeles and Miami, USA, Beijing, China, and London, U.K. He has also been commissioned to create pieces for homes and offices in Vancouver and Philippines. He has also spoken in international conferences about how art informs his life.

J.A. Tan, a Vancouver based visual artist, became a member of exclusive United Nations stamp design club when his artwork "Victory" was issued as a United Nations stamp last in April 2012. Chosen from over 200 worldwide submissions, his piece "Victory" echoes his vision as an artist.

For questions and inquiries please contact 604-285-9975.

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Doors Open Richmond - We are No.8


The 10th Doors Open Richmond is a free weekend-long, city wide public celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Choose from 42 heritage sites, museums, places of worship, green spaces, specialty business, art galleries and artist studios. 

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre ( No. 8 on Doors Open Richmond map)will provide painting and drawing activities for families. Children can create drawings on specially made little tables. 

June 3rd

2 pm - 4 pm | Artist Niel McLaren will be in attendance and teach audiences interact with his new media piece Culture Flock.

Niel McLaren
Niel McLaren is a creative technologist based in Vancouver, BC. With a background in Computer Science and Psychology, he explores topics like distortion of time and space, geometry in nature, and how technology changes human interaction. His artwork often takes the form of interactive video projections and light sculptures, and has been displayed in Your Kontinent Festival, the HR MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium, and Integrate Arts Festival. He was awarded Best in Innovation at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2016.
Niel also runs the Vancouver Creative Technology meetup and taught creative coding for a youth mentorship program for emerging artists at VIVO Media Arts Centre and Tangible Interaction.


1 pm - 4pm | Artist Chito Maravilla will give a painting demo.

Chito Maravilla
Chito Maravilla worked for 16 years as an art director at Campaigns & Grey Advertising in Manila holding important local and international accounts. Two of the TV spot animations he designed for Del Monte Juice drink and Department of Health won a Silver Award and received recognition.
Chito and his family moved to Canada in May 2002. After a month, he landed a job as a graphic designer at Creative Advertising in Richmond. Later on, he joined two playground manufacturing companies and as part of the team, designed the children's playground at Guildford Mall, Brentwood Mall, Richmond Centre, and other parts of Canada and the US.  
Chito's works continue to receive awards and recognition including drawings on display at the Vancouver International Airport. He now works as graphic designer with Smartfilms and is an active participant of Dimasalang III Artists Group and other organizations in the community.



June 4th

10 am - 4pm | Artist Tony Chu will give a demo of ink drawings on tracing paper and maylar. 

Tony Chu
Started as a mixed media painter, Tony Chu moved into Installation Art in 2009. Since then, he made two Cargo Container arts at PNE in 2011 and Richmond International Film Festival in 2012. To support the community, he started to run free workshops for young adults in Richmond and Vancouver since 2011, and his current practice is Ink on Mylar and Tracing Papers.

For questions and inquiries please contact 604-285-9975.

More information about Generation One exhibition

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Work on Canvases - Summer Group Exhibition I

Opening Reception: Thursday June 15th, 2017 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, Lipont Place, 

4211 No. 3 Road, BC Canada V6X 2C3


Exhibition dates: June 10th – July 5th, 2017

Daily 9am - 5pm, Thursdays 9am - 8pm. 

free admission (closed on statutory holiday)

  • Alison Keenan
  • James Liu
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Jenny Wang Catton
  • June Yun
  • Wanli Zhang
The six artists display the views of the historic neighbourhoods of Vancouver, night storms of the Fraser River, the fog of Coal Harbour, mountains and streams of British Columbia, nesting in the woods, reeds of Tsawwassen and the snow of North Vancouver on their canvases.


The Featured Artists 

Alison Keenan has been working on different series of paintings of the coastal environment of Vancouver. Fog, trees, and birds’ nests are transcribed onto her canvas in a subtle manner. 

James Liu has been an artist, curator and educator for decades both in Canada and Asia. He will be showing highly abstract paintings of B.C. flora and fauna, as well as prints on metal plates. 

Jeff Wilson’s acrylic cityscapes are based on photographic images. He “deliberately chooses recognizable subjects from unusual perspectives, to make people think about our world and appreciate it.” 

Jenny Wang Catton’s bold use of acrylic, oil, and local plants that grow in her neighbourhood, such as reeds and seaweed, “interprets her surroundings and unlocks the spirit of her subjects and her imagination to recreate a visual reality that we may see before us.” 

Water and mist are important subject matters in June Yun’s work. The ephemeral quality of water and mist are augmented in the paintings by reflections that are between realism and abstraction. 

Wanli Zhang’s ‘A World through Window’ series is composed of large-scale paintings that depict views of Vancouver through “windows”. “The massive and overwhelming real world becomes focused, poetic and even magical when you look at it through a window.”

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Artist Talk - Fiona Tang


Thursday, August 24th 18:00-20:00

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre

4211 No.3 Rd Richmond


Free admission

The stunning large-scale drawings of animals by local artist Fiona Tang have been drawing much attention in recent years. While her work is on display at Vancouver Lipont Art Centre's Work on Paper summer group exhibition, she will be doing a demo about how she gets the inspiration for the animals that she draws. She will also be talking about the process of how the animals choose her rather than she choosing them; showing some of the clay figurines that she created to understand the anatomy of the animals and how she translates it onto paper. She will also be demonstrating the media she works with in a very expressive way.

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Work on Paper

Opening Reception: Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, Lipont Place, 4211 No. 3 Road, BC Canada V6X 2C3

(604) 285-9975 

Exhibition dates: July 15 – August 31, 2017

Daily 9am - 5pm, Thursdays until 8pm.

Skytrain: Aberdeen Station

Free parking on south side of building.


Vancouver Lipont Art Centre is pleased to present the expressive works of select artists Connie Sabo, Esmie Gayo McLaren, Fiona Tang, Hai-Ping Lee, Neil Pan, Tony Chu, and Xiaofeng Wu. From watercolour paintings, to ink drawings, mixed media, and installations, this summer offering by Lipont offers a peek into the artists’ interests and concerns, as interpreted on paper.

Connie Sabo’s “sculpture and mixed media work explore issues of cycles and sustainability, as well as personal, intimate relationships with the environment and the urban landscape.”

Esmie Gayo McLaren’s watercolour paintings share “stories that provide healing and hope, rekindling joy and inspiration; they tell of passion, labour, simplicity, and childish abandon.” With emphasis on motion and emotion, she narrates about “lightness of spirit in whirls of skirts and spontaneous play.”

Fiona Tang’s stunning, large-scale drawings of wildlife “engage its viewers with her work emotionally and physically, with an overwhelming sense of vulnerability and wonder by the sheer size of the media”.

Hai-Ping Lee applies an innovative approach to oil and watercolour painting. Her mixed media work on rice paper combines both traditional and modern styles. Trough out her life she has travelled extensively, taking photographs and using them as reference material for her paintings, Hai Ping has been dubbed an " experimental Artist" enjoying the challenges of new subjects, mediums and genres.

Neil Pan’s career spans over four decades in Asia and Canada. Having excelled in traditional ink paintings, he began mastering watercolour, ink, oil and pastel to capture the ephemeral moments of the tranquil valleys and woods of British Columbia.

Tony Chu works mostly with mixed media on tracing paper, mylar and watercolour paper. By rejecting conventional mediums like oil or acrylic, he investigates the possibility of incorporating daily, ready-made objects in his work.

Xiaofeng Wu’s perception of British Columbia’s flora and fauna is intricately expressed in abstract form with ink and colour pencil on paper.

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Tree of Life Exhibition


September 23 – October 10, 2017

The Tree of Life is an archetype, theme, motif, image, spiritual concept and mythological story that is found across cultures and throughout human history. It is understood to connect all forms of creation and is a cosmic conception that embodies life’s mysteries, unites the heavens, the earth, and the underworld, and is seen as a representation of everlasting life. Its various interpretations from indigenous cultures and major religions have influenced art, architecture, and visual representation for millennia.

This international exhibition explores the ways in which the Tree of Life has been represented in 20 countries across Central, South, East, and South-east Asia and includes the artwork of 58 artists and craftspeople, many of whom are masters of their chosen form and some who are Living National Treasures* in their countries of origin. The artworks are as diverse as the cultures they originate from and are both traditional and contemporary. They are handcrafted from natural and sustainable materials, and include textiles, paintings, ceramics, weaving, leather, lacquer ware, jewellery, stone, wood, and metal.

*Living National Treasures are individuals certified as preservers of important, intangible, cultural properties.


Exhibition Information

The exhibition is presented in Vancouver by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts (CSAA) in cooperation with the World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region, Crafts Council of India, and Society Atelier Sarawak. It is supported by the Province of British Columbia and the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The exhibition has been displayed at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, and in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Delhi, India. It travels on to the National Taiwan Craft Research Institute in Nantong.

The exhibition was conceived by co-curators Manjari Nirula of India and Edric Ong of Malaysia. The Canadian curators are Sheila Hall, a Director of the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, and Ray Hartley.

Manjari Nirula states that the aim is “to create greater awareness about the importance of ecology and its connection to our lives, to stimulate creativity and highlight cultural sustainability. The roots of the tree are our beliefs, the trunk is our mind and body, and the branches are our wisdom."

Edric Ong tells of the many indigenous cultures in Malaysia that address the concepts of the sacred forest. He states, “The tree of life in Malaysia is known as the Puhon Budi and speaks of a tree of culture, a tree of civilization, a tree from which all mankind evolved. This exhibition builds bridges and brings healing across cultures presenting similarities rather than difference.”


Location: Vancouver Lipont Art Centre

Exhibition dates: September 23 - October 10, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday September 23, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm

Curator’s talk by Edric Ong and artist demonstrations by painter Jai Prakash; jeweller

Deepak Sankit and paper cutter Ram Soni.

Family Program: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2:00-5:00pm

Woodblock printmaking, Bodhi tree wishes, artist demonstrations; free


Vancouver Lipont Art Centre

4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC Canada V6X 2C3

(Canada Line – Aberdeen Station – Richmond)

(604) 285-9975

Open daily 9am-5pm - closed on statutory holidays - free admission and parking.

www.canadiansocietyforasianarts.org       www.lipont.com


Media contact - Sheila Hall      shall@ecuad.ca  

The Canadian Society for Asian Arts (CSAA) was founded in 1969 as a non-profit multicultural organization by a diverse group of scholars, collectors and other individuals who shared an interest in and a devotion to Asian arts and cultures. The CSAA is uniquely pan-Asian in its mission, its program focus, its membership, and it’s governing Board. The purpose of the Society is to promote the appreciation and understanding of the arts of Asia by bringing quality programs, exhibitions and publications to interested groups and individuals in Canada and by exploring links among the cultures of Asia.



Vancouver Lipont Art Centre is an art space founded in 2016. Situated in the building of Lipont Place in Richmond, B.C., the Centre advocates the integration of business, art, design and culture. Guided by the idea of “Internet plus” and supported by YKLM™’s online and offline business platforms, it brings new vigour and vitality to the Vancouver art scene.



Artist Profile | All Artwork from Fang Tong

Luminosity & Rhythm

The 2nd International Chinese Photography Exhibition

• An amazing exhibition featuring established Chinese photographers

• An opportunity to network with Chinese photographers

• An opportunity to spotlight Chinese photographers’ art to the world

From an appreciative vantage point for the beauty of life, from the imprints of precious moments in the passing of time, and from creative symbolisms of life in photographs, the Second International Chinese Photography Exhibition comes to life amidst the golden season of 2017.

The exhibition is jointly organized by Taiwan Photographers Exchange Association and Canada International Photographers Association. A total of 181 Chinese photographers from Taiwan, mainland China, and North America are invited to showcase a wide range of photographic art, including: landscape, humanities, ecology, documentary, conceptual and many more.

Organizers:  Taiwan Photographers Exchange Association

                     Canada International Photographers Association

Sponsor:       Canada CanTrip Co. Ltd

Venue:           Vancouver Lipont Art Centre

Community Partner:  explorASIAN

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