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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • Artist: Ming Yeung, Year of work: 2023, Medium: watercolor on rice paper
    Majestic Hawksbill Sea Turtle - The hawksbill sea turtle is a critically endangered sea turtle. They are threatened by the loss of nesting and feeding habitats, fishery-related mortality, and pollution.
  • Artist: Ming Yeung, Year of work: 2022 December, Medium: watercolor on watercolor paper,
    Okapi - Okapi is an endangered species due to habitat loss and poaching.
  • Artist: Ming Yeung, Year of work: 2015, Medium: watercolor on rice paper
    RIP Nola - Nola had passed away on November 22, 2015. The death leaves the last two northern white rhinos remaining on the planet.
  • Sample of the adorable paper made crafts were created by Ming Yeung.
    I ♥ Endangered Species - Sample of craft kit

I L♥ve Endangered Species

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Climate Action Craft Kids Self-guided Visual arts
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Date and time

This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.

Location

City Centre Community Centre

105-5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond BC V6X 0L9

Richmond, BC

Access

Free.

Offered in English and Cantonese.

Wheelchair accessible.

About

In Culture Days 2023, Ming created a series of craft kits for the public in hopes of sparking discussion and awareness about vulnerable species on the planet. All the required materials are available to be collected at the front desk of City Centre Community Centre throughout Culture Days. The public are welcome to bring it home to complete their final creations. The kits also contain easy-to-follow instructions for guidance.

Created back in 2020, titled 'Beauty Contest', the painting consists of ten endangered animals, and was displayed on the second floor of the City Centre Community Centre. The 27-foot painting aims to bring awareness of endangered animals around the world. Unfortunately, the center closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That led Ming to be unable to share the knowledge with the next generation and youngsters, and let them imagine how terrible it would be if these animals become extinct.

Ming has a soft spot for the rhinos and all wildlife species, because she relies on nature for inspiration when she paints. In 2015, it was her first time to start painting the majestic giants (rhinos) on her rice paper. The beautiful portrayal of the world's rare northern white rhinos first touched down at Richmond's City Centre Community Centre for a three month painting exhibition in January 2016. Since then, she started teaching a variety of art classes for all ages at the center. Some of her classes focus on wildlife painting and 3D animal paper arts, which aim to raise awareness of the need to protect and maintain healthy ecosystems for wildlife.

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Ming Yeung

There is an artist that comes to mind when we think of wildlife and nature. Her works are captivating, composed, and lively. In her paintings, one can see the animals' emotions and actions expressed through her versatile brushstrokes. While another notices the beauty and vividness of plants brought to life. Her birds are poised and striking. Critters jump to life and are full of energy. Ming's art covers an expansive area of the natural world - the animal kingdom and botanicals. Her works showcase her ability to frame nature in a beautiful, minimalistic way.

As years go by, she kept at practising in flora and fauna, mastering the technique. Moreover, she believed that art can heal, especially when incorporated into the lifestyle. Through life's hardships, she had creating a series of paintings that spotlighted various endangered species, including one of her larger collections featuring the planet's endangered rhinos.

But her passion for wildlife didn't stop there. In 2019, as part of Richmond BC's No.3 Road Art Column Project, Ming's creation "Wildlife in the City" (depicting local wildlife such as Bald Eagle, as well as BC Rockies wildlife, was featured on a transportation infrastructure column outside Lansdowne Canada Line Station, sparking an awareness of wildlife and the need to protect them.

After achieving an 'Artistic Innovation' award in 2019, Ming has continued her ongoing art project 'Art for the World's Endangered Species' through exhibitions and teaching. Through the highs and lows and the world of art, Ming has truly gained mastery of her craft. Today, her works are in public view - welcoming viewers into frames of the great natural world!

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