I L♥ve Endangered Species
Date and time
This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.
City Centre Community Centre
Offered in English and Cantonese.
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.
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.
- The Art of Freestyle Painting medium.com
- Home to incredible wildlife vimeo.com
- Richmond artist portrays endangered species through painting richmond-news.com
- Endangered rhinos subject of Tusk and Horn art exhibit cbc.ca
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!