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Gateway Theatre, in collaboration with the City of Richmond, has engaged artist Carmen Chan to transform our Gilbert Road-facing wall into a colourful, uplifting artistic piece embodying our theatre and our community.
Stages of Bloom is a mural that embodies the magical personal transformation and unity experienced by students, staff, visitors and patrons of the beloved Gateway Theatre in Richmond. Gateway is a safe place that welcomes, inspires, explores and encourages growth through play. The variety of flowers in different stages of bloom symbolize the diversity and inclusive nature of the individuals who make up the Gateway Community. Poppies representing the marginalized, wild and free. Hibiscuses originate from the South Pacific, representing the many immigrant families that have found their home in the City of Richmond. A reimagined daisy with rainbow coloured petals representing all who identify with the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Finally a classic pink peony, a poetic and beautiful flower beloved by all, just like Gateway Theatre itself. They're all free to develop in their own time and space - together. The blue star belt represents the depth and ups and downs of the hopes and dreams being fulfilled through the many nighttime performances on Gateway's main theatre stage. Opening night is a night where stories take flight, hard work is celebrated and a community comes together. The flowers in cosmic unison show the beauty that's possible when a community is nurtured to achieve their full potential.
Gateway Theatre + Richmond Public Art Self Guided Mural Tour
Five other new murals created through the 2021 Community Mural Program have also popped up in Richmond. Take a self guided tour organized by Richmond Public Art Program to see them all!
About the Artist
Carmen Chan (she, her, hers)
Carmen Chan is a visual artist specializing in watercolour and mural paintings with over 15 years training in Chinese brush painting. Carmen's watercolour paintings have been exhibited at the Surrey Art Gallery, Earls Restaurants and 100 Braid st studios. She painted her first solo mural in 2019 for Vancouver Mural Festival and since then have painted other public murals during the Pandemic to inspire hope and joy and to support local small businesses. Carmen's art practice is about creating a calming and enjoyable painting process. She is the creator of the Morning tea and Watercolour painting class where she inspires students to paint on Saturday mornings as a way to promote self care and self reflection. Learn more at www.carmenchanart.com.