Arts & Culture

Many to thank for success of Grand Prix of Art

By Don Fennell

Published 3:52 PDT, Wed October 30, 2019

Last Updated: 12:08 PST, Wed November 20, 2019

Thanks Lucy Higgs-Lockie. You too, Mary Ann Burrows and Wendy Chen.

Shout outs also to Britannia Heritage Shipyards and all its staff, Steveston Harbour Authority, Richmond Artists Guild, Penta Building Group, Alvin, Pebeo and Golden/Tenline Sales.

These individuals and organizations were just a few of the many community partners who contributed to the success of the recent ninth annual Steveston Grand Prix of Art.

“What an amazing event this year’s Steveston Grand Prix of Art was,” says Mark Glavina, who envisioned the annual fall painting “race” some nine years ago.

“I think it was the smoothest it’s ever run, and was very well attended. We sold out registration over a week in advance, had over 100 artists painting, 60 volunteers to making everything run smoothly, and over 1,300 visitors to see the exhibition at the Seine Net Loft on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 21 and 22). And boy did our artists get lucky with the weather for the (outdoor) Grand Prix, considering the downpour (the next day).”

Glavina also had high praise for the staff at Phoenix Art Workshop, who he says were “amazing, not only doing their usual work at the store but also helping behind the scenes to put everything together.”

Volunteers photographers Mark English and Fabian Dominguez covered a lot of ground to take pictures of the artists at work at 35 different locations from London Farm to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. You can see some of their pictures by visiting Another place to see some of the images captured during the Grand Prix is at page, and also by searching the #GPOA2019 hashtag on Instagram.

Make sure to follow the  Grand Prix Instagram page so you can see all about the lead-up to next year's event, which will be the 10th Steveston Grand Prix of Art. Glavina is already hinting there will be some special plans, as the event will be part of the first International Plein Air Symposium here in Richmond. 

Check out this year’s event winners on at

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