Submitted by the Steveston Historical Society
A mural celebrating Steveston’s connection to the fishing industry was unveiled at the launch of provincial Heritage Week, on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Twelve panels on the building in Fisherman’s Park speak to Steveston’s fishing present as well as its rich fishing past.
The 2017 Heritage Week theme was ‘My Canada! My BC!’ an apt opportunity to highlight the uniqueness of the industry that has shaped Steveston.
Following their successful collaboration in 2015 to produce the panels representing modern day fishing on the south wall of the building, the Steveston Historical Society, Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Steveston Harbour Authority had been working together to produce the remaining pieces. Their goal was to install a significant piece of public art that would not only beautify the west end of the village, but also inform passers-by.
Dave Semple, Chair of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, commented, “It has been great to work with other Steveston organizations to make possible a beautiful piece of art for the village. It is a bright reminder of our fishing history which will be enjoyed by many visitors and residents to Steveston in the coming years.”
The Richmond Arts Coalition contributed invaluable advice on installation methods and was instrumental in selecting our artist, Victoria Oginski.
Victoria was able to work and draw inspiration from historical photographs – beautifully capturing the essence of fish harvesting.
Linda Barnes, Chair of the Steveston Historical Society, says, “The Society is proud to play its part in sharing Steveston’s rich heritage in such a visual way – Victoria Oginski’s creations celebrate the fishing industry and those who depend on it, not only in the past but for a strong vibrant future.”
The group would also like to recognize the financial support received from the Richmond Community Foundation Endowment Fund, Richmond Community Foundation Milan & Maureen Ilich Endowment Fund, and the City of Richmond.