Call to Volunteers

To all our Volunteers and friends of the Grand Prix of Art BC,


Thank you all for your past support of the Grand Prix of Art BC.  I am delighted to announce the Grand Prix of Art Steveston is back on this year and scheduled for September 23, 2017.    We have had an outpouring of support from from our community and after taking a break in Steveston last year, it sure feels great to be back.  With generous support of the City of Richmond, Canada 150 Fund,  Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site, loads of community members and Steveston businesses; we are set to have the biggest and best event yet.

The Grand Prix of Art would not be possible without the great support of all the amazing volunteers – once again we are going to count on you all to help us deliver another successful  “Community First” event.  It all starts with the volunteers, so I would like first to invite all past volunteers to join us again in Steveston this year.  Sign up on our Facebook page, directly through our Event Brite or through our official event Web Page.   Here is a list of key positions required immediately with general volunteer positions listed below.

KEY VOLUNTEERS ( needed asap)
*** Volunteer Coordinator:  40-50 hours starting asap.  Responsibilities include, communication with volunteers,   assigning  volunteers a task group,  assisting with volunteer training meeting,  event day co-ordination/liaison.  (set up volunteer booth check-in and rest area).   Attend pre and post event meetings.
*** Locations Coordinator:  20-30 hours starting asap.  Responsibilities include, communication with our Location Partners (Steveston Businesses),   assisting with volunteer training meeting,  assisting with co-ordination of the set up/ tear down crews in the village and and at Britannia Heritage Shipyards NationalHistoric Site.  Attend pre and  post event meeting.
***Lunch Coordinator:   Position Filled
***Exhibition Manager:   Position Filled
***Marketing Manager:  Position Filled
***Entertainment Coordinator:  Position Filled
*** Registration Manager:  20 – 30 hours starting August 15th.  Responsibilities include overseeing the registration process, organizing registration badges/Lanyards,  coordinating location lottery,  attend pre and post day meetings for volunteers.
Lead Photographer/ Videographer:   This position requires an individual with a high level of photography and video experience.  The position required some co-ordination of our photography competition as well as working with our organizer to develop a short legacy documentary including photographs and video.

General Positions Include:

Registration:  (8-10 people required ) assist with event day registration and attend pre-event volunteers meeting Wednesday September 20th.
Shuttle Drivers:  (4 People with Vans or Larger vehicles)  Drive groups of artists to and from village/shipyards, London Landing and Garry Park
Lunch Service: ( 4 People required)  Help our lead Food Coordinator with lunch prep and service, set up and tear down on event day.
Set up Crew:   ( 12 People required)  Help setting up and tearing down, banners, Flags, and other event animation ( pick up or large vehicle a huge asset) Tents will be set up by a professional company this year.
Exhibition Staff:  (8 People required)  Help with all aspects of exhibition, set up and tear down Saturday and Sunday from  11am – 5pm
Event Ambassadors:  ( 8 People required)  Providing event day information to attendees, overseeing painting locations during the event and general duties insuring a smooth and successful event.
Pre- Event Assistants:  ( 3 -4  people required) to start ASAP – Help event co ordinations, marketing, poster and information distribution,  Assist with pre event planning and post event procedures.  A great opportunity to learn about event management and network with artists, volunteers and our local business community.
First Aid:   ( 1 or 2 people required)  with first aid training or medical background that can host our information/ First Aid booth at Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site.

Please register through our official event Web Page.   Our  Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you to discuss the best position for you and follow up with detail Job Descriptions.
Thank you again for your continued Support
Mark Glavina
Phoenix Art Workshop
8-3891 Chatham St
Richmond BC
V7E 2Z6

2017 Steveston Event Announced

The picturesque Japanese fishing village of Steveston, situated at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River, is the stunning location for the 7th Annual Grand Prix of Art Steveston. Nestled between 100-year old cannery buildings, boat-works, and the largest gillnet fishing feet in North America, this idyllic waterfront community is straight out of the pages of a John Steinbeck novel. With over 100 artists of all ages and experience levels joining us for a day of intense fun and competition, The Grand Prix of Art, Steveston has become a model for many similar events across BC and the Pacific Northwest.

7th Annual Grand Prix of Art Steveston

Saturday, September 23 – 24, 2017

Presented by Phoenix Art Workshop and the in partnership with the City of Richmond, local businesses, and an amazing community.

The Event: Saturday, September 23rd is “Race Day.” Competitors arrive at Britannia Heritage Shipyards for check-in at 9:00am, easels and art supplies in tow Artists are assigned a painting location by random draw and then head out to their locations for the start of the grueling competition. The painting race begins at 10:00 am as artist race against the clock in this three-hour painting challenge. At1:00pm artists put down their brushes, return to the shipyards, and prepare their paintings for display and adjudication. All our partners, artists, and volunteers are treated to an amazing lunch, with an invitation to the general public to join us for live entertainment, the award ceremony, and the sale and display of artwork.

Awards are presented to top artists in both adult and youth categories, with over $2000 in cash awards and prizes. Registered photographers are encouraged to document the entire event, uploading 5 unedited images for our photo essay contest before the stroke of midnight, adding to the excitement and the thrill of competition.

The exhibition will remain on display in the historic Seine Net-Loft at Britannia Heritage Shipyards on Sunday, September 24th from noon until 4:00pm. Hundreds of people are expected to enjoy watching artists painting on location during the race and during their visit the exhibition will cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award, to be presented at 3:00pm Sunday September 24th along with the “Best Photo Essay,” “Best Overall Photo,” and our “Instagram to Win” contest winners.

Grand Prix of Art Delta, Successful Day

What a great day in Ladner today.  88 artist registered to compete in the 2nd annual Grand Prix of Art, Delta.  70 Volunteers, music, Food Trucks and sunshine …. Ladner Village was the place to be this Sunday July 17th.

The artists were allocated a painting location by random draw and had exactly 3 hours to complete their painting with some stunning  results submitted for the exhibition.

Congratualations to all the participents this year

 2016 Grand Prix of Art, Delta winners are as follows

Joanne Shellan (Grand Prix Winner)

Jodie Blaney ( Second Place )

Dan Gray ( 3rd Place ) 

Tom Taylor ( Honourable Mention ) 

Iryna Kharina ( Honourable Mention) 

Melody Chen ( 1st Place Youth ) 

Riley Bousky ( 2nd Place Youth)

Twiggy Chen ( 3rd Place Youth)

Grand Prix of Art – Steveston 2015

Another successful year complete! Hosted by Phoenix Art Workshop and the Richmond Artists Guild, The‘s 6th Annual Grand Prix of Art – Steveston took place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. More than 100 artists of all ages and 7 photographers came out to the historic Steveston Village, and competed in a grueling 3-hour plein air painting race; maybe the most challenging Grand Prix of Art ever with the torrential downpour. At the end of the race, the artworks were put on display in the Britannia Heritage Shipyard for adjudication while artists and visitors were treated to a wonderful lunch with musical entertainment (catered by Steveston’s own Bean and Beyond).

Phoenix Art Workshop and the, would like to thank our 50+ volunteers, musicians and Judges, our key hosts and our amazing community and location partners for helping make this event a success once again. Thursday was more or less anti-climatic after the excitement of our actual event day, with the exception of our Photography Winner announcements and the announcement of our First ever Grand Prix of Art Champion.

Also, a quick reminder of our travel night tonight at 7:00pm at the studio ( 12211 1st Ave, 3rd floor above Bell’s cupcake’s).  JOIN US for a slide show of our upcoming trips and exhibition of paintings/reception as we launch our 2016 trips.

I will be posting pictures of the winning paintings and our video of photographic essays on our facebook page.  For the winning images please visit our page.

Winners for the Youth Awards were

  • 1st Place: Windy Wen “Rainy Britannia”
  • 2nd Place: Gabriel Ching “Boat”
  • 3rd Place: Tamara Steeves “At the Dock”

Honourable Mentions

  • Nicole Carrie “Hog Shack
  • Jodie Blaney “Gudrun Lane”

Adult Plein Air Competition

  • 1st Place: Thomas Xu ”Rainy Day”
  • 2nd Place: Peggy Burkosky “Grand Prix”
  • 3rd Place: Chris Charleboise “Rainy Day”


People’s Choice

Peggy Burkosky from Qualicum Beach

Photo Contest : Challenge

Best Photo Essay : Caroline Au Yeung

Best Over all Photo : Fabian Dominquez


BC Plein-Air Grand Champion 2015   Peggy Burkosky


Grand Prix of Art – Delta

Hosted by Artists in the Village Society and the Corporation of Delta, The‘s 1st Annual Grand Prix of Art – Delta took place on Sunday, July 19th, 2015. More than a hundred artists of all ages came out to the historic Village of Ladner, and competed in a grueling 3-hour plein air painting race. At the end of the race, the artworks were put on display in the Ladner Community Centre for adjudication while artists and visitors were treated to a wonderful lunch with musical entertainment in Memorial Park (catered by the Dancing Pig Restaurant).

Phoenix Art Workshop and the, would like to thank our 50+ volunteers, musicians and Judges, our key hosts and the following Delta partners: Budget Foods, Ladner Massage Therapy, the Dancing Pig, The Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows Foundation, and Remax, as well as all our Ladner Village location partners.

Youth Awards

1st place: Emily Chen

2nd place: Twiggy Chen

3rd Place: Eugene Wang


Honorable Mentions

Adrienne Moore

Jessie Donaldson


Adult Awards

1st Place: Yu Long

2nd Place: Larry Tillyer

3rd Place:  Jennifer Tunner

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