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Teens envision a healthy city

Young artists bid for share of $5,000 bursary with two fine pieces of Richmond-based art

Two students have combined their collective visions on life in Richmond to produce pieces of art, worthy of winning one of five bursaries totaling $5,000.

Grade 11 students Lisa Li, 17, of J.N. Burnett secondary, and Noelle Ho, 16, of McMath secondary, are two of the finalists who’ve created a pair of unnamed artworks depicting health in the community in a bid to win one of the arts grants being sponsored by Cressey Developments.

Cressey will showcase the finalists at a private award ceremony this week to celebrate the students’ talent and award the three bursaries.

The company asked participants to submit a piece of art, music or film that depicts their vision for “living a healthy life in Richmond,” along with a 500-word essay that conveys that vision.

“I live near the Olympic oval and do a little running past there and Richmond has such healthy activities that I wanted all of that captured,” said Lisa of her watercolour, which incorporates the city’s many trails, the dyke, the oval, Minoru park and even cherry blossoms.

Lisa said she’s considering going into UBC’s visual arts program when she graduates.

Noelle, meanwhile, said her series of acrylic paintings were originally a photographic entry, because that’s “more my thing,” she said.

“I decided to give it more flexibility because that’s what life is like in Richmond,” Noelle added of her work, which incorporates the city’s vitality, farmland and waterfront.

Cressey will announce the grant winners later this week.