Centre A celebrates 16th anniversary with fundraising auction: photos

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      Centre A, the non-profit art gallery dedicated to contemporary Asian art, held its 16th anniversary fundraising gala and art auction at CBC Studio 700 on April 18.

      The event was hosted by community engagement consultant and Komagata Maru at 100 project manager Naveen Girn.

      Centre A president Melissa Fong poses with a growler featuring artwork by Howie Tsui, alongside host Naveen Girn.
      Craig Takeuchi

      The evening commenced with a dance performance by Filipino Canadian dancer-choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino.

      Alvin Erasga Tolentino
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      Attendees dined on plates from Wild Rice, including slow-braised sweet-and-sour pork, spicy chicken kung pao, fried rice, and butter chicken, with cream puffs from Beta5 for dessert.

      A silent auction included items such as David Vaisbord's Medium-Ground Social Housing, consisting of packaged fragments from the Little Mountain Housing Project; a framed photo of the Wooden Bridge over Ottertail River at CPR Mile 987.3, a prop from the now-closed Storyeum; Paul Yee's illustrated book Saltwater City; and Chinatown tours.

      A live auction of artwork was conducted by Centre A co-founder Hank Bull.

      Centre A co-founder Hank Bull
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      Items ranged from a hakame vase by potter Wayne Ngan to Leather Palm by Liz Magor.

      Other artists who contributed works included Lorna Brown, Maraya (M. Simon Levin, Henry Tsang, Glen Lowry), Greg Girard, Dril (Dylan McHugh, Rachel White, Ian Prentice, Leisha O'Donohue), Tommy Chain, Navin Rawanchaikul, Keith Langergraber, Karen Zalamea, Glenn Lewis, Michael Love, and Gu Xiong.

      The evening concluded with music from the Biltmore Cabaret's Guilty Pleasures DJs.

      The event drew notable figures from various communities, including MLA Jenny Kwan, Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop founder Jim Wong-Chu, author Madeleine Thien, and more. 

      Centre A fundraising committee chair Candie Tanaka
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      Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop founder Jim Wong-Chu (left) with Gung Haggis Fat Choy's Todd Wong
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      Salesforce's Lisa Mac with Ricepaper magazine managing editor Kristin Cheung
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      Professor and poet Phanuel Antwi with author Madeleine Thien
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      Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Jenny Kwan
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      Centre A's Candie Tanaka with executive director and curator Tyler Russell
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