NEW WORKS: Stanley Park Seawall by Amanda Jones

The most famous feature in Vancouver inspired the newest painting by Amanda Jones.

The most famous feature in Vancouver inspired the newest painting by Amanda Jones.

The vision for the seawall in Stanley Park was conceived 100 years ago and took over 60 years to construct. Today the 8.8 km seawall around the Park is the most popular recreation spot in the City of Vancouver. The wall was considered a work of art by the master stonemason, Jimmy Cunningham, in charge of the work for over 30 years until his death in 1963. Since 1971 when the last stone was laid in the Stanley Park Seawall, the James Cunningham Seawall Race has been an annual event (this year to be held on Oct 25). Amanda Jones has painted various locations along the seawall for over twenty years. Her latest painting “Seawall Strolling” can be seen at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley.

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HISTORIC TRUST: Aviation history to stay in Langley

Flight Museum plans for new site
A new Museum could be built adjacent to the Langley Airport

Gord Wintrup of the Flight Museum’s building committee is hoping to see a new museum rise near the southwest corner of the airport.   Photo By Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance

Gord Wintrup of the Flight Museum’s building committee is hoping to see a new museum rise near the southwest corner of the airport.   Photo By Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance

The Canadian Museum of Flight is hoping a new site will allow it to display more of its collection of vintage and restored aircraft.
On Monday, Township council was asked to support an application to the Agricultural Land Commission, asking the ALC to allow non-farm use of a section of municipal land just to the west of the Langley Regional Airport.
If the use is approved, the museum would have a 1.6 acre site on which to build a new facility, a hangar and display area.
“We’re so overcrowded right now,” said museum manager Terry Brunner.
The museum’s small leased hangar is packed to the brim with artifacts, including restored and vintage aircraft, uniforms and medals, models, and engines. Many of the items were donated over the years, and several of the aircraft have been loving restored and made flight-worthy by teams of volunteers.
“We can’t add anything new to the collection, because we don’t have any room to grow,” said Brunner. 
The museum has two storage sites full of items it can’t bring out. The current hangar has 650 square meters of space, and there are several aircraft, including a rare Handley Page Hampden bomber of Second World War vintage, parked outside. 
The lack of space also limits restoration efforts.
The new potential site is part of the 51-acre Derek Doubleday Arboretum, on floodplain land to the west of the airport. The new site is 45 per cent larger than the current museum footprint, and could accommodate a larger building.
The site is the far southeastern corner of the arboretum, up against the airport and separated from most of the rest of the park site by a creek.
“We still would have access for our flying aircraft to get out to the runway,” said Gord Wintrup, who is heading up the museum’s building committee.
If successful, two years from now the museum could be housed in a 15,000 square foot concrete building, with another 5,000 square feet of mezzanine space. That would replace the 5,000 square feet the museum currently has, and much more of the collection could be moved indoors.
The preliminary estimates from two builders are that the structure would cost a little more than $2 million, said Wintrup.
The land would be almost free – leased from the Township for $1 a year.
With the reduced leasing costs, commitments from lenders, building suppliers, and even a $50,000 donation from Air Cadets Squadron 746, the museum should be able to move forward, said Wintrup.
The building will benefit the Air Cadets as well, Wintrup noted. The museum hopes to provide a permanent meeting place and home for the cadets in the new building.
The Arboretum and Botanical Society of Langley has written a letter in support of the project, saying it will complement the arboretum.
Access would be by a right-in/right-out driveway off Fraser Highway.

Matthew Claxton / Langley Advance
February 16, 2015

Artist's concept of a new home for the Candian Museum of Flight at Langley Airport. Painting by Birthplace of B.C. Gallery artist, Lyle Longstaff.

Artist’s concept of a new home for the Candian Museum of Flight at Langley Airport. Painting by Birthplace of B.C. Gallery artist, Lyle Longstaff.

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GALLERY SPIRIT: Christmas at the B.C. Gallery

Christmas Spirit in Fort Langley at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Christmas Spirit in Fort Langley at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Best Wishes, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Good Health to all in the New Year.
Gallery artist, Lyle Longstaff with Langley Township Councillor Angie Quaale

Gallery artist, Lyle Longstaff with Langley Township Councillor Angie Quaale

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COMFORT GIFTS: Holiday shopping at the Gallery

Comfort cats and kittens sculpted by Margo Harrison at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Comfort cats and kittens sculpted by Margo Harrison at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

This Christmas give the gift of art from the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. Choose something unique, original and hand crafted: jewelry by Susan Rind; pottery by Daphne Scaman and Beverly Lawrence; comfort cats by Margo Harrison; or a painting or sculpture by one of our BC artists.
Many original gifts to choose from for that someone special.

Many original gifts to choose from for that special someone.

Give the gift of original art this Christmas.

Give the gift of original art this Christmas.

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PEOPLE MATTER: Doris Blair, a community leader

Doris Blair (right) and Alice Johnson (left) in 2005

Doris Blair (right) and Alice Johnson (left) in 2005

Doris Jean Blair. May 1, 1919 – November 6, 2014. Doris Blair passed away peacefully at 95 years of age. She was predeceased by her beloved husband and former Langley Township Mayor W.C. (Bill) Blair (1985). She lived on Lulu Island until her family moved to Cloverdale and established Hillside Dairy Farm in 1923. In her youth Doris was a very accomplished Highland dancer and retained her interest in dancing all her life. Doris married Bill Blair in 1941, moved to Langview Farm in Langley and raised six children, and was also very involved in the farm, school, church and community affairs. Doris was a great support to her husband Bill while he was a councillor and later Mayor of Langley Township. She was a longtime member of Sharon United Church, belonged to the Native Daughters of BC, the Douglas Day Committee and the Langley Heritage Society. In 1992 Doris received a commemorative medal for the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of her significant contribution to her fellow citizens, community and to Canada. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

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CONSERVATION MATTERS: See wildlife works by W. Allan Hancock

New works by Allan Hancock including "Sanctuary - Spirit Bear" now at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

New works by Allan Hancock including “Sanctuary – Spirit Bear” now at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

W. Allan Hancock’s new wildlife paintings are now showing at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. The Pacific Salmon Foundation chose Allan’s painting “Rapid Approach – Chum Salmon & Grizzly,” for the 2014 Salmon Conservation Stamp! Rapid Approach - Chum Salmon-GrizzlyThe stamp is featured on the Tidal Water License and raises funds for salmon restoration and enhancement projects in BC. Since the program was started in 1989 well over 10 million dollars have been generated by the program for a wide range of projects directed at maintaining the health of the five species of Pacific Salmon and sea going trout. The Pacific Salmon Foundation works in partnership with volunteer streamkeepers and community organizations to magnify the impact of every dollar generated through the Salmon Conservation Stamp.

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Election 2014: Campaign Trail runs through village

Local Politics: Municipal Elections are happening throughout the Province this November

Local Politics: Municipal Elections are happening throughout the Province this November

Today the Studio Room at the Gallery served as the meet and greet centre for one of the hopefuls in this year’s upcoming municipal election. Blair Whitmarsh (blairwhitmarsh.com) spent the afternoon meeting and discussing municipal issues with residents in Fort Langley. Blair and twenty-one other candidates are competing for eight Councillor seats on Langley Township Council. Happy Campaigning! Be sure to do your homework before Voting Day, Saturday November 15, 2014.

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