Community mourns death of gallery owner, Brenda Alberts

BRENDA CHRISTINE ALBERTS, 1950-2016
The community of Langley has lost one of its driving forces, and a family has lost their loving wife and mother. Brenda Alberts, 66, passed away July 25, 2016.
Born Brenda Christine Blueman in 1950 in Sudbury, ON, to parents Audrey and Wesley Blueman (both deceased), Brenda was married to her husband Kurt for more than 40 years. She was a loving mother to their son, Nicholas Kurt, a locomotive engineer, and to their daughter, Stacey Ann, who passed away in 2005. 
As a resident of Fort Langley for more than 35 years, Brenda owned the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery and was known for her passionate support of local artists, charities and heritage matters. She re-established Remembrance Day Services at the Fort Langley Cenotaph in 1999, and was an enthusiastic fundraiser and supporter of Relay for Life, Langley Hospice, Willoughby Community Hall, the Fort Langley Cenotaph flagpole installation, Canadian Museum of Flight and many other local causes.
Brenda is survived by her sister, Beverly (Stan) Saliwonchyk of Kitchener, ON, niece Lesley (married to Chris) and nephew Nathan (married to Nora), along with their children, Marlow and Milly, respectively.  
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Christian Life Assembly (21277 56th Ave., Langley). All who were touched by Brenda’s life are welcome. Gifts in her memory can be made to the Langley Hospice Society.

Brenda in Alouette Lake May 2, 2016

Brenda in Alouette Lake May 2, 2016

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PLEIN AIR: Top award to LARRY TILLYER

First Place: Gibson Harbour 12x16 Acrylic by Larry Tillyer

First Place: Gibson Harbour 12×16 Acrylic by Larry Tillyer

Larry Tillyer’s acrylic painting, Gibson Harbour, was awarded First Place in the recent Federation of Canadian Artist’s 2016 Plein Air Exhibition. See Larry Tillyer’s paintings at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley. Congratulations, Larry!

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MAY DAY ALERT: 94th annual parade in Fort Langley

Bumming a Ride on May Day, acrylic painting by Heidi Lambert, Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Bumming a Ride on May Day, acrylic painting by Heidi Lambert, Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Fort Langley’s May Day parade starts at 11 am on Monday May 23, 2016 (Victoria Day). The route for the 94th May Day parade runs along Glover Road from Mavis Ave to 88th Ave, then heads along 88th to Trattle Street and into the Fort Langley Community Park where the Lions’ famous chicken BBQ, May Pole dancing, children rides, and live entertainment continues until 4 pm. Thank you to the Fort Langley Lions!

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BLOOM MARKET: BC Gallery artists at work

Birthplace of B.C. gallery artists are participating in Fort Langley’s Bloom Market today and tomorrow (May 7 and 8) Open both days 10 am to 5 pm. Artists Margo Harrison, Susan Rind and King Richard Brodeur will be at the Fort Langley Community Hall and Patricia Falck, Lyle Longstaff and Perry Haddock will be at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery.

Artists at Bloom Market at the Fort Langley Community Hall and the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Artists at Bloom Market at the Fort Langley Community Hall and the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

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ART OF SPORT: King Richard’s hockey memories

King Richard Brodeur creating his hockey memories. Photo Vancouver Sun

King Richard Brodeur creating his hockey memories. Photo Vancouver Sun

Show opening this weekend (Sat and Sun April 23 and 24 at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery (11 to 4 pm both days). Show continues until Sunday May 15, 2016 (open every day 11 to 5).
A show of new paintings by King Richard Brodeur, Canucks legendary goalie.

A show of new paintings by King Richard Brodeur, Canucks legendary goalie.

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LOCAL HIRO: Republica Coffee wins BC trade award

Hiro Tsujimoto (left) and Ricardo Masana at Republica Coffee in Gasoline Alley, Fort Langley. — Photo by: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

Hiro Tsujimoto (left) and Ricardo Masana at Republica Coffee in Gasoline Alley, Fort Langley. — Photo by: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

It has always been Hiro Tsujimoto and Ricardo Masana’s philosophy that “sometimes the right way is not the easiest way.” For the business partners, and brothers-in-law, the “right way” means trekking through jungles with armed government escorts to find coffee plantations that are socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. It means spending hours in a windowless 700 square-foot Port Kells warehouse, blending and trying new coffee recipes. It means roasting their coffee in small batches fresh to order, and delivering it to their customers within 24 hours, despite the “logistical nightmare” that creates.
“We take great care in the roasting process. We make sure that we have a coffee that’s there for all palates. There’s just a lot of care in the products we do.”
On February 25 the pair was recognized for their hard work at the Small Business BC Awards. They won the Best International Trade award, recognizing the fair trade work they do with 54 countries around the world.
Tsujimoto and Masana plan on treating their staff with the prize money they have won with the Small Business BC Award. (From Story by Miranda Gathercole in the Langley Times.)
Congratulations Hiro and Ricardo! Republica Coffee does Fort Langley proud!

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PATRICIA FALCK: Artist in residence at gallery

Sunny day. Patricia Falck at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery.

Sunny day. Patricia Falck at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery.

Starting December 29 and through January 2016 Patricia Falck will be the “artist in residence” at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery, open 11 am to 4 pm daily. Gallery Closed for Christmas until Dec 29. Gallery Closed New Year’s Day Jan 1 and Jan 11 to 19, 2016.

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NEW WORKS: Christmas shopping at B.C. Gallery

New original paintings by Brent Heighton and gallery artists

New original paintings by Brent Heighton and gallery artists

Just arrived! New paintings by Allan Hancock, Amanda Jones, Brent Heighton, Heidi Lambert, Jack Turpin, Janice Robertson, Larry Tillyer, Patricia Falck and Richard Brodeur. New jewelry creations by Susan Rind. Gift Certificates make a great Christmas gift. Gallery open every day (11 to 5).

Painting of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery by Larry Tillyer

Painting of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery by Larry Tillyer

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TOP CLOWN: Gordon White is “The King” in Kooza

Fort Langley's Gordon White (middle) stars as head clown in Kooza, Photo VanCity Buzz

Fort Langley’s Gordon White (middle) stars as head clown in Kooza, Photo VanCity Buzz

Fort Langley resident Gordon White plays “The King” in the touring production of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA now showing in Vancouver until December 27. After touring with Cirque’s VAREKAI for the past six years, Gordon is happy to be performing close to home. As the featured clown, king of the world of Kooza, Gordon together with his two “footmen”, interact a lot with the audience. KOOZA is described as “a return to the origin of Cirque du Soleil” by combining the two elements of acrobatics and clowning. When Gordon was a kid he was heavily influenced by physical comedy on TV and old films such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. While he had the classical actor training, over the years he was always drawn to comedy. Gordon and his wife, Elaine Brewer-White often entertained their local community with improv comedy nights.

Brenda and Kurt Alberts enjoyed Tuesday night's Kooza staring Gordon White

On Tues night, Brenda & Kurt Alberts enjoyed Kooza staring Gordon White

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SHOW OPENING: A fresh start for Patricia Falck

Patricia Falck at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Patricia Falck at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

A show of paintings by Patricia Falck, “A Fresh Start”, opens this weekend (Sept 26 and 27) at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. The show will continue until October 18, 2015. Call the gallery 604 882-1191 about Patricia’s special preview evening with renown keyboardist, Will MacCalder.
PATRICIA FALCK. Lake Shore. Oil 24 x 36 in

PATRICIA FALCK. Lake Shore. Oil 24 x 36 in

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BARBADOS DAY: Thank you to all the volunteers!

Clockwise from Bottom: King Fish, Marilyn Moseley, Sir Garfield, Brenda Alberts, Gov's Mother, Wilma King-Bennett, Gov. Douglas.

Clockwise from Bottom: King Fish; Marilyn Moseley; Sir Garfield; Brenda Alberts; Martha Ann,Gov’s Mother; Wilma King-Bennett; Gov. Douglas.

The raising of the Barbados Flag at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery last Saturday, also raised $3,200 for the Canadian Museum of Flight. The annual Barbados Day fundraiser put on by the Gallery and the Red Stone Alley Band took a lot of volunteer effort. Many thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors and participants for making the 2015 Barbados Day so much fun!
The Farm Museum and Flight Museum display at Barbados Day in Fort Langley

The Farm Museum and Flight Museum display at Barbados Day in Fort Langley. Photo by Todd Davidson, Farm Museum

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BARBADOS DAY: The Sopwith has landed!

Join Brenda Alberts on Sat August 15 Noon to 4 pm for Barbados Day Chicken BBQ Lunch

Join Brenda Alberts on Sat August 15 Noon to 4 pm for Barbados Day Chicken BBQ Lunch

The Sopwith Camel made a terrific landing in the garden of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery today. The WW1 bi-plane will be on display for the annual Barbados Day celebration tomorrow (Sat Aug 15 – Noon to 4 pm). Come and enjoy the Chicken BBQ lunch by donation to the Canadian Museum of Flight. Live music by the Red Stone Alley Band with special guest Kenrick Headley (famous steel pannist); Barbados Flag Raising ceremony at 1:45 with Governor Douglas, Colonel Moody and historic entourage; Limbo by King Fish; Balloon twisting by The Cool Balloon Guy; Displays by the Flight Museum and the Farm Museum. Birthplace of B.C. Gallery 9054 Glover Road, Fort Langley 604 882-1191.

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BARBADOS DAY: Saturday August 15 Noon to 4 pm

Poster 2015

Sopwith Camel WW1 bi-plane will be on display at  the Gallery on Barbados Day.

Sopwith Camel WW1 bi-plane will be on display at the Gallery on Barbados Day.

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HAPPY BC DAY: An art experience in Fort Langley

BC Day: Gallery artists demonstrated at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

BC Day: Gallery artists demonstrated at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Thank you to all who participated in our annual “Demos in the Garden” at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery! An awesome show of outstanding BC artistic skill and creativity.

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BC DAY WEEKEND: Annual Demos in the Garden

Carolyn MacLaren demonstrating on pottery wheel at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Carolyn MacLaren demonstrating on pottery wheel at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Visit Fort Langley on the BC Day weekend and stop by the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery to see 20 artists demonstrating in the gallery gardens on Sunday August 2 and Monday August 3 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Amanda Jones and Brent Heighton showing their stuff at Demos in the Garden Aug 2 & 3, 2015

Amanda Jones and Brent Heighton showing their stuff at Demos in the Garden Aug 2 & 3, 2015

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HISTORIC TRUST: Canadian Museum of Flight

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times A replica of a Sopwith Camel fighter plane was put on display outdoors on Canada Day by the museum of flight. It is planning to build a replica of the Sopwith pup, the fighter that preceded the Camel.

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times
A replica of a Sopwith Camel fighter plane was put on display outdoors on Canada Day by the museum of flight. It is planning to build a replica of the Sopwith pup, the fighter that preceded the Camel.

Langley museum will build and fly replica of 100-year-old fighter by  Dan Ferguson – Langley Times
The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley has agreed to provide a replica of a century-old Sopwith Pup biplane for the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle of Vimy Ridge.
Now all they have to do is build one from scratch, then get it flight-tested and certified.
They have 18 months to pull it off.
If all goes well, the Langley museum’s Pup will join another Pup and four  Nieuport 11 fighters from the same era in a flypast to mark the anniversary of the bloody battle for high ground on the western edge of the Douai Plains that pitted four Canadian divisions against three German divisions from April 9 to April 12, 1917.
It’s an ambitious schedule that will require “tons of volunteers,” said Dave Arnold, vice-president the of museum’s board of directors.
“It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
“It’s got to get off the ground quickly,” said George Miller, the former Langley airport manager who was approached by the Vimy anniversary organizers who were looking to pay someone to build a Pup.
Miller and former Langley mayor Kurt Alberts took the idea to the museum board.
“They had to think about it for three seconds,” said Alberts.
The single-seater aircraft is technically known as the Scout, but the  nickname stuck because pilots considered it to be the “pup” of a larger two-seater Sopwith.
Most Sopwith fighters that followed became part of what was known as the “flying zoo” with animal names like the Camel, Dolphin and Snipe.
The replica Pup will be slightly smaller than the original, and will use aluminum ribs instead of wood.
The engine will either be a repurposed Volkswagen engine — a popular choice for replica planes — or a radial engine that museum general manager Mike Sattler says sounds “very like the original.”
Volunteers are already queuing up to work on the  project, Sattler said.
“There’s a few people rather excited.”
The museum has particular expertise in building and restoring fabric-covered aircraft, but never to this tight a deadline.
Making the anniversary date will take thousands of man-hours and a “huge community effort” Sattler explained, but it represents a “huge chance” to raise the profile of the Langley museum.
One of the selling points that clinched the deal with the anniversary organizers was the commitment to the project by the Air Cadets at the airport where the museum is located, Miller said.
The Langley Pup will form part of a six-plane squadron that will fly across Canada during the summer of 2016, touching down at different communities to give Canadians a close-up look.
In 2017, the six planes will be shipped to France where they will take part in an April 9 flyover of the Vimy memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle and the 150th birthday of Canada.
Click to see story in the Langley Times.

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times   June 30 2015 The plane builders. The Canadian Museum of Flight has agreed to provide a Sopwith Pup for a Vimy Ridge fly-past of WW1 aircraft replicas in Europe in 2017. All they have to do now is build one. (L to R) Kurt Alberts, George Miller, Dave Arnold and Mike Sattler are optimistic.

Dan FERGUSON / Langley Times June 30 2015
The plane builders. The Canadian Museum of Flight has agreed to provide a Sopwith Pup for a Vimy Ridge fly-past of WW1 aircraft replicas in Europe in 2017. All they have to do now is build one. (L to R) Kurt Alberts, George Miller, Dave Arnold and Mike Sattler are optimistic.

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CANADA DAY: Celebrating our multi-culturalism

Canada Day at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery 2015

Canada Day at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery 2015

Kenrick Headley and his students will perform at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Wednesday July 1 Canada Day 2015 from 1 to 3 PM. Kenrick Headley pannist, arranger, composer started playing the steelpan at the tender age of five. The Headley family is well known in the pan world. Kenrick was a member and arranger as well as vice leader of the Esso Tripoli Steelband that played with the famous pianist Liberace for five years. Kenrick has arranged for bands such as Exodus Steel Orchestra, Birdsong, Arima Angel Harps, Tipca, Forzata, Humming bird pan groove, and CAL Invaders. The sound of steelpan drums: another reason to come to Fort Langley on Canada Day. Click here for Kenrick Headley’s steel pan music. Birthplace of B.C. Gallery, 9054 Glover Rd, Fort Langley, 1 to 3 pm Wed. July 1, 2015.

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PEOPLE MATTER: Aviation Hall of Fame honours George Miller

George Miller’s aviation career included leading the Royal Canadian Air Force “Snowbirds”

Last evening (Thursday, June 4, 2015) George Miller was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at a gala dinner and ceremony held in Toronto.
George Miller recently retired as Manager of the Langley Regional Airport.

George Miller recently retired as Manager of the Langley Regional Airport.

George Edward Miller, O.M.M., CD, has combined several careers in Canada’s aviation world and his accomplishments have cemented his reputation as an outstanding leader. His 35 years of service in the RCAF/CF were marked by many superlatives, chief amongst them his selection as the 1973 leader of the “Snowbirds” aerobatic team. Many of the signature elements of the current team’s identity and operational approach were implemented during his tenure ranging from the nine aircraft formation to the team’s distinctive branding. His post air force career included running air shows in Ottawa and the significant and sustained development of the Langley Regional Airport into a major part of the airport infrastructure of British Columbia. George continues to lead a formation team active in the Lower Mainland, the “Fraser Blues” which do a “fly pass” for a number of Remembrance Day Services including at the Fort Langley Cenotaph, across the road from his favourite art gallery, the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery.

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NOW SHOWING: Paintings by Larry Tillyer

Larry Tillyer now showing at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Larry Tillyer now showing at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

The Birthplace of B.C. Gallery is now showing the great work of Larry Tillyer. A native British Columbian, born in Victoria, Larry grew up in Vancouver. After a successful career in music, playing with the likes of Bill Haley & the Comets, Ivory Joe Hunter, Earl Bostic, Tommy Chong and Gene Vincent, Larry started his journey as a self taught artist in 1987.

Larry Tillyer. Dolce Amore, Commercial Dr. Acrylic 16x20.

Larry Tillyer. Dolce Amore, Commercial Dr. Acrylic 16×20.

Larry Tillyer. A Moment in Thought. Acrylic 11x14.

Larry Tillyer. A Moment in Thought. Acrylic 11×14.

After music, painting took over and has been his prime interest. A landscape, figure, plein air and genre painter in the impressionist style, Larry’s paintings are powerful studies that feature brilliant, pure colour, strong linear strokes, and expert use of light. He is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an active member of the Richmond Artist Guild.
Tillyer’s paintings can be found at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley.

Larry Tillyer (2nd from right) in his music days with the Prowlers

Larry Tillyer (2nd from right) in his music days with the Prowlers

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Fort Langley beautification commences

Ground was ceremoniously broken to mark the start of the utility undergrounding for Fort Langley

Ground was ceremoniously broken to mark the start of the utility undergrounding for Fort Langley

Today the start of a major beautification to the “main street” of Fort Langley was launched. The village core will soon be rid of the blight of overhead wires and utility paraphernalia. Mayor Jack Froese and Councillors Charlie Fox and Angie Quaale joined Eric Woodward, President of the Business Improvement Area, to put a ceremonial shovel in the ground to show Fort Langley has not been forgotten. The $3 million utility undergrounding project includes sidewalk lighting, street trees and banner hangars on Glover Rd and Mavis Ave.
Oh, what a web they have weaved - utility wires soon to be gone!

Oh, what a web they have woven – utility wires soon to be gone!

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ALLAN HANCOCK: Celebrated by Wildlife Habitat Canada

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Environment, 2015 The 2015 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp, featuring the image of the painting “Blossoming – Mourning Doves” by wildlife artist W. Allan Hancock.

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Environment, 2015
The 2015 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp, featuring the image of the painting “Blossoming – Mourning Doves” by wildlife artist W. Allan Hancock.

A painting by Birthplace of B.C. Gallery artist, W. Allan Hancock, titled “Blossoming – Mourning Doves,” has been unveiled as the image of the 2015 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print.
The Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print are produced each year through unique partnerships among Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada, and Canadian wildlife artists.
Wildlife Habitat Canada is proud to be celebrating its 31st anniversary of working to help conserve, restore and enhance the great variety of wildlife habitat across Canada. The revenues and royalties from the sale of the Conservation Stamp and Print fund WHC’s habitat conservation grant program. Since 1985, more than $50 million has been invested to support over 1,500 conservation projects across Canada.
The 2015 Stamp, “Blossoming – Mourning Doves”, was officially launched on April 11, 2015 at a special event in Montreal with the artist, W. Allan Hancock, in attendance. Allan’s career as a wildlife artist began in 1989, and his artwork has contributed to numerous fund-raising projects for wildlife and habitat conservation projects. His winning artwork has also been featured on the 2005 (Harlequin ducks) and 2011 (American Wigeon) Conservation Stamps.
W. Allan Hancock’s artwork can be seen at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley, British Columbia.
Congratulations, Allan!

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SHOW OPENING TODAY: Hockey Time in Gallery

Gallery artist Richard Brodeur arrives with new paintings for his show opening today (March 28, 2015)

Gallery artist Richard Brodeur arrives with new paintings for his show opening today (March 28, 2015)

A show of new works, Hockey Night in Gallery, by Richard Brodeur (aka King Richard, the former star goalie with the Vancouver Canucks) opens today at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. Richard will be at the gallery today and Sunday, 11 to 4.
Also today jewelry artist Susan Rind launches her new “Wild Moon” line at the Gallery.

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WILD MOON: New jewelry line by Susan Rind

Jewelry Artist Susan Rind joins King Richard Brodeur at his show opening

Jewelry Artist Susan Rind joins King Richard Brodeur at his show opening

On Saturday March 28 Susan Rind will be at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery to launch her “Wild Moon” jewelry creations. This weekend (Mar 28 & 29) is also the opening of “Hockey Night in Gallery”, a show of new paintings by King Richard Brodeur. Call Brenda at the Gallery for details: 604 882-1191 or email info@bcgallery.ca

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SHOW OPENING: Paintings by King Richard

A Show of Paintings by King Richard Brodeur at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

A Show of Paintings by King Richard Brodeur at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

Hockey Night in Gallery, a show of new paintings by King Richard Brodeur (formerly one of the Canucks’ finest as number 35). The show runs from March 28 to April 30 at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley. Visit with King Richard on the show opening weekend Sat Mar 28 and Sun 29 (11 am to 4 pm).

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JACK TURPIN: Signature Status of Excellence

Quiet Passage. Acrylic  24x48 by Jack TurpinThe Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941 by a group of Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven luminary, Lawren Harris. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating members to greater heights of knowledge and achievement. Once a year the FCM Board of Governors juries paintings for excellence by awarding Signature Status. The FCA has selected Jack Turpin for Senior Signature Status.
Congratulations, Jack Turpin SFCA (now, a Senior Associate Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists). His painting “The Last Frontier” is included in the Historic Trust series of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery.

Jack Turpin's "The Last Frontier" was selected for the Gallery's Historic Trust

Jack Turpin’s “The Last Frontier” was selected for the Gallery’s Historic Trust

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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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THE PROVINCE: King Richard Brodeur featured today

Birthplace of B.C. Gallery artist, Richard Brodeur is featured today in a two page spread in The Province

Birthplace of B.C. Gallery artist, Richard Brodeur is featured today in a two page spread in The Province

Story by Tony Gallagher
When Richard Brodeur was establishing himself as the sole reason why the Vancouver Canucks made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final in 1982, his teammates had no idea of the lifelong passion he was harbouring.
Perhaps one or two close friends may have been told, in a quiet moment over a libation on the road, but generally speaking none of his teammates had the slightest idea the club’s No. 1 goalie loved painting from a very young age, and would one day become one of the more successful painters in the country.
Specializing in scenes largely of outdoor rinks, combed from his memories of growing up in Quebec with kids frolicking, unorganized and unencumbered by a care in the world, Brodeur has established himself as one of the top portrayers of Canadiana and has become sufficiently established to begin getting into landscapes, another interest. He’s rubbed shoulders with the likes of Canadian artist Claude Picher, who looked at Brodeur’s work when he asked for help, and told him: “You’ve got all the talent you’ll ever need. Just do it, just go ahead and paint.”
“In art class at school the teacher used to tell me, ‘Richard, you’re very good at this,’ and I always enjoyed it,” says Brodeur, who was also immersed in hockey at a time when a desire to express himself this way wouldn’t have been understood nearly as well as it would today.
“When I got into junior, and went to Cornwall, the teacher there suggested I come in alone in the morning, when he could give me some special attention.”
Brodeur took it from there, painting at home, but never letting it be known while he was becoming “King Richard” and a Canucks legend. At the time, he hadn’t the slightest idea the paintings would sell as well as they do now at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley, the exclusive distributors of his work.
“He sells extremely well,” says Brenda Alberts, who co-owns the gallery where Brodeur will appear during the Cranberry Festival next Saturday. “His series of childhood memories are collectibles and his landscapes are also going well too. He so captures the childhood memories of so many people and of course he’s so friendly, a real people person who loves to meet his customers.”
To this day, many of Brodeur’s old teammates have no idea the amount of money his paintings fetch, and how well known he’s become for them.
“I never thought they’d sell but I seem to have touched a chord in people who see them and think of their youth in the way many of us do,” says Brodeur, who rarely gets out to Canucks games any more, from his home in North Vancouver. “There’s something special in people’s hearts and minds when they think back to those days and these ‘kids’ paintings,’ as I call them now, are very accepted. I’m grateful for that because it’s something I enjoy a lot.”
Brodeur now accepts commissions for clients who envision certain scenes, hockey sweaters, or particular rinks from across the country, and the demand is significant. Needless to say, this keeps him very much a celebrity in this town, his willingness to sign and dedicate his paintings, while chatting with customers, further endearing him to his new fans.
“When I was playing hockey I never mentioned it to the guys because it was such a macho environment in those days, not really the atmosphere where this sort of interest came up,” says Brodeur. “It was pretty much all business but I’ve been painting since I was about 15 or 16 years old. It’s gone very well really, beyond my dreams.”
His play during the ’82 Cup run was beyond a dream as well, the little goalie fashioning one of the best playoffs in goaltending history, albeit in a losing cause.
How good? Neil Smith — the former New York Rangers GM who was a scout with the New York Islanders in 1982 — said this before the Islanders and Canucks matched up in the final: “I don’t know what to tell Bill (Isles GM Torrey) and Al (head coach Arbour) about Brodeur. I have no idea what his weaknesses might be. In the warmup he never stops anything, and in the games nobody ever scores.”
In the semifinal series against Chicago Brodeur was literally pelted with pucks with Denis Savard — in his prime, twisting and weaving effortlessly through the Canucks defence to get scoring chances or set up linemates — in the three games at the old Chicago Stadium. Brodeur easily rebuked 20 great scoring chances a night. It had to be seen to be believed how a guy with seemingly relatively little athletic ability could play the position so well. He was unforgettable to any Canucks fan who saw those games.
Now, through his second line of work and his lifelong passion, he’s certain to be genuinely unforgettable to another sort of fan.

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LANGLEY ADVANCE: Caribbean flavour resonates through village

Mike Boivin of Red Stone Alley Band with special guest Kenrick Headley on steel pan drums

Mike Boivin of Red Stone Alley Band with special guest Kenrick Headley on steel pan drums

LANGLEY ADVANCE, August 21, 2014 by Roxanne Hooper.
For five years, Kenrick Headley played with Liberace. This past weekend, he guest starred on the steel drums with his friends in the Red Stone Alley Band as they entertained at the second annual Barbados Day. This festival, all in aid of the Fort Langley Lions and the May Day parade, was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley. In addition to Caribbean-style music and a chicken barbecue, there were facepainting and balloon creations, and a few artists, like Perry Haddock, were on hand to offer demonstrations. Event organizer and host Brenda Alberts said the event raised a couple thousand dollars for the village parade.
Gallery Owner, Brenda Alberts and Artist, Susan Rind at Barbados Day

Gallery Owner, Brenda Alberts and Artist, Susan Rind at Barbados Day

Artist, Perry Haddock demonstrates at Barbados Day

Artist, Perry Haddock demonstrates at Barbados Day

BBQ Chicken by Marco Pollo was served up by the Fort Langley Lions

BBQ Chicken by Marco Pollo was served up by the Fort Langley Lions

Brenda Alberts thanked all the sponsors of Barbados Day

Brenda Alberts thanked all the sponsors of Barbados Day

All Photographs By Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance
See more photos of Barbados Day by clicking here.

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FORT LANGLEY: Celebrates Barbados Day

This gallery contains 16 photos.

Click above to view the photos from Barbados Day (August 16, 2014) at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley. Photos by Susan Rind and Syd Pickerell.

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BARBADOS DAY: Features steel pannist Kenrick Headley

Kenrick Headley will perform with Red Stone Alley Band at Barbados Day

Kenrick Headley will perform with Red Stone Alley Band at Barbados Day

Joining the Red Stone Alley Band on Sat. Aug 16 at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery will be Kenrick Headley, pannist, arranger, and composer. He started playing the steelpan at the age of five. The Headley family is well known in the pan world and Kenrick was a member of the Esso Tripoli Steelband that played with Liberace. Have some Caribbean style fun this Saturday (Aug 16) Noon to 4 pm with Chicken BBQ by the Fort Langley Lions Club.
Scruffles with fans boogie to the Caribbean sounds of Kenrick Headley

Scruffles with his fans will boogie to the Caribbean sounds of Kenrick Headley on August 16, 2014 at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley.

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BARBADOS DAY: Sat. August 16 at the gallery

Barbados Day at the Birthplace of B.C Gallery on Sat. August 16, 2014

Barbados Day at the Birthplace of B.C Gallery on Sat. August 16, 2014

On Saturday August 16, 2014 celebrate Barbados Day in Fort Langley at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. The Fort Langley Lions will be serving up their Famous Chicken BBQ starting at Noon. Music and fun continue to 4 pm.

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GARDEN DEMOS: More artist demos on BC Day

Amanda Jones at Demos in the Garden at Birthplace of B.C, Gallery

Starting Something Good: Amanda Jones at Demos in the Garden at Birthplace of B.C, Gallery

20 artists showcased and demonstrated today in the gardens of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. If you missed it, tomorrow (Monday August 4) the demos continue. Celebrate BC Day in Fort Langley and stop by the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery (11 am to 4 pm) for an art experience.
Alan Wylie defending his technique to an art critic

Alan Wylie defending his technique to an art critic

Gallery artists at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Aug 4, 2014

Gallery artists at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Aug 4, 2014

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BC DAY WEEKEND: 20 artists in the garden

King Richard Brodeur, out of goal and, in the artists garden Aug 3 and 4

King Richard Brodeur, out of goal and, on the easel in the Artists’ Garden Aug 3 & 4

Visit Fort Langley this BC Day weekend. Stop by the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery to say hello to former Canucks goalie, King Richard Brodeur at his artist’s easel (Aug 3 and 4). Brodeur is one of 20 artists demonstrating in the gardens of the Gallery this weekend in Fort Langley. Also join King Richard on Barbados Day at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Aug 16, 2014.

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VILLAGE VIBE: BC Artists Demos in Garden

Margo Harrison shares her secrets of clay and acrylic creations

Margo Harrison shares her secrets of clay and acrylic creations on Aug 3 and 4.

Experience live art demonstrations by award-winning artists at “Demos in the Garden” on Sunday August 3 and Monday (BC Day) August 4, 2014 at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley ( from 11 am to 4 pm both days ). Happy British Columbia Day(s)!

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