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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