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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