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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