The long awaited re-opening of the restored Willoughby Community Hall (208 St & 83 Ave) was celebrated in style with bagpipes, flag raising, ribbon cutting and speeches. See more of Saturday’s grand re-opening ceremony at: http://www.willoughbyhall.wordpress.com
Al Colton painted the Willoughby Hall for a community fundraiser organized by the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery (Historic Trust). The 2010 Concert at Chief Sepass Theatre, in memory of Shirley and Roy Baker, raised funds to help with the restoration … Continue reading
The Willoughby Community Hall has served the community for 89 years. The Hall is under restoration with a new foundation and will continue to serve the Willoughby community. On Saturday evening at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery the Hall’s volunteers … Continue reading
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Langley’s ‘Dean of Art’ has died. By Brenda Anderson Langley Times June 11, 2012 Well-known local artist Al Colton passed away in his sleep on Thursday, June 7 at Langley Memorial Hospital. The 90-year-old painter, whose images have hung everywhere … Continue reading
Beloved artist Al Colton left us yesterday quietly in his sleep. Our thoughts are with his wife, Esther, and children, Ann and Dave and all the family.
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Tomorrow Al Colton turns 90. He plans on taking a break to celebrate his birthday, especially after completing a dozen paintings for the Rivers, Rails, Trails Show opening this weekend at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in Fort Langley.
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Today, three new paintings by Al Colton, who celebrates his 90th birthday in two weeks, sold before they could be put into frames. The Dean of Art has been busy painting for his upcoming show “Heritage Really Matters” in September. … Continue reading
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Marlene Grant (bottom row, 3rd from left) and Audrey Chwaklinski (bottom, 4th from left) together with Gerry King and Patsy Lee paid a visit to the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery today to see paintings by their former art teacher, Mr. … Continue reading
At Sunday evening’s Heritage Matters Concert, auctioneer Jim Marsh (Canam Auctions) magically extracted $7,000 from the audience during a brief live auction just before the intermission. The popular concert in aid of the conservation of the Willoughby Community Hall sold … Continue reading
Al Colton’s Show “Heritage Matters” is on in the Pine Room of the Gallery for the month of October. The Dean of Art is currently working on a painting of the Willoughby Community Hall which is one of the oldest … Continue reading
The CN Station in Fort Langley was the location for the supper-hour newscast this evening (5:00 – 6:30 pm, Sept 20, 2010). Two artists from the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery were featured as part of the “On the Road: Fort … Continue reading
This afternoon, Al Colton allowed the news media a rare interview at his studio. Mark Forseyth (B.C. Almanac, CBC Radio) interviewed the Dean of Art in his home studio in preparation for the CBC TV supper-hour newscast (Gloria Macarenko and … Continue reading
Al Colton says he is going to take a little time off from painting today and celebrate his birthday with wife, Esther. The Dean of Art has been very busy lately painting the town. His upcoming show, “Heritge Matters”, at … Continue reading
Gallery artists, Al and Esther Colton, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Monday. Al and Esther met during their time in the Air Force while stationed at Boundary Bay. Esther was a Wireless Operator in the tower and Sergeant Alfred … Continue reading
Gallery artists are busy painting for the exhibition ART ON ICE coming up next month at Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. Al Colton has finished his entry in the show and delivered his painting today to Brenda at the Gallery. Al’s … Continue reading
If you went to Charles Dickens Elementary in East Vancouver in 1953, chances are that Al Colton was your art teacher. Two of his former grade six students, Audrey Harkness (nee Chwarlinski) and Geraldine Swayze (nee King) came to the … Continue reading