Category Archives: Al Colton

HISTORIC TRUST: Willoughby Hall reopens

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

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HISTORIC TRUST: Willoughby Hall restored

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

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GALLERY ANNIVERSARY: Art for Willoughby Community Hall

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 ADVANCE: ‘Dean of Art’ passes, leaves artistic legacy

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Al Colton, one of Langley’s best-known artists has rolled up his canvass and put away his brushes for the last time. By Roxanne Hooper, Langley Advance June 13, 2012 An icon in the arts world passed away in Langley last … Continue reading

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LANGLEY TIMES: Farewell to the Dean of Art

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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

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AL COLTON: May he rest in peace

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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AL COLTON: Happy 90th Birthday!

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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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AL COLTON: New paintings sell quickly

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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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PEOPLE MATTER: Mr. Colton’s students remember

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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

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HISTORIC TRUST: Willoughby Hall fundraiser a success

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

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NOW SHOWING: Heritage Matters by the Dean of Art

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

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CBC LIVE: Richard Brodeur and Al Colton

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

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HERITAGE MATTERS: CBC interviews artist, Al Colton

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

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The Dean of Art turns 89 today

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

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ART UNITES: Coltons celebrate 65 years of marriage

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

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Dean of Art Al Colton delivers “ART on ICE”

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

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Do you remember who your art teacher was in grade six?

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

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