Langley Centennial Museum gift shop has undergone a bit of a transformation, as of late, and now showcases many handcrafted products and unique gifts made by several local artists and artisans.
Everything from woven satchels to one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are now on display and sale at the museum, just in time for the Christmas season, said cultural services manager Peter Tulumello.
The satchels are made by local senior artisans, Tae Rock Koe and Jee Jee both Karen refugees from Burma.
This pair was introduced to the museum by Langley Community Services Society, in an effort to integrate new immigrants into the Langley community. The society is a non-profit organization that provides information, support and programs for refugee immigrants and new comers.
Other local artists and artisans currently selling work in the museum's gift shop include Robert Gary Parkes, a master glass blower; Leanne Dowsett, a handmade greeting cards and scrabble tile designer; Maureen of Milsean, a confectioner and baker; Barbara Braaten, a weaver and spinner; Janice of the Full Barrel Cafe, with her jams, jellies and marmalades; Nadine Kozlovic, a jewelry maker with the Lone Monkey Design Company; and Florence Rietkerk, knitter of hand spun, dyed, and felted purses and slippers.
Additionally the museum carries a variety of other handcrafted items including silver jewelry by Nancy Dawson, a First Nation artist, as well as Chinese coin jewelry by Susan Albert, who is an instructor of one of the museums' programs - a wire and beads Christmas ornaments workshop taking place on Saturday Dec. 1st between 1 and 4 p.m. It's for ages 16 and up, and costs $46.75 with supplied provided.
The museum and gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, while it's open Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.