Brian Croft

Artists bring visions to Tbird

The West Fine Art Show will benefit the Langley Hospice Society.

Great art can come from collaboration, and so can great art shows.

The sixth annual edition of the West Fine Art Show will bring together its painters and sculptors with the Thunderbird Show Park, and with the Langley Hospice Society.

Last year the show was held at Thunderbird for the first year, but this year it will take place during the International Hunter Jumper Show, one of the highest-profile events on the equestrian calendar.

The show will take place Aug. 20 to 23, and has been dubbed “Remembering Betty” this year.

Founder Murray Phillips’ wife Betty passed away in 2013, and the show’s support for Langley Hospice is in her honour.

Phillips said Hospice is “a fine organization which gave her so much comfort when she needed it most.”

The chance for more exposure and a new audience is an exciting one for the organizers, including the Hospice Society, said Hospice’s Shannon Todd-Booth.

“The Langley Hospice Society plays an incredibly important role in the community and we are honoured to host this fantastic event,” said Thunderbird president Jane Tidball.

Founded by longtime well-known Langley artists Phillips and Brian Croft, the West Fine Art Show will have an eclectic series of works on display and for sale this year.

Todd-Booth said there are sculptors, equine artists, and painters of historical or natural scenes taking part.

Artists are coming from Vancouver Island and the Interior, and as far afield as Alberta to show their work at this edition of the show.

One of the better-known artists coming is Brent Cooke, a recent winner of the prestigious Canadian Wildlife Federation 2015 Robert Bateman Award for wildlife conservation.

The show also gives locals a chance to interact with the artists.

A full 25 per cent of sales will benefit Hospice, but Todd-Booth said a big benefit is having artists like Phillips speaking for the society.


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