Art show corrals top talent

The West Fine Art Show is coming to Langley for its fifth annual event this weekend. 

Artist Murray Phillips and his friend, co-organizer, and fellow artist Brian Croft are honoured to have the Tidball family open Thunderbird Show Park to the show that was previously held in southwest Surrey.

The West is a collection of some of the finest artists in a variety of mediums. It was Phillips’ desire to bring together exceptionally talented Western Canadian artists that launched the show five years ago.

Together, Phillips and Croft are pleased to be putting together their fifth show which has special significance.

This year’s show will see partial proceeds of art sales go to the Langley Hospice Society, where Phillips’ wife Betty received support prior to her passing in June 2013. Phillips has named this year’s show Remembering Betty in her honour.

“So Betty lived her dying well and Langley Hospice was there all the time caring for us in remarkable ways,” noted Phillips. “We invite you to be part of this way of Remembering Betty.”

“The new venue and location will allow an increase in the number of artists onsite and utilization of the fabulous timber-framed structure that Thunderbird has utilized to host a number of events throughout the year,” Croft noted.

There is no fee to attend or park, and the event kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m. with emcee, and long-term supporter, Red Robinson. Friday night’s festivities will wrap up at 10 p.m. after Phillips’ introduction of artists, remarks by Shell Busey and music by John Gilliat on flamenco guitar.

Saturday runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Shell Busey’s annual pancake breakfast 9-11 a.m. Sunday and music by Exit 58. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jewelry, painting, sculpture and more will be on hand with the featured artists: Murray Phillips, Gaye Adams, Paige Albrecht, Craig Benson, June Bloye, Carmel Clare, Bryan Coombes, Brian Croft, Lalita Hamill, Bill Higginson, Tammie Hunter, Mark Hobson, Michael King, Loretta Kyle, Doug Levitt, Kim Penner, Olga Rybalko, Esther Sample and Joe Smith, as well as four emerging artists.

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