Arts briefs: Young helpers needed for Langley history mural

Young artists are needed for a mural project by the Langley Arts Council and the Langley Heritage Society. Don’t hesitate if interested. The work starts mid-July and runs until the end of August.

Renowned artist Alan Wylie, who has painted murals around the world, is overseeing the murals which will be unveiled at BC Culture Days in September and on permanent display at the Langley Centennial Museum.

The young people should be 16-20. Contact the museum at 604-532-3536 or Peter Tulumello, Cultural Services manager, at

The Langley Arts Council and the Langley Heritage Society are partnering to produce a set of historically themed murals and are looking to a renowned Canadian artist and a few young newcomers to help out. The murals will be unveiled during BC Culture Days in September and placed on permanent display at the Langley Centennial Museum & Exhibition Centre in Fort Langley.  The Arts Council and Heritage Society are currently seeking artists between the ages of 16 to 20 to volunteer for this major project, which will be coordinated and mentored by Alan Wylie.  Wylie has painted numerous murals in cities and towns across North America and in Scotland. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1938, Wylie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1960, with a degree in Mural Design and Mosaics. He immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1967 and began a career as a full-time artist and teacher. In 1974, Wylie moved to British Columbia and now lives in Fort Langley with his artist wife, Janice Robertson. Since 1956, Wylie has won over three dozen awards, prizes, and fellowships from prestigious societies, galleries, and competitions for his paintings. In 2007 he was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Federation of Artists, and in 2011 was the recipient of the Best of Realism Prize from the International Guild of Realism.  Wylie has now been commissioned by the Langley Arts Council, through a Township of Langley “Nothing Without Effort” grant, to paint a three-panel mural at the Museum. He has agreed to train and mentor up to six youth as part of this initiative. The selected young artists will paint an additional three panel mural which will also be displayed on the outdoor walls of the Museum.  “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for emerging young artists from our community to work with a much-admired and internationally significant artist,” said Harmony Thiessen, executive director for the Langley Arts Council. “Can you imagine what this project will look like on their resumes as they apply to study at universities or art schools?”  From mid-July to about the end of August, the six selected youth will paint their panels from artist Janice Robertson’s studio in Fort Langley, rather than at Wylie’s. “My studio isn’t quite large enough to accommodate seven artists working side by side,” Wylie said, “but my wife is graciously allowing us to share her space.”   Robertson is another accomplished award winning artist living in the community, and last year participated in a four person exhibition at the Museum. “After many years of painting extraordinary murals in major cities across North America, this will be Alan’s first outdoor public art work for the Township,” said Peter Tulumello, Cultural Services Manager with the Township of Langley. “We are so pleased that the Arts Council and Heritage Society chose the Langley Centennial Museum as the site for this installation.” Young artists wishing to participate in this project are asked to call the Museum at 604.532.3536 or email Peter Tulumello, Cultural Services Manager, at

Religious painter

Gina Kling figures she was either born 500 years too late or 20 years too early, based on her chosen subject matter – Christ.

Kling, a Langley artist with a show on at the Fort Gallery until the end of July, paints lesser known stories of Christ, a subject she figures is due for a revival in art.

“The beauty of being Canadian is the freedom to have a creative voice even if it is provocative or controversial,” Kling said.

Her show, Life for Life, His Story, has its opening gala July 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Kling said she spends hours painstakingly painting her works to capture not only the story details but also the emotions.

“The story of Christ is the most important event of our lives, so my images have to be right,” she said.

Her aim is to get people to think.

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