Langley Arts Council gallery closing for good on Sept. 30

The Langley Arts Council art gallery will soon be history.

It was decided by the LAC that Sept. 30 will be the last day the council will have a full-time gallery at 20550 Fraser Highway.

The LAC’s new volunteer board is being assembled and the current executive board will continue its duties, but the building in which the gallery is housed has been sold to the Penny Pincher Thrift Store and the process of moving must begin, the local arts council stated in an emailed newsletter.

There is a lot of sorting and shuffling about, and volunteers need to time to plan, and execute, such a move.

“We have been very fortunate to enjoy this wonderful facility for two years as a result of the kindness of Coast Capital Savings,” LAC outgoing executive director Harmony Thiessen said in the newsletter. â€œNow it’s time for us to take the bull by the horns and pave a new way forward for the arts council in Langley.  We are eager to serve our members through much more structured organizational activities and service.”

This fall, the membership will be surveyed to determine the felt needs of the members.

“The Council needs to respond by addressing  the most effective ways and means to meet those needs,” Thiessen said. “ Our first step will be the Annual General Meeting on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the LAC gallery.”

There are many new members joining the board of directors and the plan for the next 18 months to two years is to find a smaller office space in a new location somewhere in the Langleys.

The office is the launching pad of a much larger vision, according to the arts council.  

This vision is constructed on the participation of the membership, the community and the corporate, organizational and municipal sponsors.

“We dream of a council that promotes the arts in it’s multi-faceted expression in and for our society,” Thiessen stated. “We want to see the arts featured in the eight distinct communities of Langley through performances, exhibitions and fairs – held right in that community.  Seniors and families alike can enjoy the benefits of arts and culture – without travelling far, in fact most likely only a short walk away.”

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