Theme opens creative doors Opens:
April 21, 2002
A day before the Doors exhibit opens. "Sometimes the doors are literal doors, ones that must be opened if the cat is to get in or the groceries put away," FLAG's show statement said. "Sometimes the doors are metaphoric. The tribute door honours people who've opened doors of opportunity for us and others." A seemingly simple subject matter turned out to have much deeper meaning for members of the Fort Langley Artists Group, who recently opened a show called Doors.
Whenever the Fort Langley Artists Group holds an exhibition, its members are asked to create works around a certain theme. The goal is to inspire the artists and push the envelope of their creativity.
This time, the theme picked was Doors. "It was such a challenge," said FLAG's Larry Green. "What do you do with doors? It's symbolic and literal, both. It really raised the bar and people rose to the challenge."
The result was paintings of doors, paintings on doors, fun pieces such as a witch's door, complete with boots and broomsticks, and serious works depicting the theme of passing through doorways.
Green's work features a small door that can be opened to see his impression of the terrorist attack on New York. "It was a passageway for our culture," he explained. "Things aren't the same after Sept. 11. We're in a different room now."
Artist Evelyn Smith used a real, full-sized door and police tape to create a moving portrait of the aftermath of a violent home invasion.
A number of the artists, including Susan Falk, who painted her brother, how had recently passed away,and her dog, who recently passed away, had incorporated death and the passing of the spirit into their art.
called The Last Door, is particularly poignant, as FLAG member
passed away on April 20, the day before the Doors exhibit opens.
Langley: CN on track for summer Open Show August 2002
Train lovers, history buffs, and art enthusiasts will find find plenty of things to keep them interested this summer at Fort Langley's CN Station. The CN Station in Fort Langley is inviting visitors to get on board to catch a glimpse of the ways things were, and experience the visions of local artists. Inside the station, guests can tour the ticket office and waiting room, and see artwork created by the Fort Langley Artists Group on display in the former baggage room.
FLAG opened a new show, featuring ceramics, sculpture, watercolours, pastels, oils, photographs, acrylics, glass, and mixed media pieces, on July 6. The artwork will be featured until the first week of August, when another exhibition will be set up and run to September.
Beside the station platform, on the nearby track, is a 1900 velocipede, and inside the 1920s caboose as an excellent working model train.
The rail car, which served for several years as the Fort Langley Information Centre, is staffed by knowledgeable community and heritage workers. It as been refurbished to its 1947 glory, and contains racks with brochures and information, as well as a small sales area where T-shirts and railroad souvenirs are sold.
Gallery in the historic CN Station,
at the corner of Mavis and Glover Road
Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Open weekends May to September noon to 4:00 pm or by appointment