About the "West"

 

The West Fine Art Show

Each West Fine Art Show brings together a dazzling group of exceptionally talented western Canadian artists. The show flourishes as we approach our tenth year of operation.

 

brought to you by,

The West Fine Art Show Society

Incorporated under the BC Society Act November 19, 2013, our society organizes and produces the West Fine Art Shows.

Our board of directors include:

Brian Croft, President, Organizer, Secretary, Webmaster.

Bryan Coombes, Vice President, Co-organizer.

Shawn Siak, Treasurer, Event Planner.

Shannon Todd-Booth, Event Planner.

Five additioal  board members serve as directors-at-large.

 

Looking back on the history of the West Fine Art Show

The West Fine Art Show is the brainchild of the accomplished western Canadian artist, Murray Phillips.  His vision of bringing together a group of exceptionally talented western Canadian artists flourished thanks to the show being hosted for the first four years by Senator Gerry St. Germain at his Indian Springs Land and Cattle Co. ranch in South Surrey.  

Already a successful art gallery owner and artist, Murray saw the need for a local fine art show and set out to produce it. He gathered artist friends from all over western Canada and created our annual fall show that endures today.

In 2013 Murray formed the West Fine Art Show Society and organized a second annual show that subsequently became our May show. Up to 2016, Murray annually organized a dazzling collection of artists and their work for each show

Murray was diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma in 2017. He lived his last days in grace and peace leaving the West Fine Art Show for us to carry forward.

 

 

 

Betty and Murray Phillips

 

All artists from the early years of the West Fine Art Show will remember Betty.

Gracious, kind and generous, Betty volunteered in every way and quickly became the heart and soul of our show.

In 2013, when Betty’s life-journey delivered her into the care of Langley Hospice, a strong partnership was forged between the West Fine Art Show and Langley Hospice Society. That partnership endures in the form of our annual fall show.

We miss her presence, her smile and her love; we will always remember Betty

 

 

Looking Back.....

2018

The West Fine Art Show, created to connect people with art, artists and charitable purpose added an Early Spring Show.   With our new partner, the Langley School District Foundation. Our 2018 show calendar became a trilogy with shows in March, May and September. 

2017

Our two annual shows continued: Cloverdale Rodeo with our Remembering Jeff Robinson display in support of CH.I.L.D. Foundation and an emerging artists display of Lord Tweedsmuir student art; and then our second show "Remembering" at Glass House Estate Winery which was a stunning success in support of Langley Hospice thanks to our new hosts, Arthur, Ingrid and Margit deJong.

2016

This year featured a bigger and better show at Cloverdale Rodeo and a stunning "Remembering Betty" show--in tents-- at Thunderbird Show Park

2015

One of our dear friends and a wonderful volunteer at our shows, Bob Siak ,departed:

 

From the beginning, the West Fine Art Show relied on volunteerism to make it happen.

Bob, with his capable hands and can-do attitude, was more than a volunteer, he was a leader who saw beyond obstacles and built solutions.  Whether it was helping with set-up or parking signs or electric hook-up or tear-down, Bob was always exactly where you needed him, beside you and ready with a helping hand.

In 2015 Bob passed away during recovery from a surgical operation. Although this tragedy took Bob from us, his energy can still be felt at each show by artists, board members and visitors. Thanks to you Bob, the show you helped build goes on; we will always remember you!

 

 

 

 

May 2015 Opening Ceremonies at Cloverdale Rodeo

MurrayPhillips,     Red Robinson,     BrianCroft 

 

 

 

 

August 20-23, 2015 at Thunderbird Show Park

 

 

 

2014

We were very grateful for the support which allowed us to expand to two shows this year.  Our society is also grateful to the Tidball Family and those at Thunderbird Show Park that allowed us the space to do that show and and also the work of Darwin Osarchuk in arranging for space at Trev Deeley Motorcycles. 

 

Sept 13-14, 2014 at Trev Deeley Motorcycles, in support of CHILD Foundation

 Back Row, L to R:

 

Red Robinson

Our  "Remembering Betty" Show at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC

.....in support of Langley Hospice.

Grace McCarthy

Doug Levitt

Brent Cooke

Mak Hobson

Mary Parsons

Paige Albrecht

 

Front Row, L to R:

 

Jeffrey Whiting

Gaye Adams

Murray Phillips

Brian Croft

 

September 5-7 2014

 

Our  "Remembering Betty" Show at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC

.....in support of Langley Hospice.

Murray Phillips

Gaye Adams

Paige Albrecht

June Bloye

Carmel Clare

Craig Benson

Brian Croft

Bryan Coombes

Lalita Hamill

Bill Higginson

Tammie Hunter

Mark Hobson

Michael King

Loretta Kyle

Doug Levitt

Kim Penner

Olga Rybalko

Esther Sample

Joe Smith

...and guest artists.

 

2013

"Remembering Betty Show

2013 Featured artists

2013 Featured artists 

Murray Phillips,  Gaye Adams,  Craig Benson,  June Bloye,  Carmel Clare,  Bryan Coombes,  Brian Croft,  Lalita Hamill,  Tammie Hunter, Mark Hobson,  Doug Levitt,  Esther Sample,  Nathan Scott,  Joe Smith.
Guest artists: Bill Higginson, Olga Rybalko, Sharie Posein, Josh Jenkins

Although 2013 was a sad sad year with the passing of my beloved wife Betty, she insisted that the 2013 show take place even though she would not be able to join in as she always has.  In her memory we called the 2013 show "Remembering Betty" and in gratitude we sent a portion of the show art sale proceeds to our new partner, the Langley Hospice Society.  It was a wonderfull show with high attendance which connected artists and guests under a warm fall sunshine.  On behalf of all the artists  and guests who came together to help .remember Betty, I send my affection and thanks.   With gratitude, Murray

 

pic of m and b

 

All artists from the early years of the West Fine Art Show will remember Betty.

Gracious, kind and generous, Betty volunteered in every way an quickly became the heart and soul of our show for many years.  In 2013, when Betty’s life-journey delivered her into the care of Langley Hospice, a strong partnership was forged between the West Fine Art Show and Langley Hospice Society. It is in Betty’s memory that we artists gather each year.

We miss her presence and her love; we will always remember Betty.

 

2012