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VIDEO: Landscape painters compete in Langley

First-ever B.C. wide ‘live’ contest

They had four hours to create an original work of art.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 17, 13 B.C. artists set up at different locations in Langley’s Williams Park, with most unpacking their paints and easels along the banks of the Salmon River that runs through in the lower section of the park located at 68th Avenue and 238th Street, to capture the beauty of the natural surroundings.

They were vying for top honours and a mix of cash and gift cards in the first-ever Langley Arts Council B.C.-wide landscape competition and live painting event, with a three-member jury panel picking the top artists.

As well, there was a people’s choice award, based on votes by visitors to the event.

Langley Arts Council President Lana Hart said competitions are part of the Aldergrove-based council’s mandate to promote and encourage artists in the Langleys and beyond.

“We had the portrait one [earlier in the] year and this year we did the landscape and I just love the whole thing,” an enthusiastic Hart remarked.

Once the brushes were down, the winners were selected.

Burnaby artist Orion Alexis took first place, and runners-up were Susannah White from Abbotsford and Mani Dhaliwal from Burnaby.

The top three will have an exhibition in 2024 at LAC.

The people’s choice award winner, Mindy Hardiman from South Surrey, will get an LAC membership and their artwork will be featured on LAC social media.

More information about the LAC can be viewed online at

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