There is a new art gallery in Langley!
Gallery 204, which specializes in contemporary landscape, wildlife, and figurative paintings, is now open to the public. The owner, Shelley Garries, has converted the upper floor of an historic brick federal building into a bright, sophisticated, welcoming space across from the Langley City Hall and Library.
When interviewing Shelley, I asked her why she decided to open a visual art gallery at this time. Garries, who is both a painter and a business woman, has been passionate about the Arts her whole life. She replied with a simple “If not now, when?!”
Garries is aware that “there are few galleries in Langley, yet there are thousands of art appreciators who understand the value having hanging a one-of-a kind, original painting on their wall. My staff and I are here to help those people bring colour, beauty, peace, meaning and joy into their everyday surroundings.”
Garries believes that there are many people in the Fraser Valley who will appreciate a space in which to take a short break from daily life. “We are inundated by incessant technology that beeps and demands our attention; paintings are a reminder to be present, to relax, to feel, and to enjoy being alive.”
Some of you may remember Westwind Gallery, winner of Langley’s Business of the Year, and a cultural hub for ten
years. The owner of that successful gallery, Murray Phillips, is one of the artists now represented by Gallery 204. He decided to become involved because “because cities need galleries. They can influence the nature of a community – art changes things. It changes our perspective, it communicates our unspeakable experiences and it can elevate our thoughts. Art is a language and has the capacity to bring about profound changes in a community.”
Phillips continues: “Almost every week someone tells me they miss Westwind Gallery and they relate how they used to come downtown just to visit the gallery. When Shelley called me about her potentially opening a gallery downtown, I was thrilled. This is a wonderful gallery, well organized and beautifully arranged to display the art; it is a credit to the community. Shelley, herself an artist, understands the role of a gallery in a community and knows that while selling art is important, it is also important to have these islands of beauty and hope in our communities.”
The dozen or so artists selected to exhibit range from emerging to professional, and were chosen based on the quality of their work, their commitment to the Arts and community, and for their variety of artistic expression. Current artists include: Terry Issaac, Murray Phillips, Susan Galick, Lalita Hamill, Shelley Garries, Carmel Clare, Bryan Coombes, Esther Sample, Ken Nash, Anita Klein, Judy Vanderveen, Tammie Hunter, and Graham Mckenzie.
Gallery 204 is dedicated to providing a tranquil yet inspiring space where art appreciators and their children can not only visit, but also attend special events and workshops to learn about the importance of the Arts and creativity, to enjoy incredible music, to delight in sumptuous food and drink, and to converse with inspiring artists from a variety of genres.
As one of the artists represented by Gallery 204, I would like to add that I accepted the invitation to participate because of Garries’ vision. For me, the Arts in all their forms are fundamentally about expression, relationship, communication and community, and are key to experiencing a meaningful life.
Murray Phillips urges the people of Langley to support and encourage Gallery 204 which, while being new, has deep roots in our community. Phillips states: “You should come and visit; you will see what I mean.”
If you would like to hear about upcoming special events, artist’s talks, workshops, or updates, please sign up here
Hours of Gallery 204: open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and by appointment.
#200 20408 Douglas Crescent, Langley BC
Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 6:00pm 8:00pm
Opening of the Christmas Show! Many small paintings will be available, and make a wonderful gift.