Paintings, like this by Lisa Nickel, will make up part of the Bayit show at the Fort Gallery with Betty Spackman.

Paintings, like this by Lisa Nickel, will make up part of the Bayit show at the Fort Gallery with Betty Spackman.

The art of living explored

The Fort Gallery exhibits a new painting series this month.

Artist Lisa Nickel brings her new painting series Bayit to the Fort Gallery until Dec. 6 with an opening Reception on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Alongside Nickel’s work is that of multimedia artist Betty Spackman.

Nickel noted bayit is a word used in both Arabic and Hebrew to denote home. Her paintings explore both literal and metaphorical meanings of the word.

Spackman’s work has often dealt with issues of home through her own series of assemblage works and collages.

The pairing of the artists’ projects gives a feeling for how living situations are viewed and how individuals respond to others based on their dwelling, lack of dwelling, or homelessness.

Prized poet

Langley’s own Taylor Theodore won the third annual Ode to a Farmer poetry contest put on by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets.

Not only did Theodore win in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountain region, she also was the grand prize winner for the entire contest.

Her poem, “Ode to a Farmer, From his Love”, along with other winning poems, can be found on the association’s website at

Single launch

Local country band Me and Mae is celebrating a brand new single “Only Live Once” which features the pop-country vocals of group member Colette Trudeau.

The band is looking to continue their success on the country music scene after taking several awards since their debut album in 2014.

RCMP book on sale

The “History of the RCMP Marine Services” book by Kenneth John Haycock is on sale by donation (suggested minimum of $10) at the lelem arts and culture cafe and the gift store at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

All proceeds go to the Langley Christmas Bureau from sales of the book filled with stories of heroic, yet ordinary men and women.

Nutcracking dancers

Langley’s own Emmaly Colins will be joined by other young dancers from around the Lower Mainland in the Ballet BC presentation of The Nutcracker.

This holiday classic will be staged at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver and presents the Alberta Ballet in the performances at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 31.

There are more than 80 local student dancers from dance schools all over the Lower Mainland in the production.

The musical score will be played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for all four performances. Tickets are available through or at 1-855-985-2787.

Pipers piping

The Central Valley Community Pipeband, led by pipe major Brittany Otto is looking for new pipers and drummers.

All levels are welcome and an eight week beginners program is planned for the new year. The group meets Wednesday evenings at Coghlan Community Hall at 6795 256 St. in Aldergrove.

Those interested can contact Nancy Gleeson at or 604-782-9975 for more information.


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