Seven BC artists painted murals on 32 large panels depicting various aspects of farming and pioneer life.
Vivian Harder, Darlene Mehrer MacDonald, Judy Jordison, Toni Williams, Janice Robertson, Alan Wylie, Phyllis Atkins.
These pictures were taken as these beautiful 4 ft X 8 ft murals left the artist’s studio (Vivian Harder) in south Langley to be delivered to the BC Farm Museum.
Local artists designed five murals to be displayed in and outside the BC Farm Museum. The murals show how pioneer life evolved with an emphasis on agricultural development up to the year 1966 when the Farm Museum opened. Some of the artifacts on exhibit in the museum are featured on the murals.
This has added a great deal to the historic atmosphere of the area and given people another reason to visit Fort Langley.
There was a grand “Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” for the painted murals, on Saturday, June 17th 2017. The public was invited to attend.
Janice Robertson / Alan Wylie
Darlene Mehrer MacDonald
Judy Jordison – Toni Williams
Today, December 4 2017, the final four Mural panels were installed.
This sign (below) “Honouring our Kwantlen Ancestors” displayed next to the artwork of Phyllis Atkins, was added in November 2017
In 2016 the Langley Heritage Society supported the BC Farm Museum Association with a generous donation towards their Mural Painting Project.
Langley Heritage Society treasurer Lotte Elias made the check presentation to Syd Pickerell, museum director and chair of the murals committee. Ms. Elias stated in her presentation letter “We appreciate the great work you do in preserving the agricultural/pioneer history of this great province, especially our local story.”
Support for the Murals has also come from the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, the Provincial government, several Foundations and the Township of Langley.
Last night, 11th May 2018, the Board of Directors of Heritage BC, at the awards dinner, recognized Syd Pickerell, seen receiving the HONOURS award, for the Museum Murals in the Heritage Education and Awareness category.
Syd receiving the award George and Grace Muller, Syd and Janice Pickerell