Brian Croft
Painting the History of Vancouver and British Columbia

Newsletters

First, I'd like to thank you for signing up for my newsletters which I generally send out just prior to art shows and new art-releases.  As many of you know, I also organize the West Fine Art Show and our next show is coming up.

ITS ABOUT TIME WE HAD AN ART SHOW!!    We’re PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING to bring you 19 exceptional artists.

Langley Hospice Society and Glass House Estate Winery are hosting our West Fine Art Show on the weekend of Sept 17-19.  One of BC’s largest and highly popular art shows, the West Fine Art Show will once again create a destination art show, with free admission, that will welcome thousands of attendees throughout the weekend at the beautifully situated South Langley Glass House Estate Winery.

This amazing weekend of fine art, will offer breathtaking interpretations of our western Canada lifestyle as well as the rare opportunity to meet and speak with each artist.  The show features 19 artists from Western Canada:

Brent Cooke, Jodie Blaney, John Ferrie, Richard Brodeur, Emily Lozeron, Lorn Curry, Joyce Trygg, Jim Pescott, , Ken Nash, Graham McKenzie, Felicity Holmes, Serge Dube, Alison Philpott, Drew Keilback, Judy Vanderveen, Catherine Traynor, Lizete Dureault,  musician, John Gilliat , and me,....Brian Croft.

 

Glass House Estate Winery is located at 23449  0 Avenue Langley, B.C V2Z 2X3

Parking and Admission: Free

Show hours:

Friday, Sep 17   5:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, Sep 18   11:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday, Sep 19   11:00am - 5:00pm

COVID-19 info: Visitors require a BCVaccination Card or other proof of a single dose Covid-19 vaccination, attendance numbers are controlled, face coverings are required, and for a complete view of the show's Covid Communicative Disease Plan, please visit www.westart.ca

 

Hello everyone,

Over the past month, as we, at the West Fine Art Show promised, we fully supported the restrictions of our provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and embraced her now-famous call:  "Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe”. We pivoted our show plans and moved our show online, running April 9-30.

The show is in its last few days and so I'd invite you all to take a few moments and make a visit with our 28 artists, the largest number we have ever hosted.  Leave a note in our guest book before you leave and tell us about your experience with at the show.

This is the fourth year partnered with the Langley School District Foundation. The amazing  work that this foundation performs in support of students can be seen at: https://www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com

During our show, artists are donating 25% of their sales at the show, to this foundation; this means, when you purchase art, you are also helping in this important work.

We have made it very easy to contact all our artists directly to make purchases and to find out more about their work. You will find live-contact-links on each artists mini gallery.

And please do enter our art draw with four prizes, the first being a Richard Brodeur print, “The Captains”.  Tickets are easy to buy, just click on the poster. All proceeds to the foundation.

Please do forward this newsletter to friends and family, and thank you for your support.

 

Here is a Direct Link to the Show:  www.westart.ca

Brian Croft

President, West Fine Art Show Society

And just a reminder that my latest limited edition print is in galleries; I pasted that image below for you to see.

 

(posted on 4 Apr 2021)

Hi everyone,

Im pleased to say that stretched canvases of my new giclee print Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1965 are now available in galleries as I promised they would be.  The galleries which represent me can be found on my website or by simply clicking on this link:   https://briancroft.com/page/where_to_purchase.

And now, about the West Fine Art Show!

About a week ago, faced with high Covid counts and talk of a third wave, I decided to move our next West Fine Art Show online.  So on April 9 we open and run three weeks until April 30.

This will be new territory for the show but in a nutshell here is what we have planned so far.  First we added a few more artists.  We will have our usual art draw, a few "Meet the Artist" Zoom sessions and lots of art for visitors to see and buy.  Visitors will be able to connect quickly with each artist if they wish to make a purchase and 25% of all sales will be donated to our partner the Langley School District Foundation.

Here is the show poster and, over the three-week run, I do hope you will drop into the show at www.westart.ca and join us. And, please do pass this on and help us connect people with art, artists and charitable purpose.

Brian Croft

 

 

 

Hi everyone, 

I hope this short note to you finds you all in good health.

As an old fighter pilot I'm always looking far-ahead and thought you might like to know, I believe I can see "sunshine" coming our way!

Thanks for your patience over the past few years; I have finally finished my latest painting titled:" Theatre Row - 1965".  The previous three paintings on this subject are almost sold out and this painting continues that journey into 1965, the year that I was in grade 11.

Here is a short video about the making of this work:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO ABOUT THEATRE ROW - 1965

Of course you can always find me at:   www.briancroft.com

For collectors of low-number-signed prints, now is the time to place your order at a gallery that represents me and these galleries are listed on my website.

If you know any other "youngsters" who were in high school around 1965, I'd appreciate your forwarding this to them!!

See you soon...in the sunshine!

Warm wishes,

Brian Croft

P.S. I will be at the West Fine Art Show April 9-11. As always I will send you a little reminder about that show as we get closer because COVID restrictions may cause us to pivot the show to an online format...so I will let you know.

 

 
 
 
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(posted on 11 Sep 2020)

 

Appologies if you have already received this email.

We just discovered a database problem which prevented most of you from receiving this.

Thats fixed so hopefully this is the last try and I hope to see you all soon at the show.

Brian Croft, checking in from the West Fine Art Show....here we go everyone; I hope you can join us.

West Fine Art Show - Late Summer Edition

September 18-20, 2020

Hi everyone, 

Im pleased to announce that the eleventh-annual Late-Summer edition of the West Fine Art Show is upon us; it promises to be a perfect weekend adventure. Hosted at Glass House Estate Winery in beautiful south Langley, the show will feature 18 exceptional artists in a three-day exhibition.

This amazing weekend of fine art, will offer breathtaking interpretations of our western Canada lifestyle as well as the rare opportunity to meet and speak with each artist.  The show features 18 artists from Western Canada.

The new artists at this show are Jodie Blaney, Tony Mayo and John Ferrie.  Appearing again at our show are artists from Alberta and British Columbia, including Richard Brodeur, Emily Lozeron, Lorn Curry, Joyce Trygg, Jim Pescott, Patricia Falk,  Ken Nash, Graham McKenzie, Brent Cooke, Felicity Holmes,  Lynn Sykes, Drew Keilback, Judy Vanderveen, Victor Gligor, and Brian Croft.

Our show will also focus on raising awareness of Langley Hospice Society and its important work, both in the past and the years ahead.  The show is graciously hosted by Glass House Estate Winery and JRG Group of Companies. Partial proceeds of all art sales will be donated to the Langley Hospice Society.

A complete list of participating artists can be found at www.westart.ca.

The show runs September 18-20, 2020  at the beautifully situated South Langley Glass House Estate Winery.

Please pass this on to your friends and family; we hope to see you all there!

Brian Croft, president, West Fine Art Show Society.

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GLASS HOUSE ESTATE WINERY is located at 23449  0 Avenue Langley, B.C.   V2Z 2X3

Parking and admission are free.

Show hours:

Friday, Sep 18   5:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, Sep 19   11:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday, Sep 20   11:00am - 5:00pm 

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This event is planned in accordance with the latest BC Provincial Order. As we work hard to protect your safety, we also ask you to familiarize yourself with the following procedures that will be in effect. If we all contribute by being informed, KIND, CALM and SAFE, we will have a wonderful artistic event. See you there!

COVID-19,   WHAT TO EXPECT

Parking and Admission to our show is free of charge

If you are not feeling well or have any Covid-19 symptoms, please do not attend this event.

We do not supply PPE or NMM or face coverings. We recommend that you bring your own facial protection in the event you feel the need to wear them.

Covid-19 Event restrictions apply in accordance with the most recent Provincial Order.

Patron-Attendance numbers at this event are controlled and limited as per Provincial Order.

Patrons may encounter an entry line-up to the single entry to the art show during busy periods.

Patrons must maintain Social Distancing (2 metres) while in a line-up to the art show.

All patrons must give name & (phone no. or email) per Provincial Order, relating to contact tracing.

Social Distancing (2 metres) is to be maintained at all times inside the art show.

Direction of Flow is denoted on signs and all patrons are expected to follow these directions.

Hand Sanitizing Stations will be available inside the art show.

Washroom facilities are available.

Exit from the show will be by the (signage-designated) Exit.

 

 

(posted on 26 Feb 2020)

 

Hi everyone,

Its been a while since I released a new limited edition print but Im pleased to send this news about my latest:        C-FUN 1410 - 1965.

Last Fall, I got word that the old CFUN studio building in Vancouver was going to be demolished for a redevelopment. This news triggered a great deal of "oh my gosh" from old fans and radio employees and in particular, deejays like Red Robinson and John Tanner. It was Red who put it to me that a painting might be the best way to remember this great radio station; what could I say, I was mesmerized by C-FUN back then and still am.

I was in grade 11 in 1965 and it was a very cool time to be a teen. Learning to drive was liberating and once you got your licence you also got control of the car radio, yours to operate as loud as you wished.  Although I had a transistor radio, it didn’t compare to the car radio and the first pleasure was setting up those radio push buttons. For me there was only one worth setting; “14", or as we all knew it, C-FUN at 1410 on the dial.  C-FUN 1410 with rock-solid programming, great deejays and lots of fun was where it was at. The deejays were local celebrities and teens knew their names and followed the station all day. In the Fall of 1965 the line up was: Tom Peacock at 6:00am, Al Jordan at 9:00am, Red Robinson at noon, Fred Latremouille at 3:00pm, Ed Karl at 6:00pm, Mad Mel at 9:00pm and John Tanner at midnight. 

Well, I could go on but instead will simply attach this link to my website where you can see the painting in detail.

https://briancroft.com/image/vancouver_collection/image

By the way I will be appearing at the West Fine Art Show March 6-8 and the new print will be on display there. More details on the show at www.westart.ca

Hope to see you all there.

Warmest regards,

Brian Croft

Photo below: Red robinson and I at the mid-point in the painting development.

(posted on 12 Feb 2020)

 

Hello everyone, 

First, I'd like to thank you for signing up for my newsletters which I generally send out just prior to art shows and new art-releases.  As many of you know, I also organize the West Fine Art Show and our next show is coming up on March 6-8 at Peter Ewart Middle School located at 7755 202A Street, Langley.

22 Featured Artists in Attendance

Remembering Peter Ewert, is a special exhibition of Peter's artwork to remember his many contributions as an artist.

Emerging Young Artists, is a special display of Langley student art which will be adjudicated and cash prizes awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Acclaimed musician, John Gilliat, will perform on guitar all weekend.

Kids Art Centre, is a popular spot for youngsters while Mom and Dad enjoy the art show.

A portion of all art sales will be directed to the Langley School District Foundation.

Admission and parking are free.

Show hours:

March 6     7:00pm - 9:00pm

March 7   11:00am - 7:00pm

March 8   11:00am - 5:00pm

There is lots more to see at   www.westart.ca   On our home page index, you will find a mini-gallery for each featured artist so that you can get a feel for the show and the incredible artists that will be there to greet you.

 

 

For those of your who got all the way to the bottom of this newsletter, a little surprise!  For the first six of you to email back to me that you are interested, I will send you an invitation to our opening reception on March 6; don't delay, space is limited.

 

Brian Croft

 

 

 

Hi everyone, 

Thank you for subscribing to my rare updates! As many of you know, in recent years I have been organizing the West Fine Art Show. I look forward to these events as it gives me a chance to meet and catch-up with so many of you.

 

 

I hope you can join me for the tenth-annual Late-Summer edition of the West Fine Art Show; it promises to be a perfect weekend adventure. Hosted at Glass House Estate Winery in beautiful south Langley, the show will feature 19 exceptional artists in a three-day exhibition.

This amazing weekend of fine art, will offer breathtaking interpretations of our western Canada lifestyle as well as the rare opportunity to meet and speak with each artist.  The show features 19 artists from Western Canada. The new artist at this show: is Lesley White.  Appearing again at the show are artists from Alberta and British Columbia, including Richard Brodeur, Emily Lozeron, Lorn Curry, Leanne Christie, Joyce Trygg, Bryan Coombes, Ken Nash, Patricia Banks, Graham McKenzie, Brent Cooke, Judy Vanderveen, Anita Klein, Felicity Holmes, Debra Gow, Rick Pennell, Catherine Traynor, and me: Brian Croft.

Our show will also focus on raising awareness of Langley Hospice Society and its important work, both in the past and the years ahead.  The show is graciously hosted by Glass House Estate Winery and JRG Group of Companies. Partial proceeds of all art sales will be donated to the Langley Hospice Society.

A complete list of participating artists can be found at www.westart.ca.

The show runs September 20-22, 2019  at the beautifully situated South Langley Glass House Estate Winery.

Hope to see you all there, Brian Croft, artist and president, West Fine Art Show Society.

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(posted on 28 Apr 2019)

May 17-20, 2019 - The Next West Fine Art Show

Hello everyone, 

First, I'd like to thank you for signing up for my newsletters which I generally send out just prior to art shows and new art-releases.

As many of you know, I also organize the West Fine Art Show and our next show is coming up on March 6-8 at the Cloverdale Rodeo.

For the first six of you to email back, I will send you an invitation to our opening reception; don't delay!  

Featured at this show:

We have 18 exceptional artists from western Canada.

The show includes a Special Exhibition, Remembering Jeff Robinson. Jeff was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of ten. He was a great kid and grew into a fine young man who possessed a wonderful sense of optimism and a great sense of humour. Both of these qualities served as medicine each and every day of his life. He did not recover from his 26th and final surgery; he died at the young age of 33. Jeff's battle with Crohn's Disease was over, leaving us to remember his bravery and his smile. "He  is dearly missed,” said his dad, Red Robinson.  Red Robinson, O.B.C. is a founding member of CH.I.L.D. Foundation.

Our Musical Artist,  John Gilliat on guitar, performing all weekend on our show stage and a wine bar is located beside our stage.

And we have a Children's Art Center sponsored by Opus so that youngsters can keep busy while Mom and Dad enjoy looking at artwork and meeting the artists.

By clicking:   www.westart.ca  , you will arrive at our home page where you will find a mini-gallery for each featured artist so that you will get a feel for the show and the incredible artists that will be there to greet you. Partial proceeds of all artwork sales will be donated to CHI.L.D.Foundation and the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation.  As usual, admission is included in the price of admission to the Rodeo.

Another special feature of the show is artist,"King" Richard Brodeur: "When I was playing with the Canucks I was painting at home and brought a sketch pad with me on the road". Today, Brodeur works on his art every day". Don't miss this chance to say "Hi" to Richard!

 

 

Our show poster is included below;  we hope to see you on May 17-20 and please, MENTION THE SHOW TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

Warmest regards, Brian Croft, president, West Fine Art Show Society.

 

 

Hello everyone, 

Our next show is coming up on March 8-10, 2019. We have 23 exceptional artists which makes this the largest show that we have done so far. 

Featured at this show:

Artist Richard Brodeur"When I was playing with the Canucks I was painting at home and brought a sketch pad with me on the road". Today, Brodeur works on his art every day".   

And a Special Exhibition, Remembering Nancy Crawford.    Nancy Crawford was an amazing artist and teacher who inspired thousands with her art, photography, workshops and coaching. She was a senior visual art teacher at the Langley Fine Arts School where she had an incredible knack for getting students into the post-secondary institution of their choice; usually with a scholarship.

Emerging Young Artists Exhibition. A special display of art created by students in the Langley School District.

Our Musical Artist,  John Gilliat on guitar, performing all weekend.

As usual, admission is free and we have a Children's Art Center sponsored by Opus so that youngsters can keep busy while Mom and Dad enjoy looking at artwork and meeting the artists.

 

Warmest regards, Brian Croft, president, West Fine Art Show Society.

 

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