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Langley Arts Council speaker series a success

Similar events may return in the future, say organizers

Langley Arts Council wrapped up its month-long speaker series on June 1, which was held in partnership with the Canadian Arts Preservation Foundation (CAPF). 

The series included an exhibit of collected Canadian artwork and artifacts, with a focus of historical interest. 

Deepika Pandian, events coordinator of LAC, said the series went well for its first year. 

"Everyone learned a lot and were able to share their experiences," she commented. 

The artwork on display all came from the CAPF's collection, some dating back to the 1960s, which aims to preserve Canadian heritage and history through artwork and artifacts. 

"I hope people learned the value and come to know about [our heritage], it's our history," Pandian said. 

Discussions in the series ranged from how to preserve artwork and best practices for artists to ensure their pieces last, to discussing the importance of Canadian heritage and culture. 

Hans-Christian Behm, vice president of CAPF, spoke at several of the events in the speaker series.

At the final event. Behm, along with retired art director Ellen Van Eijnsbergen and professor Anthony Shelton, debated how items are determined to be heritage artifacts, and where music fits in as part of that. 

"Every single piece of work that you take, you have to think about conservation because it's a commitment and it's expensive," Van Eijnsbergen said at the event. 

"Conservation is one of the most important aspects of collecting." 

CAPF is based out of Vancouver and is largely operated by a volunteer workforce to acquire, catalogue, and store Canadian artwork. There are five directors that oversee operations, who bring professional art or financial experience to the foundation. 

Kyler Emerson

About the Author: Kyler Emerson

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