2022 Paint the Train
For this year’s competition the Arts Council of Surrey, the Langley Arts Council and the FVHRS expanded the scope for both subject choice as well as geography. For 2022, Paint the Train entries represent the artists view of the impact of railways (electric, steam, diesel) in the region since 1886 – the date of the first scheduled train to cross Canada from sea to sea. The subject should have a direct connection to a railway in the region of the lower Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.
This year also saw the addition of a new category for Juniors. Considering Juniors to be aged 10 through 17, this is the fourth category for judging. Juniors are not awarded a full cash prize but are recognized with gift certificates and artist’s supplies provided by donors.
All submissions were displayed at Newton Cultural Centre during November 2022; winners went on tour at Township of Langley Civic Centre December 4, 2022 through January 4, 2023; the display of winners then moved to the New Westminster Arts Council Gallery January 5 through January 29; upon request from Surrey Libraries, the Winners tour continued from February 2 to March 31.
For 2022 we are pleased to welcome back our three respected artists from last year as judges again this year. Scarlet Black, Marc Pelech and Brian Croft will select the winners and Honourable Mention prizes.
For 2023 we are pleased to welcome both the New Westminster Arts Council and the Burnaby Arts Council to the Paint the Train team.