The Paint the Train Competition started in 2018 as a partnership of the Arts Council of Surrey and the FVHRS to bring artists in the Surrey area together with Surrey’s heritage, specifically the B.C. Electric Railway.
We were delighted to say that in 2019, the second event was even better. We had a pause in 2020, just as most of the world did for the COVID-19 pandemic. We are ecstatic to report the 2021 version surpassed the previous events.
For this year’s competition both the scope and geographic region for the focus were expanded to include Heritage railway operations of the BCER, representing electric power, adding steam-powered railways of all kinds that occurred in the modern-day areas of Surrey and Langley. We extended a special invitation to the Langley Arts Council and all its members.
New judges for the arts community were faced with difficult choices within the three categories and the 33 art works that were entered. Our thanks to Scarlet Black, Marc Pelech and Brian Croft for their time to adjudicate this year.
On behalf of the FVHRS, Arts Council of Surrey and the Langley Arts Council, our thanks to all the artists who created such wonderful submissions and exercised such creativity to again Paint the Train!