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Abbotsford Area Receives Revealing View to Its History

‘Vistas: Artists on the Canadian Pacific Railway’ featured 95 works of art created during the building of the CP Railway.

People in and around Abbotsford, BC, caught a unique glimpse of the area’s history through an unusual art exhibit.

PNR RailWorks had a hand in sharing a collection of original paintings, photography and other artwork, some of which hadn’t been viewed for decades, when it sponsored an exhibit of works created during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  “Vistas: Artists on the Canadian Pacific Railway” was on display at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford.  The traveling exhibit was organized by the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB.  It featured 95 original works of art and photographs by 23 artists to whom CPR gave rail passes and other accommodations to document the construction of the railroad that was promised when British Columbia joined Canada in 1871.  

PNR RailWorks joined former company owners and community leaders Henry, George and Erwin Braun to support the exhibit, and Regional Manager Herb Schmidt spoke at its opening.

Herb noted the historical significance of having the exhibit in Abbotsford, which grew as a result of CPR construction.  "This is an extraordinary collection,” he said, “and a unique opportunity for our community to pay homage to the artists who captured the hardships, engineering feats and magnificent scenery encountered by the railroad builders so many years ago."