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South Surrey artist re-creates historic farmhouse in gingerbread

Carla Maskall’s replica on display in Vancouver’s Gingerbread Lane
South Surrey resident Carla Maskall has added the replica Stewart farmhouse that she built out of gingerbread to the Hyatt Regency’s Gingerbread Lane affair. The free display runs Dec. 2-29, 2022. (Contributed photo)

Carla Maskall has given a sweet touch to the Historic Stewart Farmhouse, re-creating the South Surrey landmark from gingerbread.

The Peninsula artist – who took to plein-air painting at the Crescent Road property during the pandemic – delivered her rendition of the heritage home to the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver on Saturday (Nov. 26, 2022), entering it in their annual Gingerbread Lane event, a fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Building materials for the structure – dubbed ‘An Old Fashioned Christmas at Surrey’s Historical Stewart Farmhouse’ – included candy canes, brown candy corn, Tic Tacs, Smarties and “lots and lots and lots of icing sugar,” Maskall said.

“But the first step was constructing a model of the farmhouse out of cardboard,” she said.

“It’s very tricky architecture.”

Standing about 1.5 feet tall on a two-by-three-foot platform, the finished piece includes the farm’s apple shed, trees and “all kinds of stuff.”

Maskall began working on it at the beginning of November, and put the finishing touches on last Friday (Nov. 25, 2022). The lifelong artist, whose work is featured in a Schitt’s Creek coffee table book, noted that baking is not her forte.

However, she said she has previously made gingerbread replicas of the roadside hotel from Schitt’s Creek and the convenience store from Kim’s Convenience.

Last year, her re-creation of the White Rock museum, train station and pier earned first-place and People’s Choice awards – $1,750 in cash prizes – at the Central City Shopping Centre’s Gingerbread Village competition. The funds, said Maskall, went to construction of a gazebo at a Surrey men’s shelter, in memory of her late nephew, Dylan.

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Despite her apparent talent in the field – which Maskall said caught the attention of one of the food networks – Maskall insists she is not a baker.

“The funny thing is, because I won the (Surrey Central) contest, one of the food networks contacted me and they wanted me to audition,” she said.

“I’m not really a baker, I’m just an artist.”

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Maskall said if her entry at the Hyatt happens to win a cash prize, she’ll be sure to put the funds to good use.

“I’ll find something interesting to do with it,” she said.

The Gingerbread Lane display, in its 30th year, is free for the public to peruse, from Dec. 2-29. The Hyatt is located at 655 Burrard St.
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Carla Maskall donated funds she won last year at a gingerbread house competition to the construction of this gazebo, built in memory of her nephew, Dylan, who died in 2021. (Contributed photo)

Tracy Holmes

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Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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