Eleven artists showcased at Kariton Gallery exhibit

Opening reception takes place Saturday, Jan. 7 as part of Fraser Valley Regional Biennale

This acrylic painting on canvas is titled Mill Lake Park and is by Ken Dawes

This acrylic painting on canvas is titled Mill Lake Park and is by Ken Dawes

A reception takes place this Saturday, Jan. 7 to open the first exhibition of this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Biennale.

The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware St.

The exhibition is showcased by the Abbotsford Arts Council and features the work of 11 artists: Ken Dawes, Paula Funk, Erica Grimm, Fiona Howarth, Brenna Kanski, Krista Kilvert, Dan LeFebvre, Marguerite MacIntosh, Tracie Stewart, Sandra Wiens, and Jenn Williamson.

These artists work in a diversity of media including sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed media, all of which will be featured in this exhibition.

Connecting elements present in each work draws the show together through themes of nature and movement.

The Fraser Valley Regional Biennale is a collection of work produced by artists over the last two years.

A total of 21 artists were selected to take part, and their work will be presented at multiple venues throughout the year.

The first version of the exhibition runs until Feb. 7.

The exhibition is planned by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford in partnership with the Abbotsford Arts Council, the Mission Arts Council, and the Chilliwack Visual Artist Association.

It is curated by Beth Carruthers, a curator, consultant, theorist, artist, and researcher who is recognized as an expert in ecological art practice and theory. Her current research and practice is in the area of arts, culture, and sustainability.