Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art is among the exhibits currently on display at The Reach Gallery Museum.

Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art is among the exhibits currently on display at The Reach Gallery Museum.

Fall programs at The Reach include art classes and tours

Abbotsford gallery-museum is celebrating 10th anniversary

The Reach Gallery Museum continues the celebration of its first 10 years with several upcoming events.

Adrienne Fast, curator of art and visual culture, leads a free public tour of Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art on Saturday, Oct. 6 and 13 at 10 a.m.

She will be joined by Rena Shohmelian, family support worker for Arabic-speaking families who will be offering Arabic translation for the tours.

Kris Foulds, curator of historical collections, will lead a free public tour of the exhibition British Columbia’s War, 1914-1918 on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

The exhibition tours continue throughout the fall with The Reach’s free, drop-in tour program The Docent is Present.

This is where an approachable and informed guide is ready to provide tours and information about current exhibitions each Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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The Reach is also gearing up to host a series of workshops and classes suited to a wide range of tastes and skill levels.

Learn drawing fundamentals in a series of classes called Learn to Draw for Adults. Geared toward adults at a beginner or intermediate skill level, these classes will teach the basics of light, perspective, texture and more.

Classes run Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13.

The Reach also offers a children’s studio program called Learn from the Masters, which invites students from Grades 2 to 6 on a journey through art history to learn about master artists and to develop their own artistic abilities with various mediums.

This series of five classes takes place on Oct. 12 and 26 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Aspiring Artist Portfolio Workshops – for students ages 14 to 20 – takes place Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. These sessions provide top-quality advice on portfolio preparation for those who plan to go to art school.

The Reach also invites the whole family to come out and take part in the free Sunday Family Arts program.

The program is offered every other Sunday throughout the fall, beginning on Oct. 14. Classes run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Advanced registration is required for all classes. Visit or call 604-864-8087 for more information, including costs.