Five new exhibits at The Reach

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is presenting five visual art and historical exhibitions opening today at 7 p.m.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is presenting five visual art and historical exhibitions opening today at 7 p.m.

Bearing Witness focuses on the re-reading of history, the provocation of power relations and the notion of bearing witness to world events through personal and collective narratives.

Socially engaged works of art offer a powerful means of communicating human experience. They bring attention to political violence, unjust social realities and man’s inhumanity to man.

Telling Stories by Vancouver artist Richard Prince,  explores aspects of the landscape and ranges from wind and erosion to the aurora borealis and other cosmological events.

It is not simply the landscape of direct observation but rather it is a poetic landscape that reveals the often hidden, underlying structure.

Pia Massie’s video installation, Just Beyond Hope, examines the experiences of Japanese-Canadians and Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.

Using personal archival photos, letters and newspapers, Just Beyond Hope creates a dialogue between non-Japanese and Japanese, Canadians and Americans.

Jae Nam’s exhibition, Paper talk, Finger talk, examines the phenomenon of social media and how we communicate with our fingers.

School Days explores the good old days of reading, writing and arithmetic in Abbotsford through reminiscences of former students.

From the Gifford teacher who requested the school district provide a canoe for her to travel to school in to memories of a kind neighbour who filled the oil lamp to light students’ way safely home on dark winter nights, photos and artifacts from The Reach Permanent Collection will support what the stories conjure up in the imagination.

The exhibitions open tonight with a reception at 7 p.m. and opening remarks at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.  The Reach is located at 32388 Veterans Way.

For more call 604-864-8087 ext. 111.