Five new shows open at Abbotsford’s Reach Gallery

Among the new shows are a tribute to a famed French soccer star, and a look at 90 years of the Abbotsford News.

Jaden and Connor Sawatzky designed News front pages while mom Cristal helped

Jaden and Connor Sawatzky designed News front pages while mom Cristal helped

A large crowd of art lovers and community supporters came to the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford on Thursday night to celebrate the opening of five new exhibits.

Among the new shows is a tribute to the 90th anniversary of the Abbotsford News

Entitled Making News, Making History, the display captures moments of the community’s history over the past near-decade, covered by The News.

“It’s truly an honour to be part of this event,” said Andrew Franklin, publisher of the Abbotsford News.

“The Abbotsford News has played an important role in recording the history of this community. If it mattered to the people of Abbotsford, they read about it in our pages.”

The Reach will also be hosting a gala banquet on Sept. 8 to close out the 90th anniversary celebrations on a high note.

Also opening Thursday night was Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait, organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

This show combines soccer and contemporary art and is an opportunity to observe one of the century’s most famous soccer stars (France’s Zinedine Zidane)  through an almost idolizing portrait.

Internationally renowned artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno  deploy contemporary conventions of mass media both to paint a portrait of the soccer star and to expose the cultural creation and fascination of heroes.

Other shows include:

  • The Ties That Bind – organized and circulated by the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC – documents Jewish settlement in B.C. from 1858 when the first immigrants arrived in Victoria.
  • Molten Obsessions showcases contemporary glass bead-making.
  • Procession, a new work from Jeff Sawatzky, is a series of charcoal drawings reworked and applied to wooden panelling.