The 2019 Fraser Valley Biennale is among four new exhibitions opening at The Reach on Oct. 3 and running until Jan. 5. (Submitted photo)

The 2019 Fraser Valley Biennale is among four new exhibitions opening at The Reach on Oct. 3 and running until Jan. 5. (Submitted photo)

Four new fall exhibits open at The Reach Gallery Museum

Opening reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 3 in Abbotsford

An opening reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 3 at The Reach Gallery Museum for four new exhibitions running this fall.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way). Admission is free, and guests can enjoy light refreshments and have the chance to speak with the artists, most of whom will be in attendance.

Laura Schneider, executive director of The Reach, said this series of exhibitions brings together a record number of Fraser Valley artists under one roof.

“The strength of these exhibitions speaks to the extraordinary depth of talent in our region and I know that our audience will be impressed with what they see,” she said.

The exhibits include “Li iyá:qtset – We Transform,” featuring multi-disciplinary work by some of the most important Indigenous artists, thinkers, writers, and scholars working in Coast Salish territory today.

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Artists include Joanne Archibald, Nicola Campbell, Roxanne Charles, Brenda Crabtree, Wenona Hall, Ronnie Dean Harris, Jay Havens, Rocky La Rock, Jocelyne Robinson, Deb Silver, Raphael Silver, Carrielynn Victor, Theresa Warbus, and Ceass Wyss.

La Rock will be on hand on Oct. 5 and 6 (Saturday and Sunday) from noon to 4 p.m. outside The Reach for a chainsaw-carving demonstration.

One of the other exhibits is the 2019 Fraser Valley Biennale, with creations produced by artists over the past two years.

The exhibition features artists Emily Arnett, Sidi Chen, David Evans, Christopher Friesen, Paula Funk, Erica Grimm, Joshua Hale, Fiona Howarth, Sharon Huget, Krista Kilvert, Linda Klippenstein, Dan Lefebvre, Karlie Norrish McChesney, Sora Park, Barb Pearson, Patricia Peters, Veronica Plewman, Rosa Quintana Lillo, Sylvie Roussel-Janssens, Gloria Stanley, Bob St. Cyr, Zuzana Vasko, Mandeep Wirk, and Qahraman Yousif.

The Reach also presents “Susan Point: Spindle Whorl,” featuring 40 works of art by one of B.C.’s most celebrated artists.

The exhibition explores the persistence of the spindle whorl – a tool traditionally used by Coast Salish women to prepare wool.

The final exhibition in the series is the work of artists through The Reach’s Emerge program, which supports emerging artists and curators ages 18 to 35. Art on Demand 5.3 is the latest exhibition in this program.

The show presents works by Lynden Chan and Isabella Dagnino curated by Cassie de Jong.

The fall season of exhibitions runs until Jan. 5. Visit thereach.ca for more information.