The work of Ken Dawes – whose painting “The Barnyard, McMillan Road” is shown here – is among the artists involved in the Fraser Valley Biennale.

Opening reception held for new show at The Reach

Abbotsford gallery celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16

The Reach Gallery Museum hosts the opening of a new Art on Demand exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The show features the work of aspiring artists Jessica Peatman and Kristin Voth, and is curated by Katherine Searle.

Peatman is from Langley and recently graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a bachelor of fine arts.

Voth is from Abbotsford and graduated from Trinity Western University before attending Regent College, where she completed a master of arts in theology.

Searle, who is currently studying fine art at UFV, has selected works of art that address the concept of childhood.

For both artists, the photograph is foundational to their imagery, though neither is exactly a photographer.

Using mediums that range from graphite, to photo-etching, to acrylic paint, Peatman and Voth refuse to romanticize or oversimplify the experience of childhood.

Instead, there is a brutal honesty in their work that addresses those times during which reality overrules imagination and fantasy, when pieces of childhood are left behind.

The exhibit runs at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) until Dec. 31.

Art on Demand is an exhibition series that provides emerging artists and arts professionals ages 18 to 35 with the opportunity to develop exhibition and curatorial skills.

Also at the opening will be artists involved in the 2017 Fraser Valley Biennale.

This year’s biennale is a dynamic, collective representation of artwork produced by 21 artists in this region over the past two years, and is curated by Beth Carruthers.

Admission to the reception is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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