Isadore Charters will be among the artists participating in a panel discussion on social justice.

Panel talk on social justice and art

Painting outside the lines: art, identity and social justice, is a free panel discussion taking place at the Reach.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) host a panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 29 called “Painting outside the lines: art, identity and social justice.”

The free program begins at 7 p.m. at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way).

Three of the exhibits currently being shown at The Reach deal with the topic of social justice:  “Just food, the right to food from a faith perspective,” “Illuminating peace,” and “A heart that has no love/faith/generosity is not a heart.”

The evening will begin with a tour of these national/international exhibits, followed by the panel discussion with Fraser Valley artists Isadore Charters, Edith Krause and Linda Klippenstein. Charters attended Kamloops Residential School for eight years and now lives with his wife and family on Soowahlie territory near Cultus Lake.

Together with Don Klaassen, a church mission coach with Outreach Canada, Charters is carving a healing pole that reflects his journey toward healing and tells the story of his experience in the residential school system.

Krause is a printmaker, currently living in Langley. She began her art studies at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and recently completed her master’s of fine arts at the University of Alberta.

Previously, she studied and worked in the fields of marine biology and aquatic ecology and earned a master’s of science in zoology. Her interest in biology has been a major influence in her artwork.

Klippen-stein draws her inspiration from her surroundings and her volunteer work with social justice issues in Abbots-ford, most recently with the Warm Zone.

She is both an artist and a facilitator who has worked with those on the margins, using art as a means of self-expression.

She is most proud of two exhibits at The Reach featuring artwork by street-entrenched women who are served by the Warm Zone.

For more information, contact co-ordinator Henry Krause at [email protected]

For more information on the current exhibits at The Reach, visit thereach.ca. For information on MCC, visit bc.mcc.org.

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