Reach expands on bill bissett exhibit

A continuation of events will connect to the popular current exhibit

Adeena Karasick hosts ‘Spoken Word & Bubbly” on June 28 at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

Adeena Karasick hosts ‘Spoken Word & Bubbly” on June 28 at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

A series of special events that connect to the popular current bill bissett exhibition take place in May and June at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

The bissett related series continues on May 22 and June 5 at 7 p.m. with Poetry and Cinema – a screening and lecture with Dr. Carl Peters, guest curator of the bissett exhibition.

On Thursday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m., George Bowering, Canada’s first Parliamentary poet laureate, will read from his groundbreaking body of work in prose and poetry.

On Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m., Dr. Carl Peters returns, this time with Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Painting.

His curator’s talk will reveal the stories behind some of the bissett paintings and images. It will also explicate bissett’s whole esthetic practice.

The bissett series concludes on Saturday, June 28 at 12:30 p.m. with Spoken Word & Bubbly with Adeena Karasick.

This is the only ticketed bissett event at $10 for Reach members and $15 for non-members.

Karasick will engage guests with her words and invite them to celebrate over appetizers and bubbly while closing this successful bissett exhibition.

Karasick is a poet, media-artist, professor of Global Literature at St. John’s University in New York and the award-winning author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory.

She has lectured and performed worldwide and regularly publishes articles, reviews and dialogues on contemporary poetry, poetics and cultural/semiotic theory.

Born in Halifax and now living in Toronto and Vancouver, bissett is a renegade poet, the author of more than 60 books of poetry and a free-spirited artist who contributed to changing the landscape of Canadian poetry in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

The exhibit “the textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett exhibition” is open daily (except Monday) at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way.

For more information about the bissett event series or to register for the talk with Karasick, visit or call 604-864-8087.