Ship Happens at the Reach during Culture Days

New exhibits at the gallery museum in Abbotsford are part of this weekend's activities.

Virginia Ivanicki’s Typhoons: 88s Escape

Virginia Ivanicki’s Typhoons: 88s Escape

A new exhibition from the Canadian War Museum is featured at the Reach Gallery Museum as part of Culture Days in Abbotsford this weekend.

Ship Happens runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The free family event features activities for all ages based on the exhibition “The Navy: A Century in Art” and Vancouver artist Virginia Ivanicki’s “Flight Worthy.”

Jennifer Pride, education coordinator at the Reach, said families can participate in a Morse code activity, create their own sailor tattoo buttons and Morse code bracelets, make paper airplanes and pose as a sailor at the Sailor Joe cutout.

Other activities presented for Culture Days include a public opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. for “The Navy: A Century in Art,” “Flight Worthy” and “Abbotsford: A Community at War.”

On Sept. 27 at noon, learn more about “The Navy: A Century in Art” from Dr. Laura Brandon of the Canadian War Museum and curator of the exhibition as she leads a tour of it.

On Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12:30 p.m., artist Virginia Ivanicki provides a tour of “Flight Worthy” and discusses her motivation and processes on painting her works that pay homage to the airplanes and crews of the Second World War.

For more information, visit The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford at 32388 Veterans Way, call 604-864-8087, email or visit

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