What’s on in the arts community

See what's happening in the arts and entertainment community in Abbotsford and Mission.


The University of the Fraser Valley theatre department is holding open auditions for its 17th Annual Director’s Theatre Festival on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in building D on the Chilliwack campus. Local performers between the ages of 18 and 70 are invited to attend. Performers must arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. The Director’s Theatre Festival is a five-day, fringe-style event showcasing theatre talent in B.C., running April 25-29. For more information call 604-795-2814 or email theatre@ufv.ca.


Artists are invited to bring their “work in progress” to meet and mingle with like minded people while working alongside fellow artists. Drop-ins welcome Thursdays in February from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. For information on this free event contact Suzanne Greening at sgreening@thereach.ca.


Opening Night Theatre is holding acting classes with Camille Knight and Tony Loyer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Feb. 6-15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A total of six two hour classes will culminate in a performance of two short plays, Snow White and The Frog Prince. The cost is $65 per child, age 7-12. To register call 604-832-8089 or e-mail openingnitetheatre@hotmail.com. Classes will be held at 33223 Railway Ave, in Mission.


The Fraser Valley Watercolour Society welcomes painters to meet Thursday, Feb. 9 at Abbotsford Collegiate Secondary School, 2329 Crescent Way, from 7 to 9 p.m. for a demonstration with local artist Cheryl Shaw. New techniques and ideas will be explored. The drop-in fee for non-members is $7. For more information call Carol Portree at 604-850-9694 or visit myartclub.com.


UFV is opening up a limited number of seats to the public for a tour of cultural Berlin. The 10-day tour will visit art galleries and world class museum between April 28 and May 9.  For information call Vicki Bolan at 604-854-4543 or vicki.bolan@ufv.ca.


Registration is open for spring break art camps at The Reach, consisting of a wide range of engaging art activities inspired by their current exhibitions. Camps run March 19-23 and cost $80 for five sessions, with a friend of The Reach price of $72. Camp times are age dependent – go online to thereach.ca to register.


Abbotsford’s rock ’n’ roll act Harma White joins Mission up-and-comers Aqua Vista and the acoustic soul of Vancouver’s Mathieu Lavigne in a diverse night of music to raise money for wild salmon conservation. The show starts at 7 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 10 at The Playhouse, 33100 10th Ave., Mission. Proceeds will benefit Salmon are Sacred and Fraser Riverkeeper. Tickets are $10. Call  Gary at 604-820-2909 or email danv@inbox.com for information.


The University of the Fraser Valley is inviting women 5’7” or more in height and over the age of 14 to audition for the year-end fashion show. No experience is necessary. Auditions take place in room D101 at the Abbotsford campus, 33844 King Rd., on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. Models should come in a T-shirt and jeans and bring a hair-tie. High-heeled shoes are recommended. For information, call  Corinne Richardson at 604-557-4073 or visit ufv.ca/fashion.