Arts and culture

A series of portraits taken last summer by Luke Pardy form an exhibition taking place throughout April at two Abbotsford locations. (Photo: Luke Pardy)

Summer portrait series on display at two Abbotsford locations

Exhibition presented by City of Abbotsford and arts council until April 30

 

Kariton Art Gallery

Abbotsford Arts Council hosts online exhibit Vibrant Femmes

Show opening April 3 features work of Dona Park and Kiranjot Kaur

 

David Tickner of Abbotsford has released a new book titled May I Have a Word with You?

Abbotsford author pens book about origins of words from religion and spirituality

David Tickner’s May I Have a Word with You? featured at House of James in February

 

DJ Rossco is among the curators of the TURN IT UP playlists that will be available through The Reach Gallery Museum in celebration of Black History Month.

The Reach celebrates Black History throughout the month and beyond

Abbotsford gallery-museum features several activities, including virtual events

DJ Rossco is among the curators of the TURN IT UP playlists that will be available through The Reach Gallery Museum in celebration of Black History Month.
Image by Markus Spiske from Pixabay

Online exhibit showcases work of Abbotsford Photo Arts Club

Show runs Feb. 6 to 27 on Abbotsford Arts Council website

Image by Markus Spiske from Pixabay
Sandy Phillipps has authored a new book, The Voice of Love: Hope Breaking Out of Shattered Pieces, which is available at House of James in Abbotsford.

Local author releases memoir about wellness journey

Sandy Phillipps releases The Voice of Love: Hope Breaking Out of Shattered Pieces

Sandy Phillipps has authored a new book, The Voice of Love: Hope Breaking Out of Shattered Pieces, which is available at House of James in Abbotsford.
Vince Black is among the performers in the online Winter Jam from Feb. 5 to 12. The series was filmed in various locations across Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Online Winter Jam highlights performers around Abbotsford

Musical series presented Feb. 5-12 by arts council and Jam in Jubilee

Vince Black is among the performers in the online Winter Jam from Feb. 5 to 12. The series was filmed in various locations across Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Joel Primus, who grew up in Abbotsford and now lives in Agassiz, has released a new book about his experiences launching the Naked underwear company. (Submitted photo)

Fraser Valley man who started Naked underwear company launches book

Getting Naked by Joel Primus is about joys and challenges of entrepreneurship

Joel Primus, who grew up in Abbotsford and now lives in Agassiz, has released a new book about his experiences launching the Naked underwear company. (Submitted photo)
Rocky La Rock’s “The Northlander” (2019) is made with maple wood, horse hair and leather. A new exhibit at The Reach will feature the body of Rock’s work from his 40-year career. (Photo by David Campion)
Rocky La Rock’s “The Northlander” (2019) is made with maple wood, horse hair and leather. A new exhibit at The Reach will feature the body of Rock’s work from his 40-year career. (Photo by David Campion)
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography

Ellen Lyons, A Pioneer In The Art Of Collecting Photographs

The William Lyons Gallery of Photography opened in 1979

  • Dec 18, 2020
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography
Phyllis Stenson, a mainstay of the local arts scene and the Harrison Festival of the Arts, passed away earlier this month. Stenson was crucial in setting up the foundation for relationships, funding and more that continue even now to echo well past her retirement in 2013. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)

Harrison Festival, Fraser Valley arts icon Phyllis Stenson mourned

Stenson passed away in late November, leaving lasting legacy of passion for the arts behind

Phyllis Stenson, a mainstay of the local arts scene and the Harrison Festival of the Arts, passed away earlier this month. Stenson was crucial in setting up the foundation for relationships, funding and more that continue even now to echo well past her retirement in 2013. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)
An example of illustrations by Carrielynn Victor from the book Sem :th X̱ :tsa Sts’ lemeqwelh Sx̱ :tsa (Sem :th X̱ :tsa Great-Gramma’s Lake). The artist augmented archival photographs of Sumas Lake from The Reach’s collections using digital illustration. In this example, she depicts Sal :ts, the stilt village located near present-day Yarrow, where St :lō families would live seasonally. (Image courtesy of The Reach Gallery Museum)

Reach Gallery Abbotsford releases new kids’ book about Sumas Lake

Book published to acknowledge 100 years since lake was drained

An example of illustrations by Carrielynn Victor from the book Sem :th X̱ :tsa Sts’ lemeqwelh Sx̱ :tsa (Sem :th X̱ :tsa Great-Gramma’s Lake). The artist augmented archival photographs of Sumas Lake from The Reach’s collections using digital illustration. In this example, she depicts Sal :ts, the stilt village located near present-day Yarrow, where St :lō families would live seasonally. (Image courtesy of The Reach Gallery Museum)
Two dozen artists living with an acquired brain injury will display their artwork at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford beginning Nov. 5. (Communitas photo: Angelika Dawson)

Show exhibits work by artists with acquired brain injury

‘Happiness’ exhibit hosted in Abbotsford from Nov. 5 to Jan. 9

Two dozen artists living with an acquired brain injury will display their artwork at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford beginning Nov. 5. (Communitas photo: Angelika Dawson)
Giana Randhawa of Abbotsford has written and published a children’s book titled My Favourite Colour is Pink. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford woman writes children’s book about acceptance

Giana Randhawa says there’s too much pressure to fit into gender roles

Giana Randhawa of Abbotsford has written and published a children’s book titled My Favourite Colour is Pink. (Submitted photo)
The Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in Abbotsford hosts monthly online art classes. A previous one focused on “mandala rock painting.” (Submitted photo)

Epilepsy education centre in Abbotsford holds online art classes

Goal is to improve communication and reduce isolation during pandemic

The Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in Abbotsford hosts monthly online art classes. A previous one focused on “mandala rock painting.” (Submitted photo)
Motherhood and Being a Sandwich or The Best Laid Plans by Sue Backs is among the shows featured in Gallery 7 Theatre’s online short-play festival in October. (Submitted photo)

Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford holds online short-play festival

Event runs over two weekends in October and includes short films, poetry and more

  • Oct 15, 2020
Motherhood and Being a Sandwich or The Best Laid Plans by Sue Backs is among the shows featured in Gallery 7 Theatre’s online short-play festival in October. (Submitted photo)
Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)

Q&A with VIFF’s B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jessie Anthony

Her feature film, Brother, I Cry premiered at VIFF this year

Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)
The Abbotsford Arts Council’s Anonymous Art Show is normally held in person, but this year the exhibit will be held online. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Submissions accepted for Anonymous Art Show

Online exhibit hosted by Abbotsford Arts Council in November

The Abbotsford Arts Council’s Anonymous Art Show is normally held in person, but this year the exhibit will be held online. (Abbotsford News file photo)
The Reach Gallery Museum is offering series of virtual classes this fall, including two on bookmaking and binding led by artist and bookmaker Ember Munnin. (Submitted photo)

Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford offers virtual classes

Sessions begin in October and include art classes and book club

The Reach Gallery Museum is offering series of virtual classes this fall, including two on bookmaking and binding led by artist and bookmaker Ember Munnin. (Submitted photo)
Professional production manager Charlene Crawford leads the course The Stage Manager: Master Facilitator for Gallery 7 Theatre. This is one of four online courses being offered by the Abbotsford group. (Submitted photo)

Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford offers online courses

Playwrighting, stage management and Shakespeare among the topics

Professional production manager Charlene Crawford leads the course The Stage Manager: Master Facilitator for Gallery 7 Theatre. This is one of four online courses being offered by the Abbotsford group. (Submitted photo)