events & programs

all events & programs take place at the reach unless otherwise noted.

After Dark at The Reach
Signature Event

September 13, 2014

7:00pm | $150 PP

Join us for After Dark at The Reach!  Come enjoy a night of live performers, delicious foods and amazing artists.  For more information, please see the After Dark Event Page

Drop-in Art Camps
@ The Reach

September 15, 2014 - September 19, 2014

Sept. 15, 17, 19 | Various Times - please see schedule in details below | $20 Half-day $40 Full-Day | Friend of the Reach - 10% Discount

Pending teacher strike action, The Reach is offering drop-in camps for kids to play and make fun crafts!  Your children can enjoy a half-day or full-day session of creative fun! There will be two camps per day: 9:00am to 11:45am and 12:15pm to 3:00pm. YOUR CHILD CAN ATTEND BOTH IN ONE DAY!!  Please note that the Gallery is currently undergoing a change of exhibition and will be off limits to the children during the camps.

Monday, September 15:

9:00am to 11:45am
12:15pm to 3:00pm

Wednesday, September 17:
9:00am to 11:45am

Friday, September 19:
9:00am to 11:45am
12:15pm to 3:00pm


Children will need to bring a NUT FREE lunch, snacks and water. Care will be provided during the 30 minute break between camps. Camps are drop-in based and payment for each day will be taken prior to each camp session. Doors open at 8:30am, and close at 3:30pm each day sharp.

For more information contact: Anna Williams Cultural Programs Assistant
604 864 8087 ext 127

EcoDairy is also offering camps on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. For more information, visit 

Exhibition Opening

September 25, 2014


Join us for our Exhibition Opening, on Thursday, September 25 at 7pm! Our Fall exhibition features 2D and 3D work by Jude Griebel and Dana Holst, amazing photography by Marian Penner Bancroft and the unique installation work of Marcia Pitch. We will also be featuring the musical talents of violinist, Calvin Dyck and pianist, Betty Suderman. As always there will be nibbles and refreshments and remember, admission to Exhibition Openings is always free. We hope to see you here!

Artist Tour, Talk & Activity
Jude Griebel and Dana Holst

September 26, 2014

1:00pm to 3:00pm | FREE ADMISSION

As part of Culture Days, join artists Jude Griebel and Dana Holst on Friday, September 26 for a Tour & Talk of their joint exhibition Betwixt & Between. With a lush, rich blend of oil painting, paper-mache sculptures and delicate sketches, Betwixt and Between offers macabre scenes that portray unsettling mysteries set in a kind of vaudevillian stage. It’s a blend of fairy tales, melodramas and human tragedies. Dana Holst and Jude Griebel’s have both exhibited extensively within Canada and for Jude, internationally. All ages welcome to listen and learn as Griebel and Holst guide you through their exhibition.

For more information on this exciting artist led activity, please see the Exquisite Corpse Activity Summary.

Where: The Reach Gallery Museum
Address: 32388 Veterans Way Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3
Contact: Anna Williams, Cultural Programs Assistant Ph. 604 864 8087 ext 127, email

Delightfully Mad
Community Sculpture

September 27, 2014

Everyone is welcome to visit our booth at Abbyfest and contribute to our Delightfully Mad Community Sculpture activity inspired by artist Marcia Pitch.

Abbyfest organizers are committed to serve, represent and bring together all the citizens of the Fraser Valley. With a commitment to community, Abbyfest gathers once a year to provide an opportunity to discuss our differences and share our pride and culture.

Where: Abbyfest
Address: 32470 Haida Drive at the Ag Rec Centre Abbotsford, British Columbia
Contact: Anna Williams, Cultural Programs Assistant Ph. 604 864 8087 ext 127, email

Hands on Culture
Sunday Family Art Event

September 28, 2014

Sunday Family Art Day goes drop-in. Our bi-monthly arts and crafts program will be morphed into a drop-in crafts session. This one time only SFA will take place in the Great Hall instead of the Studio. All ages welcome to try out this hands on experience.

Where: The Reach Gallery Museum
Address: 32388 Veterans Way Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3
Anna Williams, Cultural Programs Assistant Ph. 604 864 8087 ext 127, email

Film Nights @ The Reach

October 10, 2014

Our "cinema" has closed for the Spring & Summer but Film Nights @ The Reach will return in October! Check back for updates closer to the Fall.  Remember, admission to Film Nights is always FREE!

PechaKucha Night
Paradigm: Change

October 23, 2014

6:30pm | $5 Friend of the Reach; $8 Future Friend

The Reach Gallery Museum, the University of the Fraser Valley and Jelly Marketing are excited to bring you the next PechaKucha series! PechaKucha Abbotsford is revealing four new paradigms in a series of sensational events in 2014/15! The Reach is holding the next Fraser Valley PechaKucha on Thursday October 23 at 6:30 pm. It will be a lively series of short “20 slide x 20 seconds each” presentations. The theme in October is [Paradigm] Change – Changing how we see, do and make things happen!

Build Your Own Freak
Marcia Pitch

October 31, 2014

7:45pm | Admission to the Halloween Art on Tap - $10 YoCos or Friends of The Reach | $15 Future YoCos / Friends TICKETS ON SALE SOON!

Come out to our Halloween Art on Tap and take advantage of this unique opportunity to Build Your Own Freak with Marcia Pitch! Be sure to bring any odds, ends or random body parts (doll body parts that is) that you'd like to incorporate into your freakish masterpiece. Artist Marcia Pitch takes a turn and inspiration from her 2010 exhibit “Mongrels” to explore a dark and twisted world of playful but terrifying sculptures salvaged from children's toys and household objects. As Pitch states, “Welcome to the madhouse.”

Girls Night @ The Museum Goes Parisian

November 7, 2014

7:00pm | $35 Friend of The Reach; $40 Future Friend
REGISTRATION opens in September

Come celebrate artists, arts, heritage and culture with us during Girls Night @The Museum Goes Parisian on November 7th at The Reach. Your participation and support makes what happens at The Reach possible. Your generosity will help local families, children to seniors, experience the joy of The Reach’s hands-on, creative educational arts and heritage programs and exhibitions at little or no cost to them. Read more...

Artist Tour & Talk
Marian Penner Bancroft

November 8, 2014


Vancouver–based artist Marian Penner Bancroft has been exhibiting her work in North America and Europe for more than thirty years and is the winner of the Audain Foundation and VIVA Award in 2012. By Land and Sea (Prospect and Refuge) investigates a family history and relationship to landscape out of a narrative of forced migration and relocation. Using text, maps, colour photographs, evocative words, and portraits of ancestors, the artist charts the journeys of her father’s Mennonite family from what is now Ukraine and her mother’s Presbyterian family from northern Scotland. Join us for Bancroft's Artist Tour & Talk on Saturday, November 8 at 1:00!

The John Welsh Band
Winter Concert

November 22, 2014

7:30pm | $10 Friend of The Reach | $15 Future Friend

Over the last 10 years John Welsh has been performing his eclectic style of music for audiences around the globe. A world traveller raised in the Fraser Valley, Welsh got his start in the college house party scene playing songs everyone could sing along to. He draws influences from artists such as Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Sam Roberts and Joel Plaskett. His songs are often inspired by his travel experiences and blend elements of folk, surf rock, reggae and latin.

Join us on Saturday, November 22 at 7:30pm to hear The John Welsh Band live!

Visit the John Welsh website for a sneak preview listen or to find out more about this talented performer.