events and programs



The Golden Years Sessions @ The Reach
Introduction to Art History: Ancient Egypt to Impressionism

February 4, 2016 - March 10, 2016

Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm | $165 for 6 sessions | 10% DISCOUNT FOR FRIENDS OF THE REACH

Expert on the “Golden Years” of Art History (the Renaissance), Sara Ellis will scratch that cultural itch you’ve been ignoring. Now is the time to have your eyes opened to the visual language of the past.
Intro to Art History, the first of the courses in this series, will guide you from Ancient Egypt to the Impressionists with no grades or assignments to bog you down! 

Art serves as a visual record that tells us about the past and how people have understood the world around them during different moments in history. This course will explore the major periods and styles in Western art. We will learn about the origins and evolution of different materials and techniques employed by artists while understanding how the objects they produced were influenced by creative and cultural contexts. -Sara Ellis

About Your Instructor:
Sara Ellis received her MA in Art History from Queen’s University and her BA in History and Humanities from Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on visual and material culture of the Italian Renaissance. In addition to teaching college art history classes, Sara’s experience as an instructor has involved museum education at galleries in Canada and the US. Her travels have taken her throughout Europe and include studies in Florence and Prague.

C3-Culture, Coffee, Cookies
Lillian Toews - Tour of the new Mennonite Heritage Museum

February 10, 2016

10:30am - 11:30am | FREE

This is an off-site C3: Please meet us at 1818 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford (just South of Hwy 1 on the East side of Clearbrook). The Museum's permanent exhibit hall illustrates the story of the Mennonites over 500 years, beginning with the Anabaptists of the 16th century. Relive the often tumultuous story from Zurich in Switzerland to the Netherlands, across northern Europe to Poland/Prussia, then Russia, and finally, to Canada.

Sunday Family Arts

February 14, 2016

| FREE | 1 - 3pm | All ages

Bring the whole family out for our fun crafts sessions in the studio. Our Projects are often based on our current exhibitions, Holidays or relevant themes. This is a great opportunity for little ones to practice their motor skills, and for parents to let loose and enjoy some art making!

Class capacity is 30 participants. Registration is required. In order to respect the timeframe for classes, latecomers can only be accommodated up to 15 minutes past class start time. At that point, no latecomers will be admitted.
Please call 604 864 8087 ext 0 to register.
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C3-Culture, Coffee, Cookies
Christina Reid - The Scandinavian Roots of Matsqui Village

February 17, 2016

10:30am - 11:30am | FREE

In this presentation, Christina Reid explores the topic of Matsqui Village’s Scandinavian beginnings. Christina will discuss the reasons why Scandinavians left their homelands for Matsqui, and why they settled in Matsqui, in particular. We will also learn about some of the extant buildings built by the immigrants, and how the Scandinavians influenced the architecture of the area.
Christina Reid has worked as the MSA Museum Society’s collections manager at Trethewey House Heritage Site since 2009, but since the amalgamation between The Reach and The MSA Museum, she has assumed the role of Collections and Historic Site Manager at The Reach. She has an MA in Archaeology and Heritage, and specializes in the archaeology of standing buildings.

Pro-D Day Painting Workshop
Learn to Paint like Emily Carr

February 19, 2016

| $25-Half-day: 9am to 11:30am OR 12:30pm to 3pm $45-Full-day: 9am to 3pm

Ages 6 to 12
Pre-registration required
Register early to save your spot! Workshops often fill up fast! For a full-day workshop, bring a paper bag lunch, a snack and a water bottle (No Nuts Please!)

Image credit: Emily Carr, Loggers' Culls, 1935, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Miss I. Parkyn


February 20, 2016

1:00PM - 4:00PM | FREE

The Community of Abbotsford presents a Black History Month celebration with live music, kids activities, fashion show, dancing and guest speakers. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Check our website for a complete schedule coming soon!
In partnership with Abbotsford Community Services.

Art Camp: Modernism @ The Reach

March 15, 2016 - March 18, 2016

10:30am - 2:30pm | $140.00 | 10% discount for Friends of The Reach

AGES 6 - 12
Explore the art of Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Emily Carr through art history, painting, sculpture and printmaking!
Please bring a NUT-FREE lunch, snacks, water bottle, and clothes to get messy in!

Art Camp: Surrealism @ The Reach

March 22, 2016 - March 24, 2016

10:30am - 2:30pm | $105.00 | 10% discount for Friends of The Reach

AGES 6 - 12
Explore the art of Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, Méret Oppenheim through art history, painting, sculpture and printmaking!
Please bring a NUT-FREE lunch, snacks, water bottle, and clothes to get messy in!

19th Annual Fraser Valley Heritage Fair

April 28, 2016 - April 29, 2016


Your school is invited to participate in a unique adventure in project based learning that will help bring Canadian heritage alive!

Be sure to register your school/class. 

Deadline is January 29 2016.

To register DOWNLOAD and submit registration form.

Please note: in order to complete and submit the registration on-line, download and open the pdf in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Hatha Yoga @ The Reach
with Betty Baerg

January 11, 2015

5:15pm - 6:15pm | $10 Friend of The Reach | $12 Future Friend

Mondays 5:15 – 6:15pm
$10/session Friends of The Reach • $12/session Future Friends
Bring your mat, a towel and a light blanket

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