events and programs



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uncork the artist


November 17, 6:00pm - 8:30pm at The Reach Gallery Museum
$55 per participant | 10% discount for Reach Friends
Bring your friends and enjoy a fun evening of painting, wine & nibbles.
Fee includes instruction, supplies, wine (by donation) and nibbles.
Uncork your creativity and join Vancouver artist Jamie Smith as she teaches you step by step to create a scene with bright and bold cacti! Jamie will help you create a 12" by 9" acrylic painting and you will learn how to blend, mix colours and create washes. The night will be fun, educational and you will leave with an art piece you are proud of!


C3 - Culture, Coffee, Cookies
Poignant Moments

Presenter: Ernie Poignant

October 26, 2016


Join us for Abbotsford local, Ernie Poignant’s, personal recounting of his days in the Elementary Training Flying School at the Abbotsford Airport from 1943 to the summer of 1944. He will share stories of the arrival of the Liberator bombers in Abbotsford right up to the memories of his comrades that are now recorded on the Abbotsford Cenotaph. He will bring a collection of personal photos to illustrate these stories.




Guided Gallery or Museum Tours
Museum Tours: Every Tuesday at 12pm
Art Gallery Tours: Every Thursday at 12pm and 2pm
These weekly, drop-in, 30 minute tours are FREE to the public.

Take a lunch-time or afternoon break and enliven your experience of current art exhibitions with a Gallery tour or dive into our community heritage with a Museum tour.
These 30 minute guided tours are a great way to learn about the cultural and social contexts of artworks and artifacts on display. Tours are led by knowledgeable docents who provide a general overview of exhibitions and an opportunity for lively discussion. 
To find out more please call reception at 604 864 8087 x 0 or email



Every Monday 5:15 to 6:15pm
$10 Friends of The Reach | $12 Future Friends of The Reach
Starting September 12 | Drop-In
Join us in this beautiful, serene space for a quiet evening of gentle stretching and relaxation. Bring your yoga mat, towel, water bottle and a light blanket if you choose. Instructed by Betty Bearg.


pipeline walk


October 29, 1:00pm

Led by Fraser Valley Conservancy President John Vissers. Meet at The Reach at 1pm (walk will take place on Sumas Mountain.
An embodied mapping of the Trans-Mountain pipeline on Sumas Mountain. Participants are invited to trace the places and elements of the regional eco-system that have been impacted by resource extraction, gaining awareness of what the pipeline means to our community. This walk will cover approximately two kilometres on paved road, moderate incline. Dress appropriately for weather.


An opportunity for kids to celebrate with friends and create imaginative take-home art projects in our artist-grade studio.

$125.50 Party of twelve or fewer participants
$150.50 Party of thirteen to twenty participants

Age: 4 and up

The Reach has two exciting birthday party themes to choose from: the Mini-Monster Making party or a birthday themed on the current art exhibitions (ask us for the current project).

The two-hour booking includes a one hour facilitated art project followed by one hour of free time that can be used to do cake, presents and games.
Birthday pARTies can be booked Saturday or Sunday, 1pm to 3pm or 2pm to 4pm.
Complete a booking request form in person at The Reach or online here.

sunday family arts


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.
October 16, 30
November 13, 27
December 11
These dates are subject to change. Please confirm dates when you register.

tour and try


To critically engage participants with artwork and historical content in the gallery and museum.

$5.00 per participant | Payment due 7 days prior to Tour & Try date.

Based on Visual Thinking Strategies. The Tour & Try program is our most popular program and consists of a one-hour, docent led tour of current exhibitions and a one hour, hands-on, exhibition-related art project in our studio, facilitated by an instructor, this program is a great option for fieldtrips.

Tour & Trys can be booked Tuesday to Friday, between 10:30am and 2:30pm (alternate time slots will be considered upon request) by  any group of 5 to 30 participants (requests for larger groups will be considered).
Complete a booking request form in person at The Reach or online here.Three weeks notice is required to book a Tour & Try.

pro d


October 21, 2016
November 25, 2016
December 5, 2016
10:30am to 2:30pm
Ages 6 to 12
$30 Per Participant. Pre-Registration Required
Make art, make friends and have fun! Join us for this fun-filled day of creating and take home your very own masterpiece!
Camps will be themed around significant, art genres!

Oct 21, 2016 Pro-D Day Art Camp


Nov 25, 2016 Pro-D Day Art Camp


Dec 5, 2016 Pro-D Day Art Camp