Current Exhibitions


By Land and Sea (Prospect and Refuge)
Marian Penner Bancroft

The Great Hall
September 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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 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.


Between Madness and Delight
Marcia Pitch

The Grotto
September 25, 2014 - March 1, 2015

Detail photo of installation: 5' x 5", mixed media, found and recycled objects. Photographer:  Beryl Woodrow

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.”

Non Compos Mentis
Ian Love

South Gallery
October 31, 2014 - December 22, 2015

Ian Love, Reincarnated as a Tree, 2013, acrylic on styrofoam core

Ian Love is a self-taught and self-representing airbrush artist practicing in the Fraser Valley. His work has shown at the Kariton Art Gallery, as well as previously at The Reach. He often works with tattoo artists and his work has been featured at the Penny Black tattoo shop in Vancouver. His influences include Chet Zar, Michael Hussar, Chris Mars and Jaime Rodriguez. Love belongs to the Young Contemporaries program at The Reach, which provides everything from professional development workshops to exhibition opportunities for emerging artists.

As a schizophrenic, Love attempts to create visual representations of the reality that a psychotic person experiences. His technique of repeatedly adding and erasing layers of paint to achieve beautiful contrasts of rich darkness and bright highlights, mirrors his personal approach to coping with his schizophrenia. With Non Compos Mentis, Love attempts to pull you into his experiences of sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming, astral projection, hallucinations and the primordial feeling of fear.


Betwixt and Between
Jude Griebel and Dana Holst

The Great Hall
September 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Jude Griebel and Dana Holst, Surface Drifter (black pond), 2012, Wood, papier-mâché, epoxy, human hair, oil paint, 36" x 64" x 48".

Betwixt and Between is a two-person exhibition, featuring painted sculptures by Alberta artists Jude Griebel and paintings and a drawing installation by Dana Holst.

This exhibition investigates the fragile relationship between humankind and the natural world. From supernatural phenomena, to dreams and the cycle of life, the works of Griebel and Holst examine young characters negotiating subjects of power and mortality, growth and loss through imagined scenarios.

The Agricultural Land Reserve at a Crossroads: 40 years of Farmland Preservation in Southwestern British Columbia

November 12, 2014 - December 6, 2014

The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) has served as a defining feature of British Columbia agriculture since it was instituted 40 years ago. Applications to exclude land earlier placed in the reserve occur frequently and generate concern both from farmers and the general public; when approved, they affect not only a specific piece of land but also the surrounding landscape. As the ALR was founded before geographic information systems technology was available, changes over time to the land reserve have not been easily visualized or understood. Dr. Lenore Newman and her research team have produced a set of maps and accompanying photographs of the changing boundaries of the ALR in the Lower Mainland illustrating both the strengths and vulnerabilities of the reserve in a way that they have not been displayed previously.

Agricultural Land Reserve at a Crossroads, part of the Life in Agriburbia project, was funded in part through a grant from the Abbotsford Community Foundation, and is a project of the UFV Agriburban Research Centre (ARC)


Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway

The Great Hall
September 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Circulated by the Revelstoke Railway Museum, Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway explores the story of the Chinese labourers during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s transcontinental line, in the 1880s, the lasting impact it had on their lives, as well as their contribution to Canadian national development.

Between 1881 and 1884, as many as 15,000 Chinese men came to B.C. to work as labourers on the CPR. They worked cheaply, at one-third the rate of other workers, and did the dangerous and deadly work white workers refused to do. Unneeded after the CPR was completed in 1887 some returned to China while others stayed to labour in menial, low-paying jobs. Reliable, industrious, sober and law-abiding, their very numbers inflamed anti-Asian sentiment, the “yellow peril,” that resulted in race riots during the early 1900s, the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923 and the Chinese Head Tax.

Features of the exhibit include a railway workers’ campsite diorama, a video presentation of historical photographs, storyboards and original artifacts with text available in English, French, and Mandarin.