Current Exhibitions


Takao Tanabe: Chronicles of Form and Place

The Great Hall
July 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Takao Tanabe, B/Mark, 2006, Acrylic on paper, 78.7 x 58.4 cm, Private collection, Photograph: Scott Massey, SITE Photography.

Takao Tanabe: Chronicles of Form and Place features numerous selections from the artist’s personal collection, the exhibition is a rare glimpse into the creative practice of one of British Columbia’s most important artists, Takao Tanabe. The intent of the exhibition is to chronicle the artist’s career through his drawing practice – often the starting point for paintings. The exhibition examines critically, how the artist has changed, adapted and/or reflected upon his subjects and the use of media to render a sense of “place” within his artwork.

Organized and circulated by the Burnaby Art Gallery


Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

The Great Hall
July 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Thomas Cannell, Thunder Mountain, 2009, serigraph on paper, 58.4 x 50.8 cm, photo: Janet Dwyer

Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection showcases a selection of works by fourteen artists of Coast Salish ancestry from the Salish Weave Collection, a private art collection held in British Columbia. As examples of a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media and techniques, the works in this exhibition effectively negotiate the relationship between the traditional and the contemporary, to record history, to recreate form, and to create new works that simultaneously uphold the relevance of history and communicate the importance of change in the contemporary world.

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


Celebrating 25 years: Fun, Friendship, and Painting

Fraser Valley Watercolour Society

South Gallery, The Grotto
July 17, 2014 - September 28, 2014

Wanda Hawse, Painted Rose, watercolour, 18” x 24”

This diverse group show honors the 25th anniversary of the Fraser Valley Watercolour Society. These artists present their passion and shared interest of the watercolor medium. The Fraser Valley Watercolor Society is a long time member of the Abbotsford and Mission Arts Council.


Boat People

The Great Hall
July 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Ben Nicholson Sr. and Wilhemina “Nickie” Nicholson, The Reach P12505

In recognition of the passing of 100 years since passengers of the Komagata Maru were denied entry into Canada, Boat People examines the stories and contributions of other Abbotsford immigrants who made their way to Canada via an ocean voyage. The exhibition draws on The Reach material culture collections: artefacts, photographs and excerpts from oral histories.

The immigrants aboard the Komogata Maru were deemed “undesirable,” were denied entry into Canada and sent back to India. The immigrants aboard were also denied the opportunity to contribute to the social and cultural fabric of Canadian (Abbotsford) society or to support the development of Canada’s (Abbotsford’s) economy.

While The Reach examines the contributions of other cultures, the Sikh Heritage Museum in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple, is exhibiting Challenge and Denial – Komogata Maru 100 Years Later, 1914 – 2014.

Please enjoy Boat People but do not miss the opportunity to visit the Sikh Heritage Museum:

Sikh Heritage Museum:
Gur Sikh Temple
33089 South Fraser Way

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Sunday | 10am – 5pm

Organized by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford