In person or online, we’re here to keep you connected to arts, culture, and heritage.

A word from Executive Director Laura Schneider

The Reach @ Home brings exhibitions, education programs, and (safe!) interactive activities right to your living room.

Learn about the fascinating history of our community with at-home teaching resources, take a guided video tour of our exhibitions with one of our curators, and while you’re organizing your closets, don’t forget to share your heirlooms, stories, and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our Online Photo Archive is always open to you, and if you’re using this time to dig into your own community history project, we are still accepting remote research requests for materials and information.

You’ll find new content here regularly, so check back often!

Shelter in Place is a series of exhibitions, videos, and digital content presented in summer 2020 as a partnership between The Reach and the Abbotsford Arts Council, aimed at providing a platform for local artists whose lives and practices have been affected by COVID-19.

VIDEO

Fiona Howarth: Nazca Landscapes

Throughout the current health crisis, Howarth has split her time between working as an artist and as an ICU nurse. In Howarth’s limited time away from the hospital, her art has been a reprieve from the relentlessness of work within critical care which, in turn, has changed the focus of her photography.

 


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Shelter in Place Group Exhibition

Join Adrienne Fast, Curator of Art and Visual Culture, on a virtual tour of Shelter in Place: Group Exhibition. This is the second installment in our Shelter in Place exhibition series and is currently on display in the Grotto gallery.

 


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Part 3 Coming Soon

VIDEO

Voices of the Valley Exhibition Tour: Transportation

Tune into the fourth in a series of virtual tours of our award winning historical exhibition Voices of the Valley.

In this episode Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, discusses the history of transportation in Abbotsford.


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Voices of the Valley Exhibition Tour: Transportation

Tune into the third in a series of virtual tours of our award winning historical exhibition Voices of the Valley.

In this episode Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, discusses the history of brickmaking in Abbotsford.


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Voices of the Valley Exhibition Tour: Agriculture

Tune into the second in a series of virtual tours of our award winning historical exhibition Voices of the Valley.

In this episode Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, discusses the history of agriculture in Abbotsford.


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Community-wide Shoebox Parade!

Check out our Community-Wide Shoebox Parade to celebrate Canada Day! We invited the community to send in images of their home-made parade float on the theme of: My Favourite Thing About Abbotsford. See if you can spot your creation in the virtual parade!

This program is made possible through generous support from Prospera Credit Union.


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The History of Canada Day in Abbotsford

Check out this short, informative video about the history of Canada Day in Abbotsford hosted by Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections here at The Reach!


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Something More Than Nothing Exhibition Tour

Join our Curator of Art & Visual Culture on a tour as she looks closely at the work of Aganetha Dyck, Andrew Norman Wilson, and Michael Mandiberg.


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Little México Exhibition Tour

Check out our latest virtual exhibition tour with Curator Adrienne Fast featuring Little México by Carlos Colín!


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Voices of the Valley: Forestry

Check out the first in a series of virtual tours featuring our award winning historical exhibition “Voices of the Valley” led by Curator of Historical Collections, Kris Foulds.


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Art on Demand 6.2: Janae Gartly

Curated by Bethany Haynes, Art on Demand 6.2 features work by emerging, Abbotsford-based artist Janae Gartly.


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Community Art Space: Newcomers to Canada Project

This video introduces the “Newcomers to Canada Project,” in which artist Linda Klippenstein worked with seventy-five local women through a series of workshops to create a collaborative art project while also building a sense of community.


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Various artists: Glimmers of the Radiant Real – Episode 3

Join The Reach’s Curator of Art & Visual Culture on a tour of Glimmers of the Radiant Real. In this third and final virtual tour of the exhibition Glimmers of the Radiant Real, The Reach’s Curator Adrienne Fast discusses Could Cell by Xiaojing Yan.


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Various artists: Glimmers of the Radiant Real – Episode 2

Join The Reach’s Curator of Art & Visual Culture on a tour of Glimmers of the Radiant Real. This episode looks closely at work by Sanaz Mazinani and The Broadbent Sisters.


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Various artists: Glimmers of the Radiant Real – Episode 1

Join curator Adrienne Fast as she takes you on a tour of Glimmers of the Radiant Real, a multi-artist exhibition organized and circulated by Robert McLaughlin Gallery, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Peterborough and the McIntosh Gallery.


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Caring For Your Family Treasures – Live Presentation

Join Curator of Historical Collections Kris Foulds as she provides important tips on how to properly care for your family’s photos, textiles and artifacts.

Episode 1: Basic Care and Handling


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Episode 2: Photos and Paper


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Episode 3 (COMING SOON): Clothing and Textiles


 

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Trevor Van Den Eijnden: a soul is not made of atoms Episode 3

Join curator Adrienne Fast as she takes you on part 3 of a tour of Trevor Van Den Eijnden’s exhibition a soul is not made of atoms.


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Trevor Van Den Eijnden: a soul is not made of atoms Episode 2

Join curator Adrienne Fast as she takes you on part 2 of a tour of Trevor Van Den Eijnden’s exhibition a soul is not made of atoms.


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Trevor Van Den Eijnden: a soul is not made of atoms

Join curator Adrienne Fast as she takes you on a tour of Trevor Van Den Eijnden’s exhibition a soul is not made of atoms.


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EDUCATIONAL TALK

Art History Talk – J.M.W. Turner

On Thursday, August 6th from 1pm-1:30pm, join Adrienne Fast, The Reach’s Curator of Art & Visual Culture, on Zoom for a 30 minute introduction to the work of the English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), including how it has influenced the work of current exhibiting artist Trevor Van den Eijnden.

This event is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.

The Zoom link will be emailed to those registered on the morning of the talk.


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ART ACTIVITY

Friday Family Arts: Fun with Flipbook Animation

In this live art making session, build your own flipbook while learning about animation fundamentals such as pose-to-pose, timing, and staging from our talented instructor Austin Kwidzinski!

This is a virtual session that will be streamed through Facebook Live on Friday, August 14 at 1:30pm.


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ART ACTIVITY

Go Play Outside Culture Kit

Pick up your own free Culture Kit at an Abbotsford park near you. Each Culture Kit contains an exciting, hands-on art making activity developed by The Reach Gallery Museum in partnership with the City of Abbotsford. The activity is inspired by Cloud Cell, a sculptural installation by Chinese Canadian artist Xiaojing Yan that is part of the exhibition Glimmers of the Radiant Real.


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ART ACTIVITY

Friday Family Arts: My Surrealist Elephant

Inspired by our regular Sunday Family Arts (SFA) program, The Reach invites you to join us for a live art making session with instructor Austin Kwidzinski in this first installment of Friday Family Arts.

Be inspired by surrealist painter Salvador Dali and learn to create your own dreamy scene that features an elephant with a great personality!

This is a virtual session that was streamed through Facebook Live on Friday, July 10 at 1:30pm. You can view it here!


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ART ACTIVITY

Pandemic Postcard Project

Starting Friday, July 3, pick up a postcard at one of our participating venues and use it to record your memories of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Write a message or draw a picture that will remind your future self of your experiences during this time.

Drop off your postcard at The Reach and selected cards will become part of The Reach’s archive for future generations.

 


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ART ACTIVITY

My View from Work: Activity Inspired by Contemporary Artist Michael Mandiberg

Self-guided activity: Learn about how artist Michael Mandiberg is making artwork about hidden and invisible labour in the exhibition Something More than Nothing. Use your own workspace as inspiration for a fun activity that fulfills BC Curricular Competencies for middle school students grade 6 – 8.

 


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ART ACTIVITY

Painted Flower Pots: Activity Inspired by Contemporary Artist Carlos Colín

Self-guided activity: This activity is inspired by contemporary artwork in the exhibition Little México and fulfills BC Curricular Competencies for middle school students grade 6 – 8.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Neighbourhood History Walk: Abbotsford’s Faces of Forestry, 1903-1935

Self-guided activity: This 60 minute walking tour of Mill Lake explores Abbotsford’s immigrant population early in the 20th century, focusing on significant people who worked for the Abbotsford Lumber Company and came from South Asian, Japanese, British, and European families. This activity fulfills BC Curricular Competencies for high school students grade 9 – 12.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Whatsits Guessing Game

Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, has selected 5 objects from our museum collection to showcase and we want YOU to guess what they are!

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Neighbourhood History Walk: Civic Plaza

Self-guided activity: This 30 minute walking tour of Abbotsford’s Civic Plaza explores themes of memory and remembrance related to the neighbourhood and its memorials. This activity is designed to appeal to the whole family, and it fulfills BC Curricular Competencies for high school students grade 9 – 12.

 


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ART ACTIVITY

One Heart, Far Apart: Activity Inspired by Local Artist Linda Klippenstein

Learn how to make paper collage and create a sense of community in a time of physical distancing.

 


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ART ACTIVITY

Build-a-Bug: Activity inspired by contemporary artist Cole Swanson

Try your hand at an art making activity inspired by contemporary artwork in the exhibition Glimmers of the Radiant Real.

 


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ART ACTIVITY

LIVE Sunday Family Arts: BRING INK FIGURES TO LIFE!

Inspired by our regular Sunday Family Arts (SFA) program, The Reach invites you to join us for a live art making session with instructor Austin Kwidzinski. Follow step-by-step instructions to turn your weird and wonderful inkblot shapes, like those in the Rorschach test, into fantastical characters!

The session was streamed through Facebook Live on Friday, May 8 at 1:30pm. Watch it here.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Neighbourhood History Walk: Jubilee Park

Self-guided activity: This 60 minute walking tour describes street names in the Jubilee Park neighbourhood as they relate to the early settlement of Abbotsford. This activity is designed to appeal to the whole family, and it fulfills BC Curricular Competencies for high school students grade 9 – 11.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Then & Now Edukit: How did kids play differently at Mill Lake?

Self-guided activity: Step outside and go on an adventure back in time! In this walking tour activity, discover how kids in history used to play by visiting four special locations around Abbotsford’s Mill Lake, also known as Lekw’óqwem (pronounced Le kwa kwem).

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Extraordinary Drawing: Activity Inspired by Contemporary Artists The Broadbent Sisters

Self-guided activity: Try your hand at an art making activity inspired by contemporary artwork in the exhibition Glimmers of the Radiant Real.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Shadow Box: Activity Inspired by Contemporary Artist Trevor Van den Eijnden and 19th Century Designer William Morris

Self-guided activity: Try your hand at an exciting art making activity, inspired by a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Trevor Van den Eijnden at The Reach Gallery Museum. This activity is designed for high school students and adults.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Explore local history through collage: Semá:th Xotsa (Sumas Lake) and Sumas Prairie

Self-guided activity: Try your hand at collage while learning about Semá:th Xόtsa (Sumas Lake, pronounced seMATH hOTsa).

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Take a Walk, Take a Drive, Take a Photo

Here’s your chance to WIN some ice cream! Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, has selected 4 archival photographs that show locations related to summer fun. Guess where the photo was taken then then walk or dive to location and take of photo of yourself there, then enter to win!

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Climate Change Art in the Virtual Community Art Space: A Project by Art Activism High School Students

Climate Change Art is a virtual exhibition made by students in Robert Bateman Secondary School’s Art Activism Class and The Reach Gallery Museum.

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Gardening in Quarantine

Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market! Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a room full of dead plants, we want to see photos of the gardening you’ve been doing during the COVID-19 lockdown. Email your photos to info@thereach.ca or post to Instagram and tag @thereachgallery for a chance to win.

 


 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community-Wide Shoebox Parade!

Submission Deadline EXTENDED to June 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm

We’re inviting everyone to make a home-made parade float on the theme of: My Favourite Thing About Abbotsford. Submit a photo of your float and it will be featured in a collaborative video that will premiere on July 1 for Canada Day!

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Virtual Book Club Inspired by ‘Quiet Spaces’: Discuss The Lure of the Local

Stay engaged and keep your mind active! Join artist and professor Aimée Henny Brown for a virtual discussion of Lucy Lippard’s book The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentred Society. These informal discussions led by Brown will focus on themes relating to the art world, place and landscape, and community.

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Quiet Spaces – A Virtual Community Art Space Project by UFV Students

On Friday, May 22 at 7pm PST, The Reach @ Home will host the virtual launch of the Community Art Space e-zine project Quiet Spaces created by students from UFV’s Community Practices class. Responding to rapidly changing social conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the class collaborated on an e-zine or digital publication where each student reflected the questions: What is a quiet place? Why do we search for these places? How does the meaning of these places shift in a time of self-isolation and constant news-feed updates?

After checking out the digital e-zine, you’ll be invited to respond in your own creative way!

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Heritage Drive: Mt. Lehman

Enjoy a self-guided driving tour to 6 local heritage buildings near Mt. Lehman, with detailed information about the sites and how they connect us to the rich history of Abbotsford.

 


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LEARNING ACTIVITY

Neighbourhood History Walk: Mill Lake

Self-guided activity: This 60 minute walking tour describes place names in the Mill Lake Park neighbourhood as they relate to the early settlement of Abbotsford. This activity is designed to appeal to the whole family, and it fulfills BC Curricular Competencies for middle school students grade 6 – 8.

 


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Self-Guided Tour
Use this downloadable PDF to take a self-guided driving tour of public art in and around Abbotsford. There is a lot of great art around us that you can enjoy, even in a time of social distancing!


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

South Asian in the Valley: Share Your Story
The Reach Gallery Museum is collaborating with the local South Asian community to create a groundbreaking exhibition about what it means to be “South Asian in the Valley.” The exhibition will take place in 2021, but we need your help now to make it happen!


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