The Reach offers powerful, engaging public programs throughout the Fall!

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Image Credit: At Behind The Lines photo by Sharon Hugest

The Reach Gallery Museum continues the celebration of its first 10 years with public programming that connects audiences to the current season of powerful exhibitions and offers a wide variety of fun and rewarding learning opportunities. On Saturday, October 6 and Saturday, October 13 at 10am, Curator of Art & Visual Culture Adrienne Fast will lead a free public tour of Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art. She will be joined by Rena Shohmelian, family support worker for Arabic speaking families, who will be offering Arabic translation for the tours. The tours will be of great interest for all community members and it’s the first time that The Reach offer its tours in both English and Arabic.

On Wednesday, October 10 at 10:30am, Kris Foulds, Curator of Historical Collections, will lead a free public tour of the exhibition British Columbia’s War, 1914-1918. The exhibition tours continue throughout the fall with The Reach’s free, drop-in tour program “The Docent is Present”. This is where an approachable and informed guide is ready to provide tours and information about current exhibitions each Friday from 10am-3pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

The Reach is also gearing up to host a series of workshops and classes suited to a wide range of tastes and skill levels. Learn drawing fundamentals in a series of classes called Learn to Draw for Adults. Geared toward adults at a beginner or intermediate skill level these classes will teach the basics of light, perspective, texture and more! Classes run on Tuesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm between October 23 and November 13. The fee for the 4 classes is $95 with Reach Friends receiving a 10% discount. By advance registration only.

Homeschoolers take note! The Reach offers a children’s studio program called Learn from the Masters which invites students from Grade 2 to 6 on a journey through art history to learn about master artists and to develop their own artistic abilities with various mediums. This series of 5 classes costs $140 and takes place on Friday October 12 & 26 and November 2, 9 &16 from 10:30am -12:30pm, advanced registration is required.

Do you know a teen who plans to go to art school? The Aspiring Artist Portfolio Workshops offered this October will provide top quality advice on portfolio preparation in a series of three classes taking place on Saturdays October 13, 20 & 27 from 1:00-3:00pm. Students ages 14 to 20 who are preparing for their artistic futures are encouraged to attend. The fee is $80 for three workshops, and advance registration is a must.

As always, The Reach invites the whole family to come out and take part in the Sunday Family Arts program. These free one-and-a-half hour sessions encourage mom, dad, grandparents and kids to get creative together in a guided crafting workshop suitable for all ages. The program is offered every other Sunday throughout the fall, beginning on October 14. Classes run from 1:00-2:30pm or from 3:00-4:30pm. Be sure to pre-register to guarantee your spot. The Reach is grateful for generous funding from Prospera Credit Union which makes this program possible.

For more details about the exciting line-up of public programs happening at The Reach, visit

Media contact for Public Programming:

Anna Williams, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement, The Reach
Email: T:604-864-8087 x127