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Golden Years Sessions @ The Reach

Discovery of Canadian Art
Presented by Barry Magrill Ph.D Art History

October 6 - November 10
Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
$165 for 6 sessions

Canadians learn very little about the art produced in our own country. In this six-week course we will explore the origins of art in Canada, then proceed to look at the introduction of modernism and contemporary art practices. Did you know that Canada sends an artist to the Venice Biennale regularly, and would you be surprised that British Columbia artists are well represented there? Did you know that one of Canada’s most beloved historical artworks, Death of General Wolfe, about the Battle of Quebec is actually full of lies? Did you know that the Canadian government in the 1930s, banks, and schools all conspired to promote the Group of Seven as the quintessential Canadian painters despite the fact that few of them left Ontario?

We’ll cover these fascinating topics and more in a course that is designed to explore the myths of Canadian art and where they came from. We’ll cover artwork from the early days of Canada all the way up to the present.
Week 1 (October 6): Myths of Landscape Painting including the Group of 7 and Emily Carr
Week 2 (October 13): Art and Adventure including Paul Kane
Week 3 (October 20): History painting in Canada
Week 4 (October 27): Modern Art in Montreal and Toronto
Week 5 (November 3): Big changes in architecture
Week 6 (November 10): Exploring art since the 1980s

About Barry Magrill

Barry has been teaching classes in Canadian art, and architectural history since the early 2000s. He completed a Ph.D in art history in 2008, followed it up with a post-doc in 2010 and then pursued a degree in instructional design. His book, A Commerce of Taste: Church Architecture in Canada, published by McGill-Queens University Press was included in the History of Religion series distributed internationally.




C3 - Culture, Coffee, Cookies
Orange Shirt Day "Every Child Matters"

Presenters: Warren Hooley and Avis O'brien

September 28, 2016


Orange Shirt Day grew out of a Residential School Survivor’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission residential school. It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually and sets the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.




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.


creative valley


The Garden of Earthly Delights
September 29 – October 1, 2016
All events are FREE
An artful social event of food, drink, music and performance inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s Painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”

Thursday, September 29 7–9pm

The opening reception for the Fall/Winter Season of exhibitions at The Reach and the kick off for Culture Days weekend.
Friday, September 30 7–9pm
An art-making party for grownups! Sip a Signature Surreal cocktail and move to the beats of DJ Waxkilla at this playful, outlandish event.
Saturday, October 1 1–3pm
Bring the kids for an afternoon of family-friendly Surrealist-inspired craft-making
Saturday, October 1 7–10pm
A tempting feast for the senses! Enjoy a bounty of earthly delights from local food and beverage producers and a showcase of exceptional artists and unorthodox art forms that will expand the boundaries of unique creative expression in the Fraser Valley.
Sponsored in part by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce


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.
September 25
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.

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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