Carolina Arai is a graphic designer and photographer whose watercolour prints stood out at the recent Spring Artists’ Café hosted by Central Heights Church. Originally from Cuernavarca, in Mexico, Arai is widely travelled, having lived the longest in Canada and Japan, and visited, among other places, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Nestled between lake and mountain 10 kilometres north of Agassiz, the sleepy village of Harrison Hot Springs provides a picturesque setting for more than a week of high-calibre world music every July. Kicking off its 38th year Saturday, July 9, the Harrison Festival of the Arts occupies a unique position in a crowded field of […]
At first glance, Central Heights appeared to be empty. Many of the doors facing McCallum Rd. were locked and lightless. Then, after being let in at the Nikkel Hall entrance, I discovered roughly 200 people, the vast majority of them under 30, mingling and pursuing art as they waited for the performances to start at […]
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden It is easy to drive past a garden. It’s easy to go to the library, peruse shelves, borrow books, without really looking out the window at it, or poking around the eastern side […]
Shannon Thiesen is a local painter in Abbotsford who primarily works with acrylic and oil, and is famous at live art shows like Art Battle for bringing along a set of palette knives as her tools of choice. She also experiments with other media and found objects. Much of her work is characterized by skilled […]
Evolving Interpretations: Sikhism and Women is the eighth official exhibit since the Sikh Heritage Museum opened in 2011, and will be open for viewing for the remainder of the year. The exhibit is unique because it is located underneath a fully functioning gurdwara. Opened in 1911, the Gur Sikh Temple on South Fraser Way in […]
Four artists stand, palettes and brushes in hand, staring at the empty canvases before them. The air is electric with pulsing dance music and anticipation. Raw talent ready to shine. One of the artists shouts, “I have no idea what I’m doing!” But it’s too late to turn back: it’s the final round of Art […]
After years spent paying their dues in talented bands stunted by half-hearted commitment and wasted potential, the four members of Abbotsford’s Blessed are ready to make good. Their new EP is four tightly wound tracks of sophisticated and raw post-punk that recalls the muscular intricacy of Television at their Marquee Moon peak. This is especially […]