FRESH Art: Carolina Arai

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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.

Featured artist: Shannon Thiesen

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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 […]

Stories at the core: Two gurdwara exhibits explore new interpretations of scripture and history

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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 […]

“You can’t be a dumbass forever”: In-depth with Blessed’s Drew Riekman

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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 […]