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Art on the Wing: Student curator Chantelle Fawcett hosts February’s Art on Demand

From first glance, this month’s Art on Demand at The Reach Gallery and Museum is stunning. Its colours are sharp, and its shapes are crisp, contrasted by a clean, modern look. Artist Desirée Patterson’s concern is between the human condition and nature. “As humans evolve and cities grow, [she explores] how that’s impacting the environment….

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emerge: New art investigates identity

The most recent exhibit in the Art on Demand series at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) in Abbotsford features art by Sidi Chen and Nancy Timmermans.

Chen, who is also president of the Visual Arts Students Association at the University of the Fraser Valley, is showing three oil paintings that are thematically connected and share titles: The Pond of Duck and Lotus I, II, and III. Timmermans (Trinity Western University) displays a series of familial portrait sketches on wood panels.

In her statement on the exhibit, curator Alisha Sandhu notes that both artists’ works “grapple with the many ways that we understand and construct identity.”

Dozens of friends, family, fellow artists, and community members attended the opening of Art on Demand, as well as two other exhibits at The Reach, on the evening of September 22, where the artists were present to field questions and discuss their work.

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Follow the progress of emerging artists every month as part of our partnership with The Reach. Get a glimpse of Art on Demand exhibits, catch short interviews with young local artists, and more.

Emerging Artists

Artist Claire Sarfeld exhibits at the Reach

Born and raised in small town southern Ontario, visual artist Claire Sarfeld moved to the West Coast after graduating with a Fine Arts degree from OCAB University in Toronto. Her training focused on drawing and painting, with a minor in creative writing.

Sarfeld’s work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism, with juxtaposition between order and chaos, static versus dynamic. The artist also draws inspiration from the natural world with colours embodied in the outdoors: forest greens, ocean blues, and woody browns. Her media of choice is acrylic on canvas, however Sarfeld is unafraid to step out and incorporate other forms of storytelling like newsprint, ink, and graphite.

“Line and Form” marks the artist’s debut exhibition in this province. Her work is on display at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford as part of Art on Demand 2.2, the museum’s second season of showcasing rising Fraser Valley artists. The exhibit is on display until September 11. Sarfeld’s work can also be seen on exhibit in Mission’s Rock Family Gallery from August 2 to August 20.

For more information on future exhibits or to contact the artist directly, go to clairesarfeld.com

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Starting in October, you can follow the progress of emerging artists and curators with our new column, as part of a partnership with the Emerge @ the Reach program.