Katie Stobbart

Art on the Wing: Open call for emerging artists

There is a fresh opportunity for young artists to exhibit in Abbotsford. While we usually give a glimpse of an emerging artist or two, a curator, or an exhibit from the Emerge at the Reach program, this month we’d like to highlight a call for submissions that was released this week for the upcoming seasons…

Fresh Art: Rachel Kirkpatrick – Henna Artist

Rachel Kirkpatrick got her start as an artist doing henna tattoos for festivals, conferences, and concerts. She now uses varied mediums such as pressure-wash art and sand. Rachel chooses to work primarily with the ancient art of mandalas and sacred geometry as she finds them to be extremely meditative to create. She loves that her…

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…

Getting to the inside: A look at the Reach’s new exhibits

While you are at the Reach supporting local emerging artists and viewing their work, you can explore two more exhibits which opened on the 22nd: Get There From Here featuring Yukon artist Nicole Bauberger, and Inside the Outside featuring the three-dimensional creations of Deborah Morriss. Get There From Here is a collection of over 200…

Counter-Narrative: Brandon Gabriel on becoming a visual storyteller and the power of decolonial art

by Nick Ubels Brandon Gabriel is an internationally acclaimed mixed-media artist from the Stó:lō Coast Salish community of Kwantlen. His vivid creative work lends a critical eye to colonial processes that have attempted to relegate his culture to history books and museums. At 37, he has already amassed an impressive body of professional work that…

A selection of 3 poems by Katie Stobbart

Weed-whacking Knee-deep in the yard full of weeds, I contemplate familial obligation; even months after those weeds are dormant, roots sleeping underground, the sound of whirring, the wet green fleck of stems furring my legs resists forgetting. Beheading the dandelions requires a firm grip holding the spin and slice at arm’s length. Those tiny plastic…

FRESH Art: Tessa Lee Dumanski

Tessa Lee Dumanski resides in Langley, B.C. and is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley. Her hard work and creative explorations have landed her the CICan 2015 Regional Prize for B.C. from Colleges and Institutes Canada for her surface design fashion creation and the UFV Undergraduate Research Excellence…

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