Off The Vine


Behind the scenes at local nurseries: Get the 411 on one of gardening’s busiest seasons

By Lisa Caroglanian Dorazio Unlike our southern hemisphere friends, autumn, also known as fall, begins for us in the Lower Mainland September 22nd. As our daylight disappears, it is the time of year when you begin to think about Thanksgiving and Halloween, transitioning out of swimsuits into sweaters, and looking for interesting and fun things to…

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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.


Spice Train ot Scoville: Hot Smoke Salsa

By Joel Smart This easy-to-make tomato salsa is easily tailored to your preferred heat and taste. Even for a novice it can be made in less than an hour, and the results will make you wonder why you ever bothered buying pre-made salsa before. Don’t be afraid to let the veggies get pretty dark under…

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Apocalypse Underground: Cheap High on their turbulent origins, creative evolution, and debut LP

By Nick Ubels If you catch Mission’s Cheap High at one of their six fall shows, you’ll be struck by how well everything locks into place. Justin Goyer’s shimmering guitar lines float between his brother Derek’s bass parts while Carlos Mendonca’s unmistakable growl cuts in like a prowling lion. It helps that he ranges across…

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Curly Kale Eatery is all local

By Sasha Moedt When Curly Kale Eatery chef Mike Slanzi was given notice by city officials to leave his location at Chilliwack’s The Local Harvest Market, it was a scramble. “The building wasn’t built to commercial code, so the city came down on them,” Slanzi explained. He’d worked in that space for nearly a year…

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With A Muse On My Shoulder

The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society (FVWS) and Cat Janzen of Mint and Moss Floral Design displayed their work at the Kariton Art Gallery from September 3 to 27, with opening reception held on Saturday, September 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. The intimate setting of the gallery provided patrons an opportunity to view the pieces…

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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 spans over 20 years and includes photography, painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, public art installations, and architecture concepts.

“Threshold,” Brandon’s first solo exhibition, wrapped up at Centre 64 in Kimberley this summer. It’s a testament to the political potency for which his work is being recognized that he was invited to exhibit his work to draw attention to the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort, which threatens a highly sensitive Grizzly Bear migration corridor.

In addition to his work as a sessional instructor at universities throughout the Lower Mainland and other artistic endeavours, Brandon is preparing to co-curate an exhibition at the ACT Gallery in Maple Ridge to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation that will provide “a critical perspective on what this colonial birthday means to indigenous people.”

I had the opportunity to talk to Brandon about his formative experiences as a visual artist and how his work has become more politically and socially engaged as his career has progressed.

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