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Food

Between art and science: A flight through Field House

Field House Brewing, the newest addition to the developing cultural business scene in Downtown Abbotsford, has been on a roll since it opened late last year. The brewery, which you can track with the hashtag #fieldtofist, is one of the hottest places to go for good beer, good music, and a generally good place to spend some time.

Field House is also a place for community, as they work collaboratively with other businesses that cater to a similar demographic. This includes having other breweries’ beers on tap, having Old Hand Coffee in weekly, concerts, and a lot more.

Field House also does brewery tours. If you’ve never been on one before, it’s worth going and seeing how their beer is made while having somebody knowledgeable explain the process. Not to mention you’ll also get to sample.

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Community

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

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…

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Art

“Uncomfortable, messy, and exhilarating” : Art Battle #398 takes over The Reach

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 Battle #398 with a trip to the regional finals in Vancouver on the line.

The crowd of roughly 85 people gathered at The Reach on May 13 had been waiting all night for this showdown between previous champions Stephen Chen, Cindy Dohms, and Shannon Thiesen and new challenger Rose Ross.

Soon, the volume from the CIVL DJ booth dipped and MC Aaron Levy began the countdown. As the crowd finished shouting out the final numbers, a flurry of activity took over the floor, paint splashing off canvases as runners were dispatched to fetch beer and wine for the painters racing against the clock to complete their pieces in under 20 minutes.

The audience started circling the painters in what Levy refers to as a “slow-moving tornado,” casting shadows across the canvases, further obscuring the artists’ already compromised light. Passers-by keenly scrutinized the emerging images, considering which painting might win their vote to crown the Art Battle #398 champion.

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Art

Aboriginal artists to showcase living culture at Kariton Gallery

June is Canada’s Aboriginal Awareness month, yet some feel Abbotsford falls short in bringing local First Nations culture to the forefront. Public events that highlight Aboriginal art and worldview are scarce, despite Abbotsford’s presence on unceded Stó:lō territory. This absence has been long apparent to Tery Kozma, who has been volunteering with the Abbotsford Arts…

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