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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…

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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.

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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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Coconut Tree by Saint Soldier

Close your eyes and put aside your pride as you enter your center. The mentor you need is indeed your center so heed his intent and you’re never defeated. Conceited, you’re sent to repent and you will — the aim is restraining your brain and being still so take what you will from the words…

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Fresh Art: Carla Swope

Carla Swope’s passion for creating unique jewellery is something she’s possessed since she was young. Inspired by our natural environment, she draws her design ideas from the mountains and valleys where she lives in Chilliwack, BC, and beyond. The jewellery she creates is constantly evolving: she loves to work with unusual colour and shape combinations,…

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