Culture, Coffee And Cookies At The Reach

By January 30, 2015Arts/Culture

Submitted. “During the past month, adults have confirmed our suspicion that they love to play and engage in creative and fun learning,” explains Anna Williams, educational programmer at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford. “Our new Culture, Coffee & Cookies (C3), designed to stimulate and provide engaging learning opportunities for people of retirement, or any age, in a social setting, has been an overwhelming success and we are now steaming into February with it.”

The Reach’s upcoming C3’s feature:

February 3 @10:30am, author and journalist Trudy Beyak addresses What is God like? In what ways are both males and females created in the image of God? Her new book on this subject appeals to the unique spiritual interests of this generation. For over 5,000 years, scholars focused on the fatherly qualities of God’s love, but did they miss the maternal side? Beyak, a devout Christian, spent five years on a spiritual journey interviewing 50 leaders, celebrities and scholars of various faiths, from Oxford University to the Vatican and Germany searching for answers.

On February 10 @10:30am Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and Kris Foulds of The Reach will take you on an Exhibition Tour at the Sikh Heritage Temple. They will look at the role of the only 10 Canadian-Sikh soldiers who served in WWI and their stories, as well as a historical challenging of the notion of Sikhs as a so-called ‘Martial Race.’ Note, for this C3 only, meet at the Sikh Heritage Museum, 33094 South Fraser Way.

At the February 17 @10:30am event, artist Willa Downing will lead a tour of her creative exhibition Maps of Weather. As metaphors for order and rationality, she feels that plotting and mapping reflect our need to describe and analyze our environment and to find our place in it. Downing’s art also touches on climate change.

On February 24 @10:30am, you will experience The Reach’s moving exhibition Decolonize Me with docent Morian Perepelitza.It embraces the works of six contemporary Aboriginal artists which challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Deliberately riffing on the title of Morgan Spurlock’s film, the pop-cultural phenomenon Super-Size Me (2004), the exhibition’s title emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of the individual within larger discussions of shared colonial histories and present-day cultural politics.

The weekly Culture, Coffee & Cookies, Tuesdays at 10:30am at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way, are free with pre-registration by phone: 604 864 8087 (dial “O”) or online at and click the link to register.

About The Reach
The Reach is a registered charity and “Class A” facility in the Fraser Valley that is operated by a small staff team with the assistance of a Board of Directors and 100+ fabulous volunteers. With your support, we will continue to develop and present the best in the visual arts by local to international artists, preserve and share the stories of our rich and diverse cultural heritage, provide engaging multidisciplinary public programming for all ages and offer FREE admission to exhibitions and a wide range of other cultural events.

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