The Reach launches its 2nd season of Culture, Coffee & Cookies

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01 September 2015

The Reach launches its 2nd season of Culture, Coffee & Cookies

Abbotsford, BC – Following a highly successful first run of Culture, Coffee & Cookies (C3) mornings, The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 32388 Veterans Way, launches its second season on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

The weekly C3’s, designed to stimulate and provide engaging learning opportunities for people of all ages in a social coffee-style setting, will restart on September 9th at 10:30am with local author Myriam Arthur. She will speak about her memoir titled Forgiven. Set in Bolivia in 1985, Forgiven begins with Arthur’s son, who has just returned from university in California, sharing the shattering news that he may have been infected with AIDS. Blaming herself for the tragedy, Arthur embarks on a remarkable journey into an unknown world of drug smuggling, and judiciary politics. It is through these trials and sacrifices of a mother for a son that she finds hope, and experiences the pinnacle of love and forgiveness.

On September 16th, Ron Charles will share Dominica – The Nature Island of the Caribbean. Dominica, not to be mistaken with the Dominican Republic, is a little known island in the middle of the West Indian islands chain. Known as the nature island of the Caribbean, Charles takes the audience beyond the popular sights to explain how the rugged terrain and natural features have influenced the historical and cultural development of the country.

September 23rd, Richard Thiessen will walk you through The History of Mennonites in Abbotsford, and on September 30th, it’s C3 Meets creatiValley. CreatiValley, a nine day celebration of culture in the Fraser Valley, kicks off on September 25th during national Culture Days. This event is a community partnership with UFV, the Abbotsford Arts Council, MSA Museum Society and other arts and culture groups and is hosted at The Reach Gallery Museum. CreatiValley will come alive with over 20 performers, an art market and Mad Hatter Tea, a historic exhibition, the 2015 Fraser Valley Biennale art exhibition, a day of children/youth programming and a 12-hour Art Marathon presented by the UFV Visual Arts Department.

During creatiValley, The Reach will also offer an expanded C3 program from Monday, September 28th to Thursday, October 1st – 10-11am featuring intriguing members of our creative community on a variety of relevant topics. For more information or to pre-register for Culture, Coffee & Cookies and creatiValley at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) go online at and click the link, or phone: 604 864 8087 (dial “O”)

About The Reach

The Reach is a registered charity, 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.

Photo attached: Author Myriam Arthur
Media Contact:
Ingrid Epp, Director of Development
Tel: 604-864-8087 x123

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