Arts and culture

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)

Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

 

The Ranger Station Art Gallery. (Contributed Photo/Kent Harrison Arts Council)

MikRo Art Factory to be featured at Ranger Station gallery

Local artists will have their works on display until June 27

 

Former Ranger Station Art Gallery artist-in-residence Anne J. Steves is hosting a collage workshop every Saturday in May. (Screenshot/Comox Valley Art Gallery)
Former Ranger Station Art Gallery artist-in-residence Anne J. Steves is hosting a collage workshop every Saturday in May. (Screenshot/Comox Valley Art Gallery)
(Graphic/Kent-Harrison Arts Council)
(Graphic/Kent-Harrison Arts Council)
The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society normally holds its art shows in person, but its spring show this year is being held online, starting May 1. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Fraser Valley Watermedia Society presents online show throughout May

Show opens May 1 and features a variety of new paintings by local artists

The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society normally holds its art shows in person, but its spring show this year is being held online, starting May 1. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Arts and culture aplenty in downtown Chilliwack

At least five different exhibitions have opened in recent weeks in Chilliwack

Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Joel Primus, who grew up in Abbotsford and now lives in Agassiz, has released a new book about his experiences launching the Naked underwear company. (Submitted photo)

Fraser Valley man who started Naked underwear company launches book

Getting Naked by Joel Primus is about joys and challenges of entrepreneurship

Joel Primus, who grew up in Abbotsford and now lives in Agassiz, has released a new book about his experiences launching the Naked underwear company. (Submitted photo)
Rocky La Rock’s “The Northlander” (2019) is made with maple wood, horse hair and leather. A new exhibit at The Reach will feature the body of Rock’s work from his 40-year career. (Photo by David Campion)
Rocky La Rock’s “The Northlander” (2019) is made with maple wood, horse hair and leather. A new exhibit at The Reach will feature the body of Rock’s work from his 40-year career. (Photo by David Campion)
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography

Ellen Lyons, A Pioneer In The Art Of Collecting Photographs

The William Lyons Gallery of Photography opened in 1979

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Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography
Phyllis Stenson, a mainstay of the local arts scene and the Harrison Festival of the Arts, passed away earlier this month. Stenson was crucial in setting up the foundation for relationships, funding and more that continue even now to echo well past her retirement in 2013. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)

Harrison Festival, Fraser Valley arts icon Phyllis Stenson mourned

Stenson passed away in late November, leaving lasting legacy of passion for the arts behind

Phyllis Stenson, a mainstay of the local arts scene and the Harrison Festival of the Arts, passed away earlier this month. Stenson was crucial in setting up the foundation for relationships, funding and more that continue even now to echo well past her retirement in 2013. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)
The seats in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s theatre will be empty for the time being with provincial health orders in effect. (chilliwackculturalcentre.ca)

Chilliwack Cultural Centre shuts doors to observe provincial health orders

While the 2021 schedule is unaffected so far, refunds are being offered for 2020 events

The seats in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s theatre will be empty for the time being with provincial health orders in effect. (chilliwackculturalcentre.ca)
The Small Works display features work from local artists on wood panels. Panels are available at Ranger Station Art Gallery (File Photo)

Small Works submission deadline approaching

Ranger Station Art Gallery seeks local artists for upcoming display

The Small Works display features work from local artists on wood panels. Panels are available at Ranger Station Art Gallery (File Photo)
Artist/Laurie Landry

Ranger Station hosts ‘Nothing Without Us’

Display featuring artists living with disabilites is on until Dec. 7

Artist/Laurie Landry
Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)

Q&A with VIFF’s B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jessie Anthony

Her feature film, Brother, I Cry premiered at VIFF this year

Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)
Jesse Klassen’s work will be on display until September 27. The artist will be at the Ranger Station Art Gallery on Sunday, September 13, to see visitors from noon to 4 p.m. (Contributed photo/Kent Harrison Arts Council)

Abbotsford artist displays work at Ranger Station

Jesse Klassen’s work is on display until Sept. 27

Jesse Klassen’s work will be on display until September 27. The artist will be at the Ranger Station Art Gallery on Sunday, September 13, to see visitors from noon to 4 p.m. (Contributed photo/Kent Harrison Arts Council)
Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo

Province announces $2M in arts and culture funding under BC Arts Council

The program will go toward renovating arts and cultural spaces in BC and to buy special equipment

Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo
Doug Cox is one of three artists to perform in Harrison’s Off and Running Online concert series. Cox is featured in the first instalment of the three-video series, which will also feature Boyd Benjamin and Kevin Barr and Maria Dunn. (Black Press file photo)
Doug Cox is one of three artists to perform in Harrison’s Off and Running Online concert series. Cox is featured in the first instalment of the three-video series, which will also feature Boyd Benjamin and Kevin Barr and Maria Dunn. (Black Press file photo)
File Photo

Kent-Harrison Arts Council launches 2020’s first exhibit

Features the works of artist Greg Ekberg

File Photo
Artist Werner Streicek plays his hand-carved drum at his Harrison Hot Springs home. The Austria-born sculptor has been carving wood and stone pieces for more than 25 years. See the feature video on our website, www.agassizharrisonobserver.com. (Adam Louis/THe Observer)

Set in Stone: Harrison Hot Springs carver looks back on long career

Werner Streicek hopes to see his art in public display soon.

Artist Werner Streicek plays his hand-carved drum at his Harrison Hot Springs home. The Austria-born sculptor has been carving wood and stone pieces for more than 25 years. See the feature video on our website, www.agassizharrisonobserver.com. (Adam Louis/THe Observer)