Arts and culture

FILE - A man, wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, is tattooed at Paul and Friends tattoo parlour in downtown Brussels, March 26, 2021. The European Union is imposing restrictions on the inks that tattoo artists can use as of Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The EU says it is a necessary move to protect the health of consumers because thousands of chemical elements now in use can cause anything from allergic reactions to cancer. The tattoo industry complains it is unfairly targeted and is losing an essence part of its art. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Tattoo artist anger over new European rules goes beyond skin deep

Commission says alternatives to the banned products do exist

FILE - A man, wearing a protective face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, is tattooed at Paul and Friends tattoo parlour in downtown Brussels, March 26, 2021. The European Union is imposing restrictions on the inks that tattoo artists can use as of Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. The EU says it is a necessary move to protect the health of consumers because thousands of chemical elements now in use can cause anything from allergic reactions to cancer. The tattoo industry complains it is unfairly targeted and is losing an essence part of its art. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
Agassiz artist Mike Ewards and Sto:lō artist Zack McNeill-Bobb stand with their collaborative sculpture called “Squaring the Circle,” now on display in Agassiz’s Pioneer Park. The sculpture is part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the District of Kent and represents different cultures and viewpoints all living in one valley. (Contributed Photo/Sabina Iseli-Otto)

CELEBRATING 125: Culture and collaboration inspire new art installation in Agassiz

‘Squaring the Circle’ now stands in Pioneer Park

Agassiz artist Mike Ewards and Sto:lō artist Zack McNeill-Bobb stand with their collaborative sculpture called “Squaring the Circle,” now on display in Agassiz’s Pioneer Park. The sculpture is part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the District of Kent and represents different cultures and viewpoints all living in one valley. (Contributed Photo/Sabina Iseli-Otto)
Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Ferries unveils Indigenous design for next Salish Class vessel

Including Island artist Maynard Johnny Jr.’s artwork seen as meaningful act towards reconciliation

Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
(Contributed by Michelle Malan)

Sparwood seniors pose as firefighters in fundraising calendar

Funds raised will go towards the supported living facility

(Contributed by Michelle Malan)
The Fraser Valley Symphony is now seeking new musicians for its 2021-22 season.
The Fraser Valley Symphony is now seeking new musicians for its 2021-22 season.
Hope-raised artist Jessicka has released a video that embraces fairytales, with a clubbing vibe. (Light Organ Record image)

Mirrorball Midnight release is the newest single by Hope-raised artist

Jessicka dove into music 12 years ago and hasn’t stopped creating

Hope-raised artist Jessicka has released a video that embraces fairytales, with a clubbing vibe. (Light Organ Record image)
The Agassiz-Harrison Museum recently released a series of brochures to provide historic background to dozens of points of interest in the Agassiz-Harrison area. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Agassiz-Harrison Museum releases Heritage Self-Guided Walking Tour series

Walking tour points out historically significant sites throughout Agassiz, Harrison, Harrison Mills

The Agassiz-Harrison Museum recently released a series of brochures to provide historic background to dozens of points of interest in the Agassiz-Harrison area. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Michael Cade (seen here during a media tour of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on June 29, 2010) was informed by the board of directors with the Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society that his employment contract would not be renewed at the end of June 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s managing director is out after 11 years at the helm

Michael Cade said centre’s board ‘going in a different direction’; board says Cade ‘vacating’ the job

Michael Cade (seen here during a media tour of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on June 29, 2010) was informed by the board of directors with the Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society that his employment contract would not be renewed at the end of June 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Artists featured in the BLM Social Justice Art Project at UFV are (clockwise from top left): Michelle Msami, Dona Park, Rain Neeposh and Faria Firoz.

Black Lives Matter art exhibit opens at UFV in Abbotsford

Show features the work of four artists and runs until Sept. 15

Artists featured in the BLM Social Justice Art Project at UFV are (clockwise from top left): Michelle Msami, Dona Park, Rain Neeposh and Faria Firoz.
The Great Gordini puts on a magic show for an avid audience during the first Storytime in the Park in this 2019 photo. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The Great Gordini puts on a magic show for an avid audience during the first Storytime in the Park in this 2019 photo. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
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

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
The Harrison Festival Society recently announced “Harrison Festival of the Arts: Farm Edition”, live programming coming this summer from July 10 to 18 at the family-run Holberg Farm in Agassiz. (Graphic/Harrison Festival Society)
The Harrison Festival Society recently announced “Harrison Festival of the Arts: Farm Edition”, live programming coming this summer from July 10 to 18 at the family-run Holberg Farm in Agassiz. (Graphic/Harrison Festival Society)
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

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

  • Dec 18, 2020
Ellen Lyons, with husband William, was a pioneer in collecting and selling fine art photography. Lia Crowe photography
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