The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Abbotsford

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The Reach Gallery Museum is a public art gallery and museum located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. It exhibits artwork from across Canada and around the world free of charge to visitors. Its mission is to be the centre of cultural and creative innovation in the Fraser Valley, committed to preserving and sharing the stories of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the community and showcasing the best in contemporary visual arts from local to national levels. The Reach is also the regional archival repository and houses a significant collection of material culture from the Abbotsford region in its environmentally controlled storage areas.LocationThe gallery is located at 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, British Columbia. It is part of the municipal complex that includes City Hall.HistoryAbbotsford City Council, with the support of the majority of its citizens, believed the municipality would benefit from a dedicated, professional arts and culture facility. In December 2005 the City established the Abbotsford Museum and Art Gallery Steering Committee in order to explore community aspirations for the planned centre.The concept of this centre evolved alongside the concurrent vision to become a community hub, a tourist destination, a location for the stewardship and interpretation of Abbotsford history, and a platform for excellence in the visual arts. It was determined that the space should be flexible enough to encourage community participation, appreciation and engagement in the arts.The BuildingFrom the outset, community stakeholders voiced their desire for a unique design. Draft plans were developed and public information sessions and open houses in 2006 and early 2007 invited public input on these plans. Construction, undertaken by PCL Constructors Inc. began shortly after that in June 2007 and the building was officially opened on September 22 of 2008. The total cost was $10.8 million.
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  • I recently attended a fundraiser Gala that was held at The Reach and it was an absolutely beautiful venue. The rooms all have displays in them and for our venue the primary area was open and the indiv...  more »
  • Another wonderful collection of sculpture, paintings by Christopher Friesen, performance art & then there are the 'skin boats' , floating from the ceiling, complete with sound effects and lights...for...  more »
  • The Reach is a fabulous resource. Displays change regularly so, if you don’t enjoy a display, come back in a month and you will probably love the next one. The best thing is—it’s absolutely free  more »
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