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Valley Biennale draws pair of Langley artists

Langley painter Alex Stewart, right, and Aldergrove’s Susan Gorris, below with A Peafowl Feast, are among the artists taking part in the Fraser Valley Biennale, which runs from July 26 to Aug. 20 at the Kariton Gallery in Abbotsford. Langley country-pop duo Robyn and Ryleigh will perform as part of the Envision Concert in the Park series on the show’s opening weekend.  - submitted photos
Langley painter Alex Stewart, right, and Aldergrove’s Susan Gorris, below with A Peafowl Feast, are among the artists taking part in the Fraser Valley Biennale, which runs from July 26 to Aug. 20 at the Kariton Gallery in Abbotsford. Langley country-pop duo Robyn and Ryleigh will perform as part of the Envision Concert in the Park series on the show’s opening weekend.
— image credit: submitted photos

The Fraser Valley Biennale returns this month, drawing artists from both sides of the river to Kariton Gallery in Abbotsford.

And the upcoming show has a distinctive local connection.

A pair of Langley visual artists Alex Stewart (painting/reproduction) and Aldergrove’s Susan Gorris (ceramics) are among the 15 participants who will display their work, during the exhibit, which opens this weekend at the gallery in Abbotsford’s Mill Lake Park.

The Fraser Valley Regional Biennale is a collective art exhibition that celebrates and explores local and regional visual art-making. The project was created in 2011 through a partnership between The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford Arts Council, Mission Arts Council, Maple Ridge Art Gallery and the Langley Arts Council to present a wide range of artwork created by both emerging and professional artists throughout the Fraser Valley.

Adding to the festive atmosphere will be Langley’s Robyn and Ryleigh, who will perform as part of the Envision Concert in the Park series on the show’s opening weekend.

The country pop duo will be on stage from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

Concert goers are also invited to take part in Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard program by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations to Mill Lake Park.

Since its launch, more than 2,600 pounds of food and $25,500 has been collected, region-wide, through The Full Cupboard campaign. All food and cash donations will remain in the communities where they are collected.

The Fraser Valley Biennale will run from Friday, July 26 to Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Kariton Art Gallery, located in Mill Lake Park at 2387 Ware Street in Abbotsford. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The artists will be present at an opening reception on Sunday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, contact the Abbotsford Arts Council by phone at 604-852-9358, by email at

abbotsfordartscouncil@gmail.com, or visit the website at abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

For more information about The Full Cupboard, visit thefullcupboard.ca.

For more information about the Envision Concert in the Park Series, including the full concert schedule, contact the Abbotsford Arts Council at 604-852-9358 or abbotsfordartscouncil@gmail.com, or visit them online at abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

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