Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Arts

Pottery in the Park

'Raku in the Valley' not just about pottery with music and barbeque at Thompson Park May 28

Jennifer Hickey, CAC 


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council invites everyone to become one with nature during the second edition of Raku in the Valley on May 28, 2016. This unique pottery glazing and firing event, held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Thompson Regional Park (Chilliwack Lake Rd.), offers up the perfect combination of hands-on art, shopping and entertainment set against the natural beauty of the Fraser Valley.


Following its successful inaugural event in May 2015, Raku in the Valley once again welcomes enthusiastic participants to learn first-hand the wonders of the lively Raku process. Steeped in ancient Japanese origins, Raku pottery is renowned for its crackled patterns and vibrant metallic colours achieved through the use of special glazes, fire and smoke in an open air kiln.


Those looking to try their hands at glazing their very own Raku pot will be guided through the technique before witnessing the exhilarating Raku firing process in action, compliments of the experts from Rainforest Pottery, and Devon Road Pottery.


In addition to hand glazing pottery, attendees will enjoy live music performed by local musician, Lakeisha, sponsored by Tractorgrease Multimedia and have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted creations from the Pop-Up Artisan Market. Talented artists specializing in natural body products, jewellery, pottery, paintings, and drawings will be featured.


Adding to the community atmosphere, the Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department will host a barbeque by donation and Tractorgrease Café will have tempting baked goods and coffee for sale.


Pottery workshop participants can reserve their Raku pots and glazing time by calling 604-769-2787 or by visiting the Chilliwack Community Arts Council – the Art Room (20-5725 Vedder Rd.). Raku pots can be purchased for $10 each and are limited to two per person. Registration is required prior to the event to guarantee availability. Pop-Up Artisan Market shoppers should note that Thompson Regional Park is an “off the grid” park so purchases are cash only.


To find out more about Raku in the Valley and view a listing of artisans, please visit, call 604-769-2787 or stop by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council – the Art Room.



No Experience Needed

Artists Call: Students invited to make their mark on the art world

Jennifer Hickey, CAC 


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council invites High School and University students of all educational backgrounds to display their two-dimensional artwork during the Art Room Gallery’s upcoming multi-artist exhibition, Making It, running September 21 to October 27, 2016.


In keeping with the community gallery’s goal of offering exhibition opportunities for artists of all ages and skill levels, Making It is open to students currently enrolled in all areas of study; not strictly those pursuing education in a fine arts field.


As well, students are not required to have previous exhibition experience. “It’s incredibly important that we provide opportunities for students” relates Programming & Gallery Coordinator Aymee Leake. “It’s an educational experience that both supports our upcoming artists and encourages them to show their work.”


Students are encouraged to complete an application form available from or the Chilliwack Community Arts Council – the Art Room (20-5725 Vedder Rd.). Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2016. For more information please email our Programming and Gallery Coordinator via e-mail here or call 604 769 2787. 




About the Chilliwack Community Arts Council

Founded in 1960, the Chilliwack Community Arts Council is a registered charitable organization and home to artists, crafters, and arts and cultural enthusiasts. We strive to provide quality events, classes, workshops, and activities that allow our community to engage in the arts as well as offer support for individuals, groups, and organizations within the arts community.




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