Monday  September 27, 2010

Feature Story

We've Got Culture Now

Chilliwack Arts Centre opens to much pomp and ceremony

Craig Hill/Voice


Mayor Sharon Gaetz and dignitaries cut the ribbon at the Arts Centre opening on Saturday. Voice photos.


t finally happened. The night the city was waiting for. After ten-years of planning, building and equipping the state-of-the-art theatre and art collective, the Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre is officially open for business.

On Saturday, the grand opening Gala took place, officially kicking-off with about 400 people in attendance.

It was an evening for the fashion conscious as well as the artistic crowd. The glitz and glamour was a show unto itself with some of the most beautiful gowns in the business walking the red carpet. Tuxedoed stars and extravagantly gowned dignitaries descended upon the Centre arriving well before show time.

They mixed and mingled in the lobby over trays of oysters and sushi appetizers from the Coast Hotel and Prestons Restaurant and wandered through the art gallery featuring works like #16 Sunnyside Series of Cultus Lake by local artist like Gary Haggquist. The painting had a hefty price tag of $3500 and was in as a single item in a silent auction.

Before the show could take place the ribbon needed to be cut and Patrick Gallagher took the stage to emcee the ceremony.

The stars and dignitaries in attendance were; Patrick Gallagher, Lisa Howard, Jason Graae, Jessica Hendy, Scott Coulter, David Burnham, Mayor Sharon Gaetz, Chief Joe Hall, Dave Stephen, Clint Hames, Dorothy Kostrezwa, Sherry Baker, Pat Clark, Diane Janzen, Chuck Stam, Stewart McLean, Ken Huttema, Sue Attrill, Jonsie Jones, and Howard Davies.


See the gallery below. The Native music you heard was the Welcome Song that was sung at the entrance to the Centre prior to the show.

























































The end of the gallery. Thanks for looking. High res copies are available free of charge. Return to the main page here.