SPARK Emerging Curator/Photographer(s) Exhibit – Peterborough Alternative & Continuing Education (PACE)
The SPARK EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHERS(s) EXHIBIT will feature a group of photographers with roots in the Peterborough community — PCVS alumni who attended the historic downtown school and those who studied at the new location of the Arts Program at Thomas A. Stewart. Photography, that has piqued their interest since high school, whether it be film or digital, career based, or strictly recreational, will be showcased. This year’s exhibit aims to recognize local student graduates, their continued interest in the medium, and the lasting influence and inspiration of the teachers of this area’s Integrated Arts Program.
Erin Burke is currently studying visual arts at the University of Victoria. Long time rugby enthusiast, her ambition is to enhance youths' lives through both art and physical activity. New to SPARK, she hopes to gain experience in the arts community in her hometown.
Bio: Patrick Stephen is currently completing an undergraduate degree in architectural design at the University of Waterloo. He is the owner and operator of “Stephen Digital”, creating commercial photography and films for businesses. Patrick’s work ranges from the studio and still-life to landscapes and architecture. In late 2015, his work was exhibited as part of the Peterborough Historic YMCA Photo Contest. In past years, his work has also been selected to be among finalists in the Spark Photo Festival Juried Exhibit.
Julie Douglas is a photo-based artist based in Peterborough, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography at OCAD University in 2014, and previously studied Photo Arts at the Haliburton School of The Arts. The subject of Douglas’ work focuses on the beauty found in often overlooked or off-limits areas, and examining the ephemeral and transient nature of these spaces. She looks to share the stories and anecdotes of lives past through her photography, and to document the ever-changing landscape. She has exhibited her work as part of the 30 Under 30 show at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, RMG Exposed at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, among many others.
Kate Fearnall is a Graphic Designer at Lululemon and Freelance Photographer who grew up in the land of the Great Lakes and now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from the PCVS Integrated Arts Program in Visual Arts, Kate moved coast to coast, pursuing her academic studies at four Art and Design Universities across North America. In 2014, she participated in an exchange study at the Maryland Institute College of Art and fell in love with film photography and letterpress all over again. Much of Kate’s work reflects her love for travel and the great outdoors. Kate’s photographs have been featured in multiple outdoor companies such as Sanborn Canoe, Norquay Co, and Forest and Waves.
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Current photography from city-wide secondary school students will also be shown at PACE @ PCVS. SPARK is partnering with local teachers to provide students with an exhibit venue in which to exhibit their work in public, and receive recognition for their thoughts, insights and unique points of view. On opening night, work submitted to the juried student exhibit will be judged for prizes. The photo above, by Lauren Kenzora from TASS, won first place in the 2017 SPARK Poster Contest and is an example of current student photography.