Title: Stephanie Lake, Capturing Buckhorn 2021-2022
Sun - Thurs 8am - 9pm
Fri - Sat 8am - 11pm
My dad loved taking travel photos. He bought me my first camera as a young teen and from then I saw the world through the lens. I realized photography was going to be my profession when I started taking photos of moments with strangers, friends, animals and anything that looked good to me.
I was lucky enough to be given a break in my late teens to freelance for the North York Mirror. This was so invaluable to the start of my career as you had to learn how to photograph just about everything from hockey to events indoors.
My professional career over the last 40 years has included many clients with much of my work for The Canadian Press. As a freelance event and portrait photographer I never had to take a break from my passion.
My husband and I decided to purchase a small cottage on Lower Buckhorn Lake in the Kawarthas. Having a second home in this beautiful and new-to-us area allowed both of us so many new photographic opportunities.
The magnificent ever-changing view from our cottage inspired me to explore landscape and nature photography more. I have been able to share my work on the local Facebook pages and have been delighted to sell a number of canvases.
I feel I have only touched the surface of so many images still to come and I look forward to many days ahead in the Buckhorn area.
Cows are pretty amazing creatures. Whenever I gently stroke a cow's head and look into its eyes I see such beauty, serenity and feel her peacefulness.
These animals can be as diverse as cats and dogs and humans. Some are quite intelligent and really quick learners while others are a little slower. Some can be bold, adventurous, bossy or friendly while others are very shy and timid.
Mahatma Gandhi described a cow as a "poem of compassion".
Title: Linda L Tatler, Cat's Eyes
Village Pet Food & Supply
3305 Lakefield Road
Mon to Fri 9:30 am to 6 pm
Sat 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sun 11 am to 4 pm
Linda L Tatler
Undoubtedly cats have some of the most unique eyes in the animal world; instead of having circular pupils like humans, the black part in the center of their eyes are vertical. Research has shown that the thin, slitted pupils of domesticated house cats (as well as other predatory animals) allow for a wider range of muscle movements and for more light to enter the eye.
Through years of involvement in cat rescue I have come to realize, like many other physical characteristics of the cat, his/her moods are reflected in the eyes. Pupil changes will give clues: an angry cat will display narrow pupils, an excited or frightened cat will have eyes wide open with large pupils, while a happy, peaceful, mellowed-out cat's eyes will appear a shade darker than normal.
Title: Activity Haven - Through the Lens of Our Seniors
Activity Haven Senior Centre
180 Bernardo Avenue
Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm
sometimes open on Saturdays for events
NOTE: Enhanced COVID protocols are in place.
Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all visitors.
Event: Meet the Photographers
Wed April 13, 2 pm to 4 pm
Activity Haven Community Group
Fred Birket & Victoria Corbett
Martin & Ceris Higgs
The Activity Haven Senior Centre in Peterborough provides a range of social, recreational and educational programs, activities and events for adults (age 50+) and guests. A focus of the centre is to provide a friendly, healthy and caring environment for seniors, where we treat each other with honesty, courtesy and respect.
Activity Haven’s goal is to help fulfill the recreational needs of seniors in the Peterborough Community by providing a wide variety of fun and interesting activities. We offer more than 80 programs, including both instructor led classes and casual drop-in activities. We also host numerous special events throughout the year. There is something for everyone here at Activity Haven!
This is the first year that Activity Haven has participated in the SPARK Photo Festival. Our exhibit is titled: “Through the Lens of Our Seniors”, and our objective is to showcase the “well-seasoned” photographic talents of several of our members. Our exhibitors range in age from their mid-60’s to late 80’s, and it has been wonderful to see the diversity and beauty of the images presented. We have 16 exhibitors and more than 60 photos on display! Participation in SPARK has been a great opportunity to bring some of our members together to share their common interests in photography. We expect that friendships will form which will last long after this year’s Photo Festival is over!
Title: Julia Martin - OVERSHARE
April 1 to 16
Mon to Sat: 10 am to 5 pm
Easter and Passover Weekend Hours
Open Sunday, April 17: 11am to 4 pm
Closed Monday, April 18, 2022
Beginning April 19, hours are:
Mon to Sat: 10 am to 5pm
Sun 11 am to 4pm
Saturday, April 2, 2022
2 pm to 4 pm
In OVERSHARE, I examined, through idiosyncratic and site-specific installation, the narrative potentials of snapshots paired and sequenced, divorced from chronology and original context (date, location, text messages). My photographic practice often intersects with my literary works. Beyond the app sharing of images, I have emphasized the device as object vividly imprinted with lived experience. It is diary, photo album, love letter; it is an archive unlike any other before it. My fascination with the cell phone is tied to my attachment to it, and what it revealed to us about living as observers of experience. Phones are now, for most in developed countries, primary and constant tool of photography, their cameras are ubiquitous. Without inherent per-image cost and given their instantaneous nature, we shoot first and ask questions later, picture-taking is faster and more voluminous than ever before, data unruly and unchecked by the seemingly limitless cloud. Media-sharing platforms allow for elevated narrative arrangement of day-to-day banality, we watch each other, we watch our watchers watching. While the autobiographical is the foundation of my practice, in my work the art is in the edit. It is essential that ambiguity and pluralities exist within a work, and while heavy with content, it should not explain itself, I make room for the viewer, creating layers of access through my choice of device, material, familiar image and installation techniques.
Narrative and dark humour are at the core of my photographic practice, since 2015 preoccupied with sequences, pairings and punchlines. With a cell phone, my work has become instinctual and reflexive in the taking, the editing of sequence is delayed, ruminative and determinedly undetermined, a process in distinct parts. My website is where I play with time and space, measuring the reading of my images and words, expanding a pause or removing the breath between images. multiple meanings are created through openness of arrangement, rearrangement, pattern recognition, and matching. In text and multimedia I irreverently reference technology, and combine pop culture and personal history. I make use of contemporary image conventions and clichés, speaking this image language so that I may play with its words.
Julia Martin currently lives and works in Ottawa, Canada. She completed a Master of Fine Art from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography Studies from the Ryerson University School of the Image Arts in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in Gatineau, Guelph, Ottawa, Toronto, and Finland. Martin has guest lectured in photo-related classes and lead an artist book-making workshop at the University of Ottawa, as well as participated in residencies in Finland and France. This is her first exhibition with Colborne Street Gallery, Fenelon Falls.
Title: Heather Doughty - Big Yellow Taxi
129 1/2 Studio
129 1/2 Hunter Street West
Mon to Fri: 10 am - 3 pm
Sat, Sun: Closed
They took all the trees, and put ‘em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
No, no, no
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot
~ Joni Mitchell
Humans and nature have always been interconnected but as time passes this connection seems to be weakening. In this collaborative project photographer Heather Doughty and interpretive dancer Madison Sheward worked together to explore and capture our connection to the world around us. Through the use of Intentional Camera Movement and Slow Shutter Speeds some of the images blur the lines between the dancer and the world, while other traditional captures use the beauty of light and nature to tell the dancer's story.
This exhibit is printed on handmade plant fibre paper and photo transferred using encaustic medium onto sustainably sourced birch bark. The textures of the materials used to create the exhibit help to create another layer of connection between the images and the environment.
Come and view this uniquely beautiful exhibit and marvel in the incredible world we live in.
Heather Doughty was born and raised in rural Peterborough County. From a very early age she developed a passion for photography and a love of nature. Through the development of her craft, Heather learned that her images could become visual storytellers and this has led to a lifelong passion for sharing the stories from our communities as well as giving a voice to the nature around us. Heather is the proud founder and creator of INSPIRE: The Women's Portrait Project and Day of The Girl Project and has been featured in several photo magazines.
Erin Shannon - The Land of Shining Waters
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10 am to 5 pm
Wed: 10 am to 7 pm
Sat: 10 am to 2 pm
“The Land of Shining Waters” is a photo exhibit showcasing the beauty of the Kawarthas region. Most of the images are captured on beautiful Chemong Lake, which can be seen from the Venue, Selwyn Public Library. The exhibit includes some of Chemong’s stunning calm waters and sunsets, a playful wood duck on a summer paddle and children playing with a heron on the last day of summer! There is no place on earth like The Kawarthas!
Erin Shannon is a nature and wildlife photographer based in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes. Originally from Whitby, Erin vacationed as a child in the region and that’s where her love for it began. There’s no sunset like a Kawarthas sunset! Erin currently lives on Chemong Lake and that’s where many of her sunset and nature pictures are captured.
Title: Rose Katarina Fortin - Nostalgia: Memories of Earthen Existence
Friday, April 1st, open until 8pm for First Friday Art Crawl
M to F 8:30 am to 4 pm
Sat 9:30 am to 4 pm
Rose Katarina Fortin Statement
By the water, I should have told you kindred spirit, that I was here to heal you. That I would sacrifice for you. I'm going to walk until the night turns to sunrise. When the wind blows incantations through the fields.
If I write a poem so you could understand.
If I could find the secret of how life began, travel the endless life of eternity. I
wonder why you left me behind, with the vastness of night, the mystery, the starlit sky.
You laugh at me for chasing eternal life, yet, I have seen my own soul in tatters…
my mind is the eyes of the universe.
My own existence is radiant.
Deep within me is the fabric of existence itself.
A canvas of grace.
So achingly beautiful...
the empty ocean
Summer falls to autumn
There is so much i want to tell you;
Now that you are dead, you arrive when i call your name.
Watching the tide rise along the coast.
Still no letters.
Prayers for our inner children,
Written In the amber sunset
Above vigils for weeping lovers
You went to the forest, where all the artists go to die.
You were my muse, I'm not leaving this world for you.
My smile lit the universe when i was with you.
Our bliss echoing through the canyons of grief ~
You gave me ghost flowers that would never die.
One. Singular. Sole. Only.
Colour or hue.
By definition*, monochrome (adjective):
: of, relating to, or made with a single colour or hue;
: involving or producing visual images in a single colour or in varying tones of a single colour (such as grey)
In photography, monochrome can be shades of grey, as in black and white photography, yet can also use another single colour, such as sepia, cyan or any other colour of the rainbow, as long as it is used in singularity with only changes in light and saturation.
Monochrome photography challenges the photographer to capture the subject matter, tonal range, shadows, patterns and texture using only light rather than the full array of colour.
A monochrome photograph challenges the viewer to see the subject as portrayed by the photographer’s use of light and singular colour, and not necessarily based on familiarity or previous experience.
The subject can be anything the camera and you, as the photographer, can capture; the image must be monochrome.
Monochrome was this year’s challenge. Ontario photographers showed us their best in monochrome.
*Adapted from Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Visit Chasing the Cheese in Peterborough to view the Top 25 print exhibit, including the Award winners, and visit our Juried Exhibit page to view the Virtual Exhibit of "Judges' Selects".
Title: SPARK Themed Juried Exhibit Monochrome
Tues to Thurs: 11 am to 4 pm
Fri: 11 am to 5 pm
Sat: 11 am to 4 pm
Sun & Mon: Closed
2022 Juried Exhibit Acknowledgements
Judges: Bill Hornbostel. Sam Moss & Arnold Zageris
2022 Juried Committee:
Printing by Allen Rothwell
Framing by Peter Curley
Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners
Best in Show: Financial Shuffle by Randall Romano
2nd Place: Close Encounter by Jack Loughran
3rd Place: Pinch Hitter by Katie Ellement
Honourable Mention: Grand Central Station by Lora Jude DeWolfe
Bill Hornbostel is a journalist and fine art photographer based in Port Hope, Ontario. His artwork focuses primarily on landscapes and architecture. He has exhibited in locales such as the Colborne Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, and the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto. He has also exhibited in events such as The Artist Project and the CONTACT Photo Festival in Toronto, the SPARK Photo Festival in Peterborough, and the CLIC Photo Show in Picton, Ontario.
Sam Moss is a professional editorial and portrait photographer, specializing in commercial photoshoots for musicians. Her work has appeared in a variety of notable publications including the Globe and Mail, the CBC, University of Regina Press, and Photographers Without Borders to name a few. Sam currently works out of Thunder Bay, Toronto, Ottawa, and Peterborough, but worked internationally in our pre-pandemic world.
Arnold Zageris has won many awards for his work and has exhibited his photographs in public and private galleries across Canada including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the author of three books: On the Labrador (2013), Antarctica (2016), and Iceland (2020) all published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. His work is in private, corporate, and public collections including that of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and the Art Bank of Canada. He now lives in Peterborough Ontario with his wife Joan. He still travels to remote places, but when not working he spends his summers on Lake Kanasuta close to his home town of Noranda, Quebec.
Title: 2022 Hope Exhibit
Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed & Thurs: 10 am to 5 pm
Last day for exhibit is Thursday, April 28.
The exhibit at Living Hope Church includes work from artists in and around Peterborough, showcasing a variety of photos from our area and around the world. We seek to inspire hope and a spirit of community through our images and to encourage you to get out and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.