Title: Aleisha Boyd & Heather Doughty Life
129 1/2 Studio
129 1/2 Hunter Street West
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 am - 2 pm
Drawing on their personal galleries, photographers Aleisha Boyd and Heather Doughty select captured moments that fully explore all of life's experiences. Whimsical moments of childhood joy intermingle with other life experiences ranging from thought provoking to merely mundane to the comedic. Fully embracing life and being present is a mantra that both photographers hold close to their hearts and this exhibit celebrates all the experiences that have helped to form who they are and how they view life through the lens.
Title: Sylvia Davies The Swirl of Life
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Monday-Tuesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday through Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00pm
“The Swirl of Life” exhibition merges my love of photography with my love of the written word. To me each photograph tells a story, which compels me to combine the images with words as I have in this show. This exhibit combines photographed images with photographed poems that I produce on my Instagram account @s.r.d.poetry. It is an exploration of combining an external photographic image with the internal dialogue of poetry, connecting the mood of a poem with a photograph. The images are from a variety of locations including Jackson Park right here in Peterborough, Cobourg, the Kawarthas, Manitoba, Ireland and Italy.
Sylvia is an artist based in Peterborough. For her all art emotes a story. Growing up in Saskatchewan gave Sylvia a love for the raw beauty of both the land and human interaction with geography. Her many years living in the beauty of the Kawarthas has also inspired her narratives.
It was her high school English teacher who first introduced her to the beauty of photography. Photography was his hobby. He took a group of students and taught them
Title: Peter Dušek Implied Simplicity
Bottleshop: Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
Taproom & Kitchen: Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Peter Dušek’s toned black and white nature photographs create a space of quiet reflection. Borrowing the principles of shibumi, a Japanese design aesthetic which refers to subtlety, simplicity, and balance coupled with continued interest and enriched meaning over time, the artist explores the Ontario landscape. ‘As little as possible, as much as necessary’ is Dušek’s creative philosophy. He photographs often overlooked locations seeking to capture the hidden beauty that constantly surrounds us. With a current emphasis on speed in today’s rapidly changing world, the artist takes a moment for something more, something insightful, something introspective, something meditative.
Dušek is represented by Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto and the Paul Paletti Gallery/Naomi Stuecker in Louisville, Kentucky. He has exhibited his work as a part of CONTACT Photography Festival with Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, and the Affordable Art Fair, New York. He has exhibited across Canada and the USA, including the Paul Paletti Gallery, John B. Aid Gallery, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Dušek’s work is held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Peter moved to Canada when he was seven years old. He lives Hockley Valley, Ontario with his wife, dog and cat, exploring the countryside by motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot, often accompanied by his dog, Daisy. His frequent excursions give him a deep familiarity and affinity with some of Ontario’s most beautiful regions.
Title: Heather Doughty My Breast Story
Tuesday to Friday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Photographer Heather Doughty partners with My Left Breast to create a thought-provoking commentary on one of the essences of femaleness. My Breast Story explores the complicated relationship between a woman and her breasts that extends past society's expectations and pressures and delves deep into her identity through a visual and small written commentary. This progressive exhibit attempts to also raise awareness of Breast Cancer. The eclectic mix of models includes Breast Cancer survivors.
This exhibit contains nudity. Rated R or M.
Title: Heather Doughty ReBoot
M to Sat 9 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
"Rebooting" is everywhere and artist Heather Doughty expounds on this current social phenomenon with a tongue in cheek exhibit honouring the work of past Master Artists.
Famous paintings are rebooted using a twenty-first century viewpoint that provides a unique perspective on society's ever-changing appearance. More importantly, the exhibit touches on the stronger statement that "old" things can be repurposed and re-imagined and should not be destined for basements, attics and landfills when they fall out of fashion. This exhibit is proudly hosted by the ReStore and utilizes repurposed framing materials.
WILD, Environment Centre, Camp Kawartha
We are a group of students (and a few mentors) working within the program WILD: Wildlife, Wild Places and WIld Issues at the Environment Centre at Camp Kawartha. We seek to explore how humans can benefit this wonderful planet on which we live. Part of this endeavour is to raise awareness of the many lives, small and large, animal and plant, which inhabit our landscape. We want to share that with you. We hope you’ll visit the Environment Centre, one of Canada’s leaders in environmental education, to walk through nature where our photos are exhibited. It is just off the Rail Trail at Trent University, and we encourage you to take your bike up to enjoy this beautiful place.
'What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us'.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Title: Nigel Dickson and Laura Berman Cultivarte
Wednesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm
My work is an exploration of the interior and emotional life of animals. By creating an atmosphere of classically dramatic light and space to illuminate my subjects’ individuality and emotions, I offer the viewer the opportunity to recognize these animals as ‘some-one' not as 'some-thing'.
These emotive portraits bring together my love for both painting and photography, a natural outgrowth of my early training as painter and more than twenty years as a designer and photographer. Through innovative digital techniques I create images that reflect the way my mind and heart understand the scene more fully than with photography alone.
My work begins with the literal photograph. I then ‘digitally paint’ into it using a series of transparent overlays and digital brushwork to create an image with an emotional impact more real than the reality of a photographic recording.
Nigel Dickson: Apples & Pears 2020
I have always liked Victorian botanical illustrations and with this series I wanted to see if I could emulate that style photographically, using a mixture of lighting, ‘stacking’ in Photoshop and my secret ingredient: dulling spray.
After spending so much time with these apples & pears, I feel that they have their own personality.
Special thanks to Colin & Dianne Campbell (Campbell Orchards) for generously letting me raid their orchards in Prince Edward County last September & October
Title: Anita Erschen-Pappas Detour
Monday to Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
The intersection between analog and digital photography provides me with a detour from technique, composition, and post-production, into new avenues. Sometimes a detour is presented with an opportunity to explore the road ahead that leads into another pathway.
With the use of film and digital cameras, I explore landscapes, nature and human interaction. Both literal and abstract approaches are part of the creative process. In recent years, I have also focused on events and portraiture.
I am thrilled to display a solo show for this year’s festival. This is my sixth SPARK exhibit (two solo shows at Pappas Billiards in Peterborough, and three group shows with the Peterborough Photographic Society). Other solo exhibits have also occurred in Peterborough.
Based in Peterborough, Ontario, Erschen-Pappas Photography will be launching this year, that will provide clients with services in portraiture, events, and other photographic projects.
Hope you enjoy the exhibit at Chasing the Cheese on Charlotte Street, downtown Peterborough.
Canada; it is a beautiful country that we all call home. I love the quietness and peacefulness of nature and the scenery that nature provides can be stunning. I've found in my travels be it day trips, train travel or driving to other provinces there are countless opportunities to capture landscape photos.
A scene, though, can change dramatically depending upon the weather so choosing the right time (if that is an option) is significant. Landscapes sometimes can be more impressive too with a bit of patience and leg work to achieve a viewpoint that isn't easily accessible.
Title: George Campana Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
Mon - Sunday: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Artist’s Talk: TBA
Circa: Genocide through a Critique on Photography
When the question: “Why didn’t you say something before?” came to me, it inspired these visual statements. One image of twelve is represented here.
Within the context of Truth and Reconciliation, I maintain that attempts at Reconciliation will be inefficacious unless the Truth is known. These images may, in a small way, expose some of that Truth.
The ‘Circa’ reference swiftly moves us to include today. Many of the Truths represented occurred in our own lifetime. The last residential school was closed in 1996. The Pass System was used from the late 1800s to WWII. The Coerced or Forced Sterilization remains a prevalent practice. The relentless attacks on First Nations by all levels of Government and/or Corporations (mining/energy) delineate the existent acumen to reduce Indigenous presence. The theft of lands or assumption of rights over lands, persist. Perhaps the most alarming of all is the MMIW crisis. The removal/disposal of Indigenous Women is their key to appropriation of the land. Hence the shocking number of unsolved murdered and missing cases.
The exhibit content will address the question above, as to “Why not before”.