Explorations: Photography & Mixed Media
Tu to Sun 10 am to 5 pm
or by Appointment
Peggy & Walter Cracknell
Reception & Artist Talks
Saturday April 7, 1 pm & 3 pm
Sunday April 8, 1 pm & 3 pm
Walter and Peggy Cracknell
Walter and Peggy have been involved with Photography for over 40 years. Both have worked with traditional film in the past, having owned their own studio and lab. In 2001 they transitioned into the digital world which has opened up a wider palette to express their varied interests.
Walter has taught photography at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay Ontario through the Continuing Education Department and has been a guest speaker and judge at many Horticultural and Photographic Societies. Having photographed people for most of his career, Walter has always looked for the inner person to bring his portraits to life, he continues this theme by looking for the soul of his landscapes. Walter has been influenced by Ansel Adams, who once said “A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into”. This quote exemplifies how Walter looks for his subject and then how it is handled at the time of printing. Walter studied Art for 3 years under Elizabeth Trott in Thornhill Ontario.
Peggy’s interest in photography started at a young age with her father’s camera, being raised on a farm, Peggy has a deep affinity for two of nature’s main elements, Water and Rocks, and these are the main interests of her works. Being influenced over the years by Walters Photography, Peggy’s excellent eye for colour and composition make her an accomplished photographer and it follows through in her printed pieces.
Walter and Peggy’s works have been shown in Oxford Nova Scotia, Williams Design Studio in Bethany Ontario, Studio 203, Toronto, Ontario, The Blue Tomato, Peterborough, Ontario, The Medical Centre, Omemee, Ontario. Walter and Peggy have images in Private homes and galleries in the United States, Germany, Holland and Ontario and Alberta.
Beverley & Paul Williams
Williams Design Studio
1470 Hwy 7A,
Beverley and Paul have shared their studio/gallery in ‘downtown’ Bethany since opening in 1977. Combining various media they design and create in leather, textiles, metals and photography. Much of their work is custom designed for clients homes, offices or their gardens. Lately Paul has been experimenting with using photographs and combining them with copper and brass leaves, or adding bronze ‘splats’ from a Lunenburg foundry into a manipulated photo print. His inspiration is the beautiful rocks that Walter Cracknell photographs and prints. By manipulating the canvas print, Paul brings out hidden details in the rock images and then applies the abstract bronze ‘splat’ onto the piece, rubbing the metal to bring out textural details.
Beverley is fascinated by the many heirloom photos collected from her family and Paul’s family. A display of these original and very old photos is in their studio in their antique frames. Beverley has retouched a number of these cherished images and had some reprinted to be displayed in their front garden, an unusual application in tribute to their family’s heritage.
Stephen Dagg at Westben
M to F 11 am to 4 pm
Note: as a shared municipal space, at times closed for meetings. Please call ahead to confirm visiting hours.
Saturday, April 7
2 pm to 4 pm
Westben Centre for Connection and Creativity is proud to present an exhibition of photographic work by Stephen Dagg. Stephen has done excellent work with Westben, capturing live performance photographs and video at Westben Concerts at The Barn and at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre in Campbellford.
Stephen Dagg is a documentary photographer and videographer currently residing in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada. He thrives on traveling to far off lands and telling stories of the most interesting thing on this earth, humans. At home, you’ll find him spending time with his family in a canoe, on skis, or in the forest.
Tu to F 10 am to 5 pm
Sat Sun 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday April 7
2 to 3:30 pm
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Peterborough Clicks Walking Photography Group was formed in March of 2010 with a mission to photograph many areas around Peterborough and area. We welcome all photographers from amateur to advanced, from simple point and shoot to DSLR’s. We all try and help each other improve our skills and have a great time together.
The group meets several times each month at a designated spot around the city. All members are given an optional special theme or assignment for the event and are set free to experiment. The last Wednesday of each month we get together for a quick tutorial on different aspects of the photographic world and to show off our results. We discuss how or if we could improve on the results. You’re welcome to join us.
The Travelling Blue Dress
Tu to Sat 10 am to 4 pm
Sun | M Closed
Thursday April 12
7 to 9 pm
After the SPARK Festival: Dianne Lister will personally lead a guided tour of her exhibit “The Travelling Blue Dress” at Lindsay Art Gallery, Friday, 4 May, 11am. All are welcome.
Dianne Lister has been experimenting with photography and mixed media since 1991. The Travelling Blue Dress exhibit uses the technique of intervention - in this series, placing a piece of clothing in unpopulated landscapes, inviting the viewer to complete the story. The same image can evoke different feelings - one person sees freedom, another sees loneliness, one feels wistful, while another viewer may anticipate pleasure. The audience will be encouraged to write down stories and create the narrative.
The Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio (KAGS) was created in 1990 by artists, for artists, aspiring artists and those interested in the arts. Our members work in a wide variety of media and styles. KAGS has also had a strong history in photography.
We have a unique gallery and studio entirely run as a co-operative by volunteers. KAGS is a non-profit organization funded and managed by its 100 plus member artists.
The gallery has exhibitions throughout the year which change every two to five weeks. The studio is currently used for workshops and weekly drop in art sessions. The studio, through arrangement with KAGS, is also available for use by other art groups.
Members and non-members alike can rent the gallery for individual or group shows during the year.
Each May we hold our “Best of High School Art Show” to celebrate and offer awards for works created by the art students of high schools throughout the area.
This, our second year to participate in SPARK, will feature member artists’ photography in two categories. Category One is Art Photography by itself and Category Two is Reference Photography with the Painting it inspired.
We are excited to be part of the wonderful Festival of Photography that SPARK 2018 is and look forward to welcoming all SPARK visitors to KAGS.
My SPARK exhibit images have all been taken in mainland Australia and Tasmania during caravan travels over the past three Canadian winters. This past season was spent exclusively in Tasmania.
There is a certain nostalgic feel for me in Australia and very especially in Tasmania. In fact, I found a time and place reminiscent of my childhood in the 50’s and 60’s in Peterborough. Communities we explored were typically small and unhurried; businesses were often mom and pop; cars were infrequent and people unfailingly open and helpful.
The surrounding landscape was expansive and beautiful, sometimes with great undulating hills of pasture and forest, sometimes with plains revealing endless skies. Enormous stretches were undeveloped. This all felt evocative to me – a time half remembered.
As a developing photographer, I have learned that to truly see the elements of design and beauty, which surround us all, requires the present moment; and I think we have this seeing more easily and naturally as children. The unhurried pace and beauty in Australia and Tasmania reminded and encouraged me in this early ability and awareness.
Many of my images in this exhibit have featured elements of open and natural space discovered there as I explored both my past and present.
M to F 10 am to 5:30 pm
Sat 10 am to 4 pm
Friday April 6
6 to 9 pm
Photographic artist Corin Ford Forrester studied traditional black and white photography at the Haliburton School of the Arts where she received the highest standing in the Sir Sanford Fleming College Photo Arts Program. She also has a degree in Microbiology from the University of Guelph.
Since 2007 she has exhibited and sold her composite photographs in festivals and galleries in the Kawarthas, where she is based, and in Toronto, & Ottawa. Her work was included in the Art Gallery of Peterborough’s 2012 Triennial Exhibition. She was an Artist In Residence in 2014 at Quetico Provincial Park near Thunderbay Ontario. The Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto exhibited her work in 2015. Corin was pleased to show work in the SPARK juried exhibition in 2017.
Taking photographs is only the first step in Corin’s art process. She has a passion for integrating multiple photos to create new images that encourage reflection on the beauty and sacredness of the natural world. In her most recent work she creates geometric patterns and shapes digitally. Areas are then filled with photographic textures, such as stone and water, carefully considering colour, design, lighting and symmetry. Finished pieces resemble stained glass, mandalas and traditional symbols that have been used for centuries by different cultures. Such icons have been used as a spiritual guide or aid during meditation. Corin’s work provides a conduit for viewing our planet’s complex ecology with respect and its beauty with reverence
A Closer Look: Photographs In and Around Northumberland County
F, S & S 11 am to 4 pm
Saturday April 7
7 to 9 pm
My work centres on the natural world, particularly the animals and landscapes of Northumberland County. I explore ways of seeing and interpreting this world through the intersection of photography and painting. This convergence is a natural outgrowth of my early training as painter and more than twenty years as a landscape designer and photographer.
My edited photographs are strikingly different from the original image captured by the camera. By creating a synthesis of expressionistic painting and photographic realism, I am exploring my own creativity to go beyond the act of looking, into the realm of feeling in order to illuminate a more emotional nature of reality.
I have been photographing seriously for over 50 years. I studied Photographic Arts at Ryerson from 1971-73 and since then have worked as a freelance cameraman in motion pictures, film and television production. I have shot thousands of television shows - drama, variety, concerts, game shows, talk shows, sports, reality shows, awards shows - for every major North American TV Network; also commercials, documentaries & educational films, and corporate videos.
Still photography still remains a great love of my life, with the majority of my images in black and white, documentary in theme, architectural in particular.
Have you ever passed a building or architectural structure that caught your attention and wondered “what's in there?”. Since moving to Northumberland County in 2007 I have had this feeling many times. In a number of cases I have photographed the exteriors of buildings that caught my attention for their architectural detail and shape, historical significance, period look, environmental setting, or just plain weirdness. For this exhibit I have returned to some of the structures that have captured my interest, this time to take a 'closer look'; to find out about their past, their present, their uses then and now, and, this time, to photograph their interiors – to reveal the “what's in there”. After all, as the old saying goes, you can't always judge a book by its cover.
The Rusty Pix
We are a group of colleagues whom first found common ground at Russelle Toyota. Our areas of work there are diverse. Jeff Thompson is a member of our Financial Services Team, Deanna Dodds from Service, Christina O’Neill – Reception, Fred Whalen from the Body Shop and Elaine Preston – Controller.
Beyond our work life we found a shared passion for Photography. Our exhibit explores our individual perception of the patterns, which surround us in our everyday lives.
We wish to thank our Venue Host and Sponsor the Russelle Family for their support of our Exhibit at Russelle Toyota’s Certified Used Vehicle Building in the 6th annual SPARK Photography Festival.
Kawartha Photographers Guild is a group of photographers from all walks of life who are interested in the art of high quality photographic printmaking. In a non-competitive structure, intended to foster creativity and a standard of excellence, the Guild caters to those who need to satisfy a creative need.
Guild meetings provide an outlet where members can commune with others who share their passion and are a source not only of inspiration and fellowship but also of a free exchange of experience and applied knowledge. At monthly meetings members present their work and have a frank exchange of opinions where the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the print are identified and discussed. Opinions may be accepted or rejected by the maker but by their very expression, the comments become a source of learning.
The nuances of photography and photographic print making are many and varied. All who take up the creative challenge are acutely aware that there is always another technique to be learned, and that perfection is always just beyond reach.
The reasons “why we do it” may be many and varied, but there is one over-riding reason – members derive, and hopefully give, a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure from the creation and production of their works. They also enjoy the friendly stimulation and encouragement so freely given by their peers.