Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit 2024

SPARK Photo Festival Signature Exhibit

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Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit

SPARK Photo Festival 2024 Programming Committee:
Allen Rothwell
Heather Doughty
Jennifer MacKenzie


YMCA Balsillie Family Branch
123 Aylmer Street South
Phone (705) 748 9642

Mon to Fri: 6 am to 9 pm
Sat & Sun: 7 am to 5:30 pm

SPARK Opening Reception and Juried Awards Ceremony
Sunday, April 7
2 pm to 4 pm
Space is limited. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

Thank you to:
our host venue YMCA Balsillie Family Branch



Print Partner

SPARK Photo Festival Signature Exhibit
Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit


  • Lex Belliveau
  • Will Pearson
  • Kathy Romard
  • Sarah Van Ryn
  • Margaret Wood

SPARK is grateful for funding support for the Emerging Artists Program and Exhibit from:
Bellwether Family Wealth – Weichel & Associates
Griffin’s Greenhouses
Pearle Vision Peterborough
Stoneguide Realty Ltd.

New and emerging artists are an important part of our local art community. Often looking to the local landscape and urban areas scattered throughout the region and to the people in the community as inspiration, these artists explore and document the areas we call home and our neighbours. Each of the participating artists allows a glimpse into lens-based art practices; a medium that has fascinated creatives for almost 200 years, as we know it, and continues in present day through both traditional, digital, and interdisciplinary approaches, equipment and technologies.

This SPARK Photo Festival Exhibit is a collection of emerging photographers from Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes regions. Through workshops with the SPARK Team, these photographers received guidance on how to select work, consider subject matter and theme, as well as print, prepare and install an exhibition. We invite you to experience the results of this unique experience.

Meet the Photographers:

Lex Belliveau

Lex Belliveau is a lifestyle photographer (and videographer) who grew up in the small town of Little Britain, Ontario. Her art expresses a feeling familiar to the observer. Capturing emotion in her subjects, as they are. Her work is often personal as she documents her own life, relationships and recent travels. Lex shows through her art, her personal view on the world shaped by her career in nursing. Through her camera she slows down, observes the moment, and appreciates her time here.

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Will Pearson

Will Pearson lives, works and creates in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong. As the publisher and editor of the local news website Peterborough Currents, he strives to connect the community through journalism. For his creative work, he is teaching himself the principles and techniques of film photography and darkroom printing as a way to slow himself down and notice the world more.

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Kathy Romard

Kathy Romard is a hobby photographer who was raised in Ennismore and lives there still with her family. A love for photography developed with a borrowed 35mm, a super sunny day and the difference between light and dark that was captured in a photo of her daughter. An avid gardener, photography became a way to capture the light difference in her flowers. This grew to capturing birds, sunrises, sunsets and landscape photography.

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Sarah Van Ryn

Sarah Van Ryn is a Lakefield based family, newborn and event photographer. Using a unique session format, Sarah combines casual lifestyle portraiture with a more documentary approach, allowing her to create images that reflect the power of authentic human connection.  As a firm believer in relaxed, stress free and “kid first” family photos, Sarah loves working with natural light, wild settings (inside or out, haha), and encouraging children to engage with the world around them.

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Margaret Wood

Margaret is a photographer residing in the Douro area. For Margaret, it’s all about the children, although she won’t shy away from wildlife, landscapes, or a beautiful sunset.  She has been involved in several online photography, photoshop, and compositing courses, and took her first photography course at Sir Sanford Fleming College in 2019. Throughout her life, Margaret was always the girl with the camera, who valued the importance of capturing everlasting memories.

Click to read more about Margaret Wood's exhibit.

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