Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit – Peterborough Public Library 2023

SPARK Photo Festival Exhibit

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Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit

SPARK Photo Festival


Peterborough Public Library; lower foyer
345 Aylmer St N
Phone 705 745.5382

Mon to Fri: 10 am - 8 pm
Sat & Sun: 10 am - 5 pm

Note: Easter Weekend Hours
Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 10: Closed

Light the SPARK: Emerging Artists Exhibit

Curator: Darcie Kennedy


  • Sioux Dickson
  • Elayne Linn
  • Keith Manser
  • Jonathon McKinney
  • Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd
  • Lezley Woodhams

With funding support from:

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 as inspiration, they explore, document, investigate, and challenge the areas we call home. Each of the participating artists allows a glimpse into lens-based art practices; a medium that has fascinated creatives and continues in present day through both traditional, digital, and interdisciplinary approaches, equipment, and technologies.

This SPARK Photography Festival Exhibit is a collection of emerging photographers from Peterborough, Northumberland, and the Kawartha Lakes regions. Through workshops with the SPARK Team, leading experts in printing technologies, and a local curator, these photographers received guidance on how to select work, consider subject matter and theme, as well as print, frame, and prepare an exhibition. We invite you to share this unique experience.


Sioux Dickson
Sioux Dickson is an interdisciplinary artist who has called Nogojiwanong/Peterborough home for almost 35 years. She is a graduate of both Fleming College and Trent University. Her work explores difference and disability as it bumps up against the social imperative of uniformity. Sioux and her cat, Schrödinger, live in East City, where she practices hyperlocal photography.
Instagram @SiouxLilyDickson

Sioux Dickson’s exhibit is sponsored by INSPIRE: The Women’s Portrait Project.

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Elayne Linn
Elayne Linn is a hobby photographer who seeks the little things in Nature for her wellness and joy. For her, the little things are big and magical. She also finds joy in road trips throughout the countryside, photographing old things like barns, abandoned rides, and forgotten cemeteries. In recent years she has completed online digital photography courses, including Secrets of Better Photography and Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera through Gale Education Courses. She has also recently joined the Northumberland Photography Club and the Willow Beach Field Naturalists. Find a glimpse of her work on @Hopeful_Caterpillar through Instagram where she shares her love of nature and photography, as well as her passion for pottery and wellness. Elayne lives in Cobourg with her husband, son and whippet.
Instagram @hopeful_caterpillar

Elayne Linn’s exhibit is sponsored by INSPIRE: The Women’s Portrait Project.

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Keith Manser
Keith Manser immigrated to Canada in 1968. From the moment of his arrival, he has had a love affair with Canadian landscapes, nature and wilderness. Being a Fish and Wildlife Technician, an avid outdoorsman and a photographer, provides Keith with the tools and insights to find his wildlife and landscape subjects. To quote Keith, “Sitting in a blind, listening to the sounds of nature and watching for that magical moment when I can capture an intimate image, is my heaven”.
Instagram @keithmanserphotography

Keith Manser's exhibit is sponsored by Griffin's Greenhouses

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Jonathon McKinney
Jonathon McKinney is a young photographer based in Peterborough, Ontario. His work is abstract in nature, and focuses on finding unique perspectives for everyday objects and scenes. Jonathon is passionate about both analog and digital photography, and enjoys spending his days in the darkroom. Jonathon graduated from the Photo Arts program at the Haliburton School of Arts and Design wherein he learned useful skills in print production, studio work, and historical processes.
Instagram @jmckinney_photography

Jonathon McKinney's exhibit is sponsored by Bellwether Family Wealth – Weichel & Associates

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Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd
Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd has lived in Peterborough most of her life with periods of time spent living in Toronto and Vancouver. She and her husband, Stephen, have two sons, Nick and Cameron, who for many years kept their parents busy as supporters while they pursued athletic endeavours. For over three decades Shirlanne has been a professional fundraiser working for organizations in the Education, Health Care and Arts & Culture sectors. Her passion for photography, gained while attending college, was put on hold while she focussed on family and work priorities. Now as an “empty-nester” Shirlanne has picked her camera up again with a re-ignited spark for capturing what surrounds her and brings joy.
Instagram @gardengirl440

Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd's exhibit is sponsored by The Dennis Group Inc.

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Lezley Woodhams @lezleywoodhams_photography
Lezley Woodhams is a landscape photographer based in the city of Kawartha Lakes. Most people stop noticing locations they pass by every day. But Lezley tends to see these places in a different way. The visual drama and artistry of her photographs are born of a keen eye for the many moods of nature, and a life-long passion for observation. Her success derives from pursuit of all the unique moments that generate the magic and energy of nature.
Instagram @lezleywoodhams_photography

Lezley Woodhams' exhibit is sponsored by Stoneguide Realty Inc.

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Curator: Darcie Kennedy
Kennedy holds an Honours Bachelor of Art, Specialist in Art & Art History & Minor in Political Science, from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Art & Art History from Sheridan College, and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Ottawa. Previously, she completed an internship with the Canada Council for the Arts in the Audience and Market Development Department and was the Gallery Manager and Programming Coordinator at Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto. She has worked in the non-profit sector at the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area (BIA) and was a Teaching Assistant at Sheridan College and the University of Ottawa. Kennedy's own art practice explores the relationship of predetermined methodologies and their application to contemporary painting. Through process and mechanical paint application, she examines structure and control, specifically the often repetitive and cyclical tasks present in the domestic environment historically occupied by women. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Oakville, Mississauga, Peterborough, Gatineau, and Japan. Kennedy grew up on a farm just outside of Fenelon Falls and is excited to be back home, using her skill set, education, and experience to expand the already thriving arts and cultural scene in the area.
Visit: Colborne Street Gallery

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