In June, we have new shows as well as quite a few interactive workshops and events happening in the area.
There’s the ninth annual Artathon at the Art School of Peterborough, an evening children’s program at the Peterborough Museum & Archives, new work by visually impaired artist Lynda Todd at Paul’s Frame & Art Gallery, a show by Peterborough expatriates Gillian Turnham and Michael Morritt at Acme Art & Sailboat Co. during the First Friday art crawl, a multimedia group show at Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio, and textile-based classes as Madderhouse Textile Studios.
In other news, congratulations are in order to the recipients of the second annual Peterborough Arts Awards!
The 9th Annual Artathon is happening at the Art School of Peterborough on June 1
The Art School of Peterborough’s 9th annual Artathon takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st, duringh the Taste of Downtown event on Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough, presented by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area.
This is an endurance event for artists of all ages and disciplines! The challenge is to work for six hours straight and help raise some funds for the Art School of Peterborough. Participating artists include Dorothy Cruickshank, Rob Niezen, Lisa Martini Dunk, Jenni Johnston, Janet McGillis, and more.
If you want to give it a try, contact the Art School to register and get friends, family, and whoever you can to sponsor your art-making marathon! If you can’t take part or attend, you can sponsor one of the participating artists online at artschoolptbo.org/9th-annual-art-athon/.
The Art School of Peterborough is located at 174A Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough.
Peterborough Museum & Archives hosts ‘Kids Only – Discovery After Dark!’ on June 1
In conjunction with the Peterborough Museum & Archives latest exhibit, ‘Ice Age Mammals’ (on loan from the Canadian Museum of Nature), ‘Kids Only – Discovery After Dark!’ offers a fun creative and educational evening where children ages four to six will explore and learn about archaeology and the ice age.
Fossil digging, casting, and scavenger hunts are a few of the activities planned for the evening. Children will see real specimens at the museum, as well as large murals on fabric panels by Yukon Paleoartist George ‘Rinaldino’ Teichmann.
This program takes place on Saturday, June 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Advance registration is required by calling 705-743-5180, and the cost is $20 per child.
The “Ice Age Mammals” exhibit is also worth a look during regular hours. It will on display until Sunday, September 8th.
The Peterborough Museum & Archives is located at 300 Hunter Street East in Peterborough. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10 suggested per family. For more information, visit peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca.
Paul’s Frame & Art Gallery features Lynda Todd’s ‘From Dark to Discovery’
Lynda Todd is both legally blind and partially colour blind, but has nonetheless come into her own as an artist by experimenting with paint pouring techniques.
He pieces are colourful and full of texture. In her latest series of larger-scale work entitled ‘From Dark to Discovery’, on display at Paul’s Art & Frame Gallery, she has brought her painting to a new level.
“Born into a family of artisans, I always had an affinity to art, although did not take myself seriously as an artist as I was born legally blind and mostly colour blind,” she writes. “On the encouragement of Valerie Kent of Cavan Art Gallery, I started acrylic abstract pouring. My desire to explore and express creativity has resulted in unique colour choices, melded with an interesting use of texture. This way of working blends strongly with my desire to communicate my visual world.”
The exhibit (and sale) runs from Saturday, June 1st to Sunday, June 30th, with an opening reception from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th. Drop in, meet Lynda, and see her latest pieces in person.
To see more of Lynda’s previous work visit her online at www.lyndatodd.com.
Paul’s Art & Frame Gallery is located at 588 Monaghan Road in Peterborough. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday). There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building.
Acme Art & Sailboat Co. presents ‘Sevilliana’ by Gillian Turnham and Michael Morritt on June 7
During the First Friday art crawl on June 7th, Acme Art & Sailboat Co. will feature ‘Sevilliana’, work made in Spain by dynamic duo Gillian Turnham and Michael Morritt, as well as new work by Joe Stable in the Copper Closet.
Gilliam and Michael are Peterborough expatriates who moved to Spain in 2017. Gillian works in metal wood and stone to create intricate sculptural work, and Michael is an acclaimed editor, filmmaker, and photographer.
Gillian will be presenting new captivating pattern works and Michael will be presenting portraits of trees as well as a series on the Semana Santa parades in Andalucía.
Drop in to the opening reception on June 7th and say hello to Gilliam and Michael, who are visiting from Spain and will be in attendance.
You can also sample the rest of the Friday Friday festivities in downtown Peterborough from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday June 7th. For more information about First Friday, follow First Friday Peterborough on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio presents ‘Multimedia Extravaganza’
‘Multimedia Extravaganza’ at the Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio is a group show featuring the work of seven very different artists: Jann Teng, Tristan Teng, Carolyn Anstee, Jodie Hames, Lorraine Staples, Daniel Marlatt, and Carolyn Boyer.
Their materials range from metal, wood, and ceramics to floral and abstract painting.
See the work in person and meet the artists during the opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd.
Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio is a not-for-profit artist’s co-operative, located at 420 O’Connell Road in Peterborough. Hours of operation are Wednesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.kawarthaartists.org.
Artspace holds is annual general meeting on June 18
Artspace welcomes all members of the public to attend the organization’s annual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th.
This is an excellent opportunity to find out what happens at Artspace, specifically in 2018, and to get involved if you are interested.
The meeting is open to all, but only members in good standing will be eligible to vote and run for a position on the board. Memberships can be purchased or renewed online at artspace-arc.org/product/artspace-membership/ or in person at Artspace.
Artspace is located at 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough and offers barrier-free access (to all but Gallery 2) and free admission during regular open hours: Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Parking is available in the municipal lot on Hunter Street between Aylmer and George. For more information, call 705-748-3883 or visit artspace-arc.org.
Madderhouse Textile Studios offering introductory sewing course and wet-felted jewellery workshop with local makers
If you aren’t yet familiar with Peterborough’s newest textile studio, Madderhouse Textile Studios is fully set up for silkscreening and is currently offering a number of introductory courses.
The latest upcoming workshops are not silkscreening but ‘Machine Sewing 101’ with Kathryn Bahu (Wednesdays in June at 6 p.m. from June 5th to June 26th) and ‘Wet-Felted Jewellery’ with Christianna Ferguson (Sunday, June 9th from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.)/
Madderhouse Textile Studios is accessed through Watson & Lou, located upstairs at 383 Water Street in downtown Peterborough. For more information about the studio or to register for an upcoming workshop, find them online at www.madderhouse.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second annual Peterborough Arts Awards awarded in recognition of artists and arts supportersOn Friday, May 24th, the Electric City Culture Council presented the second annual Peterborough Arts Awards or outstanding achievement in the arts at The Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts at McDonnel St. Activity Centre in Peterborough.
The 2019 award winners were Charlie Werger (Arts Champion), Nimkii Osawamick (Outstanding Emerging Artist), Beau Dixon and Patti Shaughnessy (sharing the Outstanding Mid-Career Artist Award), Alice Williams (Outstanding Senior Artist), Hilary Wear (Outstanding Achievement By An Indigenous Artist), and Ryan Kerr (Arts Catalyst).
Each winner received a $2,000 cash award, sponsored by local businesses and individuals who have each made a five-year commitment to the awards. Outstanding Emerging Artist is sponsored by Tim and Shelley Barrie of Merit II Realty Limited. Outstanding Mid-Career Artist is sponsored by Betty and Bill Morris, Outstanding Senior Artist is sponsored by Paul Hickey of Outpost379 (previously known as BrandHealth), Outstanding Achievement by an Indigenous Artist is sponsored by LLF Lawyers, Arts Champion is sponsored by Paul Bennett/Ashburnham Realty, and Arts Catalyst is sponsored by Kate and Alex Ramsay.
In addition to the Peterborough Arts Awards, EC3 presented the Bierk Art Fund Bursary Awards to two graduating high school students. Alexina St.Pierre-Farrow and Payton Urbach each received a $1,000 bursary for their post-secondary education in the visual arts.
Congratulations to all the winners and the finalists!