Art School of Peterborough takes first place in downtown Peterborough’s holiday window contest

Union Studio and Avant-Garden Shop are second and third place winners in contest with 'thank you essential workers' theme

Jenni Johnston, executive director of the Art School of Peterborough at 174A Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough, with the first place prize in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)'s annual holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Jenni Johnston, executive director of the Art School of Peterborough at 174A Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough, with the first place prize in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)'s annual holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

The Art School of Peterborough at 174A Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough has won this year’s holiday window contest sponsored by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA).

Along with bragging rights, the school receives $1,000 courtesy of the the DBIA.

The theme of this year’s contest, which encourages downtown Peterborough businesses to decorate their storefront windows, is “Thank you essential workers”.

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“This year’s theme allowed us to create heartfelt decorations for our community to distribute to their essential workers to say thank you,” says Jennie Johnston, executive director of the Art School of Peterborough.

“We are truly grateful for their efforts to help keep our community safe. Please stop by the art school and show your essential love by picking up a special decoration and deliver it as a thank you this holiday season, free of charge.”

Sparo Lindsay, owner of Union Studio at 391 Water Street in downtown Peterborough, with the second place prize in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)'s annual holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Sparo Lindsay, owner of Union Studio at 391 Water Street in downtown Peterborough, with the second place prize in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)’s annual holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Union Studio at 391 Water Street won second place and $500, with The Avant-Garden Shop at 165 Sherbrooke Street claiming third place and $200.

All judging for this year’s contest took place online between November 19th and December 5th.

“We have a lot of very creative businesses that put on some great window displays every year,” says DBIA executive director Terry Guiel. “It’s nice to see so many people get involved and vote online.”

Brenda Ibey, owner of The Avant-Garden Shop at 165 Sherbrooke Street in downtown Peterborough, with the third place prize in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)'s annual holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Brenda Ibey, owner of The Avant-Garden Shop at 165 Sherbrooke Street in downtown Peterborough, with the third place prize in the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)’s annual holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Guiel encourages people to come downtown to see all the holiday window displays.

“It’s a bit of a different year, but I hope people will get a chance to come downtown and appreciate some of these window displays in person,” Guiel says.

“It feels very festive downtown right now.”

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