Authors Articles by Sarah McNeilly

Articles by Sarah McNeilly

Sarah McNeilly
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Sarah McNeilly is an artist, an academic, and an arts administrator. Though it would seem Sarah chooses occupations beginning only with the letter "A", she has become a contributor to kawarthaNOW in order to debunk that silly theory. Sarah has reluctantly created an Instagram account, where she promises to eventually debut her very first selfie. You can follow her there @manically.hers or on Twitter @mick_neely. You can also contact her via email at
Peterborough artists Brian Nichols and John Marris have been facilitating community art making during the pandemic, including for people facing marginalization and alienation. Pictured is artwork at One City Peterborough's open studio, located at 541 Water Street in Peterborough, which is open on a drop-in basis to community members between 2:30 and 4 p.m. every Monday afternoon. (Photo: Sarah McNeilly /

Peterborough artists Brian Nichols and John Marris facilitate community art making during the pandemic

One City Peterborough's drop-in open studio reopens for COVID-safe art making on Monday afternoons.
Writer and publisher Elisha Rubacha participated in a recent national discussion on basic income for artists, hosted by the Media Arts Network of Ontario. At the 2017 Precarious Festival in Peterborough, Rubacha demonstrated physically making a book before a live audience, making visible the invisible labour that goes into arts sector publishing. The festival explored the consequences of economic insecurity of working artists, a situation that has only become worse during the pandemic. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

Local artist and advocate Elisha Rubacha participates in national panel discussing basic income for...

As nation-wide discussions examine the impacts basic income programs could have on the arts sector, Rubacha emerges as a leading voice in the conversation.
In the Hallmark feature-length film "Two for the Win", Peterborough actor Naomi Duvall plays ski-mom Margaret Ainsley, who bids in a charity auction to try to win a day with champion ski-racer Justin O'Neill, played by Trevor Donovan. The movie was filmed in the Ottawa area in November 2020. (Supplied photo)

Local actor Naomi Duvall makes her speaking role debut in Hallmark feature film

Filmed in the Ottawa area, 'Two for the Win' starring Trevor Donovan and Charlotte Sullivan airs February 19 at 8 p.m. on CityTV.
Black Lives Matter Nogojiwanong is seeking works from local Black and Indigenous artists to be showcased at the virtual Black History Blowout event on February 27, 2021, at which the recipient of the annual Charlie Earle Micro Grant will also be announced. The grant is named in honour of the late Charlene "Charlie" Earle (pictured in April 2014), a local Black musician and artist who passed away suddenly in July 2019. (Photo: Esther Vincent /

Black Lives Matter Nogojiwanong seeking submissions from Black and Indigenous artists

Group has launched call for works to celebrate Black History Month, including for February 27 virtual 'Black History Blowout' event.
In "Fair Skin, Blue Eyes", the fourth episode of the second season of The CW Network's "Batwoman" series, Peterborough actor Linda Kash plays a villain who kidnaps street kids. (Screenshot)

Peterborough’s Linda Kash turns to the dark side for her role on Batwoman

Playing against type, seasoned actor describes shooting a TV series during the pandemic.
Nicole Myers-Mitchell is excited to bring her wealth of experience and expertise in the theatre industry to her new role as inaugural general manager of The Grove Theatre in Fenelon Falls. Currently in Toronto, she and her husband and young son are looking for rental accommodation in the area until they can find a permanent home. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Myers-Mitchell)

The Grove Theatre’s Nicole Myers-Mitchell excited to join the Fenelon Falls community

Inaugural general manager has her work cut out for her to prepare for outdoor production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Musical' this summer.
Peterborough-area artists can now apply for funding for Artsweek SHIFT2, a "pocket festival" of the arts running from March to May in advance of the full Artsweek festival scheduled for fall 2021. Pictured is "The Door That You Walk Through", a film by Daniel Crawford projected onto the side of an abandoned brick building behind The Only Café, during Artsweek 2018. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

Local artists can apply for funding for Peterborough Artsweek ‘pocket festival’ taking place this...

Artsweek SHIFT2 provides grants up to $1,500 for artistic work and up to $3,000 for public presentations.
The Kawartha Youth Orchestra adjusted to the pandemic so it can carry on with its work, including this master class with Canadian Opera Company Orchestra concertmaster and violinist Marie Berard at All Saints' Anglican Church in Peterborough in November 2020, which was also streamed live on Facebook. (Photo courtesy of Kawartha Youth Orchestra)

Playing through a pandemic, the Kawartha Youth Orchestra hasn’t missed a beat

From online rehearsals to virtual concerts, organization continues bringing the magic and joy of music to local youth when they need it most.
At the new online marketplace set up by the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council, you can purchase works by local artists who are members of the arts council, such as 'Ginko Leaf Branch', a metallic wall sculpture by Paul and Beverly Williams. (Photo courtesy of Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the artists)

Kawartha Lakes Arts Council is helping local artists move online

New strategic digital plan includes a year-round digital marketplace where artists can share and sell their works.
The 2021 ReFrame Film Festival is a panacea for pandemic boredom, offering nearly 50 feature-length and short documentary films streaming online between January 22 and 29, including local films such as Drew Hayden Taylor's "Cottagers & Indians", which explores the decades-long disagreement between Indigenous wild-rice harvester James Whetung and landowners on Pigeon Lake. Taylor will also be delivering a keynote address on the opening night of the festival on Friday, January 22. (Photo: Paul Kemp Productions)

Sarah’s top picks at the 2021 ReFrame Film Festival

Nearly 50 films are available to stream on-demand from January 22 to 29.

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