Chalkboards and Bulletin Boards line the walls of every school. Over time, lessons, graphs, chalk drawings and rebellious scribblings all find their place on these reusable surfaces, and then succumb to erasure and removal, slipping into a long history of text and image-based communication. The Boards Project contributes to this fleeting exchange of information at King George Public School. 16 artists present a combination of thoughtful, site-responsive work and poetic, personal work inspired by lived experience, on boards throughout the school. Each piece imparts an idea that materializes briefly for two weeks and then is erased, becoming part of the school’s rich history.
Artists: Kim Beavis Sanderson 3Hall, Bennett Bedoukian & Justin Million & Ireni Stamou 2F, C.M. Duffy 3E, Laura Fedynyszynn 3E, Garrett Gilbart 2G, Lesley Givens 2F, Miguel Hernandez 2B, Beth LeBlonc 1East Hall, Casandra Lee 2Hall, Josh Morley 3Hall, Brian Nichols 2G, Janette Platana 3E, Laura Thompson, Gillian Turnham 3D, Ziysah von Bieberstein 2E, Charlie Watson 2Hall
Kim Beavis Sanderson is a new media, animator and installation artist. They are educated in AutoCAD/AutoDESK and many Animation and Graphics Programs. Beavis has participated in the Toronto Animated Image Society Showcase. They have shown installations in Peterborough at First Friday, and instruct workshops on computer animation and graphics.
Bennett Bedoukian is a drummer, primarily playing in the duo Horseman, Pass By, and runs a letterpress printshop, O Underworld! Press, focusing on fine press books and broadsides. He lives outside of Havelock, Ontario, in Treaty 20.
Irèni Stamou is a choreographer and dance artist based in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. Recent projects include Inside the Sculpture and Bone Stories as part of the Public Energy Performing Arts Pivot Festival and an Artist Residency in 2020-2021. Irèni is passionate about somatic movement research, yoga and leads programs with Irèni Movement Arts.
Justin Million is a print and digital media poet, a performance artist, the founder of the Show and Tell Poetry Series, a co-founder and poetry editor at bird, buried press, and is the author of EJECTA: The Uncollected KEYBOARDS! Poems (2020) from Ottawa’s Apt. 9 Press.
C.M. Duffy is a visual artist working in Toronto, Canada. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In 2021 he collaborated with the Department of Canadian Heritage to bring a large installation of his work to Ottawa’s Confederation Park and Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate Canada’s Guest of Honour status in the Frankfurt International Book Fair.
Laura Fedynyszyn is a printmaker from Toronto. She completed her BFA in the OCAD University Printmaking Program and went on to study Art Conservation at Fleming College. Her artistic practice blends these two fields of study through reuse and reimagining of old materials, with themes related to nature conservancy.
Initially trained as a welder, Garrett Gilbart received his BFA Intermedia from NSCAD in Halifax before studying at the Rietveld Acadamie in Amsterdam.
Lesley Givens holds a BFA, Sculpture from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, BA, Cultural Studies from Trent University, and BEd, Artist in Community Education from Queen’s University. Her site-specific installation work honours a tradition of remembrance and directly responds to the surrounding environment, drawing on everyday experiences.
Miguel Hernandez is a Venezuelan artist and designer living in Peterborough, Canada. Miguel creates oil paintings, pencil drawings and murals. He’s inspired by events and emotions that changed his life. Miguel has participated in multiple juried shows and created multiple public pieces in downtown Peterborough and surrounding areas.
Bethany LeBlonc is an emerging artist, currently working in Peterborough. She is a self taught painter, with a background education from the Haliburton School of Art & Design. Using primarily acrylic paint & ink, her paintings are a reflection of life in her community, through various perspectives.
Casandra Lee is a mixed Asian-American multimedia artist, based in Peterborough. She has written and illustrated two children’s books, The Sun Dance and Building a Home. Casandra also works as a Montessori educator at Kawartha Montessori School. She is passionate about storytelling and capturing feelings better expressed through art.
Josh Morley is a self-taught illustrator and screen printer based in Peterborough. He has always had a love of illustration and enjoys the tactility of printing his designs by hand. Lately his work has focused on people, nature, and the connection between the two.
Brian Nichols is a retired expressive arts therapist who hangs out in our community making all kinds of art with others. Marginalized people have become his mainstream as he learns more about empathy, our shared humanity and collective inner spaces. He has never been happier.
Janette Platana’s writing has been long and shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards (four times), the PRISM International Award, the Disquiet Award, and the Ontario Trillium Book Award, and won This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. She has taught kindergarteners and undergraduates, and has studied at schools from Saskatoon to Southern France.
Laura Thompson is a media artist working with computer programming to develop immersive experiences. Laura is in the early stages of her professional career but has already built a diverse portfolio of traditional graphic design work, video projections as well as live interactive digital media.
Gillian Turnham is a Peterborough artist working within the tradition of Islamic geometric art. She studied sculpture and metalsmithing at NSCAD University, before honing her practice in Andalusia, Spain. Alongside her commissioned works, Gillian has published writings on Islamic geometry, and produced a radio series about Islamic art.
Ziysah von Bieberstein is a parent, poet, editor, community cultivator, and unsettled settler on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe territory. Their work seeks to connect us to our imaginations, our responsibilities, and each other. Co-founder of Take-out Poetry and the Peterborough Poetry Slam, Ziy’s writing has appeared in various magazines and anthologies as well as in their most recent collection, Consents+/=/- Severances.
Charlie Watson is a young local artist who loves reading, drawing, playing music, and making radio. She is currently obsessed with fabric arts. She drives her mother bonkers with the incessant clicking of her knitting needles, so has recently learned to crochet and is experimenting with sewing and embroidery.