What’s On in the Arts: December 2017

Jane Eccles' “Study of Two Skaters,” part of Christensen Fine Art's Christmas Group Exhibition
Jane Eccles' “Study of Two Skaters,” part of Christensen Fine Art's Christmas Group Exhibition
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Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in December 2017.

For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.

Visual Art // Theatre and Performance // Film // Orchestra and Choir // Literary Arts // Workshops

 

Visual Art

The Square Art Show and Sale // Ongoing to December 22 // LAUNCH Gallery // // more info
Featuring works by many local artists.
Opening reception November 3 at 6pm.

 

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective // Ongoing to January 7 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
career-spanning retrospective of the Windsor photographer’s works.

 

Public | Private // Ongoing to January 7 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Abstract works from several artists exploring site, human organization, and public versus private spaces.

 

Pushing It: Becky Welter-Nolan // Ongoing to January 7 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Becky Welter-Nolan pushes a 200-pound quilted soft-sculpture ‘boulder’ up a hill.

 

The Winter Show at // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio

The Winter Show at Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio

The Winter Show // Ongoing to January 21 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
A winter-themed show featuring works by gallery members.

 

First Friday Art Crawl // December 1 // downtown // more info
The monthly art crawl, featuring openings at Evans, Star X, Coeur Nouveau, ACME, Christensen, and Studio in the Attic; as well as music, poetry, craft, and socials.

 

Christmas Show & Sale // December 1 to 3 // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info
A 20-year tradition, also featuring demonstrations at the Artisan Centre.

 

Opening and Sale // December 1 and 8 // Studio in the Attic // more info
Featuring drawing, painting, filmwork, and local handcrafted instruments.

 

Rebecca Padgett: Crown at Star X

Rebecca Padgett: Crown at Star X

XMAS Show & Sale // December 1 to 23 // ACME Art & Sailboat Co. // more info
A holiday group show featuring works by many local artists.
Opening reception December 1 at 6pm.

 

Christmas Group Exhibition // December 1 to 24 // Christensen Fine Art // more info
An annual exhibition, featuring works by 18 local artists.
Opening reception December 1 at 6pm.

 

Temporary // December 1 to 30 // Evans Contemporary // more info
Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha (Show and Tell Poetry Series, Bird Buried Press) take over the space for a month of pop-up events.
Opening reception December 1 at 6pm.

 

Rebecca Padgett: Crown // December 1 to 30 // Star X // more info
Non-objective paintings that are powerful statements in colour and composition, made using high-quality pigments and intuitive, practiced gestures.
Opening reception December 1 at 6pm.

 

One Big Mob at Coeur Nouvear

One Big Mob at Coeur Nouvear

One Big Mob: First Annual Coeur Nouveau Members Winter Exhibition // December 1 to 30 // Coeur Nouveau // more info
The gallery’s first annual members winter exhibition, featuring works by a dozen local artist.
Opening reception December 1 at 6pm.

 

Holiday Toast Show & Sale // December 2 to 16 // Artspace // more info
A holiday show and sale featuring works by local artists.
Opening party December 2 to 8pm with DJs Billy the K and Johnny Q.

 

2nd Annual Winter Craft Sale // December 3 // Monocle Centre for the Arts // more info
Featuring works by a diversity of local artists.

 

Finer Things Show & Sale // December 9 // George Street United Church // more info
High-quality, finely crafted, and unique artisan wares made by creators from Peterborough and the region.



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Theatre and Performance

Festivus Rattus Rattus 2035! // Ongoing to December 2 // Theatre on King // more info
A new take on The Pied Piper set in a near and all-too-plausible future, presented by the Nervous System.

 

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe // December 6 to December 13 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
An adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ fantasy classic, dramatized by Joseph Robinette and directed by Altaire Gural.

 

The Jungle Book at Showplace

The Jungle Book at Showplace

The Jungle Book // December 7 and 8 // Showplace // more info
The Arbor Theatre takes on the classic tale, with “dancing, comedy, and performers of all ages. It will be unlike any version you’ve ever seen before!”

 

4th Line in the Village // December 8 // St Thomas Anglican Church (Millbrook, ON) // more info
Reading excerpts from Beverley Cooper’s The Other, followed by singing of traditional Christmas songs.

 

Hellhound On My Trail // December 14 to 16 // Theatre on King // more info
A bleak, comic, and surreal take on the American West, written by Denis Johnson and directed by Kelsey Gordon-Powell.

 

Cirque Musica Holiday presents Believe // December 15 // Memorial Centre // more info
Feats of strength, skill, and grace set to holiday music favourites performed by a live symphony.

 

small dance for a small space festival // December 20 to 22 // Theatre on King // more info
The fifth annual festival, featuring a diversity of short works by local choreographers.

 

Film

Queer Film Night: Torch Song Trilogy // December 6 // 7pm // more info
Harvey Fierstein’s semi-biographical film about queer love and drag in New York.



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Orchestra and Choir

Hollywood for the Holidays // December 9 // 2pm and 7:30pm // Showplace // more info
The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra presents music from iconic holiday films, plus seasonal treasures and carols.

 

Handel’s Messiah // December 18 // 7:30 pm // Emmanuel United Church East // more info
The Peterborough Singers’ annual holiday performance of Handel’s religious oratorio (featuring the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus).

 

Literary Arts

Temporary // December 1 to 30 // Evans Contemporary // more info
Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha (Show and Tell Poetry Series, Bird Buried Press) take over the space for a month of pop-up events.

 

Temporary at Evans Contemporary

Temporary at Evans Contemporary

Book Launch: Fortunate Isle – A Memoir of Tenerife // December 5 // 7:30pm // Theatre on King // more info
Ronald Mackay’s new memoir about his year living and working in the Canary Isles.

 

Book Launch : This Insubstantial Pageant // December 7 // 7:30pm // Theatre on King // more info
Kate Story’s new novel is “The Tempest… in space!” A comedic sci-fi tale of family, loyalty, and betrayal.

 

Robot Collection Triple Book Launch // December 9 // 7:30pm // Theatre on King // more info
Three new robot- and AI-themed books by Alex Skorochid, Ryan Knowles, and Lindsay B-e, all released by the local Bird Buried Press.

 

Workshops

Family Sundays // December 3 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough more info

 

Family Clay // December 9 // 1:30pm and 3:30pm // Kawartha Potters Guild more info

 

All images courtesy the artists.

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