Board of Directors

petaPeta Hall

Peta Hall is passionate about promoting art in everyday lives of Canadians. She lived and worked in the village of Bloomfield as a potter and arts activist for over 20 years. She has over 30 years experience as a ceramic artist, entrepreneur, gallery owner, mentor and instructor. She is a former board member of the Ontario Craft Council, the Prince Edward County Arts Council, Taste the County (a destination marketing organization), and she was the Chair of the Bloomfield and Area Business Association, the founder of the Prince Edward County Studio Tour, the Maker’s Hand and co-founder of the PEC Arts Trail. In the last 5 years she has lived and established a vocational training school in an impoverished area of Ghana. Teaching and education has become a vital component in her life.

 

 

davidDavid W. Smith

David has been a director of the Baxter Arts Centre since 2012. He is a lawyer and retired senior tax partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, who is currently enjoying retired life in the County. In his professional life, he was a Governor and past-Chair of the Canadian Tax Foundation. He is a director of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and has served as Chair of that Foundation and several of its committees. He is Treasurer of the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, and serves as Treasurer of the Baxter Arts Centre. David was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

 

 

 

larryLarry Spencer

Larry is the energy behind Spencer & Co., a County based planning consulting company that helps people make better communities. He is also the principal designer and fabricator of wooden toys marketed by the Good Times Toy Co. And he was one of the handful of local residents and businesses that took the idea of using the Baxter building as a special place for making art and made it happen.

 

 

 

dawnDawn Stafrace

Dawn Stafrace’s drawings, paintings and site-specific installations reflect her interest in line, the hand, the maker and the experience of touch and creation. Her works explore  line in space and linear perspective, exploiting push pull effects and our relationship as the viewer with the works. Dawn was educated in Sculpture and Installation Art at OCADU in Toronto, Pottery and Ceramics at Sheridan College in Oakville and received a MFA in Sculpture from the University of Waterloo. Stafrace has won multiple grants and awards, she has shown her work in galleries across Ontario. Dawn Stafrace owns an event planning and design company operating in PEC, sn the Creative Director at Eph*ra Events since 2008. Dawn is also opening THE STUDIO PEC, in spring 2017. Email her at dawnstafrace@gmail.com.

 

vickiVicki Sharp

The act of creating something out of raw materials has always held a kind of magic for me. Whether it is jewellery or a painting, the process is always a journey through colour, shape and texture”. Vicki graduated with a Honours BFA degree from York University and completed 3 scholarship sessions at The Banff School for Fine Arts.  She later completed a Bachelor of Education at The University of Toronto.  Vicki began making jewellery in the late 80’s and through the years she has evolved and developed her work to its current interplay of beads, stones, metal and polymer clay. She has been exhibiting her work in fine craft shows in Ontario since 1989. She continues to paint using Encaustic paint. She lived in Muskoka for 23 years where she owned The Muskoka Moose Gallery and for 17 years founded and directed The Moose Show, Festival of Fine Craft held in the Atrium of the CBC, TORONTO.  In 2014, Vicki and her husband made the big move from Muskoka to Prince Edward County where she now lives and works in her new home and studio just outside of Picton, overlooking the beautiful farmland of Prince Edward County.
During past 20 years, Vicki has given jewellery workshops in Muskoka and led Beading Retreats in Mexico. She is a founding member of the new Baxter Studio School in Prince Edward County which offers workshops within the exciting and creative environment of the artist studio.

Jefferson Gilbert

Jefferson has spent 25 years working in the cultural sector, primarily with groups that serve the publicly-funded libraries of this country. He is perhaps most well known for the co-creation of the Silver Birch Reading Program® and the other Canadian reading programs – that 250,000 children participate in – that form the Forest of Reading®.  He holds a Certified Association Executive designation, a MBA and a BA in urban geography.  In addition to raising two young sportsmen, he is the Principal of Gap. Point. Reach. Inc., a Canadian consultancy that works with non-profit organizations. He serves as Funds Administrator for the County Community Foundation; Executive Director of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. In 2012 he was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Jefferson and his wife Alison, along with Wyatt (15) and Jasper (12) split their time between Bloomfield, ON and a small piece of heaven called Cressy, ON.