New retrospective exhibition celebrates 20 years of paintings by Peterborough artist John Climenhage

The Climenhage Project celebrates 20 years of Peterborough artist John Climenhage painting the urban and rural landscapes of Peterborough. The retrospective exhibition opens to the public at the newly renovated Sadleir House in downtown Peterborough on November 26, 2021 (Photos: The Climenhage Project and Sadleir House)

A new retrospective exhibition celebrating the work of famous Peterborough artist John Climenhage will be unveiled to the public at Sadleir House in downtown Peterborough this Friday, November 26.

The Climenhage project showcases several periods in the career of the 52-year-old artist, who has been painting the urban and rural landscapes of Peterborough for 20 years.

Born in Brockville, Clmenhage’s work has been exhibited extensively in public and private galleries across Ontario and is held in public and private collections around the world in countries such as Australia, Cuba, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. Climenhage has taught art at Loyalist College, Prince of Wales Public School and the Peterborough Art Gallery.

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Selections of Climenhage’s work have been installed throughout the newly renovated Sadleir House, located at 751 George Street North.

The launch event on November 26 at Sadleir House runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a capacity limited to 60 participants. Guests must register in advance by purchasing tickets at The admission cost of $ 10 will be donated to the One Roof Community Center.

To enter Sadleir House, full proof of vaccination is required and face masks must be worn during the event. A cash bar will be available in the dining room.

John Climenhage pictured in his studio in 2017 in a photo for Mike Taylor's Peterborough Artists Portrait Project.  (Photo: Mike Taylor)
John Climenhage pictured in his studio in 2017 in a photo for Mike Taylor’s Peterborough Artists Portrait Project. (Photo: Mike Taylor)

Climenhage himself will virtually attend a live painting session from his studio in downtown Peterborough.

In addition to paintings by Climenhage, the launch event will feature works created by four Peterborough poets and artists recognizing Climenhage’s artistic contributions.

At 8 p.m., spoken word artist Justin Million will read excerpts from the poetry suite he wrote in response to The Pandemic Series, Climenhage’s latest body of work. Poet Bruce Whiteman will also perform a reading, with copies of his limited edition essay John Climenhage: Painter among the poets available for sale.

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Over the course of several months, Climenhage, Million and Whiteman, along with visual artist and writer Ann Jaeger and designer and videographer Laura Thompson, met regularly to discuss art, poetry, philosophy and digital media.

Thompson has created video collages containing snippets of those conversations, which will be shown throughout Sadleir House during the event on November 26.

Video clips can also be viewed on the Climenhage Project website at

VIDEO: The Climenhage Project: On the Internet

Jaeger created a Google Maps walking tour for the Climenhage project that showcases more than 50 places Climenhage painted in downtown Peterborough and East City between 2001 and 2021.

Each location on the map (which can also be viewed below) is accompanied by one or more photos of a corresponding painting and a link to a web page that may contain a Justin Million poem, historical information, etc. .

For more information, visit the Climenhage Project website at and follow the Climenhage Project on Instagram @climenhageproject.

Map of the climathage project walking tour

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