I’m a painter and a quilt maker. I’ve lived in Scugog for over 25 years and our kids went to Epsom, Cornish and Port Perry High. I’m the only one in the family that doesn’t play a musical instrument – but I am the only gardener. A long long time ago I was the Director of Advertising at Shoppers Drug Mart (remember Bea Arthur?), was an Account Supervisor at Quadrant Marketing and then Director of Marketing Works at Coca-Cola before launching my own Brand Development and Strategic Planning company. You’ll know some of the brand work I’ve done around here – Township of Scugog, Township of Brock, Theatre on the Ridge, Prima Ballet Company, Durham Tourism. Anyway, now I do work for any arts organization that wants a revitalized brand or strategic plan. Oh, and work at Scugog Arts.
Classic story, old as time. I have been doing art my whole life, I never took it very seriously (not too sure if I fully do now if I’m being honest) but I have found my stride and have been honing in on the style I can call my own. I am 32 years of age, I reside on Scugog Island and I am a proud member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. I did have some formal art education at Durham College where I attended the Foundations of Art & Design course and I completed a year of Graphic Design before I decided that It was not what I wanted to do full time. Everything else is self-taught and I am still learning every day. I have had the pleasure of doing lots of local design work in and around Scugog and the GTA. A few I am very happy about are the new logo for the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (2018) and I completed a couple of murals in Port Perry High School (2019).
As for the future, I am hoping to create enough work for myself to keep myself employed as a full-time artist and things are definitely looking good.
Kristen Meyer-Creamer is a design, branding, and marketing specialist based in Port Perry. In partnership with Chris Creamer, she co-runs the popular sports media website SportsLogos.Net.
Created in 1997, SportsLogos.Net is the world’s largest online visual encyclopedia of sports logos, uniforms, and branding. It has grown to include a media/news wing, a forum, a popular podcast, a book, and a large social media presence. In addition to this, Kristen also lends her design and marketing services to local small businesses with a particular focus on female-led entrepreneurs. Kristen proudly donates her time to community organizations such as the Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign in Scugog as a committee member and marketing manager, as the captain of the Queen Bees Dragon Boat team which raises funds for local charities and (along with the team at Williams & Follows) volunteers as an admin for the Port Perry Bulletin.
Over the years, she has partnered with some incredible leaders who are working to build goodwill in Scugog through their support of business, the arts and non-profit groups and she is devoted to being a part of the movement that is bringing volunteerism back to our community.
Carey is currently the artistic director and co-founder of Theatre on the Ridge (www.theatreontheridge.ca), Durham region’s not for profit, professional theatre company. As resident of Scugog for over 20 years, Carey is also well known as a founding member of the Lake Scugog Studio Tour and META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery. She is a past president of Scugog Council for the Arts and was the SCA’s first executive director from 2009 to 2012.
Carey is a graduate of George Brown College and the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) professional dance programs, and a past faculty member at STDT. She has been involved with community and professional theatre companies in Durham, York region and elsewhere in many capacities, primarily as board member, producer, director, choreographer, performer, instructor, set and costume designer. Her past, and ongoing, theatre studies include programs and courses with George Brown College, Toronto Dance Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Off The Wall Theatre Alliance, and most recently as an auditing director with Obsidian Theatre.
Carey has received several awards for her work in the performing arts, including a Durham Art of Transition Creative Award in 2014 for her contribution to theatre in Durham. She is also a member of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank, and an independent theatre adjudicator, arts educator and arts management consultant.
Beyond theatre, Carey has also been a recognized fibre and basketry artist, a committee member with Craft Ontario, a past administrative manager for the Toronto Centre for the Promotion of Fashion Design and a bed & breakfast operator in Port Perry.
Growing up a dancer, ingrained in me a deep respect for the arts from visual mediums in an infinite form, to music and the choreographed movement to sounds. I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Guelph and Humber College respectively.
After working in the bustling Toronto core, I was happy to have the opportunity of working at a passionate small business in Port Perry, at Old Flame Brewing Co. as their Communications and Brand Experience Manager. Old Flame provided valuable experience and helped shape my love for being directly involved in community initiatives. Today, I am a proud member of the Muskoka Brewery team, as their Marketing and Communications Manager, spreading the word of one of Ontario’s first craft breweries.
Personal time is devoted to photography, planning adventures, and more beer-related education. I manage a social media page that focuses on Canadian nature and Canadian beers, which is a great way to track my own endeavors, work on mindfulness and continue to develop my palate. I love to meticulously plan hikes and camping trips, down to every last detail, and see all the beauty this incredible land has to offer.