Bio and Artistic CV

BIO

JP, CJ and Strombo

J Peachy is one of Canada’s foremost arts-based advocates for mental health.   Having been exposed to the fast paced and a socially toxic corporate environments, drove Peachy into madness and into a dangerously serious illness of the mind.  J Peachy saw his creativity, art and reconnection with nature as a critical means for survival in dealing with his challenges with Bi-Polar Disorder and the resulting social and economic collateral damage.

Peachy identifies as contemporary outsider artist, who is not formally trained through art institutions and creates outside the boundaries of official and mainstream culture. He is active in his art practice and Mental Health advocacy, through a number of different mediums. Influenced by the concept of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ through the book Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv and as an Arts Based Environmental Health Advocate, his art speaks to themes as they relate to the psycho, socio and ecological environment.  He is an award winning artist and recognized for his community engaged social and environmental justice work. Peachy is an award winning artist and was a semi finalist in a public stamp design competition for Canada Post.In 2009 he and Katherine Krampol created Sound Therapy Radio, and Arts and Mental Health Radio Show broadcasting on CJSF 90.1 FM, It has since won multiple National Radio Awards and recognized within the community. Peachy also founded the Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society and has expanded arts programming to local community television on Shaw Cable 4 Vancouver.

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Salmon Cycle of Life: model Sarah B.

Through his work with Wild Salmon Activism in British Columbia, he has combined mental health and environmental advocacy through a number of Arts based initiatives. In addition to Radio and TV, J Peachy combines social media and the arts in a unique way to get the message across.  Peachy frequently goes beyond the norm, as a self-taught artist he identifies with the values and tactics of outsider street art.   Jay often shares his knowledge through educational, entertaining and inspiring and all designed to challenge the mind.

As a former member at Gallery Gachet, an artist run center and a mental health advocacy Gallery, based in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Peachy was able to creatively engage with others who faced similar struggles. He observed from street level the affects of social class warfare, inequality, addictions but also hope and creative survival.

As a comic and graduate of the nationally recognized program  Stand up for Mental Health, J also utilizes the comedic means to heal, demystify and destigmatize.   Peachy was a feature performer at the Stanley Theatre in May 2010 and can be seen performing at events as well as heard and seen on community radio and television.

A key long term project that he is focused on with the Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society, an organization he created, is a permanent arts center and studio residency on the Riverview lands former home of the Province’s Mental Health facility.

CJ the Sock Monkey – Truth seeking Media Monkey

Peachy lives for the free play, inspiration and healing that the natural environments can bring.  As such, he calls the Tri Cities region, near Vancouver BC, Coast Salish Territories in Canada home.   J can often be seen with his dog Star and sidekick CJ the Sock Monkey.

CV
  • Exhibiting Artist, Inside the Outside show Gallery Gachet (June 2007)
  • Local Artist City of Port Moody, Artist in the Park Program (2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Supporting Member Federation of Canadian Artists (2006)
  • Active Member Vancouver Artist Collective Association (2006-present)
  • Artist, City of Vancouver, Stanley Park Painters Corner (2006)
  • Special Events and Ambassador Vancouver Art Gallery (2006-Present)
  • Solo Exhibiting Artist Port Moody Public Library (September 2008)
  • Mad Pride Gallery Gachet (2008)
  • Ambassador ArtsConnect (2009)
  • Producer Sound Therapy Radio, CJSF 90.1 FM, Burnaby BC (2009)
  • Contributing Artist Anmore Art Fundraiser (2009)
  • Collective Member Gallery Gachet (2010)
  • Selected Artist, (Juried Exhibition) Touched by Fire, Royal Ontario Museum (2009)
  • Selected Artist, (Juried Exhibition) City of Vancouver, International Disabilities Day (2009)
  • Contributing Artist, group exhibition Legacies 2010, Penticton Art Gallery (January/March 2010)
  • Selected Artist (Juried Exhibition) Connect, Vancouver BC (February/March 2010)
  • A Collective Response, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver (February 2010)
  • Arts Connect – Art Walk 2010
  • WaterShed Arts Cafe – Artist in Residence (May 2010)
  • MINDSCAPE: Donnelly Pub Group Fundraiser
  • Stand Up for Mental Health 2010 – Stanley Theatre May 31, 2010
  • Artist Liason – ECO Madness, Mad Pride 2010 Gallery Gachet
  • City of Port Moody – Artist in the Park (May – September 2010)
  • Stand up for Mental Health Fundraiser – Stanley Theatre (Mar 31, 2010)
  • Federation of Canadian Artists Supporting Member (2010)
  • Lookout 2010 AGM Comedic Performance, Vancouver BC (June 2010)
  • Anmore Arts Fundraiser (July 2010)
  • Dr. Hamish Nichol Fundraiser (June 2010)
  • Producer –  Salmon Insanity Arts and Music Performance Gallery Gachet (July 2010)
  • Featured Artist: Golden Brush Painting Fundraiser (Elliot Louis Gallery July 2010)
  • Selected Artist: Downsized Art Show (sponsored by artistrun.org and Vancouver Foundation)
  • Exhibiting Artist MAD Pride Biennele – ECO Madness (Gallery Gachet)
  • Grant Recipient – Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)
  • VIP and MannKind Foundation Charity Golf Tournament and Fundraiser (July 2010)
  • Team Member, Gallery Gachet New Media Working Group (2010)
  • Producer, Vancouver Community TV Association (2010)
  • SKin is IN Body Art Event, Make and Break Arts Foundation, Gallery Gachet (Aug 2010)
  • Republic to end Poverty Fundraiser
  • Creative Director, Inaugural Anmore Arts in the Garden Festival (August 2010)
  • Exhibiting Artist Telus TaiwanFest (Sept 2010)
  • Davie Days (Sept 2010)
  • Selected Artist Intersections Media Public Art Fencing Project (September 2010)
  • Grey to Green Art Market (Sept 2010)
  • Award Winner: Wild Salmon Circle Creative Project
  • Fashion Arts Fundraiser for Wild Salmon (Sept 2010)
  • Ma Murray Day Festival, Anmore BC (Sept 2010)
  • Stand up for Mental Health UBC Campus days (Oct 2010)
  • 2010 Volunteer Programmer of the Year CJSF 90.1 FM
  • 2010 Remote Broadcast of the Year – Sound Therapy Radio
  • Creative Director ‘Spirit of the Salmon’ Celebration – W2 Storyeum (Oct 2010)
  • Comic, Stand up for Mental Health Campus Days (Oct 2010)
  • Selected Presenter Pecha Kucha, hosted by Arts Connect (Nov 2010)
  • Selected Artist, City of Vancouver International Disabilities Day (Dec 2010)
  • Art and Social Change Panelist – VAN BC Event, Ray Cam Community Center (Feb 2011)
  • Canada Post Stamp Design Semi-Finalist (March 2011)
  • Featured presenter Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable
  • Comic Stand up for Mental Health – Laurel Foundation Fundraiser (March 2011)
  • Contributing Artist – Shamon Gallery – Bowen Island, British Columbia Canada.
  • Comic Stand up for Mental Health – UBC Med School (March 2011)
  • Planning Team – Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2011
  • Featured Artist – Kat Thorsen – Intersections Media Fundraiser (March 2011)
  • Comic Stand up for Mental Health – North Island College – Courtenay (March 2011)
  • Facepainter Vancouver International Childrens Festival 2011
  • Producer – Eco Village TV (Shaw TV)
  • Artist on site – Steamkeepers Conference 2011
  • Artist on site – Port Moody Station Museum 2011
  • Art Director – Bouquet of Hope, Canadian Flowers for Food Art Fundraiser
  • Artist in Residence – Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society
  • Mad Pride Group Show Gallery Gachet 2011
  • Creative Director, Arts Based Initiatives – Canadian Mental Health Association (Simon Fraser Branch)
  • Selected Artist – MoleHill Vancouver 125 Arts Exhibition
  • Co-Curator, INQUIRY; Wild Salmon Arts Exhibition
  • Presenter, “The Healing Power of Trees”, TREEFEST 2011 Riverview Hospital Lands
  • Artist in Residence – Healthy by Nature Forum, Vancouver 2011
  • Creative Director – 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 Burrard Inlet Fish Fest
  • Creative Producer – Star Traveller Film Project
  • Creative Director, Wild Salmon Sports Day
  • Indigenous and Fish Art Exhibition, Gallery Bistro Port Moody, September 2015
  • Creator and Executive Producer, Sound Therapy Arts TV
  • Exhibiting Artist Movement(s) Art Exhibition – Bowen Island Arts Council 2016

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