St. Lawrence Arts Council names Canton woman as new executive director
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 2:30 pm

POTSDAM -- The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has selected a new executive director to take the reins in January 2013.

The Board of Directors for the council has completed the search for a new director and settled on Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton.

Wilkins-Pepiton is a visual artist and educator living in Canton. She holds a Master of Education degree in art education from the University of Idaho and a Bachelor degree in photography from Wayland Baptist University.

Wilkins-Pepiton moved to St. Lawrence County this past summer after completing a two-year Peace Corps tour in southwest China. She previously taught visual art at a Colorado high school where she developed Pagosa Springs’ Fine Arts Magnet Academy. She has also worked as the public relations and marketing director for Square Top Repertory Theater.

When creating her own art Wilkins-Pepiton works in printmaking, photography, mixed media and graphic design mediums. The Great BIG Smalls VIII exhibit at Ottawa’s Cube gallery this month will feature her woodcut prints, and her work has been shown throughout the United States. Her work has also appeared in journals, anthologies and book jackets. She is also the author of the book “Broken Cycles,” which features her photography and the poetry of Damon Falke. Her work can be viewed at her website, www.bekawp.com.

Wilkins-Pepiton is scheduled to begin working with the council this month, although she will not officially take over as executive director until January. Her selection comes in the wake of the resignation of Hilary Oak earlier this year. Oak has worked with the council since December 2001, when it reformed following an earlier disbanding.