About The Show
ART IN THE COUNTY is an annual juried exhibition and sale presented by the Prince Edward County Arts Council and Welch LLP.
Art in the County is recognized as the premier art exhibition in Eastern Ontario. Since its inception in 1993, AITC has hosted over 52,000 visitors, showcased close to 2,200 of the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans, and has sold over $340,000 worth of art to collectors, buyers and art lovers alike. This signature event of the summer season also generates additional economic benefits for County businesses.
Artworks in a wide range of media are showcased, including watercolour, acrylic, oil and encaustic paintings, sculpture, fibre, wood, photography, ceramics, glass and more.
The 27th Annual ART IN THE COUNTY Juried Exhibition and Sale will take place from Friday, June 19 to Friday, July 31.
As per public health recommendations to maintain physical distancing during the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s show is moving online. The new format means there will be no admission charge and no specific opening hours – you may visit our online gallery at any time. Between June 19 and July 31, you will be able to click on a link on our Welcome page to view digital images of this year’s County artworks chosen by our Jurors. As in previous shows, all works are for sale and AITC accepts major credit cards for all art purchases.
We hope to be able to present next year’s Art in the County at The Mess Hall in the Armoury on Picton’s Main Street – site of last year’s very successful show.
In 2020, AITC is pleased to welcome the return of WELCH LLP as Presenting Sponsor. For over 18 years, Welch LLP (previously through Murray & Associates) has supported the Art in the County juried exhibition and sale. We are grateful for their continued support that helps make this show possible.
- Four Jurors’ Awards and three Honourable Mention Awards are selected by the Jurors.
- The Community Arts Builder Award recognizes individuals who have enriched community life through the arts.
Community Arts Builder Award
Art in the County and the Prince Edward County Arts Council launched The Community Arts Builder Award in 2018 during the 25th anniversary of Art in the County. Sponsored by Sam Simone, Monica Klingenberg and Laurie Gruer of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage, the award recognizes an individual who has enriched community life in the County through the arts. The award includes a $250 monetary gift.
The Prince Edward County Arts Council and Art in the County are pleased to present the 3rd annual Community Arts Builder Award to Hri Neil, Curator and Gallery Director, Carbon Art & Design, Picton.
Sponsored by Sam Simone, Monica Klingenberg & Laurie Gruer of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage, the Community Arts Builder Award celebrates individuals who have enriched community life through the arts as nominated by local residents. The award includes a $250 monetary gift. Previous winners include Krista Dalby, Department of Illumination (2019) and Peter & Alice Mennacher, Blizzmax Gallery (2018).
The 2020 selection committee of Shirley Lewchuk, Laurie Gruer, Sarah Moran, and Krista Dalby (as the 2019 award recipient) stated, “Since arriving in the County, Hri has made his presence known in a humble yet incredibly visible way. A thoughtful, creative and supportive artist, he has made an immeasurable contribution to our community as a mentor, curator, and participant in a wide range of community events. He truly is a community leader and we are indeed proud to present Hri with this award.”
Hri Neil is a multidisciplinary artist and curator centered on sound, video, installation, and performance who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University, Montreal. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including performances for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and in the New Territories program at ARCO in Spain. He is a past recipient of the Telus Award for Technological Innovation in the Arts. Over the last two decades, Hri has focused on his artistic practice and independent curatorial projects, as well as working in a variety of roles within the artist run, public and private art and design spheres.
Since moving to Prince Edward County, Hri has been committed to making space for contemporary art in our community by producing County Contemporary (2016 & 2017), and establishing Carbon Art & Design in June 2018. He has also been involved with the Firelight Lantern Festival since 2013 and created the installations REMIX and BE HERE NOW for ICE BOX 2019 and 2020 respectively. His strong sense of community is evident through volunteer work as a DJ Ombudsman, providing tech and design support for community events and groups (Food Not Bombs at Picton Town Hall, dance groups at Athol Rec Centre) and he has been the force behind Wintermarket, a seasonal market for local art, crafts, and edible bounty.
To Nominate Someone for the Community Arts Builder Award
Art in the County and the Prince Edward County Arts Council invite members of the community to nominate individuals whom they believe are deserving of this award. Submissions may be submitted on-line or can be mailed directly to the Prince Edward County Arts Council.
Nomination Form - (Click to Open/Close) - Deadline June 5, 2020 at noon
Deadline June 5, 2020 at noon
Each nomination must include one (1) nominator and detailed information about the nominee as outlined in the submission form. Only fully completed submissions will be considered. All community members are invited to submit nominations. Nominators may submit more than one nomination. NOTE: Members of the Board of Prince Edward Arts Council or of the Art in the County Steering Committee are not eligible to submit nominations.
Nominees may fall into (but are not limited to) one of the following categories:
- Arts Administrator
- Arts Patron
- Event Organizer
THE NOMINEE SHOULD NOT BE AWARE THAT THEY ARE BEING NOMINATED FOR THIS AWARD
Three Canadian art professionals are solely responsible for determining the exhibition’s content, and selecting the four Jurors’ Choice and three Honourable Mention award winners. We are pleased to welcome three exceptional jurors whose experience and insight will be instrumental in providing a high quality experience for both artist and visitor.
Hockley Valley, ON
2020 Juried Artists
Claudia Jean McCabe
J. Douglas Thompson
In 1993, with advice from the long established Quinte Arts Council and seed money from the Community Development Corporation, the inaugural AITC Volunteer Committee (Paul Adams, June Boddington, Bob Hintz and Estelle Klein) set about planning the first show.
It was held in the lovely heritage space above the Picton Old Town Hall and for the next 18 years the space was converted annually into a fine art gallery displaying the best work of County artists. In 2012, the exhibition moved to a new home, a much larger gallery space above Books and Company on Picton’s Main Street where it stayed until 2017. In 2018, the exhibition moved to The Armoury, centrally located on Main Street beside the Picton Public Library.
In the show’s early years, only two-dimensional pieces (mainly paintings in oil and watercolour) were eligible for entry. Since then, the event has expanded to include art from an impressive range of media, including paintings in encaustic, oil, watercolour and acrylic; and works in glass, fibre, ceramics, pottery, mixed media, photography, wood, fabric art, sculpture and jewellery.
Since its inception in 1993, Art in the County has grown in scope and stature, showcasing the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans.
Today, Art in the County is a signature event of the summer season in Prince Edward County. The show attracts thousands of visitors, generates meaningful opportunities for County artists, and provides economic benefits for businesses across the County.