About The Show

ART IN THE COUNTY is an annual juried exhibition and sale presented by the Prince Edward County Arts Council and the Elizabeth Crombie Real Estate Team (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage).

Art in the County is recognized as the premier art exhibition in Eastern Ontario. Since its inception in 1993, AITC has hosted over 62,000 visitors, showcased close to 2,500 of the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans, and has sold over $380,000 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.

Winner Wall
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The 30th Annual ART IN THE COUNTY Juried Exhibition and Sale will take place from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, July 2, 2023. AITC is very honoured to have Base31 join us as our 30th Anniversary Sponsor. We are pleased once again to welcome the Elizabeth Crombie Real Estate Team (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage) as our Presenting Sponsor.

New for 2023, the show will be moving to Base31 in Picton, a location boasting a rich and layered history, having played a pivotal role in the stories of the County, the nation, and the Indigenous communities who are the original stewards of this land. Becoming a key creative hub within the County, Base31 is the ideal location to showcase the artworks of our County artists.

As in the past 2 years, there will be both an in-person show, to be held at Base31 in addition to an online show.

As usual, all works are for sale and AITC accepts Visa and Mastercard, using our online payment system.

The In-person Show


The show will be held in Building 17, Lecture Hall, at Base31, 343 County Rd 22, Picton, Ontario. Opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm daily, with the show closing at 5:00 pm on Sundays and 2:00 pm on the last day (July 2nd). There is no charge for admission, however a donation of $5.00 per adult to support Art in the County is most welcomed.

The Online Show


The online show is similar to the one held last year. Visitors will be able to visit the show at any time between June 23rd and July 2nd by clicking the link on the Welcome Page of our website to view digital images of this year’s artworks. Online shows have the potential to reach a wider audience and may encourage more people to attend the physical exhibition.

Purchased artwork must remain on display until Art in the County closes at 2PM on July 2, 2023. All sales are final.

There are two options to retrieve purchased artwork. Please email us at artinthecounty@countyarts.ca with your preference.

1) Pick-up on July 2nd from 2-5PM (preferred option)

Your artwork will be available for pick-up on July 4th between 2-5PM at the exhibition location, which is Building 17, Lecture Hall, Base31, 343 County Rd 22, Picton. If you are unable to pick-up the purchase yourself, please email us the name of the person who will pick it up in your place. They should have a copy of your sales receipt (a digital copy is fine).

2) Delivery after July 2nd

The artist will pick-up the work on your behalf and arrange for shipping at your expense. We will give your email address and telephone number to the artist. They will contact you to make arrangements for pickup. You will be asked by the artist to provide confirmation that you have received the artwork in good condition before Art in the County issues payment to the artist.

If you require further assistance, please email artinthecounty@countyarts.ca.

Awards


  • Five Jurors’ Awards ($250) and five Honourable Mention Awards ($100) are selected by the Jurors.
  • The People’s Choice Award is determined by visitor ballots and will be presented at the close of the exhibition. ($250)
  • The Children’s Choice Award is determined by visitor ballots and will be presented at the close of the exhibition. All visitors aged 12 and under are eligible to cast their votes. ($250)
  • The Maison Depoivre Award will be presented to an artist whose work demonstrates risk-taking and originality, technical skill and is thought provoking. Special attention will be given to the use of colours in a daring, innovative way. The curators of Maison Depoivre will select three finalists from the artists presenting work at AITC. The three AITC jurors will determine the award recipient from the three finalists. The recipient of the award will be invited to display her/his/their work at Maison Depoivre for the rest of the 2023 season, once AITC closes its doors at the beginning of July.
  • The Community Arts Builder Award recognizes individuals who have enriched community life through the arts.
  • The Carson Arthur Award is an exciting opportunity for artists submitting work to AITC. It will be presented to an artist whose work represents or evokes Nature in an innovative and original way. Carson Arthur will select three finalists from the artists presenting work at AITC. The three AITC jurors will determine the award recipient from the three finalists. This award includes a $500 monetary gift for the winning artist and a $500 donation to a local, non-profit organization advocating for the protection of the environment (organization selected by the winning artist).
  • New in 2023, The Akasha Art Projects award will be presented to an artist whose work represents a fresh and original approach to their artistic expression. Considerations for this award are extended to artists who explore the boundaries of their chosen media through innovative perspectives that evoke and challenge the viewer. The principals of Akasha Art Projects, Kelly Kyle & Sonja Scharf will choose three finalists and will defer to the jurors of AITC to select the final recipient. The recipient of the award will receive a gift certificate in the amount of $500, redeemable at Akasha Art Projects.
  • New in 2023, the Oeno Gallery Award of Excellence will be given to the creator of one exceptional work, demonstrating creativity and originality, executed with technical fluency and skill, and presented professionally. This award has a monetary value of $500, and the winner will be selected by Carlyn Moulton, Owner & Curator, Oeno Gallery.

2023 Community Arts Builder Award


In 2018, Art in the County and the Prince Edward County Arts Council launched The Community Arts Builder Award to mark the 25th anniversary of Art in the County. Sponsored by Laurie Gruer, Monica Klingenberg and Alysa Hawkins 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.

Previous winners include Sarah Moran, champion to artists and the arts as volunteer board member and Vice Chair of Prince Edward County Arts Council, community volunteer and activist (2022); Kato Wake, visual artist, instructor and community connector (2021); Hri Neil, Carbon Art and Design (2020); Krista Dalby, Department of Illumination (2019); and Alice and Peter Mennacher, Blizzmax Gallery (2018).

Nomination Form - (Click to Open/Close) - Deadline June 9, 2023 at noon

Nomination Form
Deadline June 9, 2023 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.

Members of the Board of PEC Arts Council, the Art in the County Organizing Committee or any committee members of activities related to the PEC Arts Council are not eligible to submit nominations.

Nominees may fall into (but are not limited to) one of the following categories:

  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Patron
  • Event Organizer
  • Sponsor
  • Teacher
  • Volunteer

THE NOMINEE SHOULD NOT BE AWARE THAT THEY ARE BEING NOMINATED FOR THIS AWARD

    Nominator

    (information about you)

     

    Nominee

    (information about the person you are nominating)

    Describe why you believe this individual is deserving of this award.

    Specifically outline how they have played an essential role in building the arts community in Prince Edward County. (Max of 150 words)

    For more information about the Community Arts Builder Award, call the Prince Edward County Arts Council at (613) 476-8767 or e-mail: artinthecounty@countyarts.ca.

    2023 Jury


    Three Canadian art professionals are solely responsible for determining the exhibition’s content and selecting the Jurors’ Choice and 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.

    NEW IN 2023 – Based on feedback received in our 2022 Art in the County Artist Survey, we are making changes to optimize the critique portion of the jurying process. We are therefore asking that artists who wish to have their work critiqued register in advance and pay an additional $20 fee to help offset the costs associated with this enhanced service. The critique can be applied to pieces that have or have not been juried in. There will be no refunds. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janna Smith at janna@countyarts.ca.

    Lisa Creskey

    Chung-Im Kim

    Rick Rivet

    History


    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 2020 and 2021, the show was held solely online due to public health requirements to limit public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, the show was once again held in person at The Armoury, as well as being online.

    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.