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 60,000 visitors, showcased close to 2,400 of the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans, and has sold over $360,000 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 29th Annual ART IN THE COUNTY Juried Exhibition and Sale will take place from Friday, June 17 to Monday, July 4, 2022. AITC is pleased to welcome the Elizabeth Crombie Real Estate Team (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage) as Presenting Sponsor.
This year, there will be both an in-person show to be held at the Armoury AND an online show similar to the one held for the past two years.
Visitors will be able to view the artworks in person for the first time since 2019. We encourage all visitors to wear masks.
As usual, all works are for sale and AITC accepts Visa and Mastercard; all payments will be made using our online payment system.
The In-person Show
The show will be held in The Bunker on the lower level of The Armoury, 206 Main St., 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 4th).
Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 years and under.
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 17th and July 4th 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.
- 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 2022 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.
- NEW FOR THIS YEAR 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 $250 monetary gift for the winning artist and a $250 donation to a local, non-profit organization advocating for the protection of the environment (organization selected by the winning artist).
Award Winners in 2022
To be announced
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 and Monica Klingenberg 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 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 3 2022 at noon
Deadline June 3, 2022 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:
- 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 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.
2022 Juried Artists
To be announced
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 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.