About The Show
ART IN THE COUNTY (AITC) 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 50,000 visitors, showcased close to 2,000 of the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans, and has sold over $280,000 worth of art to collectors, buyers and art lovers alike. This signature event of the summer season generates economic benefits for County businesses as well.
Art works in a wide range of media are showcased, including watercolour, acrylic, oil and encaustic paintings, sculpture, fibre, wood, photography, ceramics, glass and more.
The 25th Annual ART IN THE COUNTY Juried Exhibition and Sale will take place from Friday, 22 June to Sunday, 8 July, 2018 at The Armoury, 206 Main St., in Picton, Ontario from 10 am to 6 pm daily (until 5 pm on Sundays, and until 3 pm on 8 July). Enter off Mary St.; use the Studio Ex entrance.
Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12 years. All works are for sale, and AITC accepts Visa and Mastercard for all art purchases. Admission is FREE on Canada Day sponsored by The Elizabeth Crombie Real Estate Team – Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage.
In 2018, AITC is pleased to welcome the return of WELCH LLP as Presenting Sponsor. For over 15 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.
Jurors are solely responsible for the show’s content, as well as selecting the five Jurors’ Awards and five Honourable Mention Awards. The People’s Choice Award is determined by visitor ballots and will be presented at the close of the exhibition.
In addition, a recipient of The 2018 Otto Rogers Award for Excellence will be chosen by the renowned Canadian painter and sculptor whose works are found in over 1600 major public, corporate and private collections in North America, Asia and Europe.
For more information on the jury process, click here.
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.
Printmaker, Papermaker / Past Associate Professor of Art and Past Chair of Printmaking at Ontario College of Art (Toronto)Wendy Cain
Portrait ArtistDaniel Hughes
Artist / Curator of Station Gallery (Whitby)Olexander Wlasenko
2018 Juried Artists
Jennifer Topaz Bruce
Andie Elizabeth Csafordi
Claudia Jean McCabe (all lower case please)
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 for six years. For 2018, the exhibition will be held in 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.