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 56,000 visitors, showcased close to 2,300 of the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans, and has sold over $350,000 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.
Due to the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s show is moving online again. As in 2020, there will be no admission charge and no specific opening hours – you may visit our online gallery at any time. Between June 18 and July 4, 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. An advantage of an online show is that it has the potential to reach a wider audience.
As always, all works are for sale and AITC accepts Visa and Mastercard for art purchases; payments are to be made using the online payment system developed in 2020.
AITC is pleased to welcome the return of WELCH LLP as Presenting Sponsor. For over 19 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.
This Year’s show is dedicated to Wayne McNulty and Don Pinder
Wayne McNulty and Don Pinder moved to Wellington in 1995, and quickly became very involved with the arts community. In the early 2000’s, Wayne and Don were central in leading the reorganization of the Prince Edward County Arts Council and providing it with a foundation of growth and professionalism.
Wise, dedicated, efficient, creative and humble, Wayne was an active member of the Prince Edward County Arts Council, and for over a decade served on the Board of Directors, including as Chair from 2000-02. Wayne was a founding member of the first PEC Jazz Festival, helped to foster PEC Music Festival and initiated the Student Arts Award, which continues to help local youth pursue post-secondary studies in the arts. As a keen photographer, Wayne advocated for a Photography Show, similar to Art in the County. He prepared a position paper for Arts Council approval, and then assumed leadership in the Steering Committee to create the Eastern Ontario Photo Show, Clic. He was one of the original members of Arts on Main Gallery (2008) and a volunteer committee member of Art in the County. Wayne was a sharp-eyed, accomplished photographer, his work featured in several juried shows and solo exhibitions. Wayne’s passion for the arts was demonstrated by his significant involvement- he spent hundreds of hours lending his expertise, working on logos, websites, publications, posters, and certificates.
Don Pinder artist, leader, volunteer, innovator, juror, show stager, and mentor, dedicated his time and energy to enhancing the profile of the arts in the community, and to increasing the breadth, depth and quality of the presentations in various media. For over a decade in the 2000’s, Don’s curation of Art in the County never failed to dazzle. He also curated the inaugural Eastern Ontario Photo Show; and for many years he juried and curated shows for the Belleville Art Association, and Gallery 121. As an aficionado of jazz, he was a founding member of the PEC Jazz Festival. Don created logos and original artwork for Art in the County, Clic, The Eastern Ontario Photo Show, the Jazz Festival, Regent Theatre, Slickers ice cream, Command Performance choir, and Gallery 121 along with eye-catching posters and publications. Wayne and Don moved to Ottawa in December 2020, where sadly Wayne passed away in January 2021. Don, whose health is not good, remains there surrounded by his supportive family.
- Five Jurors’ Awards ($250 each) and five Honourable Mention Awards ($100 each) are selected by the jurors. See their work in our 2021 Winners Gallery.
- 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 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.
The Prince Edward County Arts Council and Art in the County present the 4th annual Community Arts Builder Award to Kato Wake, visual artist, instructor and community connector.
Sponsored by Monica Klingenberg and Laurie Gruer of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage, the award celebrates individuals who have enriched community life through the arts as nominated by local residents; it includes a $250 monetary gift. Previous winners include Hri Neil, Carbon Art and Design (2020) Krista Dalby, Department of Illumination (2019) and Alice and Peter Mennacher, Blizzmax Gallery (2018).
The 2021 selection committee of Hri Neil, Laurie Gruer, Monica Klingenberg and Sarah Moran stated: “Aside from teaching at the Baxter Centre, Kato is perhaps the best ‘connector’ of people we have in PEC, always connecting one artist with others. She encourages people to experiment and to recognize their own strengths. She holds art sales at Baxter to financially support the school. She assists artists in writing grant applications. She single-handedly created the huge thermometer to measure progress in the building campaign for our library. Her art books, her supplies and her ideas are always available to aspiring artists. She provides an endless generosity of spirit to everyone around her and is always accessible for ideas, advice or tips. Hers is not a loud voice, but it is eminently consistent, supportive and kind. She has done marvelous things to build our creative community.”
As one nominator said, “There is no doubt in my mind that Kato enriches community life in Prince Edward County through the arts. The arts I believe can be the expression of creativity & imagination whether through the visual arts, music, food, wine; or it can be the gift of & ability to live life artfully (caring, passionate, understanding, encouraging…). I think Kato is and has brought all of these things to many people in the PEC community.”
From left: Monica Klingenberg, Kato Wake and Laurie Gruer
Kato describes herself as a creative thinker and a visual designer. She has had a 25-year career in graphic design, painting and instructing art. She is adept in a variety of styles –from realism to abstraction, in a variety of mediums, including cold wax, oil, acrylic, and mixed media. Colour is what excites her most. For the past several years Wake has taught painting classes at the Baxter Art Centre in Bloomfield. She works in her Cherry Valley studio and has participated in countless shows: Art in the County, Blizzmax Gallery, John Parrott Gallery, Maison Depoivre, County Contemporary, ArtXchange in the County, and Twist Gallery in Toronto.
Wake has taught painting classes at the Baxter Art Centre in Bloomfield. She works in her Cherry Valley studio and has participated in countless shows: Art in the County, Blizzmax Gallery, John Parrott Gallery, Maison Depoivre, County Contemporary, ArtXchange in the County, and Twist Gallery in Toronto.
I am truly humbled and honoured to receive this award and be in the distinguished company of past recipients. I’d like to share this with two outstanding arts community builders that I’ve had the good fortune to work with at Baxter Arts Centre, Peta Hall and Larry Spencer. And of course, I’d like to thank the hundreds of students I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years. Thank you for enriching my life and being part of my creative journey,” says Kato Wake.
Previous winners include:
Hri Neil, Carbon Art & Design (2020)
Krista Dalby, Department of Illumination (2019)
Peter & Alice Mennacher, Blizzmax Gallery (2018)
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 4, 2021 at noon
Deadline June 4, 2021 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 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.
Mixed Media & Textile Artist
2021 Juried Artists
Laura Jean Campbell
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 2020, the show was held 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.