Contact Art in the County at the Prince Edward County Art Council 613-476-8767

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 52,000 visitors, showcased close to 2,100 of the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans, and has sold over $300,000 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.

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.

Winner Wall
Sophie And Barb

The 26th Annual ART IN THE COUNTY Juried Exhibition and Sale will take place from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, July 7, 2019 at The Mess Hall in the Armoury 206 Main St., in Picton, Ontario from 10 am to 6 pm daily (until 5 pm on Sundays, and until 2 pm on July 7). 

Admission is $3, 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 2019, 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.


  • Five Jurors’ Awards and five Honourable Mention Awards 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.
  • The Community Arts Builder Award, sponsored by Sam Simone, Monica Klingenberg and Laurie Gruer of Chestnut Park Realty, is back for a second year. It recognizes individuals who have enriched community life through the arts.
  • New for 2019, the Maison Depoivre Award will be presented by Maison Depoivre to an artist whose work demonstrates risk-taking and originality, technical skill and is thought provoking. The recipient of the award will be invited to display her/his work at Maison Depoivre for the rest of the 2019 season once Art in the County closes its doors at the beginning of July. The curators of Maison Depoivre will select 3 finalists from the artists presenting work at Art in the County. The three AITC jurors will determine the award recipient from the 3 finalists.

Submitting a Nomination for the Community Arts Builder Award

Art in the County and the Prince Edward County Arts Council launched The Community Arts Builder Award a year ago 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 and will be given this year at opening night ceremonies of Art in The County on June 20, 2019. The 2018 recipients were Alice & Peter Mennacher of Blizzmax Gallery.

Art in the County and the PEC Arts Council would like to invite the community to nominate individuals who they believe are deserving of this award. Submissions may be submitted on-line or can be mailed directly to the PEC Arts Council.

Submission Form - (Click to Open/Close) - Deadline June 7, 2019 at noon

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – June 7, 2019 at noon

The Community Arts Builder Award recognizes an individual who has enriched community life in Prince Edward County through the arts.

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 or of the Arts 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:

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




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


Fynn Leitch


Rebecca Last

Sculptural Glass Artist

Cheryl Wilson-Smith

2019 Juried Artists

Mehdi Agahi
Sheila Ascroft
Tom Ashbourne
Keith Beaty
Rosemary Brown
Jennifer Topaz Bruce
Pat Busscher
Buffy Carruthers
Pamela Carter
Iris Casey
Marion Casson
Janet Comeau
Rollande Crawford
Andie Csafordi
Andrew Csafordi
Krista Dalby
Philip Dandurand
Graham Davies
Annik Després
Pauline Dinham
Maureen Dorinda
Anne-Sophie Falconer
Jo-Anne Finegan
Leslie Fruman
Howard Goldberg
John Gregg
Laurie Gruer
Allen Hirsh
Barbara Hogenauer
Andrew Innes
Martha Ippersiel
Marc Keelan-Bishop
Dianne Kehoe
Elaine Kent
Dona Knudsen
Mia Lane
Dayna Law
Lawrence Lilly
Michael Lindon
Tammy Love
Karole Marois
Wyndham Mathiesen
claudia mccabe
Joanna McFarland
Peter Mennacher
Shani Mootoo
Laura Morris
Milé Murtanovski
Carol Noël
Barry Norton
Lewis Parker
Eliza Parkinson
Penelope Patrick
Ron Pickering
Andrea Piller
Andy Pomorski
Andrea Pyman
Danielle Reddick
Gwen Roberts
Jennifer Ronan
Celia Sage
Kirei Samuel
Sam Serrano
Vicki Sharp
Geraldine Sharpe
Amy Shubert
Edward Shubert
Caroline Shuttle
Susan Straiton
Jan Swenson
Katrina Tompkins
Paul Verrall
Kato Wake
Tara Wilkinson
Candice Woodard


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.


Opening Night Reception (June 20, 2019)

Canada Day Celebration