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 $250,000 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 24th Annual ART IN THE COUNTY Juried Exhibition and Sale will take place from Friday, 23 June to Sunday, 9 July, 2017 upstairs at Books & Company, 289 Main Street in Picton, Ontario from 10 am to 6 pm daily (until 5 pm on Sundays, and until 3 pm on 9 July).
Entry is $3 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. 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 2017, 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 2017 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.
For 2017, we were pleased to welcome three exceptional jurors whose experience and insight were instrumental in providing a high quality experience for both artist and visitor.
Writer, Curator, Lecturer and Art Historian | Adjunct Research Professor, School for Studies in Art & Culture, Carleton University | Research Associate, Canadian War MuseumDr. Laura Brandon
Artist, Educator, Author | Curator of Contemporary Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston |
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Queen’s University
Toronto-based photographer and curator | Founder and Gallery Director for Akasha (pronounced ah KAH shah) Art Projects Inc.Sonja Scharf
2017 Juried Artists
Congratulations to all of the artists whose work(s) were accepted in the 2017 Art in the County show.
Audrey (Nadine) Goulet
Amelie Koning de Bourbon
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 its new home, a much larger gallery space above Books and Company on Picton’s Main Street.
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.
VIP Advance Preview (22 June, 2017)
Art in the County welcomes back Huff Estates Winery and Colleen Green of RE/MAX Quinte Brokerage Ltd. as sponsors of the exclusive VIP Advance Preview on held on June 22nd just ahead of the official opening of the show. Launched in 2016, this event welcomes previous AITC art purchasers to a preview of the show and gives them the first opportunity to purchase art works while enjoying refreshments, including wine from Huff Estates Winery and food from the Agrarian Market.
Photos in this gallery by Ramesh Pooran
Opening Night Reception (23 June, 2017)
Art in the County welcomes Mayeski Mathers LLP and Oeno Gallery as Presenting Sponsors of the Opening Night Reception on June 23rd. Our Hospitality Sponsors are Angeline’s Inn/The Hubb Eatery and The Grange of Prince Edward. This special evening, to be attended by Mayor Robert Quaiff of the County of Prince Edward, members of the Organizing Committee, Jurors, Prince Edward County artists, AITC sponsors and other special guests will celebrate the official opening of the show. The winners of the Jurors Awards, Honourable Mentions and the Otto Rogers Award Of Excellence will be announced.
Photos in this gallery by Ramesh Pooran
Canada Day Celebration (July 1, 2017)
In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Art in the County welcomes the Elizabeth Crombie Real Estate Team from Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage as sponsor of a special celebration that will take place at the show on July 1st. Admission to the show will be FREE to all from 10 am to 6 pm that day and everyone will be invited to share in some Canada Day birthday cake and refreshments. AITC and the Elizabeth Crombie Real Estate Team are pleased to be able to open up the show to a wider audience on Canada Day in the firm belief that the Arts strengthen our sense of national identity and civic pride.