County’s art in spot­light

Art in The County re­turns this sum­mer with im­pres­sive line-up of ju­rors

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - BRUCE BELL

PIC­TON — It’s time to dis­cover the work of Prince Ed­ward County’s finest artists and per­haps grow your col­lec­tion at the same time.

The Art in The County (AITC) 24th An­nual Juried Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale will run from June 23 to July 9, re­turn­ing once again to the up­stairs show­room at Pic­ton’s Books & Com­pany, it was an­nounced at a me­dia launch at the Mer­rill Inn on Wed­nes­day.

One of the pre­mier shows in Eastern On­tario, AITC has hosted more than 50,000 vis­i­tors and sold more than $250,000 worth of art.

The show only fea­tures the work of lo­cal artists who live in or are ratepay­ers of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and be­long to the Prince Ed­ward County Art Coun­cil. Their work in­cludes wa­ter­colour, acrylic, oil and en­caus­tic paint­ings, sculp­ture, fi­bre, wood, pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics, glass and more.

Event chair­per­son An­nik De­sprés an­nounced three renowned Cana­dian art pro­fes­sion­als will make their first ap­pear­ances as ju­rors for this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion. They in­clude:

• Dr. Laura Bran­don, Ad­junct Re­search Pro­fes­sor, School for Stud­ies in Art and Cul­ture, Car­leton Univer­sity – pre­vi­ously Cu­ra­tor of War Art at the Cana­dian War Mu­seum (Ot­tawa).

• Mr. Sunny Kerr, Artist, Ed­u­ca­tor, Au­thor, Cu­ra­tor of Con­tem­po­rary Art | Agnes Ether­ing­ton Art Cen­tre; and Ad­junct As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ment of Art His­tory and Art Con­ser­va­tion, Queen’s Univer­sity (Kingston)

• Ms. Sonja Scharf, Founder, Gallery Di­rec­tor and Pho­tog­ra­pher, Akasha Arts Projects Inc. (Toronto).

“The cre­den­tials of these three art pro­fes­sion­als are in­deed im­pres­sive,” said De­sprés. “We are thrilled that they have agreed to lend their time, tal­ent and ex­per­tise to jury what has be­come the pre­mier art ex­hi­bi­tion in Eastern On­tario and are hon­oured to have them help­ing to shine a spot­light on the many tal­ented artists and ar­ti­sans that make up the fab­ric of Prince Ed­ward County.”

The trio are solely re­spon­si­ble for the show’s con­tent, as well as se­lect­ing the five Ju­rors’ Awards and five Hon­ourable Men­tion Awards.

In ad­di­tion, a re­cip­i­ent of the Otto Rogers Award for Ex­cel­lence will be cho­sen by the same renowned Cana­dian painter and sculp­tor (a res­i­dent of Prince Ed­ward County) whose works are found in more than 1,600 ma­jor pub­lic, cor­po­rate and pri­vate col­lec­tions in North Amer­ica, Asia and Europe. The Peo­ple’s Choice Award is de­ter­mined by vis­i­tor bal­lots and will be pre­sented at the close of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Again this year, any­one who has pur­chased the work of one of the artists will be in­vited to VIP Night on June 22.

Prince Ed­ward County Mayor Robert Quaiff said the show is one of the many events help­ing make the mu­nic­i­pal­ity unique.

“If I heard the num­bers cor­rectly, I heard 50,000 vis­i­tors and $250,000 in sold art and that just speaks to the vol­ume of tal­ent we have here that makes this a spe­cial place,” he said. “Ev­ery­where I go in On­tario we are well known for art, wine and food – we have our fin­ger on the pulse and I thank you for help­ing with that and just ask, keep on do­ing what you do.”

The show will take place from Fri­day, June 23 to Sun­day, July 9 up­stairs at Books & Com­pany, 289 Main St. in Pic­ton from 10 a.m. un­til 6 p.m. daily (un­til 5 p.m. on Sun­days, and 3 p.m. on July 9). En­try is $3 for adults, and kids 12 and un­der are free. All works are for sale.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.artinthe­county.com

BRUCE BELL/THE INTELLIGENCER

The Art In The County (AITC) 24th An­nual Juried Ex­hi­bi­tion & Sale will run from June 23 to July 9 at Pic­ton's Books & Com­pany. Pic­tured at the me­dia launch at the Mer­rill Inn on Wed­nes­day morn­ing are (left to right) Su­sanne Bar­clay, chair­per­son of Prince Ed­ward County Arts Coun­cil, Prince Ed­ward County Mayor Robert Quaiff and An­nik De­sprés, chair­per­son of the event.

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