County’s art in spotlight
Art in The County returns this summer with impressive line-up of jurors
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
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.