Quinte Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop,
36 Bridge Street East, downtown Belleville, Ontario
Spring 2018 SHOW: Runs April 12 to May 31, 2018
Opening reception at the QAC Gallery & Gift Shop (with live music and readings)
Thursday, April 12, from 4 to 7 pm
The QAC office, gallery and gift shop at 36 Bridge St. East in downtown Belleville is open for visitors, members and customers, Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
To celebrate the Gallery’s new look and the Council’s rejuvenated outlook, we are planning a special opening on Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to this show and reception entitled Spring Rejuvenation. The event will include a show of works by QAC member artists and artisans, live music by Adam Gibson (country guitar and vocals), books by local authors, a tour of our renovated space and new multi-purpose room, refreshments, and a silent auction of prints donated by Wilkinson and Company.
This spring show features the work of a variety of QAC artist members. There is a great selection of oil paintings by Elizabeth Dinkel, Linda Phipps Nicoll, Daniel Fobert, and Peter Bates as well as bold and colorful acrylics by Dexter Taylor, Susan Moshynski, William R. McGee, David Alexander, and Tina Osborne.
Spring is definitely in the air with the assortment of watercolours by Renay Weismann-Stanners, Joyce Pond, and Joyce Empey Smith with photography by Lola Reid-Allin, Anne Elspeth Rector, Sandra Lee Randle, and Michael Macleod.
The show also includes cotton thread embroidery by Kim Fedor, oil monoprints on paper by Niki Mitz, giclée prints by Peter Davis, and acrylic marker and brush work by Blas Villagomez. You will also find new photographic works by John Granton, hand-crafted jewellery and fused glass plates by Kirei Samuel; necklaces, earrings and hand-painted wine glasses by Tina Osborne; cozy and colourful infinity scarves by Carly Hansen; fused glass sun catchers and jewellery by Linda Conway; pottery by Pam Bailey-Brown, Niki Mitz and Perry Poupore; an incredible selection of wood turnings by Gary Matthews, Paul Steels and Kimball Scales; stain and fused glass by Lynda Pauk and Zak Sieben; mixed media by Jim Christy; hand-made soaps and soy candles blended with herbs and oils from Essential Relaxation; woven place mats, tea cozies and table runners by Anne M. Buckley; and knitted hats for infants by Lee Ann Garrett.
There is a cozy reading area adjacent to the shelves of books written by local authors– fiction, history, poetry, biography, humour, etc. – by Paul Kirby, Anne Schmeltzer, Kathy Figueroa, Nick Foley, Bill Kennedy, Armand P. LaBarge, Gerry Boyce, Dwayne LaFitte, Sheldon and Judith Godfrey, Kathryn MacDonald, Robin Timmerman, Karen Dack, Lee Ann Garrett, Grace Gayle, Donald W. Desaulniers, Peggy Dymond Leavey, Jack Evans and Cyndi L. Crowder, Orland French, William D. Hawthorne, Andrew Schartmann, Evelyn Wolfe, Aaron Bell, Jeffery Caulfield, Lorraine Fell, William Leverage, Jy Chiperzak, Elaine A. Small, Jane Simpson, Dave Boorne and Andy Sparling.
The gift shop also has a selection of CDs and DVDs produced by local artists and the Arts Council staff and volunteers are all now located within the gallery space and more accessible to provide information and serve those who come to visit. The QAC Gallery & Gift Shop will now be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays to provide convenience to those who shop downtown or are visiting the area on weekends.
Everyone is welcome to attend the opening celebration. There will be light refreshments and a silent auction of framed prints donated by Wilkinson & Company as well as live music by Adam Gibson. Many of the artists participating in the show will also be in attendance and the evening promises to be fun and entertaining. Come and explore. QAC board, staff and members will be happy to see you.
ART IN THE COMMUNITY AT OTHER LOCATIONS
Work by Linda Barber and Dennis Stembridge is on exhibit at Birdy’s Fine Casual Dining, 449 Dundas St. West, Belleville. Pastels by Peter Bates are hanging in Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard, 44 Bridge St. East, Belleville.