QAC Gallery & Gift Shop

Quinte Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop,
36 Bridge Street East, downtown Belleville, Ontario
Winter 2017/18 SHOW: Runs December 7, 2017 to February 23, 2018

Opening reception at the QAC Gallery & Gift Shop
Thursday, December 7, from 4 to 7 pm


The Quinte Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop is the perfect place to find gifts for the holiday season. Member artist, Marc Poulin is featured, with his work in watercolour and acrylic. Originally from Sudbury, now living in Belleville since 2000, Marc has always dabbled with the visual arts in one way or another. Beginning with pencil drawing at a young age, he discovered charcoal drawing in college when studying graphic design, and earned his first commissions. The photography bug also took hold of him as a hobby and has always had a place in his heart. In the summer of 2017, having never painted before, Marc tried watercolour painting after watching a YouTube video, and has fallen in love with it.

Photography by Jay Bridges will also be on display. Check out his amazing work on his website.

We will continue to show the Flashers series by Peter Davis, as well as some of his St. Lawrence series paintings (original oils and prints). After returning to Canada from art college in London, England in the early 1970s, Peter became interested in Op Art and decided to explore its possibilities. The paintings hanging in the QAC’s Gallery represent some of his first ventures into this flat art. “The results for me were astonishing, as colours that were not on the canvas flashed before my eyes – the longer one looks at the painting, the more pronounced the effect becomes. I hope you will visit the QAC and see the Flashers for yourself,” states Peter.


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; angels and Christmas ornaments by Lynda Pauk and Zak Seiben; 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; knitted hats for infants by Lee Ann Garrett; and Feeney’s fine assorted Christmas chocolates. Shopping for Secret Santa or holiday gifts has never been easier.

We also have a large selection of books 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, Suzanne Pasternak and Andy Sparling.


The top People’s Choice Award winners of the 50th Anniversary Belleville Art Association’s juried show are being exhibited at Dinkel’s Restaurant, including works by Arlene Pollick, Jan Coombs, Michelle Hutchinson, Joyce Empey Smith, Claudette Boulanger, Bob Pennycook, Judy Torell, Lori Meeboer, Gwynn Bedfiord, Nancy Sherk, Barbara Harris, Jeanine Berscheid, Dave Rowlandson, Maria Moreno and Ron Sayeau.

Oil painting by Dennis Stembridge are hanging at The Boathouse, and paintings by Dennis and photography by Debby Smit are featured at Bathworks. Linda Barber has new work at Birdy’s Casual Fine Dining.


There will be an opening reception in the QAC Gallery & Gift Shop, 36 Bridge Street East, Belleville on December 7, from 4 to 7 pm, with refreshments. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and donations most appreciated.


Art in the Community is supported by the John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation.

Call 613-962-1232 for hours and other information.