The QAC announces the winners of the 2017 Arts Recognition Awards

The 2017 Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts will be held June 8 at Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard, Belleville, Ontario.

The Quinte Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Arts Recognition Awards: Susan Holland, Curator of the John M. Parrott Gallery, artist/musician/composer David R. Maracle, and Starboard Communications.

Susan Holland

Susan Holland is described as someone who is very dedicated to the promotion and celebration of the arts in the Quinte region. She is professional, very skilled at arranging and hanging exhibits and committed to the arts and supporting local artists. Since she began as curator in 2002, Susan has consistently demonstrated enthusiasm and an appreciation for the vibrant art scene in Belleville and across the Quinte area. During this time she has managed hundreds of exhibitions in all mediums and across all age groups while taking time to build relationships with the artists whose work is shown. Susan provides tours, information, scavenger hunts and other activities for students to learn about art in context.

Since moving to Prince Edward County in 1995, Susan has contributed many volunteer hours to various community groups, several at the conception stages and most often on the executive board. This includes Taste the County, Past Chair of the Prince Edward County Arts Council and, more recently, Susan was a founding member of the board of directors of The Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield. Susan began her ongoing relationship with the arts and artisans through her Gallery and Frame Shop, Framed and Hung, which she ran for nine years. She has also acted as juror for several art exhibitions, both regional and farther afield, over the years. She looks forward to continuing her relationship with the arts and culture sector for many years to come.

David R. Maracle has been crafting his artistry since 1985 from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, bringing to life the ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee People’s ways of life into his magnificent stone carvings. With every piece being unique, he has sold his carvings to many corporations and private collectors including the Estate of the Late Nelson Mandela and The Emperor of Japan. His work has been featured on cheques across Canada, and he has helped to encourage Indigenous youth across the country to recognize their gifts and follow their dreams.

Not only a world-renowned sculptor, David is also a musician and composer and has released more than 17 musical compilations and albums over the last 18 years. He has received two Gold Records from the Recording Industry RIAA for his world ambient sounds of the Iroquoian flute and multi-instrumental fusion of sounds with rare world instruments that he has mastered. He has also won various Canadian Aboriginal Music awards.

David has performed his beautiful ambient music all over the world, including at the Olympics in Australia, before the Queen in Parliament, and just recently in Austria and Pakistan. He also gives back to children in various communities, bringing his Indigenous teachings, culture, and art in the form of workshops – Medicine Wheel Teachings, Iroquoian Flute Teachings, and Earth & Air Teachings to many communities across Canada and in Pakistan. He is a role model for youth, both in the arts and music industry and a humanitarian who stands for Indigenous peoples’ rights and awareness in a kind and generous manner.

Starboard Communications is being recognized for its promotional support of arts and culture and not-for-profit organizations in our community. Through their stations, Hits 95.5 and Cool 100, they offer radio time and talent to help support a wide variety of events, fundraisers and programs. This support is vital to organizations as many cannot afford to buy advertising. The generosity of Starboard Communications, and those who work there, contributes to the health and well-being of our local arts and cultural organizations while raising awareness of Quinte artists.

The awards presentation will take place at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on Thursday, June 8 at Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard, 44 Bridge St. East, Belleville, from 11:30 am to 2 pm. There is a delicious 3-course lunch, a cash bar, and musical entertainment by Roanna Kitchen (winner of last year’s Susan Richardson Bursary) and pianist Tom Dietzel. This year’s winner of the Susan Richardson Bursary will receive his award at the luncheon. Tickets are $35 (includes tax and gratuity) and reservations can be made by calling 613-962-1232 by June 6. Menu options are available at and everyone is welcome.

Roanna Kitchen




Mixed baby greens, Kale, Beets, Carrots, Cucumber, Cherry tomatoes, with a herbed Yogurt dressing


Salmon filet with a fresh dill, lemon sauce

Youkan Mashed potato and fresh vegetables


Free range Chicken Breast with a Mango apricot glaze

Yukon Mashed potato and fresh vegetables


Crème Brulée or fresh fruit salad

Tea or coffee