Arts en Plein Air 2017, Competition and Arts Festival

Congratulations to all our plein air painters – the winning pieces were by:

First Prize of $2000: Judy Harper

Judy Harper with the jurors – Paul Garbett and Stephen Snider
Judy Harper’s winning piece
Dalibor Dejanovic won 2nd place ($1500)
Andrew Csafordi won 3rd place. ($750)
Ted Yao won the Downtown Belleville prize ($1000).
Magdalena Leaker won for Art in Chaos ($500). Her piece is the larger one in the middle.
Jacob (10 years old) won first place ($500) and Katherine (5 years old) won 2nd place ($200) in the Student Competition.

Information for Registrants:

At registration, artists will receive a participant package and additional area information. There will be cash awards totaling almost $6000.

Plein Air Festival Rules for Painters (PDF)

Registration Form for Painters (printable PDF)

Registration Form for Other Artists/Exhibitors (printable PDF)

Online Registration Form for Painters

Online Registration Form for Other Artist/Exhibitors

Online Registration Fee Payment

Become a QAC Member

Painting Competition Locations: see map below and click here to see PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOCATIONS



Old East Hill (generally between John St. and Dufferin, Victoria and Dundas St. E.)

Victoria Park (west off South Front St., just south of the train tracks)

Zwick’s Park (east and west side of the Bay Bridge)

Meyer’s Pier, 1 S. Front St., Belleville

Waterfront Trail (starting at Meyer’s Pier and travelling east along the trail on the Bay to Herchimer St.)

Moira River Waterfront (both sides of the river, from the Bay of Quinte to Hwy 401)



Signal Brewery, 87 River Rd.


Melon Hill Farm, 644 County Road #23 (south on Hwy 62 – west on Victoria Road – north on County Road #23)

Love Nest Studio, 54 Wilson Road (south off Hwy 62 – west on Wilson Rd.)

Huff Estates Winery, Oeno Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 2274 Country Road #1 (south off Hwy 62 – west on County Road #1)

The cash prizes are: 1st, $2000; 2nd, $1500; 3rd, $750 for the painting competition. Other special prizes are: Downtown Belleville, $1000; and Art in Chaos/the beauty of construction, $500. Groups of students will be painting on Thursday and a student competition will be held in downtown Belleville on Saturday (2 prizes: $500 and $200). The fee is $40 for members of the QAC or the Ontario Plein Air Society, $50 for non-members, and $25 for students. Jurors are Paul Garbett and Stephen Snider. Work from the festival will be on display at the Parrott Gallery, Belleville Library, September 11 to 21.

New festival includes student component and involvement of other artists and art groups

Arts en Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival, taking place from September 7 to 10, offers visual artists, performing artists and other artists and arts groups an exceptional showcase for their work. It also gives the public an opportunity to view artists as they create work in the outdoor painting competition in numerous painting locations in and around Belleville, as well as exhibits, demonstrations, and performances in tents in the downtown core. Click on the link above to see photos and locations of plein air painting sites.


For our outdoor painters, the event kicks off Thursday, September 7. These ‘early birds’ will be challenged but not limited by our identified painting sites. This will also enable observers to more easily travel around to watch art and creativity unfold before their eyes. All participating artists will be identified by their registration ID tags.

Also on Thursday, we will have a number of student classes painting in the downtown core. The Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Education has supported this activity as important for stimulating creativity. By involving students in activities that will complement their growth and provide balance in their adult lives, we are together assisting in cultivating a positive future for our children.


The opening reception with refreshments and cash bar takes place on Friday, Sept 8 at 5:30 pm at Dinkel’s/Paulo’s Restaurant at 44 Bridge Street East, Belleville. All are invited to attend.

Students will also be painting throughout downtown Belleville on Saturday, Sept 9. These budding artists will be painting individually or in small groups (all students under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or relative).


On Saturday, there will be free musical entertainment and art exhibits in downtown Belleville from 10 am to 4 pm.  There will be music on two stages – one in the Riverside Parking Lot across from City Hall (169 Front St) and the other on the Bernice Parrott Stage behind City Hall in Market Square.

MUSIC – On the Riverside Stage beginning at 10 am we have Chris Berneke then Karina Jane Conolly at 11 am, Kaz Conolly at noon, Telegraph Narrows at 1 pm, Kyle Mitchell at 2 pm and Dallin Whitford at 3 pm On the Bernice Parrott stage, starting at 10 am you can hear Eddy Kay, then Ed Fowler at 11 am, Stephen Medd and Gary Kirrsch at noon, Shout Sister at 1 pm, Louise Ford at 2 pm and Sandra Valks at 3 pm.

SHOW AND SALE of art and craft by Quinte artists and artisans in the Riverside Parking Lot across from City Hall. Participants include Bernice Collingridge, M.T. Rivers, Emebet Belete, Chris Cruikshank, Stevens Pottery, Debby Smit, Paul Sheir, John Granton, Renay Weismann-Stanners, Donna Bonin, Elaine Small, and Christine Dominico. There will be paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography, watercolours, and information from the Hastings County Historical Society. You will also see Michael DeRushie and his puppets wandering around making conversation. And Christopher the Twistopher is planning to show up and create colourful balloon sculptures.


The work of the plein air artists will be juried by Steven Snider and Paul Garbett on Sunday, September 10 and the awards presentation with refreshments will take place at 1 pm at the John M. Parrott Gallery on the third floor of the Belleville Public Library where the work will remain on display until September 22.

Please join us. The reception and awards presentation are open to the public and we hope that everyone will take advantage of these opportunities to meet the artists and join in the festivities.

International Plein Air Painters is a blanket organization created for the sole purpose of advancing the execution and enjoyment of plein air painting without the restrictions and limitations of borders or regions. Membership is restricted to plein air painters, those serious to learn about plein air painting and those who wish to be benefactors advancing the plein air movement.