Staff

Janet Jarrell | Executive Director

Janet Jarrell was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario. After highschool, she headed West to go to school and live in British Columbia. She studied Business, majoring in marketing and economics. Her education includes strategic planning, legal studies and finance for nonprofits. She moved her family back to the Belleville area in 2002. She is a Professor of Communications and Computer Essentials at Loyalist College in Belleville.

Janet was a Supervisor with the Municipal government in Economic Development and Tourism in British Columbia. She worked in the government at the Provincial level in Ontario with experience as a team lead at the courts and in the Social Services sector. She has training and work experience in Clarifying Community Engagement, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Accessibility, Adult Education and Supportive Approaches to Innovative Learning.

Janet is engaged in her community as Chair for five years of Options for Social Growth, as President of the Justice Studies Board at Loyalist and 15 years with the Board of Directors for her local soccer association. She currently sits on the City of Belleville Culture Review Team. Janet is an artist in her own right as a published author in books, magazines and poetry. She has extensive experience as an editor-in-chief and associate editor which helps with the publication of the Umbrella. She spent over ten years profiling local artists for print, writing historical pieces and building and maintaining lasting relationships with the artistic, cultural and heritage community. All of this education and experience combined make for a balanced and very organized team leader who garners respect, responsibility and strategic vision for the Quinte Arts Council.

Adam Gray | Creative Director

Adam Gray is a documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur with a degree in communications and a diploma in theatre arts.   Adam specializes in conceiving content, securing funding, team management and executing media projects across multiple platforms.    

Adam co-runs Gray Brothers Films with his brother Andrew.  They have produced documentaries for television series such as Enigma, Supernatural Investigator and Pit Crews. Their feature length documentary, Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Next Wave, was an official selection of The Seattle International Film Festival, Newfilmmakers Los Angeles, and Vancouver’s DOXA Festival. It was selected by famed cult filmmaker John Waters as one of the 10 best films of 2015. Gray Brothers films have aired on networks such as HBO, The Movie Network, Movie Central, The Sundance Channel, CBC Documentary, Bravo!, and Vision TV.  

The Gray brother’s documentaries have won a number of awards including best short at the  Kingston Canadian Film Festival (Ty Conn : My Brother The Outlaw 2017) and best feature at Belleville Downtown DocFest (Fly Colt Fly 2014).

Adam has also been the coordinator for Belleville’s Downtown DocFest since 2017 and teaches Writing For The Screen at Loyalist College.

adamquinteartscouncil@gmail.com

Fiona Campbell | Communications and Outreach Director

Fiona Campbell is a freelance writer, journalist, editor, photographer, traveler, runner and activist.

Over the past 15 years she’s written for an eclectic range of national magazines and websites on topics related to food, farming, nature, the environment and social justice, and has worked with several NGOs and not-for-profits. She is also editor for Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, and enjoys teaching creative nonfiction workshops and mentoring new writers.

She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College, a BAA in journalism from Ryerson University, and a BA in international development from the University of Guelph.

Fiona is currently working on a collection of lyrical essays and poetry called Digging Deep: On Food, Farming and a Life in Contradiction about her move back to a farm (dream meets reality), and what happens to our body, communities, identity and humanity when we become disconnected from the land and our food. She lives in Madoc with her two teenage kids, one dog, and too many books.

Kim Lidstone | Bookkeeper