Annual Events

water,-fabric-art-by-hilary-riceExpressions Biennial Juried Visual Art Show

May – Expressions, the Quinte Arts Council’s Biennial Juried Visual Art Show at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville Public Library features the work of artists and artisans from throughout the Quinte region.  This year’s Expressions runs May 4 to June 2 and will feature 2- and 3-dimensional art and craft created by the artists of Quinte. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 4, 6 to 7:30 pm in the John M. Parrott Gallery at the Belleville Public Library. Deadline for artists to apply is April 6th.

New this year!  The QAC is accepting online submissions.  Nervous about submitting online? Don’t worry the QAC has you covered!  Join a drop-in workshop at the Krane Educational Arts Centre on Monday, March 27th or Wednesday, March 29th from 4-6 pm.  Photograph your entries and submit them online with step by step instruction!  Bring your art submissions, and digital versions of your resume and artist statement(s).

Enter online, print your  Entry Form, Information Sheet and Labels, or pick up your entry package at the QAC office.

plein air festivalBelleville-on-the-Bay-of-Quinte Plein Air Festival

The Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA) in partnership with the Quinte Arts Council (QAC) is thrilled to present the third annual Belleville-on-the-Bay-of-Quinte Plein Air Festival. On Thursday, May 28th to Sunday, May 31st, 2015 artists will be able to capture the beauty of the City of Belleville en Plein Air. The Plein Air Festival has been expanded to a four day festival in which artists will be completing their works outdoors capturing the natural light, colour, texture and nuance in their work. “The 2014 festival was a huge success and we are eager to bring this great event that celebrates the diverse arts scene in the City of Belleville back to the community”, says Seppo Nousiainen, Plein Air Festival Chairman. Once again this year artists will be able to capture the beautiful images of historic Downtown Belleville, the shores of the Bay of Quinte, the famous “Old East Hill” and the Moira River. Last year saw entries from many local artists as well as from Toronto. This event is a juried and judged competition that is open to artists working in various mediums such as watercolour, acrylic, soft pastel and oil. The event will kick off on Thursday, May 28th and there will be an artist’s reception on Friday, May 29th at Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard. There is a $30.00 registration fee for artists and there will be cash awards of up to $4500.00 for competing artists. The BDIA, QAC and Plein Air planning committee would like to invite all artists to participate in this unique community event and celebrate art en Plein Air! For more information visit or contact the BDIA office at 612 968-2242 or email

hand-and-laurelArts Recognition Awards and Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts

The Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts will be held on Thursday, June 25 at the Greek Hall in Belleville. Entertainment by The Starpainters. The Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Recognition Awards acknowledge and celebrate those artists, individuals, volunteers and supporters who make a difference to the arts in our community. Tickets are $35 and that includes lunch, tax and gratuities. The menu is: First Course is Arugula and frisée leaves with assorted garnishes, fresh dill vinaigrette OR Grilled Market vegetable antipasti with shaved prosciutto and bocconcini; Second Course is Wild Mushroom, asparagus herbed ziti mix, rosé OR Classic Chicken Marsalla, Yukon gold garlic mashed, olive oil and sea salt vegetable toss; Dessert is Baklava Cheese cake; Coffe and Tea. Read more…


meetingthumbAnnual General Meeting and Member Gathering

Spring – The QAC’s AGM is held in the spring (this year on June 10) and includes the election of the board of directors and reports on the QAC’s strategic planning initiatives.


culture_days_thumbCulture Days

September – Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days is a collaborative initiative that welcomes your participation. This year it will run Sept. 25 to 27, 2015. Read more…

AITC-thumbArt in the Community Visual Arts Show and Sale

Every 3 Months – These art exhibits change every 3 months, and showcase the works of more than 500 area artists in non-traditional venues to raise awareness for, and sell the work of, local painters, photographers, and multi-media artists.  Read more…

loyalist art and designLoyalist College Art and Design Foundation/QAC Exhibits

Two exhibits/year –  One provides training to students on how to mount and promote an exhibit, and the other uses typography to create images using digital media interpreting the written word.  Read more...


ballet-creoleWorld Music and Dance Performance

Fall and/or Spring – Each year the QAC offers a World Music and Dance performance and workshop, providing performing arts experiences to students which they may otherwise not be exposed to.  This program is free to students in Quinte thanks to the generous support of the Marilyn and Maurice Rollins Foundation. Read more…


logothumbQAC Fundraiser

Fall – The QAC has held a fundraising event in the fall for many years – Holiday Gala, Festival of Trees, and in 2014, the BelleVegas Variety Show at the Empire Theatre. Plans will soon be underway for the next fundraiser. More information to come.  Read more…