Arts Recognition Awards

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. Call 613-962-1232 to order by phone or drop by the QAC office, 36 Bridge St. East, Belleville.

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.

2014 Recipients… Front row, l-r: CaraHunter, Connie Yrjola, Barb Forgie and Liz Marshall.  Back row, l-r: Rick Penner, Rob Kellough, Paul Johnson and Gerry Boyce.  Photo by Michael Brethour.

The deadline to nominate is April 15, 2015.  The winners will be honoured at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, held on Thursday, June 25 at the Greek Hall in Belleville. Entertainment by The Starpainters. Tickets: $35 at the Quinte Arts Council, 36 Bridge St. E., Belleville or call 613-962-1232.

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.


  • Check the past nominees (see the bottom of this page).
  • Fill in the form (link at bottom of this page) or pick one up at the QAC office, 36 Bridge St., East, Belleville.
  • Tell us in 250 words why you think the person, organization or supporter should receive an award.
  • Get two letters of support.
  • Mail or deliver your package to: Quinte Arts Council, 36 Bridge St. East, P.O. Box 22113, Belleville ON K8N 2Z5 on or before April 15.

If your nomination is accepted you will be invited as our guest to attend the luncheon along with your nominee.

Winners of the Arts Recognition Award will receive a hand-crafted trophy and a certificate.



Quinte Arts Council’s Arts Recognition Awards 2014 – 20th Anniversary

2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the Arts Recognition Awards which began in 1994 as part of QAC’s Two Weeks in May festival. Each spring, members of the community send in their nominations, accompanied by at least two letters of support.

The winners were: writer and historian, Gerald Boyce; theatre director, Elizabeth Marshall; musician, Richard Penner; artisans, Connie Yrjola, Barb Forgie and Cara Hunter of We Create Artisan Events; and sound technicians, Paul Johnson and Rob Kellough of Through The Cedars Music Production.

They were honoured at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, held on May 15 in the Park Ballroom at the Travelodge, in Belleville.  Over 145 guests were treated to a four-course lunch before the awards presentation, as well as to music by the Starpainters Duo, Andy Sparling and Dave Reed, and accordionist, Jessica Melchiorre.

Gerald Boyce was nominated for his tenacious support and promotion of local history.  “His own books, such as Belleville, a Popular History (2008) have helped preserve the historical record of this city while Historic Hastings (1967) is the definitive history of the region… As an educator, historian, volunteer with the Historical Society, lecturer, author of many books, publications and historical papers, member of Belleville City Council and other Civic bodies and boards, he is without equal in the Bay of Quinte area… At age 80, he continues to serve as an active heritage advisor to the Hastings County Historical Society.”

Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall has been a strong pillar of the Belleville Theatre Guild for more than four decades. “Her involvement has covered almost every facet of the life of the Guild. She has served on the Boards of Directors, Play-reading Committees planning the productions for each season, and in many capacities behind the scenes, as producer, designer, and actor…  In 1991 she won the Ottawa Little Theatre Trophy as Best Director for The Death of a Salesman, the Theatre Guild’s entry in that year’s Eastern Ontario Drama League Spring Play Festival… In addition to her full-time career as a teacher, (now retired), Liz has devoted 42 years of her life to the Belleville Theatre Guild, helping to bring outstanding community theatre… to countless audiences in those decades.”

Richard (Rick) Penner’s love of music, both secular and religious, has moved him to volunteer his time and talent wherever he has lived.  He has played for a number of Belleville Theatre Guild productions.  He has played organ and directed the choir at St. Matthews United Church in Belleville and at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Madoc.  According one supporter, Rick is “a very talented musician who is always willing to use his talent to entertain, educate and assist others in their endeavours.  Rick brought a highly professional level of musicianship to an amateur church choir and raised its standard of performance singing four part harmony, far above what the choir thought possible.”  Many of you will know Rick for his free monthly Musical Gifts program in the John M. Parrott Art Gallery.  So far, he’s researched and presented the music of 34 individual composers, groups, stylists, or musical periods.  He often invites young singers to join him for these performances and his guidance gives them confidence and stage presence in front of an audience.

A group award went to Connie Yrjola, Barb Forgie and Cara Hunter of We Create Artisan Events.  “All three ladies are wonderful and tireless contributors to our arts community through their many artistic projects. Between them, they have produced countless artisan shows…  2014 will mark the fifth annual Mother of All Craft Shows, the third annual Kaleidoscope…a celebration of craft and design and the fifth annual Mistletoe Magic Artisan Show.  These shows not only support local artisans by giving them an opportunity to showcase their unique talents but also support many worthwhile causes.  Along the way they have raised many thousands of dollars and awareness for local charities including the Quinte Humane Society, Adam’s Hope, Fixed Fur Life, Heal with Horses and the Food for Learning program.”

Paul Johnson and Rob Kellough received an award for their business, Through the Cedars Music Production.  “They are deeply entrenched in the artistic fabric of their community and do their job without question or complaint. Quite often, event technicians are the first to arrive and last to leave and long days can be the norm. Both Paul and Rob exemplify a professional standard that the ‘big city’ technicians could learn from. Whether it’s being polite and understanding with young artists new to the stage or addressing all the little things that ‘come up’ as an act is setting up and sound-checking, these guys do it to a standard that makes me proud to work with them.”

Each winner was presented with a certificate from the City of Belleville as well as a trophy created by glass artist and sculptor, Marc ‘Budgie’ Bourdon.

The Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts was sponsored by Veridian Connections, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Tim Hortons/The Hanley Corporation, The Intelligencer, Cool 100 and 95.5 Hits FM.




Left to right: Sam Brady, Mayor Neil Ellis, Robert Kranendonk, Debbie Morton, Bill Morton, John Misters, Moorcroft Boyd, Steve Hall and Robert Young.  (Missing is Joan Reive.)

Previous Recipients

  • 2014 – CaraHunter, Connie Yrjola, Barb Forgie (We Create Artisans Events); Liz Marshall; Rick Penner; Rob Kellough and Paul Johnso (Through The Cedars Music Production); and Gerry Boyce.
  • 2013 – Joan Reive, In-Four-Mation, Robert Kranendonk, Sam Brady, and Bill and Debbie Morton
  • 2012 – Mary-Lynne Morgan, Artists Below The Line, Nancy Garrod, Rev. John Uttley, Dona Knudsen, Sylvin Pineau, Ross McDougall, Doug Thompson and Harvey Gere of the Belleville Lions Club
  • 2011 – Al Hazel, Jack Evans, Stephane Lemelin, Lise Lindenberg, Shawn Patriquin, Teresa Bell and Paul Thompson
  • 2009 – Bob Long, Don Pinder, Quinte Symphony Orchestra
  • 2008 – Andrew and Adam Gray, Carlyn Moulton, Debra Tosh, Marc Bourdon, Georgette Fry, Peta Hall, and the Marilyn and Maurice Rollins Foundation
  • 2007 – Quinte Opera Guild, Quinte Rotary Music Festival, Rob Brown, Anne Buckley, Muriel Gibson, Bob Clute Pontiac Buick GMC
  • 2006 – Wayne McFaul, Quinte Film Alternative, Moira Nikander Forrester, Sharon Campbell, Chantale Brisson, the Leona Riggs Charitable Foundation
  • 2005 – Marilyn Holden, Ann Pickett, Rudy Heijdens, Andy Forgie, and Jack and Bernice Parrott
  • 2004 – Caroline Smith, Mark Rashotte, Charlie Kammer
  • 2003 – Campbell Monuments, Warren McFaul, Barbara Whelan
  • 2002 – Wilma Alexander, Procter & Gamble, Quinte Ballet School Guild
  • 2001 – The Leona Riggs Foundation, Marion Stratton, Wilma Donald, The Marysburgh Mummers
  • 2000 – Beryl Rutland, Stirling Performing Arts Committee, Belleville Art Association
  • 1999 – Dorothy Aitchison, Eugene Lang, The Belleville Theatre Guild
  • 1998 – Tony Lassing, Susan Richardson, Marilyn and Maurice Rollins, Lee Jourard, Nortel
  • 1997 – Linda Hamer-Harris Mustard, Jim Alexander, Stan Wiggins
  • 1996 – Harlan House R.C.A., Paul Dinkel, Jane Hull
  • 1995 – William Maddox, Brian Scott, Corby Distilleries
  • 1994 – Florence Lennox, Gordon and Audrey Davies, Diana Koechlin