Annual Events

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MAY: Expressions Biennial Juried Visual Art Show + Sale

Expressions, the Quinte Arts Council’s Biennial Juried Visual Art Show + Sale, hosted by the J.M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, features the work of artists and artisans from throughout the Quinte region. The next Expressions will be held from May 6 to June 3, 2021. For more information and/or to register, visit here.


OPAS president Keith Thirgood capturing the beauty of Belleville at the 2019 competition

CANCELLED FOR 2020: The Quinte en Plein Air 2020 Festival is a four-day juried competition from Thursday, May 28 to Sunday, May 31, 2020, where artists leave their studios behind to paint and showcase their work outdoors. Prizes total over $4,000. Artists have the opportunity to capture beautiful images of historic downtown Belleville, the shores of the Bay of Quinte, the famous ‘Old East Hill,’ the Moira River, and numerous other painting locations in the Quinte region.


 Annual General Meeting and Member Gathering

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Elegant meeting room at the Belleville Club.

The Quinte Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting is held in the summer of each year. The meeting includes the election of the board of directors, reports on the QAC’s strategic planning initiatives, presentation of the Annual Report, social time and networking, finger foods and entertainment. Everyone is welcome. The 2020 AGM was held on August 27th, 2021 in a virtual format.


Arts Recognition Awards and Luncheon for the Arts DATE AND LOCATION TBD

Each year, the Quinte Arts Council recognizes those individuals or businesses who have made a difference to the arts in our community. Nominations are accepted until (note new deadline date) June 8. Winners are celebrated at The Luncheon for the Arts which will be held in September. Details and nomination forms available in spring 2021.


ANNUAL FUNDRAISER : DECEMBER 2019: Knudsen Brady Clark Advisory Group – CIBC Wood Gundy – Quinte Branch presents The Sultans of String Live at The Empire Theatre. Three-time JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring band originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. To read more, click here.