Expressions 2017, juried visual art show and sale

Expressions Juried Visual Art Show 2017

THEME: Canadian State of Mind

May 4 to June 1, 2017

The Quinte Arts Council’s biennial Expressions Juried Visual Art Show and Sale will feature 2- and 3-dimensional art and craft created by the artists of Quinte. An opening reception will be held on May 4, 6 to 7:30 pm in the John M. Parrott Gallery at the Belleville Public Library. The show will run May 4 to June 1 and several awards will be handed out.  The show this year will have a theme to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday – Canadian State of Mind.


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The Quinte Arts Council’s biennial juried art show and sale, Expressions, was held in the John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville Library, from May 4 to June 1. The outstanding work of more than 40 Quinte artists was on display and each piece offered a unique interpretation of the theme, Canadian State of Mind. Two pieces received Juror’s Choice Awards and one received the Ontario Craft Award. Visitors were invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award and the winner was announced at the end of the show.

I Will Survive by Julianne Eckert

A Juror’s Choice went to Julianne Eckert for her mixed media, I Will Survive. Juror, Lisa Mace, made these comments: “I found the lucid drawing of some of our Canadian wildlife makes this piece very whimsical. The layering and texture of the drawing portrait is very beautiful against the light and airy background. I very much enjoyed spending time observing this piece.”

Herborium Canadensis by Marta Mouka

A Juror’s Choice went to Marta Mouka for her fibre piece, Herbarium Canadensis. According to Juror, Stephen Snider, “The colour harmony in this piece is beautiful. There is a good balance of tones – light, medium, to dark. The execution and attention to detail are perfect and the piece expresses the theme with its Canadian Fall colours.”

Sumac and Limestone by Sue Panko

The Ontario Craft Award went to Sue Panko for her acrylic painting, Sumac and Limestone. According to Juror Stephen Snider, “This piece has outstanding design and is beautifully done. There is excellent graduation of tone and colours from the bottom to the top and good cool to warm graduation. The design of leaves and background are well thought out. Very good handling of acrylic paint with a very nice dry brush effect.”

7 am Conference Vancouver by Sheila Romard

The People’s Choice Award went to Sheila Romard for her oil painting, 7 am Conference Vancouver.

The Quinte Arts Council would like to thank this year’s jurors, Lisa Mace and Stephen Snider, Curator, Susan Holland, the staff at the John M. Parrott Gallery and the volunteers for their dedicated efforts that made Expressions 2017 such an outstanding success.


Quinte Arts Council’s biennial Expressions art show is being held this spring, from May 4 to June 1 in the John M. Parrott Gallery. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and in support of QAC’s 50th year, the theme of the event is A Canadian State of Mind. We are pleased to announce the jurors of this year’s exhibit, Lisa Mace and Stephen Snider.

Lisa Mace

Lisa Mace is a graduate of York University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, honors degree. She studied abstract composition at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts. Her professional career has included numerous shows, both solo and group, from Ottawa to Toronto. Lisa has sold hundreds of paintings, and her work is enjoyed in many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S. and, most recently, Europe.

Lisa lives with her young family off the grid, in the middle of a rural 100 acre woods. Her art is a genuine and personal reflection of her relationship with the natural world. This is not a theoretical relationship – she paints the way that she lives, simply in an understated way. The chaos and tragedy of modern society can leave us feeling helpless and fearful. Lisa’s art intends to provide a sanctuary of calm, a retreat that can invoke memories of childlike abandon and joy, and where one’s mind can find comfort and serenity.

Stephen Snider

Stephen Snider is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, and has been an illustrator for 35 years, working with book and magazine publishers, as well as advertising agencies. He has also worked with the Canadian War museum, covering peace-time exercises for the Canadian Armed Forces in Germany and across Canada. He is internationally known for his historic illustrations, aviation art, drawing and painting classes, and children’s book illustrations. He uses woodcut, watercolour, acrylics, and oil paints to create his art, and is recognized for his attention to detail and accuracy in each historically researched piece.

Stephen is still busy illustrating for his clients, but in the past years he has branched out more into the fine arts world, painting landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, portraits (animal or human) and just about anything else that catches his eye. When not busy with his own work, Stephen finds the time to teach art classes in drawing and painting to adults in Port Hope and Peterborough.

This juried show and sale features artists and artisans from throughout the Quinte region and is open to both members and non-members of the Quinte Arts Council. The exhibition will be held May 4 to June 1, at the John M. Parrott Art Gallery in the Belleville Public Library. We look forward to entries from artists working in any and all media, including potters, weavers, glassblowers, quilters, painters, photographers, woodworkers, carvers, sculptors, jewellers, metal workers, textile artists, folk artists and mixed media artists. Registration fees are $25 for QAC members and $50 for non-members.

Awards will be given for the Ontario Crafts Council Design, Jurors’ Choice and People’s Choice. The award presentations will be made at the opening reception, which takes place on May 4, from 6 to 7:30 pm. All are welcome.