Spring Rejuvenation at the QAC Gallery and Gift Shop April 12

Rather than just looking through our front windows and wondering what has been going on, you can now come in and enjoy our refreshed and expanded exhibit space. The QAC office, gallery and gift shop at 36 Bridge St. East in downtown Belleville is open for visitors, members and customers, Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

To celebrate the Gallery’s new look and the Council’s rejuvenated outlook, we are planning an official re-opening on Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to this show and reception entitled Spring Rejuvenation. The event will include a show of works by QAC member artists, refreshments, door prizes and a silent auction of prints donated by Wilkinson and Company, as well as other donated items (see thumbnail images of artwork below). Musical entertainment by Adam Gibson, country guitar and vocals.

Readings by David and Kimberly Maracle at 4:30, Sheila Stanley at 5:30 and Colin Frizzell at 6:30.

Grand Re-opening of the QAC Gallery and Gift Shop

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 4 to 7 pm

36 Bridge Street East, Belleville, ON

Everyone is Welcome!


We want to ensure that we showcase as many QAC member artists as possible and are inviting visual artists to submit one or two pieces of 2-dimensional work (ready to hang). We are also inviting artisans, writers, historians, musicians, videographers, etc. to also submit work to our growing gallery and display space. If you would like your work to be on display for the opening on April 12, please contact us no later than March 26 (*see contact info below). The show will run until May 31.

Submission Requirements:

All submissions must be properly labelled (include artist’s name, title of piece, medium, price, and telephone number). Securely attach the label to the back or bottom of the piece.

Submissions must be delivered to the QAC on Tuesday, April 3 between 10 am and 7 pm.

Please note that, as we wish to show the work of as many artists as possible, size will be a consideration when selecting work.

Please price your work to reflect the QAC’s commission charge of 30% on sold pieces.

*For additional information or to express interest in participating in the show, please call 613-962-1232, email qac@quinteartscouncil.org, or drop in.



Quinte Arts Council Silent Auction – About the Artists


Nital Engle

Nita Engle, one of America’s foremost watercolor artists, is well-known for her watercolor landscapes that are a visual remedy for incurable wanderlust. Her paintings range from Africa to Alaska, from Thailand and Tahiti to Italy, and from Indonesia to her home on the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her unique watercolor technique has been developed through experimentation. Engle says, “The exciting thing about painting in watercolor is that it moves on the paper, unlike oil.”  Engle attended the Art Institute of Chicago for four years with affiliated study at Northern Michigan University and Roosevelt University. She was employed as an art director of a Chicago ad agency before becoming a full-time illustrator in watercolor for major publications, for everything she says, “From Reader’s Digest to Playboy.”  If you admire the art of Nita Engle, you may also enjoy the watercolor paintings of David Armstrong and Carolyn Blish.

Glen Loates

Born in 1945, Glen Loates is internationally acknowledged by critics to be one of today’s foremost artists. Glen is an R.C.A, master artist, began his professional career at age 11 when he sketched and modeled the yellow daffodil, used by the Canadian Cancer Society as its symbol for more than forty years. The subject of magazine articles, three books, three films and numerous interviews, Loates has been honored nationally and internationally including special commissions, and invitations to join scientific expeditions.

Loates is an artist who paints a variety of subjects.  He uses “Prismacolor” pencils, watercolors, oils and pastels for his paintings and drawings including animals and birds in natural environments. Spanning the past three decades, Loates has created a brilliant body of work celebrating North American landscape and wildlife. His paintings are exuberant. They sparkle. They are full of the passions with which this self taught artist embraces nature and life itself. They are likeable. So is Loates who, when he enters a room, brings something of that breezy quality that makes his paintings so pleasantly active, and something, too, that impels you to call him “Glen” at first meeting.

His paintings are sought after the world over. Millions of Americans and Europeans have acclaimed him, and magazine articles and had features appear in thirteen languages. Glen has received almost every honour available to an artist, including induction into the prestigious Explorers Club, for being the first artist to descend 1 ½ miles down in the Atlantic using a submersible to study and record deep sea life.

Coffee table books have been published about the artist’s work from childhood to age 35, which became instant best sellers. Glen has been the subject of many television specials and an award winning documentary. The National Audubon Society, after having searched throughout the world, awarded Glen their first commission to sculpt four endangered mammal species.

President Reagan, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the Royal Family, all own Glen’s art. Major museums and galleries have shown and collected his work. Glen’s life sized painting The Bald Eagle is housed in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C.

In spite of his fame, Loates remains a modest, soft spoken and generous artist.

James Fenwick Lansdowne

James Fenwick Lansdowne, OC OBC was a self-taught Canadian wildlife artist. Lansdowne was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. His first show was at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1956. Lansdowne’s detailed watercolours of birds are similar in style to the work of John James Audubon – often featuring a specific species against a largely white background – but his subjects tend to display a greater lifelike quality and more natural postures than Audubon’s.

His work has been presented to members of the British Royal Family by the Government of Canada. Born: August 8, 1937, Hong Kong, Died: July 27, 2008, Victoria, Canada, Awards: Order of Canada, Order of British Columbia.

James Lumbers

James Lumbers (born 1929) is a Canadian artist. Originally from Toronto, now resides on the Georgian Bay, is known for his wilderness landscapes, nostalgic images of Canada’s past, and portraits. He is most noted for his heritage Moments in Time series where he combines historical photographs and records with present-day imagery to create historical tributes.

Lumbers has contributed time and supported many charities over the years. He has appeared on many TV and radio shows and numerous newspaper and magazine articles have been written about him. He decided to establish his own Publishing Company in 1991 and published his own work and the work of other Canadian Artists that needed support.

In 1973 Lumbers was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York and he also became a member of the Society of Animal Artists of New York. He has been documented inn Who’s Who in American Art and a Dictionary of International Biographies in the UK. Lumbers work can be found in collections around the world. In 1993 a book was published representing his work up to that time.

Jean-Luc Grondin

Jean-Luc Grondin is Québec’s most celebrated wildlife artist. He was born in Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Québec on November 20, 1938. When he was young he loved to draw; especially birds and nature. Today he is considered one of Canada’s best wildlife artists. His reputation is now international. From 1995-1996 Grondin joined fellow Canadian wildlife artists Robert Bateman, George McLean, Brent Townsend and Michael Dumas at an exposition of Canadian wildlife art in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

From 1953-1957 Grondin attended the Québec School of Fine Arts. In 1964 he was hired by the Zoological Gardens in Québec City as a graphic artist where he worked until 1974. Grondin illustrated some birding books and became more immersed in his love of painting birds. In 1976 Grondin sold his first of many painting, Barn Swallows, to the Canadian Nature Museum in Ottawa. His paintings were commissioned by corporations, Canada Post (1986), the Québec Wildlife Foundation (1988) and Wildlife Habitat Canada (1989).

Many of Grondin’s painting have been reproduced as limited edition prints – and have found collectors from around the world.

John Seerey-Lester

John Seerey-Lester (1941- ) Now a resident of Florida, Seerey-Lester is a native of Great Britain. He was educated in art at Salford Technical College in Lancashire, England, and worked in the fields of advertising and publishing before becoming a professional artist. Working predominately in oils, Seerey-Lester paints East African and North American wildlife subjects. He has been selected numerous times for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art show and tour, including the 1986 China tour. Seerey-Lester was also honored as Ducks Unlimited’s artist for their 50th Anniversary stamp and print program. He devotes much time and attention to the preservation of wilderness and wildlife.

Maxine Noel

Maxine was born in the Canadian province of Manitoba of Santee Oglala Sioux parents. She spent her early childhood on her mother’s reserve but at the age of six she left to attend an Indian residential school. Maxine’s early career as a legal secretary was soon overshadowed by her preoccupation with painting and drawing. She took a course in advanced design where a teacher noticed Maxine’s tendency toward linear expression and encouraged her in the use of shape and line to suggest movement. She learned those lessons well as evidenced by much of her work today. Since those early days Maxine has mastered the skills of painting and drawing plus the processes of serigraphy, etching and stone lithography. Recently she has turned her talents to the creation of editions in cast paper and limited edition bronze castings.

Maxine has received excellent response to her work and is now able to devote herself full-time to the creation of art. Maxine Noel signs her artwork with her Sioux name IOYAN MANI, which translates as ‘Walk Beyond’.

There are some artists who paint to make a living, some artists who paint because they are lured by the fame and fortune of the art world and those who simply paint because for them painting is a labor of love. Celebrated Canadian artist Robert Bateman fits into the last category perfectly well. Apart from being an internationally celebrated wild life artist, Bateman is also Canada’s most famous living artist and one of the most commercially successful artists of all times. There are not many artists who can boast about having three high schools, a foundation, live website and an entire harbor in Victoria, Canada named after them. Bateman’s remarkable real life naturalistic paintings of wild life hasn’t exactly been embraced by the artistic ‘snobs’ but for him that doesn’t really matter. Bateman is that rare breed of artists who chose to paint because it’s their true calling.

Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman was born in 1930 in Ontario, Canada in a solid middle class family. From an earlier age on Bateman developed a strong connection with the outdoors and nature. He would often spend hours at an end just wandering through parks, streams, lakes and hills devouring everything in his sight especially the wild life he used to come across. Soon Bateman started sketching bears, eagles, wild cats and rabbits and his artistic flair became apparent. Despite his interest and talent Bateman opted to study Geography at university, a factor which helped him further branch out his love for the wild life and incorporate it into his paintings. Bateman started teaching art and geography at a local high school but side by side he continued to paint rigorously and gradually his work started getting noticed. For Bateman his definition of what makes a painting qualify as a masterpiece is not necessarily something which is pitch perfect in composition and colors but something which comes straight from the heart. To this day Bateman can found around the Canadian wilderness with his camera intact taking pictures of the wild life and nature and transforming them into something remarkable on the canvas. Bateman’s 1987 art show held at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC drew in large crowds – a record for any artist during that time. Due to his love for the wild life, Bateman also happens to be a devout environmentalist, another factor which hinders his position amongst the art ‘snobs’. Due to his unconventional paintings style and choice of subject matter in his works Bateman is considered by many to be a bit of an outsider in the art world. But quite a successful outsider at that for he has sold millions of his works in the form of posters, books, magazine covers and illustrations.

Bateman is a strong crusader of preserving the natural environment and works tirelessly with local communities and youth groups in promoting awareness about the importance of nature and its habitats. Robert Bateman has countless books devoted to his style of painting and his works and is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was awarded with the Order of British Colombia (OBC) in 2001.

Daniel Vaughan

Daniel is a professional photographer and has had a camera of one sort or another in his hands for over four decades, shooting corporate, travel, portrait, street, wedding and landscape subjects. He has used both traditional darkroom and digital methods to create impactful photo art. He focuses on the intimate aspects of his subjects, capturing them in everyday settings and moods.

Daniel is currently a principal at Vaughan Group, focusing on photographic services, web design, graphic design, music production and marketing/communications consulting to help companies grow their business: vaughangroup.ca. With his brother David, they provide commercial photography services including photo editing and are running some fun and informative Digital Photography Workshops at The Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield, PEC.

David Vaughan

David Vaughan has 35+ years of professional photography and graphic design expertise. He has extensive photo portfolios from shooting travel, portrait, commercial, photojournalism and fine art subjects. He works with regional businesses, artists and organizations providing photography, graphic and web design services. His photos have been featured in the 2015-17 PEC Art Trail/Taste Guide as well as the 2015-17 PEC Welcome Guide.