2021 Expressions

APRIL 7, 2021: Due to the latest provincial stay at home order, we have rescheduled the Expressions show to June, and have extended the registration date to May. All dates noted below reflect these changes.


The Quinte Arts Council’s Expressions biennial juried show + sale features artists and artisans from throughout the Quinte region and is open to both members and non-members of the QAC.  We welcome 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 arts.

The theme for 2021 is “Re-Imagine.”

To learn more about what we mean by this theme, please visit our February 25, 2021 Cultivating Creativity column in the Belleville Intelligencer, “Expressions Juried Show invites artists to Re-Imagine.” Read here.

Deadline for online registration/entry: May 1
Art drop off: May 29 *
Show dates at the J.M. Parrott Gallery: June 3 to 30 **

Prize categories include:
Juror’s choice (2 awards): $300 cash award
Craft Ontario Community Award (1 award): $200 cash award, plus one year membership to Craft Ontario
People’s Choice (1 award): $150 gift certificate to Barratt’s Office Pro

Entry fees: $25 for QAC members; $60 for non-members (including artists under a member group); $75 for new membership/renewal + entry fee


Step 1: Please read this Information Sheet/Conditions of Entry (PDF). If you have questions, please check the FAQ below. If you still need help, email communications@quinteartscouncil.org

Step 2: Complete the Entry Form online, including method of payment.

Step 3: Complete payment via e-transfer to qac@quinteartscouncil.org (password QAC1967) or mail a cheque to Quinte Arts Council P.O. Box 22113, Belleville, Ontario K8N 2Z5 Attention: Expressions. Please note: Your entry will not be confirmed until proper payment is received.

Step 4: Attach a label to each artwork. (Template available here.)

We encourage submissions from groups that are historically underrepresented, including racialized and Indigenous individuals, LGBTQ2S+ identifying individuals, francophone individuals, Deaf persons, and persons with disabilities. If you require any accommodations during the submissions process, please contact us.

February 10, 2021: The Quinte Arts Council is thrilled to announce the jurors for our 2021 Expressions: Valerie Kent and Bill Reddick.

Valerie Kent, BFA, B.Ed., MFA, enjoys painting and teaching.  She is a certified Golden Educator and has taught art at all levels in schools, colleges, universities, art societies, has facilitated workshops in Europe both for plein air workshops in France and Italy and on the river cruises in France.  Her work has been shown in many countries around the world in group and solo shows.  She has juried many art shows and has high regard for the beautiful artists who paint and share their work with other artists and their communities.

Valerie Kent is the Director of the Cavan Art Gallery, Director of Galerie Q and she operates an art school at other times.  She is teaching at Trent University Continuing Education and for Boomerang  and Creative Edge. Valerie can be find online at valeriekent.com

As a renowned ceramic artist and potter, Bill Reddick found inspiration in the classical ceramic tradition of the Song Dynasty. Through his contemporary expression of this ancient tradition, he has developed original techniques, a fluency of form, and thus, the creation of beauty. All works are individually handmade by the artist in his studio in Peterborough, Ont., where he enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for his work while showing visitors his studio and gallery. He is the creator of Canada’s official state dinnerware, which resides at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Bill welcomes commissions and will happily do in home consultations.

Bill Reddick Studio is located in beautiful Peterborough, Ontario located at 926 High St., Unit #3, and can be found online at billreddick.com

Questions? Please read the FAQ first (below). Then contact Fiona at communications@quinteartscouncil.org

* Details regarding location of art drop will be communicated to participants by May 21, depending on provincial/public health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

** Live in-person show dates at the J.M. Parrott Gallery are subject to change depending on provincial/public health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. If the province is in lockdown and/or public health deems it unsafe to host events in person, the show may go virtual.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Q:) Do artists submit photos for consideration before the show? Or how does the selection process work?
A:) Participants are asked to drop off artwork (up to 2 pieces) on May 1. (Timing and location will be determined closer to the date, depending on COVID regulations.) The two jurors will critique all work over the weekend, and select pieces for the show, as well as awarding two Jurors’ Choice Awards. Participants whose work is not selected will be required to pick up their artwork on Monday May 3, 2021. (Timing and location to be determined, as above.)

Q:) If my work is not selected for the show do I get my $25 back?
A:) No. Fees are used to pay the jurors and are therefore non-refundable. You may however request feedback from the juror(s) as to why your piece(s) was not accepted.

Q:) How many submissions do you typically receive and how many are chosen for the show?
A:) It depends! We receive anywhere between 50 and 150 submissions. The number of pieces selected is entirely up to the discretion of the jurors.

Q:) What information do you require on the labels for the artwork?
A:) Template for labels is available here.

Q:) How many pieces of artwork can I submit?
A:) You can submit two pieces of art per entry.

Q:) Can I enter more than once?
A:) No.

Q.) Can I submit work that was part of a virtual/popup show?
No. Work that has been previously exhibited in a virtual show or a popup is ineligible. Expressions is a juried show with a theme and monetary prizes, and we invite artists to create work inspired by this theme. Two professional artists will be judging submissions and interpretation of this theme will be a consideration, among other criteria. We will, however, accept work created within the past two years that has not be publicly exhibited (except on an artist’s website/social media).

Q:) If I am a member of a QAC member group (e.g Belleville Art Association, Belleville Weavers & Spinners Guild) but not a QAC Member, do I qualify for the “Member” rate?
A:) No. If you are a member of a Member Group, you receive discounts on “Members only” shows, i.e. Self-Portrait Show, Photography Show, etc. This is not a “Members only” show, so you would pay the non-member rate. Read here for the the complete list of member benefits. And then go here to become a member!