June/July/August 2014

June/July/August 2014
BelleVegas Variety Show at
the Empire Theatre... This Is Hip!
Volume 24, Number 2
Congratulations to our COMMUNITY PARTNER
Serving the Quinte region
for more than 65 years!
by Carol Feeney
Mark Rashotte, Andy Forgie and Al Haring
Variety, The Dance and Show Band
The Quinte Arts Council is planning
an exciting new event on September
11 at the Empire Theatre & Centre
for the Performing Arts in
Belleville, that will present some of
the region’s best musical talent as
well as offer the audience a chance
to hear songs by local celebrities.
The concept is to have all musicians
and singers perform with Variety,
the Dance and Show Band. Each
will have the option to pick songs
from Variety’s extensive playlist,
then take the stage with the band for
an incredible night of music and
entertainment. All you Need is
Love’s Mark Rashotte, Andy Forgie Susan Walsh
and Al Haring will be on stage, as will Susan Walsh
of For the Love of a Song, and a host of other
special guests, including Sam Brady, Tim Campbell,
Jeanette Arsenault, The Reason’s Peter Rea, Lenni
Stewart, Wendy Shaer, Melanie Hilmi and Colonel
David Lowthian.
Their promotion as “the right band for every
occasion,” is not just an advertising gimmick for
Variety, the Dance and Show Band, says band leader
Dan Shaer. Variety is the culmination of over 40
day at
Jeanette Arsenault
years in the entertainment
industry for Shaer. With
hundreds of charts in their library, and the
instrumentation and vocal styles of the band, they
are able to authentically perform in many genres
including jazz, classic rock, Motown, blues, soul,
funk, pop, and country.
Lance Jeffrey, drums; Andy Coffin, trumpet; Tim
Roberts, bari/tenor; Roger Chong, trombone; and
Dan Shaer, vocals/tenor/keyboards/drums. For this
special event, three more horns from The Power
Connection, Variety Band’s alter ego, will be joining
the Variety horn section.
Variety’s lineup of musicians includes some of the
top musicians in the region - from Toronto to
Kingston and Peterborough. Featuring: Wendy
Shaer, vocals; Duncan Cooper, keyboards/vocals;
John Beach, bass guitar; Neal Mattice, lead guitar;
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Past Chair
1st Vice Chair
2nd Vice Chair
Dan Atkinson
Barbara-Jo Clute
Pat Feasey
Anne Cunningham
Heather Smith
Jenny Woods
Rick Zimmerman, Tina Osborne,
Dianne Coyle, Daniel Vaughan
and David Vaughan
Carol Feeney
Executive Director
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Carol Bauer
Artist and Member Services Officer
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Kim Lidstone
Administrative Assistant
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Message from the Chair
Welcome to the summer edition of Umbrella. I say
‘summer’ with a sense of optimism, after the
winter/spring we’ve endured. In spite of this, we
continue to press ahead
at the Quinte Arts
Council with our plans
to reshape how we raise
funds and deliver our
services to the
membership. The
changes noted in my
Message in the previous
Umbrella will take time
to implement properly
and will, in all
likelihood, be a workin-progress for much of
the coming year or two.
However, these changes Dan Atkinson
are necessary to place
the QAC on a stable, sustainable footing and have
the full support of the Board of Directors. So please
bear with us during this transition.
large crowd in attendance would indicate that arts
and culture are alive and well in our community and
it’s now our job to build on that support and interest
to improve and grow
the QAC.
We hosted a highly successful 20th anniversary Arts
Recognition Awards luncheon on May 15, with over
140 attendees. Hopefully this attendance and Mayor
Neil Ellis’ continued commitment to the Arts is a
harbinger of better things to come. Certainly, the
Dan Atkinson FCPA, FCA
As a final note, I’d like
to remind everyone of
the upcoming QAC
Annual General
Meeting on Tuesday,
June 10 at 5:30 pm at
the Belleville Library.
This will be an
opportunity for you to
meet the Directors of
the QAC and fellow
members and to find
out what the
organization has
planned for the coming year. We welcome and
encourage everyone to attend.
As always, I welcome any comments or suggestions.
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organization, registration number 107869448 RR 0001.
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representatives, funding agencies, community arts
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Deadline for the Sept/Oct/Nov issue is
Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Umbrella welcomes submissions in the following categories: illustrations and photographs, articles on or about
the arts in the Quinte region, poetry or prose. Umbrella
assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials.
Material may be reprinted only with permission of the
editor. Umbrella reserves the right to edit, crop and
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Umbrella is mailed to members and is delivered to a wide
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but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The Quinte Arts
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the use of the published information and opinions. Readers
are cautioned to consult their own professional advisors to
determine the applicability of information and opinions in
this newsletter in any particular circumstances.
Mission: The Quinte Arts Council is an umbrella
organization dedicated to promoting artists and arts
organizations in all disciplines and to further
appreciation of arts and culture in the Quinte region.
Vision: Cultivating Creativity
To achieve our mission, we:
• provide effective, accessible communication tools
• engage artists in our programs and events
• provide arts education opportunities for artists and
• provide professional development activities for artists
• foster and engage in dialogue about the arts in our
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Bid for
The Quinte Arts Council in partnership with The Intelligencer is offering
an online auction of great prizes – art work, gift certificates, gift baskets,
spa services, personal grooming, personal training, chance to dine in
fabulous restaurants, sports gear, sports passes, concert and event
tickets, CDs and a host of other great items. The auction takes place
October 24 to 27, just in time for the holiday season. Treat yourself or do
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Education and community programming and this newspaper.
Looking to donate
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and promote
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Contact Carol Feeney
613‐962‐1232 or email
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before June 30, 2014.
Notice to QAC Membership
The Quinte Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting
will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5 to 6:30 pm
In the John M. Parrott Gallery, 3rd Floor, Belleville Public Library
254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
The meeting includes:
• the election of the board of directors
• reports on the QAC’s strategic planning initiatives
• social time and networking
• finger foods, host bar
• live entertainment by pianist Lenore Dixon
Everyone is welcome
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Musician, restaurateur, and entrepreneur
extraordinaire, Mark Rashotte is a member of All
You Need is Love Band and is responsible for the
restoration of the Empire Theatre and Centre for
Performing Arts which he owns and operates. He is
also broker/owner of Royal Lepage Pro Alliance
Realty, Cafe é and Dominion Lending Centres. All
You Need Is Love has performed throughout North
America and Europe at major festivals and events.
In 2014, the band is doing extensive touring at
prestigious theatres in New York City, Boston,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Miami and many more,
as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles
arriving in North America.
As a performer and songwriter, Andy Forgie wears
many hats: he performs weekly for seniors and
children, is a popular DJ at parties and weddings,
the Promotions Manager at The Empire Theatre and
the lead singer of All You Need is Love and Ed’s
Audiences will recognize Susan Walsh from
Belleville Theatre Guild musicals, singing with The
Commodores’ Orchestra and Frank Howard
Orchestra, years of performing with the five-piece
vocal group Harmonie, an amazing decade of
rockin’ and rollin’ with The Cadillacs Showband,
and directing, producing and performing in the
annual For The Love of a Song fall fundraiser since
2007. She feels blessed working with her seven very
talented FTLOAS cast mates, as they are very close
friends who love to share their passion for music
with their audiences!
Jeanette Arsenault is a singer/songwriter who has
independently released seven solo albums plus one
with her trio, Trinity, since 1994. Her songwriting
touches on social issues, patriotic themes,
humourous views of life, women, children and good
old-fashioned values. Some of her career highlights
include having sung for our Canadian Olympic
athletes both in Salt Lake City in 2002 and in
Athens Greece in 2004. She sang for the Olympic
Torch Relay Celebration in 2009, and in 2011, she
opened the Business & Professional Women
International World Congress in Helsinki, Finland.
Accomplished singer/songwriter and entertainer
Lenni Stewart’s repertoire and vocal style
concentrate on two main genre groups - traditional
jazz and boogie blues, and country rhythm and blues
with her two bands, Lenni Stewart Trio and
Manhattan Rouge Jazz Trio. “Like a fine red wine,
Lenni’s sound is full, vibrant, smoky and sensual,
and where a good vintage might carry hints of
cherry or chocolate, Lenni’s rich and velvety voice
is reminiscent of such greats as Ella Fitzgerald,
Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt,” states J.D.
Carpenter, jazz poet and award-winning Canadian
Sam Brady is a familiar face to many people in our
community. He, along with partners Brian Knudsen,
Greg Knudsen and Gord Vaughan of the Knudsen
Brady Vaughan Advisory Group CIBC Wood Gundy,
have deep roots in the community, and a profound
commitment to public leadership and support,
reflecting their clients’ values of responsible
affluence. Sam is a past president of the Rotary Club
of Belleville, where he leads the weekly song
singing as well as sharing his vocal talents when
Rotarians get together each year for the annual
weekend trip to help out at Camp Merrywood, an
Easter Seals Camp for children with disabilities.
Although many of you may know her as the General
Manager at Caper’s Brasserie, Melanie Hilmi is
also a member of the BelleRegards, a Toronto-based
band bringing an acoustic folk sound and original
music to the indie scene that they like to call New
Mountain Folk. Melanie is a singer/songwriter who
also plays guitar and percussion.
Colonel David Lowthian is currently commander
of 8 Wing Trenton. He enrolled in the Canadian
Forces in 1989 and has enjoyed an impressive career
and numerous degrees and awards, including the
Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award and the
Wright Brothers Award for officership. He can also
sing and has been heard at a variety of local charity
galas where he takes the stage to perform with one
of Dan Shaer’s bands.
Wendy Shaer has an extensive background as a
vocalist, both with live bands and in theatre. She is
currently lead female vocalist with Variety the
Dance & Show Band, The Power Connection, and
the Dan Shaer Big Band. Her past credits include:
playing Mary in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar,
I’ve Heard That Song Before, Mother Superior in
Sound of Music, Annie, the Broadway version of A
Christmas Carol, and narrator with Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She was also a
cast member with West Bend Theatre and the past
lead vocalist with the Ron Merringer Big Band.
The evening promises to be as energetic as it will be
entertaining, with actor, singer and host Rick
Zimmerman as the Master of Ceremonies. The
show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are $35 each and
will be available at the Empire Theatre Box Office
(613-969-0099 or www.theempiretheatre.com).
Since 1967, the Quinte Arts Council has been
serving its membership – artists, member groups,
community friends, businesses, and students – while
offering quality entertainment, arts experiences, and
arts education for people of all ages in the
community. Proceeds from the show will be used to
support Quinte Arts Council’s programming. Local
media partners The Intelligencer, Mix 97, Rock 107
and CJBQ, and they integrated are on board to
provide marketing and promotional support for the
event and we are currently looking for support from
sponsors. Contact Carol Feeney at 613-962-1232 or
[email protected] Sponsorship
packages are also available on our website,
Lenni Stewart
Wendy Shaer
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Art in the Community to feature artists from the
Rednersville Road Art Tour
by Carol Feeney
the Rednersville Road Art Tour on page 7.
The Quinte Arts Council is pleased to feature many
of the artists who will be participating in the
QAC’s Art in the Community locations also include
Rednersville Road Art
Dinkel’s Restaurant &
Tour (RRAT) in the
Courtyard, Earl & Angelo’s
Gallery & Gift Shop at 36
Steak and Seafood Restaurant,
Bridge Street East and
Primetime Steakhouse, Mayor
other Art in the
Ellis’s office, Bathworks and
Community locations in
the Boathouse Seafood
Belleville from June 19 to
Restaurant. You will also see
August 29. They are
the work of Belleville Art
Corrine Babbit, Gwyn
Association members at the
Bedford, Marion Casson,
Belleville Family Medical
Florence Chik-Lau, Glen
Riley Cotton, Danuta
Jan Atkinson’s acrylic
Cromwell, Linda Hargest,
paintings have evolved over the
Sharon Kennedy, Dona
years but her favorite style can
Knudsen, Kathryn
only be described as whimsical.
Fellows, Sheryl Gates,
She uses bold, vibrant colours
Jeff Keary, Ilona Mayer,
and has a distinct, recognizable
Theodora McLaren, Guin
style, conveying a sense of fun
Moriz, Susan Moshynski,
and happiness. You will see
Tina Osborne, Brigitte
Jan’s work at Dinkel’s
Rittinger, Kirei Samuel,
La Morte et Les Castrophes, mixed media on canvas by Restaurant & Courtyard.
Tremeers Treasures
Oilivia Ste. Marie
(Harvey and Jan Tremeer),
Olivia Ste. Marie has work at
Lorraine Vanzuylen, Karen Warren, and Mary
the Boathouse. She is a young artist who uses
Haggarty. For bios and information see the article on
acrylics to create abstract and surrealistic work that
Happy Birthday BAA!
by Dona Knudsen
Opening on July 15 and running to September 6, the
Belleville Art Association Gallery, at 392 Front
Street in Belleville, once again presents the annual
One-By-One Show and Sale. Members of the
artistic success. Open five days a week, Tuesday
through Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm, and staffed
by members, it provides the public with original art
work at reasonable prices. New shows are mounted
every month and the gallery also showcases a
variety of fine crafts, including jewellery, carvings,
ceramics and fabric pieces. Art cards, unframed
originals and reproductions round out the work
offered for sale.
stands out and grabs your attention. Earl &
Angelo’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant will feature
Robert Tokley. “I find great inspiration from works
by Van Gogh, the Group of Seven, and Tom
Thomson. But nothing compares to the inspiration I
find from the changing climate and colours found in
nature,” says Tokley about his work. Watercolour
florals are Doris Scott’s specialty and her work can
be seen at Prime Time Steakhouse. A collection of
these artists’ work will also be exhibited at Mayor
Ellis’s office and Bathworks, so the public has many
opportunities to see their work.
The exhibit kicks off with a reception at the Quinte
Arts Council’s Gallery and Gift Shop, 36 Bridge
Street East, from 4 to 7 pm, on June 19. Come and
see the work, meet the artists and enjoy
complimentary refreshments. All are welcome.
Andrew Lui exhibition
at Oeno Gallery
The gallery is the true home and heart of the
Association. Members gather there for meetings,
workshops, and studio sessions. It also holds the
Association’s extensive library and archives. So
come on out and help us celebrate this special space
on July 17. There will be birthday cake, ice cream
and special gifts. All are welcome!
The BAA would like to thank their sponsors for this
show, including Barratt’s Office Pro, Bank of
Montreal (Bell Boulevard), Homefiled, Knudsen
Belleville Art Association Gallery
Salute II, 2014, acrylic on rice paper, 33” x 28” by
Andrew Lui
Association have been busy all year preparing work
for this special show. All the art is presented on one
foot by one foot canvases and sells for $100. Over
two hundred art pieces will be displayed,
highlighting the talents of the 90 plus members of
the Association. This diversity is represented in the
wide variety of media used, subjects presented, and
styles demonstrated. Guest artists who are not
members of the Association may submit two pieces
of work for this show for the small registration fee
of $10. To learn more, or to register, contact Dona
Knudsen at 613-392-7068 or
[email protected]
Andrew Lui’s new paintings continue in his Pilgrim
Progress series, where he explores the idea of ‘selfinflicted happiness’ as a deliberate response to the
melancholy and complexity of life.
An original and creative response to the
confrontation between eastern and western
aesthetics, Lui’s paintings crackle with energy,
portraying what critic Dorota Kozinska describes as
“a landscape marked by both suffering and ecstasy,
infused with a profound understanding of the human
The opening reception will be held on July 17, from
4 to 7 pm, and will be a special birthday party in
celebration of the gallery’s 10th anniversary.
In 2004 the BAA took on the challenge to open and
operate a studio and financially viable gallery. The
Association had been in continuous operation since
1958 but had never before had a permanent gallery
in which to display its members’ work. Now, ten
years later, the gallery is both a commercial and
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Japanese Peony Pink by Audrey Thomas
Construction Ltd., Dave Quickert of Re/Max Quinte
Ltd. and Shadowridge Consulting Services.
A special thank you, as well, to the many patrons
and sponsors who have supported the gallery for the
last ten years.
Born in Guangzhou, China, Andrew Lui studied art
in Toronto, Florence and London. His work is in
important public and corporate collections in
Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, the U.S.
and China. He has received many awards for his
work, which is regularly exhibited in New York,
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Busan, Paris, Montreal and
at the Oeno Gallery in Bloomfield.
The show runs until June 16.
Arts Recognition Award Winners honoured at the
Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts
2014 marks 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
This year’s winners are: 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
Below are comments from
nominators and supporters:
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.”
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
Gerald Boyce was nominated for his
tenacious support and promotion of Front row, l-r: Cara Hunter, Connie Yrjola, Barb Forgie and Liz Marshall. Back row, l-r: Rick Penner, Rob
local history. “His own books, such Kellough, Paul Johnson and Gerry Boyce.
Paul Johnson and Rob Kellough
as Belleville, a Popular History
received an award for their
(2008) have helped preserve the historical record of
business, Through the Cedars Music Production.
Richard (Rick) Penner’s love of music, both
this city while Historic Hastings (1967) is the
“They are deeply entrenched in the artistic fabric of
secular and religious, has moved him to volunteer
definitive history of the region… As an educator,
their community and do their job without question
his time and talent wherever he has lived. He has
historian, volunteer with the Historical Society,
or complaint. Quite often, event technicians are the
played for a number of Belleville Theatre Guild
lecturer, author of many books, publications and
first to arrive and last to leave and long days can be
productions. He has played organ and directed the
historical papers, member of Belleville City Council
the norm. Both Paul and Rob exemplify a
choir at St. Matthews United Church in Belleville
and other Civic bodies and boards, he is without
professional standard that the ‘big city’ technicians
and at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in
equal in the Bay of Quinte area… At age 80, he
could learn from. Whether it’s being polite and
Madoc. According to one supporter, Rick is “a very
continues to serve as an active heritage advisor to
understanding with young artists new to the stage or
talented musician who is always willing to use his
the Hastings County Historical Society.”
addressing all the little things that ‘come up’ as an
talent to entertain, educate and assist others in their
act is setting up and sound-checking, these guys do
Elizabeth (Liz) Marshall has been a strong pillar of
endeavours. Rick brought a highly professional
it to a standard that makes me proud to work with
the Belleville Theatre Guild for more than four
level of musicianship to an amateur church choir
decades. “Her involvement has covered almost every
and raised its standard of performance singing four
facet of the life of the Guild. She has served on the
part harmony, far above what the choir thought
Each winner was presented with a certificate from
Boards of Directors, Play-reading Committees
the City of Belleville as well as a trophy created by
planning the productions for each season, and in
glass artist and sculptor, Marc ‘Budgie’ Bourdon.
Many of you will know Rick for his free monthly
many capacities behind the scenes, as producer,
The Quinte Arts Council will be accepting
Musical Gifts program in the John M. Parrott Art
designer, and actor… In 1991 she won the Ottawa
nominations for next year’s recipients in the spring
Gallery. So far, he’s researched and presented the
Little Theatre Trophy as Best Director for The Death
of 2015. Check out www.quinteartscouncil.org for
music of 34 individual composers, groups, stylists,
of a Salesman, the Theatre Guild’s entry in that
or musical periods. He often invites young singers
Party in the Square
July 18, 2014
Market Square, Belleville
Tickets $10 in advance $15 at the door
available at Quinte Arts Council
36 Bridge St. E., Belleville
and custom creations
repairs, re-designs
classes and supplies
by designer,
Connie Yrjola
Food available from
Dem Bones, music will be
The Roots of Rhythm
from 7:30-9:00 pm,
The Fade Kings featuring Ila Vann
from 9:30-12:00pm
Everyone Welcome.
Golf and dinner packages also available.
For tickets and information go to
[email protected]
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26 Atlantic Crossings
Prince Edward County Studio Tour goes international
by Lizanne Donnelly and Wendy Matthews
The Prince Edward County Studio Tour has caught
the attention of 26, an organization of creative
British writers based throughout the UK. The result
is 26 Atlantic Crossings, an international project
linking visual art and the craft of writing.
Twenty-six accomplished artists, all members of the
2014 PEC Studio Tour, have partnered with 26
British writers. Each artist has created an original
work of art, and in response, their writer has
produced a sestude (exactly 62 words, 26 in
reflection) based on what they see.
The Canadian exhibition of 26 Atlantic Crossings
original artworks and sestudes will be held at Books
and Company in Picton, on August 22 to 24. The
public is invited to visit this free exhibit, meet the
artists and perhaps their British writing partners. A
parallel digital exhibition is being organized in the
”Our artists are thrilled to be recognized locally and
internationally,” says Wendy Matthews, Past Chair
of the Prince Edward County Studio Tour. “The
Studio Tour has an impressive line-up of artists,
many who have lived abroad and now reside in
Prince Edward County,” added Matthews.
Participants include Montreal-born oil painter and
instructor, Pamela Carter; Florence Chik-Lau, whose
panda sculptures were shown at the Gardiner
Creative Rural Minds and
The Awesome Foundation
Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto; and J. Douglas
Thompson, a painter of atmospheric landscapes who
has lived and traveled in more than sixty-five
ad agency/design studio for 25 years. We were
looking for a location that had a mixture of tourism,
culture, and natural beauty. We found it in the
Prince Edward County is at the heart of Canada’s
Loyalist heritage - a community of British settlers
who fled the United States during the American
Revolution in 1789. Settlers continue to make the
County home, including many artists who are
inspired by a variety of influences. Painter Doug
Thompson explains his reasons for relocating to
Bloomfield recently: “After various experiences of
living abroad, we came back to Toronto and ran an
26 Atlantic Crossings is a special project of the
Prince Edward County Studio Tour, a juried event
now in its 21st year. The self-guided tour weekend
is September 19 to 21. A brochure, with a map
locating the studios, is widely available at shops and
Visit the John M. Parrott Art Gallery
Small Pond Arts will host the first Creative Rural
Minds, a networking event designed to stimulate
conversation and collaboration in Prince Edward
County, on June 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at 337 Clarke
Rd., Picton. Co-Organizer and filmmaker Lenny
Epstein says “We were inspired by the Creative
Minds events that took place from 2009 to 2010 as a
product of the Economic Development Office, and
we yearned to recreate these vital opportunities to
gather and exchange ideas. We hope that this will
be the first of many meetings of Creative Rural
There will be short presentations made by two
County couples that organizers believe embody the
spirit of County creativity. Gavin North and Bay
Woodyard will speak about their company, Honey
Pie Hives and Herbals, including their latest
endeavor in mead production. Peter and Alice
Mennacher will relate their experiences as creative
pioneers in the County: their Blizzmax Gallery in
South Bay is now in its 21st year.
These presentations will be followed by the launch
of the Prince Edward County chapter of the
Awesome Foundation. The Awesome Foundation for
the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide
network of people devoted to forwarding the interest
of… awesomeness! The idea started in 2009 in
Boston, and now dozens of local chapters of the
Foundation distribute $1,000 grants to projects and
their creators. The money is pooled together from
the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “microtrustees” and awarded with no strings attached. The
Awesome Foundation of Prince Edward County will
be a group of ten locals who each contribute $100
towards a fund to make the County more awesome.
Andrew McCann from Awesome Kingston will
speak about how this initiative has impacted his own
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Seventh annual Rednersville Road Art Tour
by Tina Osborne
The Rednersville Road Art Tour (RRAT) in Prince
Edward County will be having their seventh annual
Art Tour on Labour Day weekend, with fifteen host
studios and twenty-six artists. Many of these studios
have been with the tour since its inception in 2008,
when Danuta Cromwell, a local mixed media artist
on the Rednersville Road, called some artists she
knew, also on the ‘Road’ and said, “There seem to
be so many of us here on this short 20 kilometre
stretch, we should get together and have our own
That first Labour Day weekend tour, the 13 studios
participating saw over 350 visitors. This year’s
Rednersville Art Tour will include many of the
founding and original members, as well as some
Tina Osborne, at Shadowridge Studio, is a multimedia artist who creates outside garden art and
inside botanical and animal art. She also makes
unique semi-precious stone and differently wired
jewellery and silk scarves. Sheryl Gates, Tina’s
guest artist and her sister, is a mixed media
children’s artist, who specializes in amusing
caricatures of animals and people in their ‘oops’ and
‘oh oh’ moments. Karen Warren, also Tina’s sister, is
studying herbalism and has a wide range of herbal
products and artisan soaps that are made from
naturally grown fresh or dry herbs and quality
essential oils. Lorraine Vanzuylen, Tina’s mother,
is joining Shadowridge Studio this year. Lorraine’s
childhood love for drawing, dress designs and
dance is now incorporated into her paintings of
dancers, traditional ballerinas and ethnic costume
Belleville Art Association Gallery and Gallery OneTwenty-One. Her watercolour and inks include
abstract landscapes and florals. Kathryn Fellows,
another guest of Nadine’s, is a watercolourist who is
exploring her whimsical side and having fun
experimenting with colours and composition in
Ilona Mayer uses watercolour, acrylics and oils
boldly, with contemporary themes and modern style,
popping with colour and energy. Brad Phillips,
Ilona’s new guest, creates pottery with an earthy,
practical style. It has purpose, whether for everyday
functionality or filling a space with quietness.
Two new studios have joined the Tour this year.
Gwynn Bedford, of Blue Jay Lane, previously
taught scrapbooking, but now finds watercolour a
Annapolis Royal, acrylic by Susan Moshynski
Basket by Glenn Riley Cotton
new hosts and artists that you will be able to
discover and enjoy.
Florence Chik-lau will exhibit her award-winning,
hand crafted sculptures, which delight and enchant
people of all ages who love to touch their textures,
feel their animal spirits and enjoy their humour.
Kirei Samuel is Florence’s guest artist. She is a
glass fuser with over 20 years experience
experimenting in glass techniques. Her work
includes plates and bowls that are functional as well
as decorative, artwork and jewellery.
Ceramic animal sculpture by Florence Chik-Lau
designs, along with her oil landscape paintings.
Active Arts Studio is the home of Jeff Keary,
‘Signature Silks.’ All work is fastidiously handpainted. Visitors will be able to try some silk
painting. Marie Timbers, Jeff’s new guest, is a
mixed media artist, whose Music as Muse is a series
of female figurative paintings, where abstracted
gestures and poses incorporate her love of blues,
jazz, rock and bluegrass.
Ron Sayeau is an experienced artist and has been an
instructor in watercolour and acrylic for over 35
years. His love of gardening and nature are evident
in his paintings.
Tremeers’ Treasures are original RRAT
participants. Harvey and Jan Tremeer create
treasures from reclaimed wood, as well as having a
wide selection of fine hand-quilted and knitted items
for infants and small children and an exquisite array
of hand-made accessories for scale doll houses.
Guin Moriz, one of Tremeers’ new guests, is a potter
whose work is in private collections in Canada, the
United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and in the
White House. Her pottery is for decoration and for
everyday use. Robert Bates, an astrophotographer,
the other new guest of Tremeers’, images the
heavens from his back yard observatory in
Belleville. Photographs of star clusters, nebulae and
galaxies will be displayed to show the beauty of our
Danuta Cromwell, the RRAT founder, works in
oils, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media,
producing traditional, abstract and contemporary
paintings with texture and colour.
Sharon Kennedy paints an eclectic mix of detailed
realistic renderings, whimsical images of imagined
worlds and moody abstracted pieces of emotional
depth in mixed media.
Marion Casson uses fiber texture and colour to
create scarves and other objects using weaving and
felting. Acrylic and watercolours are in her
distinctive style. Mary Haggarty will be joining
Marion to create a new line of Boxtops clothing.
Handwoven fabric is combined with fashionable
materials, such as silk and mohair, to produce
unique and distinctive wearables. Glenn Ryley
Cotton, Marion’s other guest artist, recreates
original Nantucket and Shaker baskets on moulds
that are copies from antique moulds and are
achieved through use of cane, black ash and other
Linda Hargest, returning to the tour, has been
quilting since 1988, using ‘age old’ patterns to create
many bed-sized quilts. She has recently embarked
on a 3D form adventure, combining fabric, design
and art.
Susan Moshinski, of By the Bay studio, is an
illustrator, published cartoonist and painter. Featured
are vibrant coloured scenes of the County and
beyond, as well as caricatures and portraits by
commission. Theodora McLaren is Susan’s guest.
Theo specializes in watercolour, acrylic and
monotype prints. A monoprint is a printed painting
that combines printing, painting and drawing with
one unique print from each pressing.
Corrine Babbit creates unique jewellery from
crochet, weaving and stringing stones, Swarovski
crystals and beads.
Nadine Goulet, of Frog’s Leap Studio, has been
painting most of her adult life. Mixed media art
includes the human figure at work or play, still life,
abstracts and landscapes. Returnee guest of
Nadine’s, Dona Knudsen, currently exhibits at the
fun medium, while acrylics allow her to explore and
paint metal and wood objects of all kinds, like lifesize birds, small cabinets, milk cans, pails, oars, and
saws in addition to canvas. Gwynn will host
Brigitte Rittinger, who creates art with stained
glass on old windows, suitable for indoors or out.
She also sews purses from pre-loved jeans, and
Carol Eames, the second new host artist this year, is
inspired by the light and colour of her winter
residence in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She previously
taught art to elementary school students and in
retirement is enjoying her own painting experiences
of bright folk art, in a variety of media. Carol’s
guest and good friend, Albert Eastman, left her
many interesting pieces of art - sculpture, drawings,
watercolours, pastels, oil and acrylic paintings. He
was very prolific in the 60s and 70s and she is
delighted to share his talent.
For the first time, the RRAT group will be offering a
sample of their work for their Labour Day Tour for
display and sale at two different venues: the John M.
Parrott Gallery, June 5 to July 17, and the Quinte
Arts Council’s Art in the Community, from June 19
to Aug 29. For more information on the RRAT tour
please visit www.rednersvilleroadarttour.com.
You may have
that this issue of Umbrella is printed
on newsprint rather then our usual
80brite paper. We found out, just
before press time, that our printer is
no longer stocking 80brite. We are
currently looking at our options and
will keep you informed.
June/July/August 2014 Umbrella 7
Summer shows at Gallery One-Twenty-One
by Kathryn Fellows
Gallery One-Twenty-One presents Ann Fales, fabric
artist and Janice Teare, acrylics, who will be the
featured and guest artists at the gallery for the
upcoming show, opening June 17 and running
until August 9.
Janice Teare takes a unique approach to creating
contemporary art, aiming to create art that is
interesting, meditative and calming.
She tries to induce a pause: to use her art to create
reflective moments of calm; to motivate the viewer
to “go placidly amidst the noise and haste.” Her art
is immersive. In true contemporary fashion, she
distills elements down to their essentials and then
layers those same elements to capture and hold the
viewer. The effect is much like gazing into a pool of
Distant Hills, fabric art by Ann Fales
water…. deceptively straightforward but fueling
hours upon hours of study.
Her works tend toward large-scale, as this is needed
to immerse and hold the viewer for a calming effect.
Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas, which
she likes for its flexibility and adaptability.
“Acrylics can be thinned to emulate watercolours or
used to build and create textures that exceed the
capacities of oil-based materials,” she notes. “The
approach is very versatile.”
Janice’s focus on contemplative moods and large
scale works appeals to a wide variety of corporate
clients and collectors. Her art is favoured for
corporate boardrooms and meeting facilities or by
collectors seeking to fill large spaces and to create
specific personalities for their space. Of particular
note, her work has hung in the Hummingbird Centre
for the Performing Arts in Toronto and she has had
the pleasure of having a painting stolen from a
gallery in Etobicoke. As she puts it, “artists are
typically long gone before their work is considered
valuable enough to warrant thievery!” One can only
hope the thief found peace.
Ann Fales, our featured artist, is a quilter - a fibre
artist. Loving the challenge of using fabric, she will
stitch and paint to capture and create the essence of
an image. “I choose images that evoke a sense of
awe in me – usually from nature but often from
emotional or spiritual connections with a person or
object. My goal is to represent, using varying
degrees of abstraction, the essence or ‘spirit’ of the
image. I find the tactile and visual dimensionality of
fabric and thread provides me with a medium that
connects me, through history, to women making
useful beauty throughout time.
“My creative process is largely intuitive. I work in
two basic ways: sometimes I begin with a fabric and
let it tell me what it wants to be; more often I start
with an idea or image and sketch a design. I then
consider what techniques I will use. I may select
fabrics or need to create them by dying, painting,
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stamping, felting or stitching. Once the basic idea is
sketched out, I usually work on a design wall,
auditioning various fibres, colours, shapes and
embellishments until the piece feels ‘right’. I am
often surprised by what ‘works’ and it is this
creating on the wall that is the most exciting part of
my work process. I use stitch as both functional and
decorative, joining pieces of fabric together and
creating surface and dimensional effects. I take
pride in the quality of the hand and machine
stitching in my work and use hand stitching where
others might not.”
Ann began quilting in 1994. She spent three winters
on an isolated floating fishing lodge in British
Columbia, where the grey and green beauty around
her evoked her first original fibre art pieces. On her
return to this area, she spent three years as a student
in the Fibre Arts
Diploma Program
at St. Lawrence
College in
Kingston. In
1998, Ann joined
the Prince Edward
County Quilters
Guild. She has
won numerous
awards in guild
University of North Dakota and went on to graduate
with a Fine Arts degree from the University of
Manitoba. She has participated in several twoperson shows as well as diverse juried shows.
Sanders won an Honourable Mention in the
Belleville Arts Association’s 1997 show, as well as
the Juror’s Choice Award for the Expressions 2007
show, on the 40th anniversary of the Quinte Arts
Council. In 2008, the international organization
People to People selected two of Sanders’ images as
host gifts for their humanitarian outreach in South
Africa. She currently resides in Prince Edward
County and continues to study at home and abroad
and shows her work to an expanding market.
Sanders says “One of my greatest pleasures in
painting has been to paint outdoors. In this way I
work from a three-dimensional subject with natural
light and rich
shadows. My
intention is to
convey light,
wind and even
scent; all of it
so that my
viewer can
experience this
window into
reality in a new
way.” She adds,
From August 12
Falling Leaves, Lake Clear, oil by Jane Sanders
“Often, as we
to September 27,
paint on location,
the featured artist will be Linda Barber, joined by
passers-by will stop and share histories or memories
guest artists Aileen Hern and Jane Sanders, three
of the site; they want to confirm the value and
‘County’ artists who have been painting
beauty of a certain spot. And it is often an
collaboratively for the past 10 years. Their subject,
encouragement to continue.”
Landscape Variations, was inspired by nature and
the ever-changing landscape, captured through bold
Sanders chuckles as she remembers one such
colour and expressive brushwork. This exciting
incident while painting on the Dundas Street Bridge
variety of plein air and studio work attempts to
in Belleville. “I was quite tense while I painted
convey the essence of a particular place or time
because I was standing at the edge of heavy traffic.
through the media of acrylic, oil, pastel and
I also worried that I was a bit of a traffic hazard!
All of a sudden there was a shrieking of tires as a
vehicle stopped directly beside me. As I turned in
Linda Barber says, “I have always had a passion
surprise, the driver tucked his head to make eye
for art and started drawing at a young age;
contact and called to me, “Young lady, I haven’t
eventually obtained a degree in Fine Arts from
seen anything like this since Paris right after the
Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. For
the past 25 years I have been living in Prince
Edward County, where my painting has mainly
And finally, she tells the story of a 10-year-old girl
focused on the landscape. The landscape in this area
standing and watching a painting in progress. “Oh,”
offers such a rich variety, from the local crops of soy
breathed the girl, “I didn’t know people did anything
beans and wheat to the vineyards and dramatic
like this anymore!” Sanders says, “So while I think
shoreline of Lake Ontario. These scenes are
I’m creating something to share with my viewer, I
captured using acrylic paint with brush or palette
oftentimes find that I receive as much as I give.
knife in a style of painterly realism.
People often say, “What a gift!” And I think, “..and
it goes both ways!”
“I juxtapose areas of thin washes next to thick
impasto brushstrokes to create a vibrant and textured
surface. I like to paint ‘plein air’ whenever I can.
Painting out of doors, with the added element of
weather and quickly changing light, has been a real
learning process, but the results are well worth it. I
finish these paintings in the studio using sketches
and reference photos. I invite the viewer to enter
into the painting and make their own emotional
connection, or evoke some personal memory. I also
create commissioned paintings for customers and
enjoy this process as well.
“I show my work in my home studio, as well as at
Gallery One-Twenty-One, The Waring House, The
Merrill Inn, and Presqu’ile Park.” For information,
visit www.lindabarberart.com.
Aileen Hern (Lenie) was raised on a farm in
Listowel, where she developed a passion for arts,
watercolours in particular. After several years of
nursing, she decided to follow her heart and pursued
training in art and design. She has studied with a
variety of local artists - Donna Cameron, Doug
Purdon, John Mortenson, Joan Reive and others.
Through the years she has developed a varied style
that explores our heart in nature and in our
footprints through nature. Lenie’s favourite medium
has been watercolour but in recent years she has
been working with oils.
Jane Eaton Sanders first studied fine art at the
Mr. History of Belleville
& Hastings County
The Directors of Hastings County Historical Society
invite you to a cocktail reception to express our
appreciation to Gerry Boyce for more than half a
century of devotion to history and leadership in
our community. Author of definitive histories of
our region, community leader, father of our
archival collection, City Councillor, historic advisor,
columnist and all‐round nice guy!
Tuesday, June 24 ‐ 6:30 ‐ 9:30 pm
Sans‐Souci Banquet Room
240 Front Street, Belleville
(Street parking or parking in the rear of the building)
Tickets ‐ $20
Quinte Arts Council (36 Bridge St East, Belleville),
or by calling Mary‐Lynne Morgan at 613‐961‐7091
Kaleidoscope - a day to celebrate exceptional
craft and extraordinary design!
Kaleidoscope… A Celebration of Craft and Design
is being held on Sunday, August 24, from 10 am to 4
pm at Fields on West Lake in Bloomfield.
In its third year, Kaleidoscope promises to be a
bigger and better event than before, with over 45
artisans situated on the grounds of Fields on West
Lake. The Fields barn and pastoral property, that
includes a pond with fountain, lend a gorgeous rustic
atmosphere to the show. Live music, performed by
Andy Forgie (and sometimes, friends!), encourages
visitors to linger longer, enjoying a glass of county
wine while they make their purchases. This year
there will be the welcomed addition of food trucks.
Visitors to the show can expect to find everything
from upcycled clothing to jewellery, birdhouses to
garden art, pottery to stained or fused glass, bath and
body, mixed media and so much more. Proceeds
from the artisan-donated raffle prizes benefit HEAL
(Human Equine Assisted Learning) Center.
Show organizers and artisans, Connie Yrjola, Barb
Forgie and Cara Hunter, recently received a Quinte
Arts Council Arts Recognition Award (Group) for
producing Kaleidoscope as well as their two other
shows The Mother of all Craft Shows in May and
Mistletoe Magic in November.
Admission to the show is two dollars and it is rain
Plein Air Art Festival update
NEW this year at Plein Air...
Silent Auction runs June 1-7
See the award winning pieces at Dinkel’s Restaurant, June 1 to 7
The finale of the second annual Plein Air Festival
takes place on Sunday, June 1, when the work
created during the festival is on display at Dinkel’s
Restaurant & Courtyard, at 44 Bridge Street East in
Belleville. $4,500 in awards is being presented at a
public reception, with refreshments and cash bar
from 2 to 4 pm. The juried work will be on display
at Dinkel’s until June 7. New this year is the Wet
Room in the Quinte Arts Council Gallery and Gift
Shop, 36 Bridge Street East. Many of the artists
paint more than the two pieces that they are allowed
to enter into the Plein Air Competition. Pieces that
are not submitted for jurying will be available for
viewing and silent auction on June 1 from 2 to 4 pm,
June 2 to 6 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and on
Saturday, June 7, from 10 am to 2 pm. The silent
auction closes at 2 pm.
or shine. For more information, visit
NEW this year at Plein Air....
The Wet Room in the Quinte Arts
Council Gallery and Gift Shop, 36
Bridge St. East, Belleville, June 1-7
Halloween 2014
The artists arrived in Belleville on Thursday May 29
and painted outside in various locations in the
downtown area, waterfront trails and old East Hill
until May 31. At time of printing this newspaper,
the number of artists entering the competition or
those who won awards is not yet known, so this is
your opportunity to see the work that they have
created and to share in the excitement.
Visit www.bellevillepleinairfestival.com to see some
of the painters at work during last year’s festival.
Design-Build General Contracting
May 24-July 6 Robert McAffee, Painting Canada One
Canvas At A Time. Opening Reception, Saturday May
24, 1-5pm. Artist in attendance. Upper Gallery.
July 5-20 Mary Anne Ludlam cspwc, osa, sca, aoca.
A Solo Exhibition of Fine Watercolour Paintings.
Opening Reception, Saturday July 5, 2-5pm.
Mrs. Ludlam will be in attendance. Lower Gallery.
July 19-August 24 Laurie Near sca, Solo Exhibition,
Beyond Satori. Opening Reception, Saturday July 19,
2-5pm. Laurie will be in attendance. Upper Gallery.
Welcoming New Gallery Represented Artists:
•Mike Smith •Tiffany Horrock
•Carole Malcolm •Kingston Glass Studio
345 Victoria St., Tweed
613-478-0000 www.QuinnsOfTweed.ca
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Summer exhibitions at the Art Gallery of
From May 28 to June 29, the Art Gallery of Bancroft
will be exhibiting works by sculptor Kevin Hockley,
in a show titled Kevin Hockley, Inspirations from the
Wild. The opening reception is on Friday, May 30,
at 7:30 pm.
Hockley, who specializes in wildlife themes, gets
many of his inspirations directly from his
surrounding environment. His studio is located in
rural Maynooth, a short drive from Algonquin
Provincial Park, where an abundance of
Museum, to name a few. His models and sculptures
are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of
Natural History, Metro Toronto Zoo, Lake Superior
Provincial Park, French River Visitor Center, as well
as many other locations. At the Canadian Canoe
Museum in Peterborough, he constructed an indoor
waterfall and gunite rock wall.
From July 2 through July 27, the gallery will be
featuring the mixed media artwork of Shelley Beach,
in a show titled Sanctuary, with an opening
reception on Friday, July 4, at
7:30 pm.
Shelley Beach is known for
transparent watercolours,
acrylics and monoprints that
capture the beauty and
mystery of our natural
environment. Her subject
matter varies from Haliburton
landscapes to still life to
century architecture, but
always a sense of harmony
evolves from the artist’s
profound affinity to nature.
Beach says, “There is magic
for me in working with fluid,
water-based media, intuitively
finding balance in line, shape
and colour. Making and
finding connections is a
Horse, Kevin Hockley working on a horse, in modeling clay, which was commissioned by central force of life. My work
the Western Development Museum, Saskatoon
represents the search for
connections and an
opportunities for inspiration exists. “There is
acknowledgement of mystery. I have been a
something mystical in Algonquin that draws artists
professional artist for several decades, exhibiting,
to paint and sculpt here . . . something that appeals
teaching, jurying and most importantly working
to all of our senses, inspiring us to capture her
steadfastly on my constant evolution as a creative,
beauty on canvas, film and bronze,” says Hockley.
visual artist.”
With his 31 years of experience in museum display,
model fabrication, and working with the Royal
Ontario Museum as a taxidermist, Hockley has
gained an absolute understanding of the anatomy of
animals. This understanding allows him to sculpt
freely without thinking about proportions, allowing
the essence of what he wants to convey to come
Hockley begins his sculptures by creating a clay
model and then making a rubber mold of the entire
piece. For bronze sculptures, the lost wax process is
used and the sculptures are cast at the Art Castings
of Montana foundry. For his works in resin,
fiberglass, plaster, or plastic, the material is poured
into or layed up in layers to the inside of the mold.
The resulting cast is then removed, any seams are
chased (smoothed) and the model is given a finish,
whether it be paint, faux metal, or even real animal
In an interview for the Algonquin Gallery in July
2012, Hockley spoke about how an artist’s study of
a subject involves a deeper, more spiritual
understanding, as well as an understanding on the
physical level. He said, “Perception of a subject
aligns knowledge of the physical form with the spirit
of the subject …Through interaction and
interpretation we are moved to consider issues
beyond the narrative.”
Hockley’s dioramas and taxidermy can be seen at
the Algonquin Park Visitor Center, the Royal
Ontario Museum and the Royal Saskatchewan
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Toronto Watercolour Society. Her paintings hang in
numerous corporate and private collections,
including Veridian Corporation and the private
collection of the previous Lieutenant Governor of
Ontario, Hilary M. Weston.
She lives full-time on Kennisis Lake and is inspired
by the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands. “Living
in the breathtakingly beautiful Haliburton Highlands
is the inspiration for my work. Balancing family,
nature, community and health is a constant struggle
on my creative journey. The magic of using fluid,
provides a
means of
expressing a
sense of
harmony with
intuitively, I
and establish
an identity
through my
sense of
Chouette, bronze limited edition of 12,
Patterns and
9” high x 6” long x 4” wide, by Kevin
emerge to
convey my profound affinity to these life forces,”
says Beach.
From July 30 through August 24, the Art Gallery of
Bancroft will be hosting the 56th Annual Juried
Show of the East Central Ontario Art Association
(ECOAA) which was organized in 1960 with the
purpose of bringing artists together to work and
learn and to provide an ongoing
arrangement for displaying the
work produced. Their
membership area extends
throughout Eastern Ontario.
The ECOAA holds two juried
exhibitions each year. One is in
October, at the Algonquin Park
Visitors Center, which features
subjects of Algonquin Park. The
other is the Annual Juried Show,
which is held at a different
gallery every year. The Art
Gallery of Bancroft has shown
the artwork of many ECOAA
members over the years and is
proud to host the 56th Juried
Show of the ECOAA this year.
The deadline for submission of
work to the juried show is
Finding a Place to Land, watercolour on TerraSkin, 25 x 17.5 in., by Shelley Beach
Friday, June 27, 2014 (work
by that date). Visit
Beach is a popular watercolour and acrylic instructor
throughout Durham region and beyond. Since 2009,
she has taught watercolour and acrylic classes at
The opening reception for the show is Friday,
Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts.
August 1, at 7:30 pm.
Her work is mainly water-based but ranges from
The Art Gallery of Bancroft is located at 10 Flint
traditional watercolour to experimental mixed media
Avenue, Bancroft. For more information, contact the
and monotype.
gallery at 613-332-1542, [email protected] or
Beach is a Drawing and Painting major, an honour
graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design in
2004 and a silver level signature member of the
Summer in the John M. Parrott Art Gallery
by Susan Holland, curator
As I write this at the beginning of May, and see a
hint of the summer to come, I invite you to join us at
the John M. Parrott Art Gallery on the third floor of
the Belleville Library, to enjoy some summer art
shows, participate in some workshops and studios
and sing along to an early summer concert!
On Saturday, June 14, we are delighted to welcome
back the Carpe Diem String Ensemble for their
annual spring concert, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Member Gabriella Hamley says: “Our theme is
Love, and we have an eclectic selection of love
songs from classical, popular, rock and fiddle tunes,
all performed with the joy our audiences have grown
accustomed to. Come and fall in love!” This gallery
favorite will perform All you Need is Love by the
Beatles, a rousing fiddle tune about the Scottish
Casanova, Tam Lyn, the fiery passion of Bizet’s
Carmen, the charming duet of the bird man
Papageno and his bride Papagena from Mozart’s The
Magic Flute and many, many other selections
chosen with Love in mind.
While we are revelling in the dog days of summer,
the hard-working artists involved with the
Rednersville Road Art Tour are thinking ahead to
Carpe Diem
organizing new work and enticing guest artists to
attract us to the tour on Labour Day Weekend. In
preparation for this event, the work of the
participating artists and guests will be previewed
here in Gallery One from June 5 to July 17. The
opening reception is on Thursday, June 5, from 6 to
7:30 pm. Come and enjoy meeting the artists and
having a sneak peek at what we can expect on the
weekend of the tour.
In Gallery Two, during
the same time frame, we
are pleased to host
Faces of Cancer 2014,
photographic images by
Michael Brethour,
featured in his annual
Calendar of local people
who have been
diagnosed with a variety
of cancers. While not all
of the stories have a
happy ending, Michael
does a great job of
raising awareness about One Afternoon, oil by Jinhee Jung
this disease by showing us that the faces of cancer
are not anonymous strangers, but our neighbours,
friends and family. Please contact the gallery for
information about the opening reception and any
One of the most
exciting annual
shows here at
the gallery
returns from
June 11 to 24 in
Gallery Three!
The art of
classes of both
Queen Victoria
School and
Moodie School
is on display
this year.
Having studied
artist Paul Klee’s
1928 painting titled Cat and Bird, the students were
asked to ponder – what is your pet thinking? The
result is a colourful and creative exhibit entitled I
am an Artist!
Later Life Learning Lectures
*Returning in the Fall*
From July 24 to August 21, the watercolour and oil
paintings of local artist Jinhee Jung will grace the
walls of Gallery One. Before moving to Canada, she
entered and won prizes at a number of exhibitions in
Korea. She says she has
been heavily influenced by
the Group of Seven, and
A.J. Casson in particular.
Her landscapes, florals and
still life paintings are
testament to her talent as
well as her love of the
Quinte region that she now
calls home. Meet the artist
at an opening reception on
Thursday, July 24, from 6
to 7:30 pm.
Joan Reive is an artist, art
teacher and mentor to
many of the region’s fine
artists. Over the years, Joan has taught classes and
workshops attended by many. Joan and Friends is
an exhibition of the work of Joan and a group of her
students who have been meeting and painting
together for many years. She says: “We get together
on the fourth Thursday of the month from January to
June and from September to November at
Maranatha Church to paint and enjoy one another’s
company. We paint from 9 am to 3 pm and usually
Faces of Cancer 2014, photographic images by Michael
go out for lunch.” If the students cannot think of
anything to paint, Joan provides a list of projects to
explore as well as books to inspire. Joan will
critique the work or provide help if it is needed.
Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday,
July 24, from 6 to 7:30 pm, to celebrate the longtime achievements of these artists.
And of course, while you are here, ask us about
what else is going on and have a look at the
beautiful, handcrafted items in the Parrott Gallery
Shop. Oh - and enjoy the air conditioning!
For further information, please call 613-968-6731
ext. 2240 or visit www.bellevillelibrary.ca.
Key Pairings on the International Scene
with Louis Delvoie
Save the dates...
Sept 24, China and India
Oct 1, Great Britain and France
Oct 8, Great Britain and the United States
Oct 15, The United States and Pakistan
Oct.22, The United States and China
Afternoon Tea
Thursday, Friday & Sunday,
Seatings: 12 pm or 2:30 pm
(call for information/reservations)
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please email Carol Sayeau @ [email protected]
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Lectures start at 10 am with a coffee break and a question & answer session to follow.
Gift Certificates available
The series - $50 Individual lecture - $15
Tickets available at the door preceeding each lecture.
St. Thomas’ Church, 201 Church Street, Belleville
For more information contact Diana Koechlin - 613-962-9492
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C’est la Vie at Arts on Main Gallery
by Amelie Koning
Five new members and one guest artist await your
visit to Arts on Main Gallery, the County’s only
cooperative art gallery which exhibits local artists
and artisans. We are proud to present this creative
group along with new works by our full membership
in a show called C’est la Vie, from May 14 to
August 11.
Maggie moved to Wellington in 1998 and created
Wellington Pottery. David writes: “Clay is a passion
and a lifetime pursuit. I feel the adventure is going
to be a long and happy one.”
Quinte Wood Carvers Show.
We will also show, as a guest, a local watercolour
painter, Michael Flynn.
Dayna Law studied architecture and interior design
Peter Large, who joined the gallery in February,
showed his exquisite ink drawings and finely
executed watercolours in our previous show. He
said, “It is an honour for me to be a member of Arts
on Main and I look forward to working with such a
distinguished group of artists.”
Michael Herman, glass artist, studied at Alberta
College of Art and Design, as well as at OCAD in
Toronto. Each of his pieces is made from many
hand-cut pieces, kiln-fired at 1000s of degrees. On
these transparent colour-fields, layers of glass
enamel paints are applied that define line, texture
and tonality. Michael says about his new work: “The
romance of thick fused glass is the kinetic
champagne bubbles and their effervescent
interaction with the ever-changing quality of natural
light. Natural light is the conductor of feeling in the
here and now. No two viewings are the same.”
Wellington Pottery, which consists of the couple
Maggie Murdoch and David Drown, joined our
gallery as one member. This means they will take
turns showing their work in alternate shows. Maggie
has been working in clay for over 35 years and has
also developed a very successful line of jewellery.
“My hope is that your imagination is drawn to
participate in this journey with clay. My recent
work, the Botanical Series, is a direct expression of
my love of nature,” says Maggie.
David also has a long history with clay. He and
Rhino, ink by Peter Large
in Toronto. She proceeded to study the techniques of
watercolour, experimental and abstract painting
under various well-known artists. Her awardwinning work has been in many juried and group
shows in Prince Edward County and in Florida.
Dayna says her philosophy is “…to dip a brush into
my soul and visually express the emotions of
personal travel ventures and life experiences through
the use of bright colour, intricate pattern and bold
We will show the work of Patrick Hayes, wood
turner from Belleville, who will be our guest artist.
He has been woodturning for approximately 15
years. His work is also in the Gallery Store of the
John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville Library, and has
been shown at the Quinte Arts Council, Christmas at
Presqu’ile Arts and Crafts Show as well as the
Christmas in July
Shop, save & support local charities
The purpose of Christmas in July, being held July 10
to 12 in downtown Belleville, is to provide an
opportunity for our downtown businesses to raise
funds for the charity or non-profit organization of
their choice. Each business will raise the funds
(draws/discounts/percentage of sales, etc.) as they
see fit.
Summertime can be a difficult time financially for
charities. This three-day event is about helping out
our treasured charities,
getting a jump start on
your Christmas
shopping and, of
course, exploring our
Friends of Downtown Belleville at
[email protected] Event and
participant updates can be seen on the e-board at
Sweet Escape, Belleville.
Karen Dack’s books support CMHA-HPE, QHC
Parent Child and Youth Clinic, and Belleville Poppy
Handpainted Silks
Karen Dack, a local
author and a Friend of
Downtown Belleville,
has arranged for
twenty-eight businesses
to participate in this
event. Some of the
local charities that will
benefit from Christmas in July are Three Oaks
Foundation, Quinte Humane Society, Gleaners Food
Bank, Canadian Cancer Society, MADD and Fixed
fur Life.
So please make sure you mark your calendars for
Christmas in July and support your downtown
businesses by shopping up a storm. In turn you will
be giving an unexpected July Christmas gift to some
of your favourite charities and non-profit
between (Wellington & Bloomfield)
For more details and updates on event participants,
please watch the Facebook page of the Friends of
Downtown – Belleville. If your business would like
to join in Christmas in July, please e-mail the
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15639 Loyalist Parkway
Teapot by Maggie Murdoch
All our members deserve your attention and we
invite you to see this vibrant new display. The
gallery, located at 223 Main Street in Picton, across
from the Regent Theatre, is open seven days a week
and opening times are listed on the website,
Be careful what you wish for!
Do characters in Grimm’s fairy tales really “live
happily ever after”? The musical comedy Into the
Woods, by Stephen Sondheim, is the last production
for this season by Belleville Theatre Guild. It
premiers on May 29 and runs until June 14 at
Pinnacle Playhouse in Belleville. Tickets cost $25.
Into the Woods explores some possibilities of what
happens to fairy tale characters in the next chapter
of their lives. Act I introduces fairy tale favourites
Cinderella, Rapunzel, and their princes, Little Red
Riding Hood, the Baker and his wife, Jack the giant
killer and his mother, the wicked wolf and the
ubiquitous scheming witch.
In Act II, things start to get grimmer as those who
got their heart’s desire in the first act discover that
the quest was more exciting than the prize and those
who were wronged come back to seek their revenge,
including the giant’s homicidal wife. The play is
alternately hilarious and thought provoking.
The play is directed by Steve Forrester with musical
direction by David Farmer, and choreography by
Amy-Lyn Van Londersele. Dave Henderson is the
producer; Darren Cole, stage manager; Dave
Alexander, set design; Sean Scully, set construction
and props; Beth Callwell, costumes and Donna
Douglas, rehearsal pianist.
Some of the cast in rehearsal at the Pinnacle Playhouse in Belleville Theatre Guild’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s
musical Into The Woods, running from May 29 until June 14.
Moira Nikander-Forrester as the baker’s wife; Nancy
Garrod playing a variety of roles including
Cinderella’s mother, Red Riding Hood’s Granny and
the giant’s wife; Wes Weese as the steward; and
John O’Connor as the Big Bad Wolf and
Cinderella’s father. Erin Gerard plays Cinderella’s
stepmother, David Kidd plays the Narrator, and Tom
Higgenbottom is the Mysterious Man.
Forrester said he thoroughly enjoys doing musicals,
as they provide the opportunity to bring in young
people who often return to try out for subsequent
musicals in later years.
Into The Woods director Steve Forrester intently
watching his cast rehearse for the upcoming
Sondheim play.
Forrester says that although there are several veteran
actors from the Theatre Guild Roster, the cast is
predominantly young actors and actresses who are
still in school or in their twenties.
Among the veteran young actors are Braelyn Guppy
(Cinderella), Eric Lucas (Jack the Giant Killer) John
Ross Parks (Cinderella’s Prince Charming), Katie
Gordon (Rapunzel) and Allison Brant (the wicked
witch) who are familiar faces on the Pinnacle stage.
Newer youth performers include Cooper Gazley as
Repunzel’s prince, Jaime Kristal Lott as Red Riding
Hood and the ugly step sisters, Cassandra Bateman
and Danielle Dettinger. Three young teens, Kenzie
McGuire, Natasha Mullens and Brayah Pickard play
wood elves and set movers.
Among the veterans are Al Zaback as the baker;
Forrester describes Stephen Sondheim’s music as
complicated but brilliant. “It has some of the wittiest
lyrics I’ve ever heard.”
Into the Woods has a special meaning for Forrester
himself, who suffered serious injuries at the theatre
during the winter when he fell off a ladder. He has
struggled hard with his own personal quest to get
back on his feet and mobile enough to take the
responsibilities of directing the play. In fact, he has
fared far better in his quest than a number of
characters in the play who don’t make it to the
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QBSC students spring into June with two
amazing performances!
Quinte Ballet School of Canada (QBSC) is thrilled
to bring two great shows to Centennial Secondary
School’s stage, that are guaranteed to inspire and
delight their audiences! Many hours are being spent
by staff and volunteers in preparation of
choreography, costumes and props, and the students
are busy in rehearsals awaiting their moment to
On June 7, at 2:30 pm, the Recreation Division will
present Assemblé 2014, a collection of more than 20
specially choreographed works from ballet to hip
hop, modern, tap and jazz, created especially for
over 100 Recreation dance students. QBSC
Professional students make their appearance on the
Centennial stage the following Saturday, June 14,
for their 7 pm performance in Spring Showcase
2014, which will feature haunting, exuberant and
beautiful excerpts from the timeless classic, Swan
Lake. Both performances promise to be memorable
‘Dance’ is a series of movements that match the
speed and rhythm of a piece of music. Both the
QBSC Professional and Recreation students take
that definition one giant step further, applying
enthusiasm, talent and discipline to their art form,
ultimately fulfilling the vision that the choreography
and teachers intended.
Quinte Ballet School Professional students will
bring to vivid life some of the highlights of Swan
Lake, and Artistic Director Catherine Taylor and her
team have blended their own interpretation with
world-renowned choreography from the 1895
revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, to present
a truly special performance.
Seats can now be reserved and QBSC gives a
special discount if adult tickets are purchased for
both shows. In addition, the school offers a group
discount for 10 or more tickets purchased for the
same performance. Assemblé tickets are $22 adults,
$18 seniors and students and $12 for children 12 and
under. Spring Showcase tickets are $25 adults, $20
In the mood!
If swing is your thing, dispensed by Canadian A-list
musicians wailing away in the best big bands in the
land, then go no farther than Trenton this summer.
The Commodores and some of Canada’s best bands
are swinging into the third Trenton Big Band
Festival, July 19 and 20.
Sponsored by the City of Quinte West, the In-TheMood-themed third annual Trenton Big Band
Festival will showcase big band swing, jazz and
nostalgia at its finest.
The headliners at the Centennial Park Amphitheatre
on Sunday, July 20 are the Brian Barlow Big Band,
whose members are among the best in the business
on any continent, and featuring Barbra Lica, named
by CBC as one of Canada’s top five female jazz
singers. Opening the show is the popular Swing
Shift Big Band from Toronto, Canada’s busiest big
band, whose appearance two years ago drew the
biggest audience response in the festival’s
history. Festival-goers will also bask in the toetapping, traditional beat of the Ragweed Jazz
Band. Food, and wine by Huff Estates will be
available on site.
Tickets are only $15 in advance, and $20 at the
gate. You can get tickets at the festival website,
www.trentonbigbandfestival.com or at the City of
Quinte West website, www.quintewest.ca. Tickets
are also on sale at Riverside Music in Trenton, and
Pinnacle Music in Belleville.
Barbra Lica
The night before Sunday’s big show, the Bellevillebased Commodores’ Orchestra, Canada’s oldest
big swing band, will set the mood for dining and
dancing in a free show at Trenton’s new Riverfront
Square, behind Tomassos Restaurant and the Port
Bistro. The Dan Bone Jazz Trio, eastern Ontario’s
finest, will provide a smooth jazz nightcap to the
Commodores’ show.
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seniors and students and $15 children 12 and under.
For information and tickets, visit Quinte Ballet
School of Canada at 192 Palmer Road in Belleville
or call 613-962-9274 / 866-962-9274 to purchase
over the phone. You can also check out their
website at quinteballetschool.com, find them on
Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
All ticket proceeds support the Quinte Ballet School
of Canada, which has been an active member of
Quinte’s community for over 40 years, nurturing
young people in their goal of dance through their
professional and recreational divisions.
Festival Players’ 8th season
Festival Players of Prince Edward County is happy
to announce new developments for their eighth
season of professional live theatre, including
programming for the new Sunday Series @ Huff
Estates and the return of the Young Company
and Festival Players for Families.
Festival Players will team up with Huff Estates Inn
and Winery for the Sunday Series @ Huff Estates, a
new weekly showcase on Sundays, from July 13 to
August 24. Sunday Series @ Huff Estates will
feature exciting one-night-only performances,
including: Sam S. Mullins’ solo show WeakSauce, a
coming-of-age comedy of first times, second
chances and third wheels; an evening of improv
with National Theatre of the World, Canada’s finest
comic minds; John Millard’s Polka Dogs who create
unique tunes
with tuba,
accordion, banjo
and drum
kit; Parsons &
Morel Make
Magic, the
husband and wife
comedy team; a
bilingual cabaret
show Du Coq à
l’Âme or Tales of
Chris Earl in Radio: 30
Life, with chanteuse Nathalie Nadon and Michael
Barber on piano; and an autobiographical
music/storytelling show by multiinstrumentalist George Meanwell.
After a successful inaugural year, the Young
Company, an immersive professional theatre
experience for six youth from Prince Edward
County, returns again this summer. The Young
Company members will spend three weeks working
with acclaimed theatre performer, director and
teacher Eliza-Jane Scott, to create and rehearse a
theatre production for children and their grown-ups
under the banner of Festival Players for Families.
This summer’s Festival Players for Families show
will be All for Beaver Hats! by David S. Craig,
the recording studio. Playwright Chris Earle (Second
City alumnus) will star as discouraged radio
personality Ron, and Sam Earle (Degrassi: The Next
Generation, and the son of both the playwright and
director) will play Mike, the faithful recording
Test Drive will close the
2014 Festival
Players season under the
Grand Tent at Rosehall
Run Vineyards in
Wellington, from August 5
to 24. Artistic Director
Sarah Phillips takes the
wheel for Test Drive, the
life and times of a car man.
Earl loves his wife,
children and cars – and not
always in that order. He
also considers his life to be
resoundingly ordinary,
except that every ten years
or so he sets out on a test
drive that rocks his world.
Single tickets,
subscription passes, and
hotel and dining packages, are available online at
Nathalie Nadon and Michael Barber in Du Coq à l’Âme or Tales of Everyday Life
hilariously telling 300 years of Canadian history in
45 minutes. All for Beaver Hats! will tour
throughout Prince Edward County in August, with
stops at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. in Cressy,
Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, Campbell’s
Orchards in Rednersville, Sandbanks Summer
Village in Cherry Valley and in Bloomfield as part
of Live in Bloomfield - A Festival of Theatre and
Other Delights.
Previously announced for Festival Players is
Radio:30, at Mount Tabor Playhouse in Milford,
from July 22 to August 3. Directed by Shari
Hollett, Radio:30 is a multi-award-winning dark
comedy about a radio actor who comes unglued in
Festival Players of Prince Edward County is a
professional summer theatre company, led by
Artistic Director Sarah Phillips. For eight
years, Festival Players has brought the beautiful
landscapes, towns and villages of Prince Edward
County, affectionately called The County, to life
through the incredible power of theatre. Whether in
a charming church theatre or nestled in the
vineyards, Festival Players audiences are treated to
an unforgettable theatre experience each and every
summer. Flex Passes and single tickets are on sale
now at www.festivalplayers.ca.
The Empire Summer Music Series
Throughout the month of August, The Empire
Theatre in downtown Belleville salutes some of the
greatest performers in rock and roll history. The
Empire Summer Music Series takes place on three
consecutive Thursdays in August, with each date
Piano Men, starring Jim Witter and featuring the
music of Billy Joel and Elton John. The Piano Men
is a musical celebration of the 1970s - year by year,
hit by hit - from the songs of Billy Joel and Elton
John. Dove Award nominee and Canadian Juno
Award nominee, recording artist Jim Witter and his
band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire
decade, that begins with Your Song and winds us
along on a musical time machine, saluting two of the
era’s most popular songwriters.
Rounding out the series, on August 21, are Bernie
Jessome and Jeff Scott, paying tribute to The Everly
Brothers. Travel down memory lane as Bernie and
Jeff take you back to the first time you heard those
famous Everly Brothers’ harmonies coming from
your car radio … Cathy’s Clown, Bye Bye Love, All I
Have To Do Is Dream and so many more.
Enjoy a single performance or the entire series. For
ticket information, visit www.theempiretheatre.com.
Bernie Jessome in The Roy Orbison Story
having matinée and evening performances.
The series kicks off on August 7, with Bernie
Jessome starring in The Roy Orbison Story. Bernie
Jessome is one of North America’s finest Roy
Orbison impersonators. His delivery of hits like
Pretty Woman and Only The Lonely reveals an
incredible voice range, mirroring the remarkable
presence of Roy Orbison. There is always a hush in
the room when Jessome takes centre stage as the hit
The second date of the series, August 14, is The
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May 29-June 14 Belleville Theatre Guild presents Into
the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim at Pinnacle Playhouse.
www.bellevilletheatreguild.ca, 613-967-1442.
May 23-June 7 The Chalk Garden at the Brighton Barn
Theatre. 613-475-2144 www.brightonbarntheatre.ca.
June 4-14 Mixed Doubles starring Stirling Festival
Theatre favourites Debbie Collins and Dean Hollin with a
vaudevillian style show featuring reviews of your favourite
duos. www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.
Summer Live at the Regent Theatre in Picton: Wingfield
on Ice on June 5, New Kid in Town: The Ultimate Eagles
Tribute on June 7, The County School of Dance on June
15, Radio Night at the Regent on June 25, Elvis The
Moments featuring Pete Paquette on July 12, and guitarist
Johnny Winter on July 23. Tickets and info:
www.theregenttheatre.org, 613-476-8416 ext. 28.
June 6 The Stirling Festival Theatre presents at 2 & 8
pm - Teen Idols of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a tribute to Bobby
Darin, Neil Sedaka, Ricky Nelson, Frankie Avalon, Roy
Orbison, Buddy Holly and Elvis! 613-395-2100
Summer For a list of summer dates to see The Fade
Kings in concert, visit www.fadekings.com or watch the
QAC’s weekly arts calendar.
June 6-8 The 5th Frankford Island Blues Festival will
be held in the Frankford Tourist Park, Quinte West.
Summer Westben Arts Festival Theatre presents a
variety of events throughout the summer, including: Jesus
Christ Superstar; An Acoustic Evening with The
Skydiggers; Sunday Afternoon with Ben Heppner & Brian
Finley; Phantom of the Opera, Doug Leahy & Friends;
H’Sao, and more. www.westben.ca, 705-653-5508, 877883-5777.
June 7 The Quinte Ballet School of Canada Recreation
Division presents Assemblé, 2:30 pm at Centennial SS in
Belleville. Tickets: 613-962-9274, [email protected]
June 7 Prince Edward Community Theatre presents A
Prince Edward Hospice Dance Party! an evening of live
music featuring the return of Messenger... with special
guests Miss Emily & Chris Koster. Wellington & District
Comm. Centre. www.pecommtheatre.ca.
June 7 How Great Thou Art, The Story of Elvis
Presley’s Gospel Music, featuring Pete Doiron at 7:30 pm
at the Land O’Lakes Curling Club, St. Joseph St., Tweed.
Tickets: 613-478-1129.
June 10 Festival Players of PE County presents A Live
Reading with Playwright Dave Carley at Books &
Company, Picton, 7 pm. Free with RSVP at
Starts June 11 The Belleville Lions Club presents
Concerts on the Bay Season Opener, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in
the Lion’s Pavilion at Zwick’s Park. Features Cruisin’ 50s
& 60s Band. Bring your dancing shoes. Concerts will run
Wed. and Sun. evenings. For a complete list, call 613962-1232 or visit www.concertsonthebay.ca.
2nd & 4th Thurs Quarter Moon Coffee House
continues to Sept. 25 at the Baxter Arts Centre, 3 Stanley
St., Bloomfield. 7:30 pm. Free admission.
June 14 The Quinte Ballet School of Canada
Professional Division presents Spring Showcase featuring
excerpts from Swan Lake and newly choreographed
works, 7 pm at Centennial SS in Belleville. Tickets: 613962-9274, [email protected]
June 14 Carpe Diem String Ensemble will perform at
the Parrott Gallery, 2:30 to 3:30 pm. 3rd floor, Belleville
June 15 Moon Songs and Other Stories, vocal concert
at Bridge St. United Church, Belleville 3 pm. Elizabeth
McDonald, soprano and Rachel Andrist, pianist will
perform songs and stories to the moon by Benjamin
Britten, Richard Strauss and Jake Heggie. Tickets: Church
office, or 613.962.9178 ext. 74, and at the door.
June 28 & July 26 Active Arts Studio in Rednersville
presents Ila Vann and the Fade Kings on June 28 and
Astrid Young on July 26. Full details on their Facebook
page or call 613-779-8933.
July 4-Sept. 20 David R. Maracle’s Stage Red has 6
concerts planned for the season.
www.nativeexpressions.ca, 613-396-2767. L’il Crow
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Café, 216 Bayshore Rd., Tyendinaga.
July 8-20 The Stirling Festival Theatre presents Forever
Plaid. Take a trip down Memory Lane in Plaid style.
Featuring many hits such as Moments to Remember, Love
is a Many Splendored Thing, Three Coins In The Fountain
and Sixteen Tons. 613-395-2100
July 9-13 Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival
including Canadian Indie Music Festival, Main Stage
Tribute Concerts, Tim Hortons Children’s Village arts &
crafts and interactive fun & educational attractions,
Ultimate Air Dogs, Vendor Exposition, Sail Past &
Dragon Boat Races. Free admission.
Summer Festival Players of PEC Sunday Series at Huff
Estates (just off Hwy 62, north of Bloomfield) Main Stage
season will feature a one-man show, an improvised play, a
raucous concert, an off-kilter magic show, a cabaret en
français, and some intimate musical story telling. Radio:
30 at Mount Tabor Playhouse in Milton, July 22-Aug. 2;
Drive Test at Rosehall Run Vineyards near Wellington,
Aug. 5-24. Choose a 3-Ticket Flex Pass, an 8-Ticket
Season Pass, or single tickets. Also, Festival Players for
Families presents All for Beaver Hats!, a fast-paced, funny
and colourful voyage through the history of the Canadian
fur trade. Aug. 1-24 at various PE County venues. Tickets
$10 each. Info and tickets: www.festivalplayers.ca.
July 18 Rotary Loves Kids Party in the Square will
begin 7:30 pm and feature The Roots of Rhythm, and Ila
Vann and The Fade Kings at Market Square Belleville.
Tickets: $10 at the QAC, 36 Bridge St. E., $15 at the door.
July 19 & 20 The Commodores and some of Canada’s
best bands, including the Brian Barlow Big Band, are
swinging into the third Trenton Big Band Festival. Info:
July 20-Aug. 10 Music at Port Milford Chamber Music
Festival and Summer School in PE County. Faculty Artist
Series, Saturday Evenings at St. Mary Magdalene, Picton.
Student Performances on Sundays at 2. Free Music in the
Street, July 19 & Aug. 2, 10-12 noon. See ad pg. 2.
Tickets at door and www.mpmcamp.org.
Aug. 6-16 The Stirling Festival Theatre presents
Footloose The Musical. 613-395-2100
Aug. 7, 14, 21 The Empire Summer Music Series:
Bernie Jessome stars in The Roy Orbison Story on Aug. 7,
The Piano Men starring Jim Witter on Aug. 14, and The
Everly Brothers Tribute on Aug. 21. 613-969-0099,
Aug. 13-17 PE County Jazz Festival: Jazz Gala on Aug.
13, Tribute to Dave Brubeck on Aug. 14, Remembering
Jim Hall on Aug. 15, Renee Rosnes Quartet and David
Braid on Aug. 16 and Gershwin in Blue on Aug. 17. 613476-8416, www.pecjazz.org.
May 28-June 29 Art Gallery of Bancroft presents
sculptor Kevin Hockley, Inspirations from the Wild,
opening reception May 30, 7:30 pm.
May 29-June 7 The second annual Belleville-on-theBay-of-Quinte Plein Air Festival.
www.bellevillepleinairfestival.com. The work created will
be on display at Dinkel’s Restaurant, 44 Bridge St. E. June
1-7. Public reception June 1, 2-4 pm.
May 31-July 6 The Colborne Art Gallery presents guest
artists, Weavers Unlimited, with new works by gallery
members. www.thecolborneartgallery.ca, 905-355-1798.
May 17-June 16 Oeno Gallery continues the solo
exhibition of work by Andrew Lui.
May 24-July 6 Quinn’s of Tweed presents Robert
McAffee, Painting Canada One Canvas At A Time. 345
Victoria St., Tweed. www.QuinnsOfTweed.ca.
Summer Janet B Gallery & Studios, 9 Divison Blvd,
Consecon. New art to wear, explorations in hand painting
of silk dresses and tops; outdoor deck & patio art, fine art
reproduction installations; work by Studio G Group
including photography exhibit by Gabi von Gans. Glass
carvings from the CFM Design Studio collection. Baroque
style realism, graphite drawings, miniatures and new
digital imagery by Rolf Busch. Miniature mobiles, hand
painted in acrylic by Diane Woodward. Stained glass wall
hangings in antique window and door frames from local
heritage buildings by Brian Empson. Thurs-Sun 10am5pm. 613-965-5698, www.janetbattalio.com.
May 14-Aug. 11 Arts On Main Gallery, C’est la Vie
features Peter Large, Michael Herman, Maggie Murdoch,
David Brown, Dayna Law, Michael Flynn and Patrick
Hayet. 223 Main St., Picton.
June 5-July 17 The artists of the Rednersville Road Art
Tour will preview their work at the Parrott Art Gallery,
Belleville Library. Opening reception June 5, 6-7:30 pm.
254 Pinnacle St., 613-968-6731 x2240.
June 5-July 17 Michael Brethour’s Faces of Cancer
2014 at the Parrott Gallery. Opening reception June 12,
6-7:30 pm.
June 7 Art in the Yard, a sale of paintings and wall
hangings by artist Joan Reive from 10 am-4 pm at 12
Kente Court, Quinte West.
June 9-27 Celebrating Success, an exhibition of artwork
by Brain Injury Survivors is on display in the gallery
corridor of the Parrott Gallery. Opening reception June
12, 4-6 pm.
June 11-24 I Am An Artist, an exhibition of work by
Kindergarten students from Queen Victoria and Susanna
Moodie Public Schools at the Parrott Gallery. Opening
reception June 11, 1-2:30 pm.
June 17-Aug. 9 Gallery One-Twenty-One presents
featured fabric artist Anne Fales and guest contemporary
artist Janice Teare.
June 19-Aug. 29 QAC’s Art in the Community summer
show features the artists from the Rednersville Road Art
Tour at the QAC Gallery. Work by Jan Atkinson, Olivia
Ste. Marie, Robert Tokley and Doris Scott will hang in
other venues. See article page 4. Opening reception June
19, 4-7 pm at 36 Bridge St. E., Belleville.
June 21 St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Milford will host
an exhibition and sale of art featuring works by such
artists as Virginia Mitchell, Nell Lamarsh, Edward Cronk,
and John Bondrager, among others, 2 to 4 pm. Proceeds
go to Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward- Hastings.
Info: Sylvia Draaistra, 613-969-1415, Ex. 207,
June 21-Aug. 31 Mad Dog Gallery 525 County Road
11, Prince Edward County presents Celia Sage, June 21July 13 and Rosmary Brown, Aug. 9-31.
June 28-July 1 Artfest Kingston, Canada Day Weekend,
at City Park in Kingston, 10 am to 6 pm daily. 150 artists
and artisans, workshops, live theatre and music, stilt
dancers and more. www.artfestkingston.com. Free
June 30-Aug. 31 Mad Dog Gallery & Closson Chase
Vineyards, 629 Closson Road, PEC will show work by
Andrew King, June 30-July 31 and Susan Wallis Aug. 131 at Closson Chase Winery.
July 2-July 27 Art Gallery of Bancroft features mixed
media artwork of Shelley Beach. Opening reception July
4. www.artgallerybancroft.ca.
July 5-20 Quinn’s of Tweed will show A Solo Exhibition
of Fine Watercolour Paintings by Mary Anne Ludlam.
Opening Reception July 5, 2-5pm. Artist in attendance.
July 11-13 Visit Carla Miedema’s studio at 1074 Little
Pond Rd., Gaile & Trevor Bethell at 1005 Fosters Lane,
and Barb Mendham at 168 Sheldrake Lake Road during
the Cloyne Studio Tour. 613-336-8860. Admission is
July 12-Aug. 17 The Colborne Art Gallery presents a
Juried Exhibition of submissions from established and
emerging artists. Opening reception: July 12, 2- 4 pm. 51
King St. E., Colborne.
July 15-Sept. 6 Belleville Art Association Gallery
presents its annual One-By-One Show and Sale. Opening
reception July 17, 4 to 7 pm, will also celebrate the
gallery’s 10th anniversary.
July 18 A showcase of the talented artists of Arts Quinte
West will be in downtown Trenton, 11 am to 4 pm. 613392-7635, www.artsquintewest.ca.
July 19-Aug. 24 Quinns of Tweed will show Beyond
Satori, Solo Exhibition by Laurie Near. Opening
reception July 19, 2-5 pm. Artist in attendance. In the
Upper Gallery.
July 19 Art in the Park is an outdoor art festival held in
Henry St. Park in Stirling, 10 am to 4 pm. Interested
artists can contact Andre to participate, 613-920-0010.
July 24-Aug. 21 The John M. Parrott Art Gallery
presents watercolour and oil paintings of local artist Jinhee
Jung in Gallery One. In Gallery Two, Joan and Friends is
an exhibition of the work of Joan Reive and a group of her
students. Opening reception on July 24, 6 to 7:30 pm.
July 25-27 The Friends of Bon Echo Provincial Park
invite you to the annual Bon Echo Art Exhibition and
Sale. 613-336-0830.
July 30-Aug. 24 Art Gallery of Bancroft hosts the 56th
Annual Juried Show of the East Central Ontario Art
Association. Opening reception Aug. 1.
Aug. 1-10 A Summer Affair at the Gates Art Gallery
on Presquile Parkway in Brighton. Impressive works by
local artists. Just outside the entrance to the Park.
Showcasing: Betty Anne Smith, woodturning; Chris
Windebank, photography; Carol Saucier, watercolour;
Doris Scott, oil; Helen Van Poorten, jewellery and glass;
Susan Moshynski, caricatures; Anita Gutteridge, painted
pillows. Opening reception Aug. 1, 6:30 to 9 pm.
Aug. 2 Kiwanis Club of Tweed and The Tweed and Area
Arts Council will hold Art in the Park.
Aug. 8-10 Cloyne Showcase of arts and crafts at the
North Addington Education Centre. 613-473-4063.
Aug. 12-Sept. 27 Gallery One-Twenty-One presents
featured artist Linda Barber and guest artists Aileen Hern
and Jane Eaton Sanders.
Aug. 22-24 26 Atlantic Crossings is a collaboration with
the PEC Studio Tour and 26, a British writers’
organization. At Books and Company in Picton. Free
admission, meet the artists.
Aug. 24 We Create Artisan Events presents the third
annual Kaleidoscope... A Celebration of Craft and
Design Show 10 am to 4 pm at Fields on West Lake barn
in Bloomfield. This indoor/outdoor show features over 45
artists and artisans, live music, local food vendors and a
licensed bar. Items generously donated by the artisans will
be raffled off with the proceeds benefitting the local
equine therapy organization, HEAL with Horses.
Admission: $2 adults, kids free. Rain or shine.
To June 18 Weekly swing dance lessons at The Baxter
Arts Centre in Bloomfield. Bring your partner or come by
yourself. Wednesdays starting Apr. 30 to June 18.
Lessons at 7:30 pm; dance at 8 pm. Admission: $5 per
person per week at the door, pre-registration not required.
Light refreshments available. Info:
[email protected]
[email protected]
Workshops with Donna Bonin: Explore Abstraction in
Watercolour, June 7-8 at Back-in-Time Gallery;
Watercolour Basics for Beginners Only, May 26-June 23,
1-3:30 at Back-in-Time Galllery; On Location Sketching
and Painting in the Oak Hills, July 8-11 (attend all 4 or
individual days); Autumn Colours at Bridgewater Retreat,
Oct. 3-6, focus on atmosphere and mood in landscape,
details at www.donnabonin.ca; Paint in Southern France,
May 8-23, 2015. 613-395-5959 or
[email protected]
June Loyalist Summer Art Classes: Oil Painting,
Traditional with Doug Purdon; A Colour Filled Paint
Escape with Claudia Jean McCabe; Waldorf Inspired
Cloth Doll with Monika Aeibischer; Rug Hooking with
Plaid with Carol Shewan. To register, call 613 969-7900.
Visit loyalistfocus.com for full details.
Andrew Csarfordi is offering his two-day Encaustic
Painting Workshops in PE County. $395 includes a
workbook, all materials, one picture frame supplied (set
size) for one completed piece of art (per person), light
refreshments and snacks. One-Day Workshops available.
613-393-1572 www.andrewcsafordi.com.
Sketching with Ink and Watercolour, Pastels – workshops
at Cranston Gallery in Bloomfield.
Elizabeth Hutchison offers ongoing classes in
traditional oil painting in Carrying Place Tuesday
mornings. Toronto Sketchbook, Watercolor Sketch
Workshop: July 12, 10 am-3 pm. 1-day workshop in
watercolor in Toronto’s colorful Chinatown and
Kensington Market. Lunch included.
[email protected]
June 12-15 Light and Dark: Charcoal, Pastel and the
Human Figure workshop, with Bill Tomlinson at Loyalist
College, Thurs. to Sun., 9 am to 4 pm.
Register Camera & Photo Courses with Instructor
Peggy deWitt. Photo Workshops Series at The Grange
Winery, June 13, Sept 12 & Oct 10, 10 am to 2 pm. $65
each, 613-476-1099 www.peggydewitt.com.
June 29-July 18 The Quinte Ballet School of Canada
will hold a 3-week Dance Intensive for professional and
open programs, with QBSC faculty and guests. 613-9629274, [email protected]
2nd Tuesdays Visual artists are welcome to bring their
supplies to the Parrott Gallery 10 am to 1 pm for the
Open Studio Tuesdays program. This unstructured
program is a great place for both the novice and
experienced artist to get together to create. 613-968-6731
x2240 [email protected]
3rd Thurs. The Drawing Room offers non-instructional
studio sessions to encourage the traditional practice of
drawing and painting the human figure from a draped
model, 2-4 pm, Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville Library.
613-968-6731 ext. 2240.
Register now Andrew Csafordi is offering two Dragons
and Graffiti Art Workshops for kids ages 10 to15, from
July 14 to 18, and July 28 to August 1, from 9 am to 4 pm,
at the Bloomfield Centre for Creativity, 3 Stanley Street in
Bloomfield. Register: 613-393-1572,
[email protected]
Register Quinte Ballet School of Canada Recreation
Division classes start early Sept. Pre-registartion begins
late Aug. 613-962-9274 ext. 23, [email protected]
Deadline June 6 The member artists of The Colborne
Art Gallery invite artists to participate in their second
annual juried exhibition, showcasing emerging and
established artists. The show will run July 12-Aug. 17.
They welcome submissions from all visual art forms.
Complete application information at
Deadline July 1 Shelter Valley Folk Festival seeks
participants for the Labour Day weekend festival. Apply to
participate at the Artists, Wellness and Sustainable Living
Village by sharing your creations and knowledge. The
Local Songwriters Showcase for aspiring musicians and
songwriters is also seeking participants. Shelter Valley
invites songwriters of all ages to apply to their juried
showcase. Ten Finalists will perform live, with three
chosen to take to the stage at the 2014 Festival. Original
songs are essential. Guidelines www.sheltervalley.com.
Deadline June 3 Apply online
www.kaleidoscopecraftshow.com to the third annual
Kaleidoscope… A Celebration of Craft and Design
‘hand-crafted’ artisan event being held on Aug. 24 at
Fields on West Lake in PE County. Applications will be
accepted and juried in all artistic media including edibles.
Indoor and outdoor spaces available.
June 7 Rock’n the Porch at Hand Works in Bloomfield
will feature art, craft, vendors, food carts, music by The
Tilly Buggers, and more. 1 to 4 pm. Calling all artists
and crafters. For a fee of $10 you can reserve a space on
the lawn for this event. Come prepared for all weather.
[email protected], 613 393 3888.
Deadline end of June Call for Submissions: the
Hastings & Quinte Cultural Plan Roundtable would
like to use your artworks in their promotional material. All
images will remain property of the artist and credit will be
given to the artist. Please submit high quality digital
images with titles to Rachel at
[email protected] or call 613-885-9840
for more information. Early submissions appreciated for
preliminary documents.
If you’d like to submit images of your artwork to Nu
Work Magazine, email [email protected] They
showcase contemporary work by accomplished
professional artists working in a variety of media.
Belleville Choral Society welcomes new members from
teens to seniors. Practices resume Monday evening, Sept.
8 at St. Thomas Church in Belleville.
[email protected], 613-779-0691.
The Bay of Quinte Chorus of Sweet Adelines
International is looking for women who love to sing fourpart harmony. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings 7 to
9:30 p.m. at Quinte Gardens, 30 College St. W, Belleville.
No need to read music. 613-779-1009,
June 11 The Quinte Film Alternative members-only
season finale film is Algonquin. 7 pm at the Empire
Theatre. www.quintefilmalternative.ca.
June 1 Decoration Day at Glenwood Cemetery, Picton.
Memorial service in stone chapel at 2 pm. Guided
walking tour of the cemetery following service. 613-4763511 www.GlenwoodCemetery.ca.
stay at the Merrill Inn. Visit heritage sites, with lunch and
shopping in Bloomfield, a visit to The Black Prince
Winery. Return transportation to Napanee is provided by
Franklin Coach Lines. $545/pp based on double
occupancy. [email protected] www.brigantine.ca.
June 22 The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Quinte Branch will tour the limestone buildings of
Kingston. Meet at City Hall, 2 pm. 613-968-7605.
June 24 Hastings County Historical Society presents A
Tribute to Gerry Boyce, Mr. History of Belleville &
Hastings County. Cocktail reception at Sans-Souci
Banquet Room, 240 Front St., Belleville, beginning at
6:30 p.m. Advance tickets at $20 at QAC (36 Bridge St. E,
Belleville) and from Mary-Lynne Morgan at 613-9617091. www.hastingshistory.ca.
Summer Glanmore National Historic Site family
activities: on July 9 and Aug. 6, 2-4 pm, play Victorian
garden games; on July 23 and Aug. 20, 2-4 pm, make and
taste delicious homemade ice-cream using the
reproduction churn. www.glanmore.ca.
June 6 &7 Flowertopia Studio presents The Word Is
Wild Literary Festival, 9 am to 9 pm on Fri. and 9:30 am
to 6 pm on Sat. at The Arlington Hotel, Maynooth. Book
fair, open mic, writing workshops, featured readings.
[email protected]
June 10 Children’s author and illustrator Barbara Reid
will read from her popular children’s books and talk about
how she creates her fabulous plasticine pictures at the
Belleville Library, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
June 22 The Tweed & Area Arts Council presents
Voices, compiled by Don Herbertson from the words,
thoughts, humour, poetry and histories of some of the
seniors who live in Moira Place Long Term Residence in
Tweed, as well as contributions from seniors from around
the world. Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Rd.,
Tweed, 2:30 pm. Tickets at the door.
Summer Purdy A-Frame events: July 5 at the Purdy
Library, Ameliasburgh. Welcome reception for Katherine
Leyton. July 26, Second Annual Purdy Picnic at the Aframe. Aug. 30 at Active Arts Studio, Rednersville,
Richard Turtle’s performance of David Carley’s play Al
Purdy at the Quinte Hotel and Katherine Leyton’s video of
her summer’s work (howpedestrian.ca) at the A-frame.
Early Sept. welcome event for Nick Thran and Sue
Aug. 1-3 The 8th Purdyfest weekend will begin Friday
with a Potluck Supper at ZenRiver Gardens. This year’s
festival will focus on Pauline Johnson and First Nations’
art and history and will include symposiums, readings and
other events in the Marmora area.
[email protected]
June 3 The QAC is hosting a Culture Days Info Session
with Catherine McLeod, OAC Culture Days Coordinator,
at 3 pm at the Parrott Gallery, Belleville Library.
June 5 new date The Belleville Chamber of Commerce
is hosting a debate with local Provincial candidates at
The Empire Theatre, 7 pm.
June 10 The Quinte Arts Council’s Annual General
Meeting will be held in the Parrott Gallery, Belleville
Library, 5:30-7:30 pm.
June 14 Join the Quinte Grannies for their annual walk,
Stride To Turn the Tide. Meet at St. Thomas Church,
Belleville, 8:30 am - gentle walk, through parts of East
Hill, refreshments following. Dianne 613-968-6110.
July 5 & 6 Seven Waves Movement with Roula Said at
Wyldwood Sojourn in Lonsdale, $160. Veggies meals
included. Roula will share medicine songs rooted in
Arabic music, explore ancient myths, etc.
maureenwalton.com, 613-396-3262. Register by June 30.
July 10-12 Christmas in July, in downtown Belleville.
Downtown businesses raise funds for the charities and
non-profit organizations of their choice.
Calendar submissions must be no
more than 70 words, per event.
June 7 Ghost Towns & Pioneer Villages in Our
Backyard - Part II. Day-long guided bus tour of westcentral Hastings County. Cost $65 includes lunch. MaryLynne Morgan (613-961-7091) or www.hastingshistory.ca.
Deadline for the Sept/Oct/Nov issue
is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
June 15 & 16 Experience the great age of sail onboard
the tall ship, the St. Lawrence II, 70 ft. square rigger.
Departs Napanee at noon making its way under full sail to
Picton. Hear the rich maritime history of the region,
dinner created by Chef Michael Sullivan, and overnight
For advertisements,
please contact QAC
before copy deadline.
June/July/August 2014 Umbrella 17
Prince Edward County Jazz Festival
Seventy-five artists representing the best of jazz
from NewYork, Toronto and Montreal will entertain
in nearly 30 venues across the County during the
Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, from August
12 to 17. It’s the strongest program yet in the
festival’s 14-year history.
Rhapsody in Blue, the County Jazz Fest will delight
those who prefer all jazz, all the time!
The recent passing of legendary pianist Dave
Brubeck has prompted a festival tribute. Brubeck’s
innovative album Time Out, which featured Paul
Desmond on alto sax (Take Five), will be performed
in its entirety by alto saxophonist
Remi Bolduc’s Montreal quartet.
The following concerts all take place at the Regent
Theatre, at 8 pm: on Thursday, August 14, a Tribute
to Dave Brubeck, featuring the Remi Bolduc
Quartet; on Friday, August 15, Remembering Jim
And a wonderfully unique tribute
has been planned in the wake of
the death late last year of guitarist
Jim Hall. Four of Canada’s top
guitarists, Reg Schwager, Rob
Piltch, Lorne Lofsky, and David
Occhipinti, will acknowledge the
contributions to jazz of ‘Master’
Russ Little
From Canadian-born pianist Renee Rosnes and her
all-world quartet, which will have played in New
York and around the world in the months leading up
to the festival, to a 90th anniversary performance by
pianist David Braid of George Gershwin’s landmark
The Wednesday, August 13 kickoff jazz gala will be presided over
by a quintet consisting of the
world’s finest – Canadian Alisters with names like Basso,
Little, Alexander, Botos, and
Barlow. The Jazz Gala Quintet,
featuring Guido Basso and Russ
Little, will be at Huff Estates
Winery, with Robi Botos, Scott Alexander, and
Brian Barlow for an evening that starts with wine
tasting at 5 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by
the concert at 8 pm.
David Braid
Hall, with Reg Schwater and Lorne Lofsky; on
Saturday, August 16, the Renee Rosnes Quartet
performs, with Lewis Nash, Peter Washington and
Jimmy Greene; on Sunday, August 17 Gershwin in
Blue – An Evening of George Gershwin, with the
Brian Barlow Big Band and pianist David Braid
performing Rhapsody in Blue.
For complete festival details, visit www.pecjazz.org.
Darren Cole’s journey
Art has been defined as a vehicle for the expression
or communication of emotions and ideas, a means
for exploring and appreciating formal elements for
their own sake. The nature of art has been described
as one of the most elusive of the traditional problems
of human culture. It represents aspects of the real
world, especially human actions.
His films, including White Horses, are a daunting
representation of the human condition. His plays
provoked local audiences to look more closely at
themselves and the world around them. The
Palliatives examines the joys and the anguish of
palliative care, while I Am Paris Green reveals the
toxicity of depression.
Of his art, Darren says, “My art, I believe, must
breed a hardy impassioned plea – part art as a search
for knowledge; part self-disciplined journey that is
its own unique journey of discovery through the
artistic process. If the artist means to probe ever
more deeply for the ardent expression of conscious
stimuli, then inflection of our own inner selves may
be made abstract.” He believes that we all, in effect,
are shaped by art as creators and viewers.
The phrase ‘theatre arts’ denotes a fusion of various
art forms that produce dramatic actions. Theatre arts
have greatly influenced society’s views and history,
Darren Cole
Art, at its simplest, is a form of communication. It
means whatever it is intended to mean by the artist,
and the meaning is shaped by the materials,
techniques, and forms of the art, as well as the ideas
and feelings it engenders in the viewer.
Darren Cole, through drawing, painting in many
media, photography, film, the written and spoken
word, music, dance and the theatre arts, embodies
the ever-changing evolution of art in the new
millennium. In effect he searches for esthetic
knowledge amid the world of exhibition and the
subconscious mindscape he believes we all share a
part in. As an artist, it is his hope that, with soulful
intellect and an enduring capacity to love, his art will
suggest an abstract parallel of reality through rhythm
and composition.
Throughout his years in the Quinte region, Darren
has become a published poet and accomplished
visual artist. As one of the founders of Third
Thursdays Arts and Culture Jam, he introduced
audiences to the essence of performance art, melding
multimedia and visual art with live performance.
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philosophy, way of thinking, rituals, taboos - all are
linked to theatre, as theatre throws light on all these
sensitive issues in the form of theatre arts like dance
and drama. An accomplished producer, director and
actor, Darren has entertained audiences through such
vehicles as Godspell, Murder in the Cathedral, and
The Glass Menagerie. He will bring his experience,
expertise and creative expression to an innovative
and provocative production of Dracula – The
Vampire Play on Halloween 2014.
Shelter Valley Folk Festival announces line-up
Shelter Valley Folk Festival’s Artistic Director,
Carolyn Sutherland, has made the first of two
announcements about performers coming to the
annual Labour Day weekend festival, held just east
of Cobourg from August 29 to 31. Carolyn said,
“I’m really excited we were able to confirm
performers our surveys have asked for, and also
meet another goal – to bring artists from right across
Canada here to Northumberland.”
The first
are: Ashley
Michel, De
Ennis, Joel
Laura Smith,
Leela Gilday,
NQ Arbuckle,
Union Duke,
Downey &
Union Duke
Case, and The Seasons. A second announcement will
be made in coming weeks. Details about the
performers, with links to their music, can be found
at www.sheltervalley.com.
Shelter Valley is also looking for songwriters for its
annual Local Songwriters Showcase, held at the end
of July in downtown Cobourg. Three finalists will
be chosen to perform at the festival. Sutherland
adds, “The showcase is about songwriting and it’s
for all ages, so we encourage everyone to tell writers
they know to visit www.sheltervalley.com for more
info.” The festival is also seeking applications from
artisans for its juried artists’ village, along with
wellness practitioners,
and sustainability
In May, Shelter Valley
began its call out for
volunteers. Each year
many travel from
right across Canada
and the U.S. to
participate, with
almost 300 signing up
to support the
festival’s year-round
activities as a
Registered Charity
and Arts
Joel Plaskett
SVFF presents a
Labour Day weekend
festival, an Artists in
the Schools program,
and Community Concert Series, among other
activities as a community organization based in
Northumberland County.
Ashley MacIsaac
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The Linden String Quartet
Saturday, July 26 - 7:30 pm
St. Mary Magdalene, 335 Main St., Picton
Tickets at the door and www.mpmcamp.org
The Tokai String Quartet
Saturday, August 2 - 7:30 pm
Sunday Student Matinees, 2 pm
July 20 and August 3
On the Deck, MPM, 89 Colliers Rd. Milford
July 27 and August 10
St. Mary Magdalene, 335 Main Street, Picton
Free Music in the Street!
Port Milford Faculty Ensemble
Saturday, August 9 - 7:30 pm
July 19 and August 2, 10-12 noon
Main Street, Picton
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Rotary Festival Silver Trophy winners
Alexandra Danahy, on flute, was the Quinte Rotary
Music Festival’s winner of both the Silver Pitcher for
woodwinds and brass, and the Joe Demeza prize for
best performance at the Silver Trophy competition at
St. Matthew’s United Church
Four talented female musicians played their way to
some impressive hardware – as well as hundreds in
cash – following the Quinte Rotary Music Festival’s
46th annual Silver Trophy competition.
Alexandra Danahy (flute), Jeanette Huang (piano),
Braelyn Guppy (voice) and Amelia King (harp) were
the winners following the April 11 competition,
which drew approximately 100 spectators at St.
Matthew’s United Church in Belleville.
The three adjudicators for this year’s festival –
Jacqueline Sadler, vocal, Ian Green, piano, and Ron
Gilbert, strings and instrumental – judged the eight
performers vying for the top prizes from the balcony
of the church’s sanctuary, as they reprised the pieces
that earned them the highest marks during the weeklong festival, held at four of the city’s churches.
Guppy sang Herbert Kingsley’s The Green Dog to
edge out competitors Tabitha Savic and Amy Park,
who performed Un moto di gioia by Mozart and
Jeanette Huang, Silver Tray
winner for piano
Amelia Kingearned the Silver
Strings award for harp
Strauss’s Die Nacht, respectively, to win the Rose
Bowl for voice.
Eleven-year-old Jeanette Huang performed the
delicately beautiful Nocturne in C sharp Minor by
Chopin to earn the Silver Tray in piano against Amy
Park’s robust Beethoven Sonata in E major (first
movement) and Edvard Grieg’s dreamy Nottorno
Op. 45 No. 4, played by David Savic.
Sole competitor Amelia King’s selection of Carlos
Salzedo’s Chanson dans la nuit on the pedal harp
netted her the Silver Strings award, and flautist
Alexandra Danahy – also the sole competitor in her
category — earned the Silver Pitcher with a
remarkably adept performance of Henri Dutilleux’s
Sonatine. Danahy was also awarded the coveted Joe
Demeza Prize, given to the competitor who gives the
single outstanding performance of the evening.
Each of the night’s winners received a $500 cash
prize, and Danahy earrned a further $150 as the Joe
Demeza receipient.
Braelyn Guppy who won the Rose
Bowl award for voice.
This year’s festival, sponsored by the Belleville,
Trenton and Sunrise Rotary clubs, drew 115
competitors, ranging in age from seven to 78. More
than 300 pieces were performed and adjudicated at
the festival, including performances by choirs,
bands, glee clubs, parent-student duets and
barbershop chorus.
Festival chairman John Chisholm said the festival
also relies on community support from sponsors,
adding he was “very pleased” to gain a new
platinum level sponsor for the 2015 festival,
Rotarian Rudy Heijdens, known to many for his
tireless work as founder and director of the Hastings
and Prince Edward Children’s Chorus. Heijdens,
who was this year’s gold level sponsor, said he
hopes that his donations — $1,000 at the gold level,
and $2000 for next year — “will stimulate the
growth of the music festival, and perhaps encourage
other donors to come forward to keep music alive
and well in the Quinte area.”
Rotary Loves Kids’ Party in the Square
by Carol Feeney
You’ve got be in Belleville’s Market Square on July
18 for Rotary Loves Kids Party in the Square. This
is going to be a night to remember, with an
extraordinary line-up of local talent that you don’t
want to miss.
From 7:30 to 9 pm
you’ll hear an exciting
new band, The Roots of
Rhythm. They are a
Kingston-based fivepiece band playing a
unique selection of rock
and roll and blues
songs, from the 60s to
today, that you will
remember and want to
dance to. Four of the
band members
graduated from Moira
Secondary School in the 60s and were playing in
bands even then. They recently became reacquainted and hooked up to play. The sheer love of
music has kept everyone keen: Brian Yealland
(keyboards and vocals), John Manning (alto sax and
vocals), Dave Grant (drums and vocals), and Mark
Bishop (bass and vocals). Paul Benny, (guitar and
vocals) is the most recent addition.
From 9:30 pm to midnight, Ila Vann and The Fade
Kings take the stage to keep the party rocking
royally. Ila Vann is the kind of performer you never
forget, bubbling with energy and full of life. She has
been singing since the age of five, performing in a
gospel choir with her sisters. Vann has shared the
stage and lent her voice to recordings from such
luminaries as Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong,
Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, the Blind
Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Kenny Rogers,
and Barry Manilow.
Born in New Jersey, Ila found her way to radio and
signed a recording contract with the pop music label
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Liberty Records. In the late 60s she had a string of
hits: Can’t Help Loving that Man of Mine, I’ve Got
the Feeling, Got to Get to Jim Johnson, Your Love,
Keep on Laughin’ Baby and Every Living Dream.
Can’t Help went to No. 1 in the UK and she still has
a huge fan base in England. Vann seems
to have been perpetually on the cusp of
stardom. Her authentic, gospel-trained
voice is right up there with those of
many great stars, including Aretha
Franklin, Gladys Knight and Marvin
Gaye. Ila hit Broadway in 1972 in the
musical Inner City. She now lives in the
Quinte area, where she performs in clubs,
music venues and at festivals.
At The Party in the Square, Ila teams up
with local legends, The Fade Kings.
Formed in 1992, this band has developed
a distinctive sound, characterized by
solid grooves, compelling melodies and strong
musicianship that fuses multiple music genres. Their
music is steeped heavily in the blues and R&B, with
influences of soul, jazz, roots traditional, Latin and
The Fade Kings are John “Jake” de Vries (bass and
vocals), Eric Fry (guitars and vocals), Dave Impey
(drums and vocals) and Leigh Moore (keyboards
and vocals). “The Fade Kings do anything but
fade…they positively wail! A solid group of mighty
fine musicians, they were a big hit with the crowd at
the Limestone City Blues Festival. This band is
good! They obviously enjoy playing together, and
they do it so well, producing music that you just
want to get up and dance to,” states Steve Bartlett,
Buff Blues, CFRC-FM.
Party in the Square is the finale of the Rotary Loves
Kids Golf Tournament, which takes place during the
same day at Trillium Woods and Black Bear Ridge.
Golfers have a chance to play these outstanding
courses and win prizes, then head to the Square to
enjoy dinner by Dem
Bones and the live
entertainment. If you
are interested in the
complete package, you
can register online and
tickets are $150.
You don’t have to be a
golfer or be in the
tournament to enjoy the
party, as there are
tickets available for the
party only. Both are
great ways to have fun
Ila Vann
and help the kids of
Quinte, as funds raised are used to support many
causes, including: Camp Merrywood Easter Seals
Camp, helping kids with physical disabilities
succeed; Quinte Children’s Foundation, whose
vision is to improve the quality of life for local
children who are at risk; and The Belleville General
Hospital, to help fund special diagnostic equipment
for children.
RLK Committee Co-Chair, Kelly McKinney, said,
“2014 marks our 12th year for Rotary Loves Kids.
At the end of last year we had raised $950,000. This
year, we will break the $1,000,000 mark! The
money stays in the community and goes to great
causes, kids, and we are very proud of all of our
sponsors and volunteers!”
Co-Chair Greg Knudsen adds, “The success of RLK
is a reflection of what a giving community Belleville
is. I’m excited to be involved and look forward to
continuing this event’s success.”
Tickets are available at www.rotary-belleville.org or,
if you are interested in party tickets only, which are
$10 in advance ($15 at the door), you can get them
at the Quinte Arts Council, 36 Bridge Street East,
Belleville. See you at the party!
Westben’s 15th Anniversary Season
Westben has announced that its 15th Anniversary
Season includes the Westben debut of internationally
renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, the Choir of
Trinity College Cambridge, Afro-pop group H’Sao,
Oliver Jones, The Skydiggers and others.
Anniversary celebrations begin June 6, 7 and 8 with
a concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar. CDHS
Music Night will be at The Barn June 14, and on
June 15 Sounds of a Better World Concert is
presented by the
Westben 3 Youth
Choirs and the
Westben Wind
Ensemble and
Foundations Group.
Local pianists gather
for a Young Pianist’s
Summit to be held at
The Barn June 22.
The Annual
Fundraiser in June
takes place at a
garden near
Warkworth on June
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling music theatre
masterpiece, Phantom of the Opera, is performed in
a special concert version, from July 24 to 26. The
cast includes: Mark DuBois (Phantom), Donna
Bennett (Christine), Gabrielle Prata (Carlotta),
Robert Longo (Raoul), and pianist Brian Finley.
This season Westben launches a new TGIF Fun
Friday evening series. Friday nights will never be
the same, as some fine performers will take the
The summer season
opens on July 4 with
The Toronto Masque
Theatre’s production
of Henry Purcell’s
Dido and Aeneas for
three performances
(July 4 to 6). Ben
Heppner, recognized
as one of the world’s
finest dramatic
tenors, takes the stage H’SAO, Afro-pop group will perform August 3
on July 20, with Brian Finley at the piano. Recently
stage, including: Melody Johnson in her critically
voted the fifth best choir in the world, on
acclaimed one woman show, Miss Caledonia,
Gramophone magazine’s list of 20 Greatest Choirs,
acoustic folk from The Skydiggers, Celtic music
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge performs
from Doug Leahy & Friends, and a silent movie
on July 19, under the direction of conductor Stephen
screening of The Phantom of the Opera, with live
piano accompaniment.
The internationally acclaimed and award-winning
On July 10, Westben co-founders Donna and Brian
Cecilia String Quartet performs on July 12 and
present an intimate evening of musical romances,
award-winning Canadian pianist Avan Yu debuts at
including favorite classics by Richard Strauss,
The Barn on July 13. Yu received international
Robert and Clara Schumann, and Frederic Chopin.
attention after his masterful musical skills earned
This concert opens Brian’s Picks, Thursday evening
him first place in the 2012 Sydney Piano
‘Try-It-You’ll-Like-It’ gems. The series also includes
Competition. At the age of 26, he has already
chamber jazz ensemble Shannon Graham & the
established himself as one of the world’s finest
Storytellers on July 17 and the return of two-time
Juno award-winning cellist, bassist and composer
Andrew Downing and Friends on July 31.
Westben welcomes the 3-Divas on July 27. Three
tenors, step aside!! Spend an eclectic afternoon with
these three Canadian divas, including Virginia
Hatfield, soprano, Joni Henson, soprano, and Megan
Latham, mezzo-soprano, as they perform feminine
favorites, from opera to musical theatre,
accompanied by Brian Finley.
Westben celebrates the return
of one of Canada’s
prominent and awardwinning jazz pianists, the
legendary Oliver Jones,
performing along with his
trio on August 2.
Westben concludes its 15th
season on August 3, with the
debut of afro-pop group
H’Sao. This Montreal group
combines soul, pop, and
R&B with a unique style of a
cappella vocals. They will
present a Family Workshop
at 11 am, followed by their
performance at 2 pm.
Westben’s delicious food and
beverage options this season
include: Palate Preludes
during performances by the
Trinity College Choir, Ben
Heppner, Avan Yu and
Cecelia String Quartet;
Dido’s picnic during Dido
and Aeneas, and Jazzy Bites
Picnic during H’SAO.
Westben will fire up the grill
for a barbeque before
performances by the Skydiggers and Doug Leahy &
Friends. All picnic orders and reservations must be
made 24 hours in advance and barbecues purchased
36 hours in advance.
Bringing culture and nature together in a beautiful
setting, Westben‘s magnificent 400-seat timberframe barn opens onto a stunning meadow,
surrounded by the beautiful hills of Northumberland
County. The barn stage has hosted an incredible
array of renowned Canadian and international artists,
from full symphony orchestras and choruses to
chamber music and soloists.
For tickets and a complete list of performances at
Westben, please visit: www.westben.ca or call 1705-653-5508 or toll-free 1-877-883-5777.
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Rednersville International Film Festival
by Jeff Keary
The first ever Rednersville International Film
Festival (RIFF) opened to a full house with
everyone’s favourite concert movie, The Last Waltz,
in record producer and original sound engineer Rob
Fraboni’s personal and definitive two-channel audio
mix. To help things along, Tenor Audio contributed
their stunning amplifiers and Tetra Speakers
provided their premium 606 ‘listening instruments’.
Rob had added a special treatment to the soundtrack
called RealFeel, which smoothes out the digital
audio signal to produce a more vinyl like sound.
It would be no understatement to say that jaws
literally dropped at the sound quality, with this top
of the line equipment in a divine acoustic space.
Afterwards, Rob enthralled the audience with a Q
and A and stories about Martin Scorsese and The
During the week, movies were shown to raise funds
for the Blues in The Schools organization.
On May 3, we were treated to Pacing the Cage,
about Bruce Cockburn, with both Bernie Finkelstein
and Joel Goldberg taking Q and A. Afterwards, the
Frere Brothers, who somehow became a quintet,
engaged the audience with some of Bruce
Cockburn’s songs. Another packed house thoroughly
enjoyed a great evening and raised almost $2000 for
the Ostrander Point Appeal Fund.
The concluding event of RIFF was a live recording
Approximately a quarter-million dollars of top Canadian hi fi from Tenor Audio, who supplied amplification and
Tetra Speakers, who supplied their 606 listening instrument. From left, Jacques Pilon (Tenor), Wolf Kastenberger,
Jeff and Tracey Keary (all of Active Arts) Rob Fraboni (wearing hand painted tie by Jeff Keary) Jim Fairhead
(Tenor) and Adrian Butts (Tetra).
of River City Junction by the master of sound
himself, Rob Fraboni, with our friends at Shure
sending us their very best microphones. After a few
challenges, a very fine recording was achieved and
Rob Fraboni has taken the recording back to mix
and master. Watch this space for Redenersville
Records’ first release!
To keep up-to-date with activities at Active Arts
Studio, please like us on Facebook and see our
sparkley new website, www.activeartsstudio.com.
Also, we answer the phone, 613-779-8933, and we
do return calls.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Movie critique by Chris Bauer
The Grand Budapest Hotel is an inspired and
carefully crafted fantasy-comedy that oozes charm
and, in my opinion, would be phenomenally difficult
to dislike.
On the surface it is a fairly straightforward romp and
primarily story-driven, but the animated characters,
exceptional writing, frequent injections of humour,
astonishing visuals and great stylistic flair make it a
palpable pleasure to watch from start to finish. It is
light-hearted, funny and bright, and is commendable
in its dedication to this aesthetic, but does leave
room for emotional weight when strictly necessary.
are so well-developed, these moments do make a
meaningful impression and their scarcity can be
easily forgiven.
This film owes much of its appeal to the visually
marvelous sets and picturesque landscapes that fill
the backdrop of literally every minute of screentime; each shot is organized with absolute precision,
to the point that one walks out of the theatre feeling
as though they have just taken a tour through a
museum of Renaissance high-art.
The carnival-inspired colours of the Grand Budapest
in particular are dazzling: sun-struck yellows and
candy-apple reds leap off of the screen and give the
The plot is fast-paced and mostly linear - primarily
hotel a lively atmosphere that would be hard to
following the two main protagonists throughout forget. Furthermore, this film is unique in one visual
hence, it relies on a diverse and charismatic cast of
respect: it is
characters to keep
it compelling. Each
Nearly every shot
character has his or
features a
her (mostly his)
unique personality,
background with
owing largely to
the vertical axis of
the film’s
the symmetry in
abundance of
the exact center of
talented character
the frame - when
actors: there are
good guys, bad
symmetry is not
guys, and guys
available, the
who are there just
camera is
to meet their
invariably at
obligations, but
cardinal angles to
each leaves his
the actors. This
mark and none are
A scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes
to the
glossed over.
benefit of the film by allowing the audience to
The humour of the film does not rely on any specific
experience the magnificent buildings and their
formula, drawing from a mixed bag of dry wit,
intricate and beautiful interiors in a complete and
character humour, situation comedy, physical
uninterrupted way—cuts are few and far between,
comedy, and running jokes that produce many
leaving ample time to survey the sets with artistic
genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
consideration while the action of the actors keeps
each shot visually dynamic. Clearly, a great deal of
Due to the film’s flippant nature, it has very little
time and effort was devoted by its creators to
emotional resonance outside of a choice few
making this film a visual gem and they have
touching moments, that are usually themselves
succeeded wonderfully in that objective.
subverted with humour, but because the characters
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Thematically (and forgive me for segueing into an
analysis but I find this aspect personally
fascinating), the film’s symmetry suggests to the
audience a standard of perfection that serves as the
main promise of the eponymous hotel and against
which each character is scrutinized. The abrasive
and brutish Dmitri, the main antagonist of the story,
is typically in an unflattering position relative to the
symmetry of the frame. He slouches. He throws
tantrums and breaks things when he is displeased.
He is not above shouting four-letter words and petty
insults at his detractors. J.G., a ruthless assassin in
Dmitri’s employ, is always in the very center of the
frame. Although both of these men are clearly bad
guys, the difference between them is that J.G. is a
hard-line professional; he stands perfectly upright
and has a calm and business-like attitude. He gets
the job done right. He is organized. Each character’s
position relative to the symmetry of the frame is a
direct reflection of the level of orderliness or chaos
in his demeanor.
Even the seven syllables of the film’s title sound like
the middle verse of a haiku dedicated to majesty,
decorum and symmetry. The Grand (two syllables).
Budapest (three syllables). Hotel (two syllables).
Needless to say, the symmetrical nature of this film
is by no means simply a visual element but informs
and accentuates some of the central ideals of its
There is a lot to be enjoyed in watching The Grand
Budapest Hotel, but I believe its most significant
accomplishments are its characters, writing, humour
and visuals. It is a delicate combination of
meticulously organized conceptual elements that
give the impression of having been dreamed up in
one delightfully wacky mind and then developed
and organized for the screen by a team of dedicated
and talented people. More than anything, it is loads
of fun, a solid offering with a lot of heart and a lot
of style, and it is undeniably and uproariously funny.
Although this is by no means a cerebral or
intellectual film, it gave me a great deal to think
about and the genius of its execution lies very
closely under the surface.
An evening to honour the original Archive Angel
by Mary-Lynne Morgan
He taught hundreds, if not thousands, of kids and
adults throughout his professional career.
Affectionately known locally as ‘Mr. History,’ Gerry
Boyce founded the Hastings County Historical
Society in 1957 and has guided its development into
a vital organization. He has held the position of
President at least three times, often for several years
at a stretch, and has been its designated Historical
Advisor for many years. Throughout the Society’s
first 50 years, he led many educational activities on
its behalf, to promote awareness of local history.
Gerry started collecting materials for a public
museum and archives when the Society was
established. He nurtured the Society’s museum,
which evolved into Glanmore National Historic Site,
and oversaw the growth of the Society’s archives
into a major collection of local historical documents
that became a key part of the Community Archives
in 2010. Regularly seen wearing his black T-shirt
proclaiming ‘Archives Are Forever,’ Gerry is one of
the original supporters of the need for a Community
Clearly one of our leading citizens - an educator,
historian, lecturer, author, member of Belleville City
Council and many other civic bodies, Gerry has
made a unique contribution to this region.
Recognized by provincial bodies such as the Ontario
Historical Society and the Ontario Heritage
Foundation, he is often sought out by reporters,
researchers and authors when background historical
information is needed.
The author of many publications and books such as
Belleville, A Popular History (2008) and Historic
Hastings (1967), which are the definitive histories
of this region, Gerry is presently finishing up the
final details of Volume 2 of Historic Hastings, to be
published this year. This second volume will
document the last four decades. No one has done a
better job of keeping history alive for the citizens of
this region.
With that in mind, the Directors of the Hastings
County Historical Society are planning an evening
to honour the many contributions that Gerry Boyce
has made to the people of the City of Belleville and
the County of Hastings. The cocktail reception will
include light refreshments, a cash bar, entertainment
and the chance to thank Gerry personally for all that
he has done for this area. It will take place at the
Sans-Souci banquet room, 240 Front Street,
Update from Glanmore National Historic Site
A late-Victorian settee was recently donated to
Glanmore National Historic Site. It is a significant
artifact representing early industry in our
community. Hidden beneath the arm upholstery, the
maker’s mark is painted in bold black lettering:
“G.S. Tickell, Belleville, Ontario.”
Gerry Boyce
Belleville, on Tuesday, June 24 from 6:30 to 9:30
pm. There is ample parking behind the building,
and a rear entrance from the parking lot. Tickets at
$20 will be for sale through Quinte Arts Council
office, the Heritage Centre and from Mary-Lynne
Morgan (613-961-7091).
We hope you will join us on June 24 to honour our
favorite historian – our own original ‘Archive
Angel’– Gerry Boyce.
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artwork to the world!
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would enhance the look of our
website, please submit images to
[email protected] We
can use up to 10 images.
A cabinet-maker from Devon, England, George S.
Tickell immigrated to Canada in 1857. He chose to
settle and establish his furniture business in
Belleville. He operated a furniture store at 277
Front Street and a factory on nearby Pinnacle Street.
He manufactured and sold fine furniture sets,
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Breakfast room – detail of the chandelier
Settee, made by G. S. Tickell
cabinets and caskets. He also offered undertaking
and funeral services. The factory was in operation
from 1858 to 1929 and the retail store closed in
The museum is very pleased to add this fine
example of locally-made furniture to the Regional
Collection. The settee will go on display in one of
the rooms of the historic house.
The restoration of the breakfast room on the main
level of Glanmore National Historic Site is now
complete. The original wall, ceiling and woodwork
colours were reinstated. A reproduction plaster
medallion was added to the ceiling. Finally, a
spectacular six-arm brass chandelier from the 1880s
was installed. It looks fantastic!
If you are looking for activities for the family during
the summer, consider visiting Glanmore National
Historic Site. Glanmore invites families to explore
the historic house and play the artifact hunt. The
museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am
until 4:30 pm. Special activities are planned for
Summer Fun at the Museum. On July 9 and August
6, from 2 to 4 pm, you can play Victorian garden
games, such as stilt-walking, croquet, graces and
barrel hoop bowling. On July 23 and August 20,
from 2 to 4 pm, you can make and taste delicious
homemade ice-cream using the reproduction churn.
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specials daily,
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Commissions, Outside Garden Art,
Animal Portraits, Triathlete/Sports,
Botanical and Landscapes.
Unique jewellery & painted silks.
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The trail of broken hearts
Surveying, building and settling the Hastings Colonization Road
“In driving along the Hastings Road today, it is one
long trail of abandoned farms, adversity, blasted
hopes, broken hearts, and exhausted ambition,”
wrote C. F. Aylsworth, Ontario Land Surveyor, in
1925. “And the mute
evidence of it all is
empty, dilapidated and
abandoned houses and
barns, orchards, wells,
old broken-down stone
and wooden fences, root
cellars and many other
similar evidences of
having given up the
The surveying, building
and settling of the
Hastings Colonization
Road, now known as the
Old Hastings Road, is
the subject of a new
book by Hastings County
author Paul Kirby. The
Trail of Broken Hearts is
being published in June
“Charles Fraser
Aylsworth Jnr. was
describing in vivid and
sad detail what had
become of the Hastings Colonization Road, even by
the 1920s,” says Kirby.
“The government had wanted to carve a road out of
the rocky, tree-laden land of the northern part of
Hastings County to lay open the waste lands of the
Crown… for settlement,” says Kirby.
“The book shows how the road was surveyed and
built. It also tells the stories of the communities of
Mill Bridge, Thanet, Umphraville, Murphy’s Corner,
Glanmire, Ormsby, York River and Doyle’s Corners,
and the people who lived in them,” Kirby says.
In the 1850s, the Front Lots, along the Bay of
Quinte, had long since been
filled, and the prime agricultural
lands north of those, now Centre
Hastings, were been settled and
were actively being farmed.
More land was needed for
settlers from Canada and Europe
who were being enticed to take
advantage of the free land which
was available.
And come they did, by the
thousands, these new settlers, but
within 40 years, the majority of
those who had come to build
new lives had left, giving up not
only their land but also their
hopes and dreams.
The scene described by
Aylsworth Jnr. is unrecognizable
today, 90 years later. Most of
the orchards, barns, root cellars,
and houses are all gone from
sight. The lands have been
reclaimed by nature. All that
remain are the small cemeteries maintained by dedicated
volunteers - the fields of stone markers
commemorating those who decided to stay and forge
a life in the “waste lands,” and a few hidden vestiges
of bustling communities filled with men, women and
children who built and lived in shanties and cabins
which became, through hard work, homes. The
schools, churches, hotels, businesses and homes—in
which they lived, worked, prayed, ate, laughed,
celebrated and mourned are mostly gone.
RSVP to the QAC for the AGM by June 6 or, in other words...Don’t forget
to Reponder S’il Vous Plaît if you are planning to attend the Quinte Arts Council’s Annual
General Meeting. It will be held Tuesday, June 10, 5:30 to 7 pm in the John M. Parrott Art
Gallery, 3rd floor, Belleville Library, 254 Pinnacle Street. We need you to attend! Hear
about the exciting new initiatives, meet new board members. Cast your vote. There will
be refreshments, a cash bar and entertainment by pianist Lenore Dixon.
RSVP: 613‐962‐1232, [email protected]
Among Us
Debts Unpaid
The breath of settlers’ children
warmed our one‐room schools
scent of wet wool
frost‐flowered window‐panes
blank faces waiting
to be mapped with knowledge
We, their descendants, learned
to fashion maps
of water, salt and flour
moulded Laurentian Shield
painted it pink
learned about war
learned how to think
The music of Niagara
falls rhythmic from our tongues
We feel the Native Spirit of the Past
Muskoka, Mississauga, Manitoulin,
Nipissing . . .
Too numerous to list
these gifts that last
Though cadence of First Nation names
is something we hold dear
their land claims go unsettled
year after trying year
by Norma West Linder
New e-books from
Donald Desaulniers
Local author and retired lawyer Donald Desaulniers
has recently published some interesting new novels
on the Amazon website as E-Books.
Broke, Disgraced and Alone (a Romance) is the
story of Jeremy Dunston, a wealthy 66-year-old
lawyer who loses his fortune and his reputation
when his young law partner absconds with millions
of dollars in trust funds. Forced to live on his
government pensions, Jeremy must learn to cope
with this sudden poverty. His ability to adjust may
surprise you.
Marty Marcotte’s Revolving Life is an action novel
dealing with stalking. It chronicles an ordinary
woman’s desperate attempt to stop a psychopathic
monster from saturating her life with terror and
The Lippy Lawyer’s Romance tells the story of
Richard Dyck, a 37-year-old lawyer who is cursed
with having no proper verbal filter to prevent him
from blurting out inappropriate and outrageous
comments at the most inopportune times. He meets a
woman with a similar impediment and the sparks of
rivalry and romance ignite their lives.
Flashy Lawyer Slithers into the Other Realm is the
sequel to the author’s first published novel, Frugal
Lawyer, Flashy Lawyer. Unlike the first book, which
was an ordinary story about a lawyer whose amnesia
splits his mind into two separate personalities, this
sequel is the author’s first attempt at writing a
science fiction story. The new novel deals with two
parallel worlds, monitored by two aliens, and their
plan to find and assassinate the lawyer after he
inadvertently slips from one realm into the other.
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The story of the Al and Eurithe Purdy A-frame
by Lindi Pierce
Although she is a determined woman, and
accustomed to getting things done, Eurithe Purdy
may well be pinching herself. For the desperate hope
that the dilapidated A-frame cottage on Roblin Lake
- where she and husband Al Purdy lived some of
their worst and best years together and where Al’s
legendary career as a great Canadian poet took hold
- might be saved from demolition has been realized.
Years of grassroots work by area volunteers,
coordinated by local educator Michele Lintern-Mole,
helped to maintain the cottage and raise funds and
awareness. Clean-up work parties by local high
school students from
Centennial Secondary
School, the restoration of
the Purdy privy by
Trenton High School
students, and the famous
auction of household
effects (who wouldn’t
want an ash-tray where
Margaret Laurence might
have stubbed a literary
cigarette?) are part of the
local A-frame legend.
out in the spring of 2013, and the 2014/15 writers
have been selected. On July 1, 2014 the A-frame
will welcome Toronto based poet Katherine Leyton,
and in August, writers Nick Thran and Sue Sinclair
will take up residence for the fall months.
The A-frame has been saved, but the ongoing
support of the local and national community is
critical to its success.
So much work has been done. Over the past year,
contractor Matti Kopamees has orchestrated the
installation of a new power pole and connection to
To that end, two working weekends are planned at
the Purdy A-frame, Saturday May 24 and Sunday
May 25, and Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8.
Invitations are being sent to folks already signed up
with the Friends of the A-frame. If you don’t get an
email, come anyway, and bring a friend. To join the
network, contact Lindi at [email protected]
For more information visit the Al Purdy A-frame
Association website, the APAFA Facebook or the ‘In
Search of Al Purdy’ blog at purdysearch.blogspot.ca.
The summer of 2014 will see a list of events
planned to celebrate the Aframe, its history, and the
writers who will now find
inspiration inside its slanted
walls: July 5 - Purdy Library
Ameliasburgh. Welcome
reception for Katherine Leyton;
July 26 - Second Annual Purdy
Picnic at the Purdy A-frame;
August 30 - Active Arts Studio,
Rednersville: Richard Turtle’s
performance of David Carley’s
play ‘Al Purdy at the Quinte
Hotel’ and Katherine Leyton’s
video of her summer’s work
On the other side of the
(howpedestrian.ca) at the Acountry, Jean Baird,
frame. (Tentative: When I Sat
editor, literary activist,
Down to Play the Piano and founder of the nonPianist-composer Gerry
profit Al Purdy A-frame
Shatford and his jazz trio
Association, spearheaded
performing original jazz
ambitious awarenesscompositions inspired by the
building and fundpoetry of Al Purdy.) In early
raising. High profile
September - welcome event for
fund-raising events in
The Purdy A-frame in Ameliasburgh
Nick Thran and Sue Sinclair,
Toronto and Ottawa,
and in October - guided literary walking tour of
successful grant applications and generous donations
the cottage, completely new wiring in the A-frame,
by individuals and foundations have moved the
and replacement of all the plumbing. Water in the
dream closer to reality. The Al Purdy A-frame
crawlspace, which threatened the structure, has been
You are invited. Be part of the ongoing story being
Association, with national and local representation
eliminated by perimeter weeping tile and a hardwritten at the Al and Eurithe Purdy A-frame.
on its board, orchestrated the purchase of the Aworking sump pump. A collapsed foundation wall
Ongoing financial support is critical to the mission
frame in 2012.
(discovered when the deck was temporarily moved)
of the APAFA and the Purdy A-frame writer in
has been rebuilt. Rotted barn-board has been
Not only has the A-frame been saved, but it is being
residence program. Visit the website
renewed, windows have been replaced or rebuilt. A
restored, and will be welcoming writers-in-residence
(www.alpurdy.ca) to make a donation, or sponsor a
new water tank and heater have been installed, and a
starting this July. The long-held goal of the APAFA
fixture. Consider how you will feel to have your
ceiling fan has appeared in the A-frame ceiling.
has been to renovate the A-frame so that it can serve
donation of a baseboard heater or writing cabin
as a residence for developing Canadian writers. The
But there is still lots to do to create a comfortable
ceiling plaque at the A-frame.
first call for writer-in-residence applications went
and welcoming home at the A-frame.
Purdyfest #8: Focus on Pauline Johnson and
First Nations art and history
This will be the eighth summer that poets will gather
on the August long weekend in the greater Marmora
area to share and celebrate. Many
activities will take place at
ZenRiver Gardens in the hamlet of
Malone. Other events will be held
in the Marmora Library Building
and on the Marmora dam.
Everyone is invited to all these
free events, and all participants are
encouraged to share their poetry,
music and art.
Activities begin late Friday
afternoon, August 1, with a
Potluck Supper at ZenRiver
Gardens by the shaman shack.
Free ‘rough camping’ is available
for the weekend.
made her contributions a century ago. The
symposium on Pauline Johnson will be held in The
William Shannon Room of the
Marmora Library Building from noon
to 2 pm on Saturday, August 2.
After the Symposium poets, friends
and summer visitors will gather on
the islet in the Marmora Dam for
READING. Marmora
singer/guitarist/poet Morley Ellis will
lead off the round robin readings,
with everyone attending encouraged
to share their art.
Events continue early Sunday
afternoon at ZenRiver Gardens. Tai
Grove is both the publisher of Hidden
Brook Press and the President of The Canada-Cuba
Literary Alliance. Tai will host readings by these
two groups, and there is always time for all poets
attending to present a poem or two of their own,
whether a member of these groups or not.
Words express
Our love or fear,
In any language
The media,
The printed page,
Colour our thoughts
In every age.
Illustration of Pauline Johnson
PurdyFest Symposiums have been focusing on the
life, art and legacies of Canada’s major People’s
Poets. To date, these symposiums have examined the
work of poets Al Purdy, Ted Plantos, Milton Acorn,
Raymond Souster and Dorothy Livesay. We are
working our way back through Canadian history,
and this summer we’ll examine and celebrate the life
and legacy of Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson, who
For further information on Purdy Country Literary
Festival #8 please contact Chris Faiers:
[email protected], or 613-472-6186.
Gathered thoughts
Don’t need to end
If we share them
With a friend.
By Nan French
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David Langlois of Metaphysical Theatre at
Centennial Secondary School
Centennial Secondary School in Belleville was
awarded a QAC Performing Arts Bursary in the
spring, to help bring David Langlois of
Metaphysical Theatre Company of Toronto. The
workshop and performance of Fool’s Gold was held
April 30.
assignment. As ever, David is an excellent teacher
and my students were highly engaged at all times.”
Of the performance, Michele states: “This Company
always provides value for money and our student
body laughed in all the right places and the overall
student response was very positive. The set changes
were visually inspiring, as was the high calibre of
acting. I always enjoy the Company’s work and their
engagement with the students. I highly recommend
them! … I would like to thank QAC for their
support of this project. It was most successful!”
Twenty-eight Grade 10 students participated in the
workshop. According to the teacher, Michele
Lintern Mole, “It was a great success, as students
were given some theatre history notes, practical
application of mask work and the chance to create
original scenes using gesture and mask. Previous to
this workshop, my students had prepared notes on
this form of theatre so the workshop really enhanced
their experience of this genre. My students
thoroughly enjoyed working with David and are
now working on a piece in class as a summative
Attention: Visual Artists and Educators
The deadline to apply for the QAC’s
Visual Arts Bursary is Sept 30, 2014
To apply visit: www.quinteartscouncil.org
(click on Programs and Services, Arts Education)
David Langlois of Metaphysical Theatre
Dragons and Graffiti
Prince Edward County artist, illustrator and
designer, Andrew Csafordi, is offering two Dragons
and Graffiti Art
Workshops for
kids ages 10 to15,
from July 14 to
18, and July 28 to
August 1, from 9
am to 4 pm, at the
Centre for
Creativity, 3
Stanley Street in
Prince Edward
In this workshop, kids will learn to doodle and
sketch, to draw and paint characters, learn about
grafitti as an art
form, learn how to
draw cool letters …
and more!
The five-day art
workshop fee is
$175 per person,
plus HST. This fee
includes all art
materials. Kids
bring their own
lunch. There is a
maximum of 15
students per
Developed by
Andrew, this
To register or for
Andrew Csafordi and some of his summer workshop students
hugely popular
more information,
workshop has been offered in the past as part of
call Andrew Csafordi at 613-393-1572, email
Loyalist College Summer Camp program, and was
[email protected] or visit the website,
run during March Break at the Bloomfield Centre
for Creativity with great success.
For parents who require an earlier drop-off and later
The Quinte Arts Council’s
Umbrella Arts Newspaper,
Visual Arts Programs,
and Arts Education Programs
are generously supported by
The John M.
and Bernice
Parrott Foundation
QAC’s Arts Education Programs
are generously supported by
The Marilyn &
Maurice Rollins
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pick-up, there is a Before and After Care program
offered from 8 to 8:45 am and 4:15 to 5:00 pm daily
for an additional fee of $25 plus HST. Please
indicate if you require this additional care on the
registration form.
For more information about the instructor, visit
Andrew’s website at www.andrewcsafordi.com.
Students proudly displaying their creations
The Commodores’
Orchestra payin’
it forward:
Scholarship Tribute to
Bruce Parsons
Bruce was Belleville’s best-known drycleaner
(Parsons Cleaners), everyone’s favourite boss,
trumpet teacher, smiling face, and friend. He was 82
when he died in 2008, but he never got old. He was
always learning or experiencing something new...or
laughing about it. As a Commodore for more than
50 years, there’s hardly a trumpet player around who
didn’t take lessons from Bruce at one time or
Bruce Parsons
another. One of them is the Commodores’ Blair
Yarranton, the instrumental music teacher at
Belleville’s Centennial Secondary School. He
spearheaded a May 9 concert at Centennial to kickstart an annual scholarship for music students in
Bruce’s name.
“Nothing would give Bruce more pleasure than for
his name to be used to help young musicians move
their careers ahead,” says Yarranton. “He did so
much for music and musicians in this area. It’s time
for all of us to try to keep it going.”
Music students throughout the Quinte region will be
eligible for scholarships. The Commodores’ are
hoping to start by awarding at least one $500
scholarship for the next academic year.
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QAC and Hugh P. O’Neil Student
Bursaries awarded to four students
The Quinte Arts Council and Hugh P O’Neil
bursaries are being awarded to four talented students
this year. The purpose of the bursaries is to reward
students for their superior academic achievement
and their active involvement in the arts, both within
their secondary school and the wider community,
and to assist them as they continue post-secondary
education for a career in the arts. The winners of
the Quinte Arts Council bursaries are Isaac Kerr and
Chelsea Saunders, and the winners of the Hugh P.
O’Neil bursaries are Dustin Cory Bird and
Cassandra Bald.
Isaac Kerr is currently attending the Quinte Ballet
School of Canada and Centennial Secondary School.
He chose to put these extensive hours into ballet as
it is fundamental to all dance forms. He is planning
to attend Toronto Dance Theatre to further his
knowledge of modern dance, with the goal of
becoming a professional dancer. This summer he
has been accepted to the prestigious dance school
Alvin Ailey in New York, for their summer intensive
training program. Isaac says, “I’ve worked seven
years to get where I am now and am inspired by the
journey I am taking. Dance teaches key skills to
live a good life and be successful, no matter where
life takes me.” Catherine Taylor, Artistic Director of
QBSC, says, “Isaac has the ability, but more
importantly the mindset, drive and determination to
make it as a professional dancer.” Michele LinternMole, Drama Instructor at Centennial, says, “Isaac
understands the importance of the Arts as a vehicle
of communication for present day society. I feel he
will be most successful in future post-secondary
study in Dance.”
Chelsea Saunders will soon graduate from Moira
Secondary School, and has been accepted into the
Fine Arts program at Queen’s University. She has
been passionate about creating artwork since she
was small, and has immersed herself in different
facets of the local arts scene. She has submitted
pieces to various art shows, and won an honourable
mention, as well as a monetary prize, at the Core’s
juried art show in 2013. She hopes to pursue a
career in a field that touches peoples’ hearts,
possibly in the animation industry or as a
professional artist. Mrs. C. Cooper, International
Baccalaureate Coordinator and Teacher at Moira
Secondary, says, “Chelsea is an excellent
ambassador and advocate to celebrate arts in High
school as well as in post secondary study. It is very
exciting for me to consider where the arts will take
Chelsea, or rather, where she will go with her
abundant creativity.” Chelsea’s Visual Art Teacher,
Rosanne Duke, adds, “She is a highly skilled, highly
focused and motivated young artist. She actively
seeks out opportunities to challenge herself and
develop her abilities further.”
Dustin Cory Bird, a talented musician with a
natural gift for guitar, singing and recording arts, is
currently enrolled in the Regional Arts Program at
Centennial Secondary School. He is a member of
the Centennial Jazz Band and has travelled with the
band to New York City, Boston, Chicago and
Cleveland. Blair Yarrington has taught Dustin for
the past four years, and says, “Throughout his time
at Centennial, Dustin has continued to develop his
musicianship and has flourished in the creative
environment. Dustin has given much back to the
program as well, as he is always involved with both
curricular and extra-curricular music performances
and is a wonderful ambassador for the Arts
Program.” David Reed, from the Music Department
at Centennial, says, “Dustin’s talent in recording and
his friendly demeanor make him a natural leader and
give him credibility among his peers.” Dustin will
be studying Music Industry Arts at Algonquin
College, Ottawa Campus.
Cassandra Bald, a student at St. Paul Catholic
Secondary School, is currently both taking and
instructing classes at Angela Maracle’s Academy of
Dance, training for her CDTA Advanced Ballet and
Jazz exams. She says, “Through dance, drama,
fashion and visual art, I can make my feelings and
my memories solid, something that I can share with
the world.” Angela Maracle says, “On stage,
Cassandra adapts brilliantly to any mood and style.
In rehearsals, her enthusiasm is refreshing and
contagious, and in class she strives to absorb and
apply all that is being taught.” Mrs. Nicole
Harrison, from St. Paul Catholic Secondary, says,
“Not only does Cassandra work hard to assist her
peers and make her school a better place, she also
works diligently in her attempts to make her local
community and the world at large a better place.”
Cassandra will be studying Social Sciences at
Western University with a Minor in Dance.
At their graduation ceremonies, each of these
deserving students will be receiving a certificate and
a cheque to the school they will be attending.
Congratulations to each of them.
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June & July - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
August - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
Aug 3
Aug 10
Aug 17
Aug 24
Aug 31
The Reasons
Hard Ryde Bluegrass
The Black Family
The Commodores Orchestra
Ken Stapley &
Lions Country Jamboree
Tebworth Brothers Band
Cathy Whalen,
The Land O’Lake Cruisers
Matt Cage & Derek Morris
Ken Kovac & Heartland
Bill White & White Pine
Frank Howard Orchestra
June & July - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
August - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
Aug 6
Aug 13
Cruisin’ 50’s & 60’s Band
The Shadows
The Emily Creek Band
Ken Stapley & Friends
Indie Music Festival
Kevin Beanland Band
Texas Tuxedo
The Kinfolk Band
Grandpa’s Goodtime Gang
Lynzi Couch &
Wrought Iron Roots
Aug 20 Andy Forgie & Ed’s Garage
Aug 27 Stoney & The Sundance Band
Volunteers Needed
If you are a visual art fan, like to go to art openings, want to meet and get to know our artist members, then
this is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.
Art in the Community Program Coordinator
Working with the Artist and Member Services Officer, you will review the work of QAC’s visual arts
members to choose works that would be appropriate for each of the five venues participating.
The artwork changes over every three months and we have set schedules for when the venues are available.
Your job is to contact the artists, assist with the hanging of the work and gather information about the work
and bios from the artists for the labels and event publicity.
You will be required to be available for two days every three months, during the day time, to help hang the
work, plus your time to book the artists and create the labels. Creative flair, plus a driver’s license and
vehicle are definite assets.
Additional volunteers are also required at each venue to assist with hanging of the work only.
Administrative Volunteers
Do you like to meet people? Do you have Microsoft Office computer skills and would you be willing to
work one or two four-hour shifts during the day each week? Consider joining us at our office and gallery
space. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Please contact [email protected] for more information.
(613) 962-1232
210 Pinnacle Street
Belleville’s Finest
Reception Facility
Call 613-962-1239 for information
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The Mother of all Craft Shows wraps up fifth!
Justin Bacchus at The Rex
Jammin’, County style: superstar coaching for
jazz students
Prince Edward County Jazz Festival’s TD Canada
Trust Jazz Education Program brought seven of
Canada’s best jazz artists and educators to the Picton
area, where they mentored, performed with, and
evaluated student musicians in a relaxed and noncompetitive environment.
Music teacher Greg Runions, from Napanee District
Secondary School, says, “No matter the student’s
background, they all come away with a renewed
enthusiasm for music and jazz playing. This
program is unique in the depth of its immersion in
the music and the hands-on collaboration each
student enjoys with the mentoring musicians - this is
really not available at any other festival I’ve been
At the final ‘blow,’ the students shared the stage
with one of Canada’s top jazz orchestras, the Brian
Barlow Big Band featuring Justin Bacchus, in a
culminating concert at Picton’s Regent Theatre.
Cloudy weather and the frigid cold couldn’t dampen
the spirits of The Mother of all Craft Shows’
organizers and artisans, nor deter the enthusiastic
attendees. In fact, an attendance record was broken,
with over 600 visitors to this year’s show.
The Mother of all Craft Shows is an annual juried
craft show that is held the Sunday before Mother’s
Day, at the River Inn in Corbyville. It features over
40 regional artisans, both indoors and out. This year
marked The Mother of all Craft Show’s fifth year
and it was celebrated with live music provided by
Andy Forgie and his friends, Derek Morris and
Chris Dunwell. There were festive balloons, games
and raffles with prizes donated by the artisans and
cupcakes to go around.
The show benefits the local volunteer-run charity
Fixed Fur Life, that spays, neuters and fosters stray
cats and dogs. This year $1200 was raised and every
dollar will directly help the animals.
Organizers, Barb Forgie, Connie Yrjola and Cara
Hunter are recipients of a 2014 Quinte Arts Council
Arts Recognition Award (Group Category) for their
annual craft shows, The Mother of all Craft Shows,
Kaleidoscope...A Celebration of Craft and Design
and Mistletoe Magic. For more information, visit
Left to right: Filmmakers, Andrew Gray, Adam Gray,
and Sean Fritz (worked with the filmmakers)
Fly Colt Fly wins Audience Choice Award
The first ever Belleville Downtown DocFest
Audience Choice Award for Best Local Film went to
Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit, by
Belleville natives Adam and Andrew Gray during
the festival in March. The Gray brothers have
written, directed and edited television documentaries
about everything from motor racing to health care to
the paranormal. Their adventurous approach to
filmmaking has taken them across North America,
Japan, through the jungles of Belize and Mexico,
and to remote villages on the African island of
Zanzibar, yet they still choose to call Belleville
home. Fly Colt Fly, their first feature-length
documentary, tells the story of teenager Colton
Harris-Moore, who was arrested in 2010 in the
Bahamas after eluding authorities for almost three
years, while committing a spree of burglaries and
crimes, including numerous airplane and auto thefts
across the U.S. The award trophy was created by
Belleville artist, Peter Paylor.
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for referral cards. You know the benefits of being a QAC member.
Pass this information on to your colleagues and friends!
Referral cards will be accepted at the
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Member Groups
A Capella Quinte
Albert College
Art Gallery of Bancroft
Arts on Main, Picton
Artists Below The Line
Arts Quinte West
Bath Artisans
Bay of Quinte Community Players
Bay of Quinte Sweet Adelines
Belleville Art Association
Belleville Choral Society
Belleville Public Library
Belleville Theatre Guild
Belleville Weavers and Spinners
Beta Sigma Phi
Bloomfield Centre for Creativity
Bridge Street United Church
Brighton Arts Council
Brighton Barn Theatre
Canadian Federation of University Women
Carolynda Duo
Centennial Secondary School
Christmas Sharing Program
CJLX-FM Loyalist College Radio
Colborne Art Gallery
Command Performance Choir
The Commodores’ Orchestra
Core Arts and Culture Centre
County Theatre Group Inc.
The Dazzlebugs
Downtown DocFest
The Fade Kings
For The Love Of A Song
Friends of the Belleville Library
Gallery One-Twenty-One
Glanmore National Historic Site
Gleaners Food Bank (Quinte) Inc.
Habitat For Humanity
Hastings County Historical Society
Hastings and Prince Edward County
School Board
Kingston Symphony Association
Later Life Learning - Belleville
Lions Club of Belleville
Marysburgh Mummers
Moira Mat Makers
Morning Music Club
MusiQuinte Teaching Studio
Music at Port Milford
Naval Marine Archive:
The Canadian Collection
The Noteables
Old Church Theatre
Port Hope Friends of Music
Prince Edward Community Theatre
Prince Edward County Authors Festival
Purdy Country Litfests (PurdyFests)
Quinte Ballet School of Canada
Quinte Children’s Theatre
Quinte Film Alternative
Quinte Grannies for Africa
Quinte Irish Canadian Society
Quinte Living Centre Band
Quinte Opera Guild
Quinte Quilters Guild
Quinte Region Craft Guild
Quinte Singers
Quinte Symphony
Quinte Twirlers
Quinte Woodturners’ Guild
Quinte YFC/Youth Unlimited
Rednersville Road Art Tour
Sid Wells, Swell Productions
Shaer Productions
Shelter Valley Folk Festival
Stirling Festival Theatre
Town of Deseronto
Trenton Scottish Irish Festival
Tweed and Area Arts Council
Westben Arts Festival Theatre
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Peytan’s Place
Pinnacle Music Studio
Prime Time Steak House
Quinte Business Accounting Services
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Red Ball Radio
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Penny Hendricks
Marilyn Holden
K. Jane Hull
Diana Koechlin
Ken & Jennifer Madison
Gary Magarrell
& Barry Brown
Mary-Lynne Morgan
Jack Press
Mary Shipton
Wilkinson & Company,
Dan Dickinson
About Framing, Judy Leeson
James Alexander
Mary-Lou Ashton
Dan & Cathy Atkinson
Mary Bould
Diane Burley
Donna Campbell
Jennifer Chanter
Jeannette Cornelissen
Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Cronk
Anne Cunningham
Marjorie Finlay
Tim and Cynthia Fort
Leo and Mary Jo Fortin
Lois Foster
Julie Brown Hale
Grant Harrison
Great Canadian Oil Change
Lori Huff Johns & Earl Johns
Lee & Eleanor Jourard
Charlotte Kuntze
Ann Lawrence
Florence Lennox
Liberty Tax Service
Suzanne Lowther
Joan Mackay
Bob & Cathy McCallum
Sharon McConnell
Elizabeth McDonald
Don McKay
Jessica Melchiorre
Mavis Milton
Elizabeth Mitchell
Vera Morton
Linda Mustard
Paul & Judith Niedermayr
Mary O’Flynn
William Payne
Lindi Pierce
Quinte Opera Guild
Red Ball Radio
Lola Reid Allin
Elaine A. Small
Jacqueline Staikos
Lyle & Sharon Vanclief
Sid Wells, Swell Productions
Snap 360
Margaret Werkhoven
Douglas & Mary Wilson
Bill & Bev Yeotes
Honourary Members
Sandra Colden
Peter Davis
Manfred Koechlin
Mary-Lynne Morgan
Lynda Wheeler
Umbrella now published 4 times a year!
Umbrella Deadlines 2014
Please send your articles and Calendar events to [email protected]
Advertisers must book their ad space by the deadline but have another week to send in copy.
Fall: September October November 2014
Deadline: Tuesday, August 5 (ad copy Aug. 11)
Winter: December 2014, January February 2015
Deadline: Monday, November 3 (ad copy Nov. 10)
Spring: March April May 2015
Deadline: Monday, February 2 (ad copy Feb. 9)
Summer: June July August 2015
Deadline: May 4
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Sept Oct Nov Issue is August 5.