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New County Arts Trail partnership

Caroline Shuttle holds a cover of this year’s Arts Trail guide with some of the artists featured on the trail, including steering committee chairperson Tara Wilkinson, far right.

The Prince Edward County Arts Trail program has moved into the hands of local professional artists, artisans and gallery owners in a new partnership with the Prince Edward County Arts Council.

“Established in 2009, the Arts Trail has been a signature experience for visitors, art buyers and collectors to the County,” said Janna Smith, Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Arts Council. “We’re thrilled to work alongside the Arts Trail’s professional artist and gallery members to support the program and expand opportunities for members and visitors alike.”

By using the Arts Trail Guide, Map and website – and watching for the distinctive blue Arts Trail signs out front of member studios and galleries – visitors can meet the artists, see unique art spaces and find inspiring artworks in a range of price points and media.

“The Arts Trail’s many fine artists and artisans create unforgettable works in sculpture, paintings, glass, ceramics, silk, photography, jewellery and more. From unique artist studios to welcoming contemporary, rustic and historic galleries, this self-guided tour is an inspirational adventure,” said Tara Wilkinson, Arts Trail Steering Committee Chair, artist and co-owner of Andara Gallery in Bloomfield. “The Arts Trail is an important program that helps support and grow our arts businesses in The County,” she adds.

“Visitor trends show us that travellers are increasingly looking online to find things to see, do and experience,” said Neil Carbone, Director of Community Development and Strategic Initiatives. “The municipality will complement the Trail with a digital focus on itineraries and events involving a diverse array of art, including music, performance and writing.”

He notes the County’s tourism website, VisitPEC.ca, will continue to be a platform for artists, galleries, musicians, illustrators, writers and more to promote art-related events. The County will continue to support the Arts Trail program via these channels as it does for other arts initiatives, such as Ice Box PEC, Wellington Water Week, and the popular Jazz and Chamber Music festivals.

The Arts Trail was launched in 2009 as an initiative of the former destination marketing organization, Taste the County, in partnership with the former Municipal Economic Development Department and Cultural Round Table. The program was transferred to the County when Taste closed in 2014.

Copies of the Arts Trail Guide can be picked up throughout Prince Edward County including at all Arts Trail member locations, wineries, libraries and other major points of interest.

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