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Get artsy in South Eastern Ontario! A stroll through one of our towns or a visit to one of our beautiful cities quickly uncovers artist inspiration and creativity around every corner. Find your masterpiece among the art galleries and shops, or visit a studio to meet some of our talented artisans and see Canadian works of art. Uncover unique jewelry, pottery, or blown glass hand-crafted here.

The arts represent an outlet of expression and South Eastern Ontario has an abundance of artists and artisans telling the story of our region. Their imaginations, creativity and skill provide a wonderful visual experience showcasing our culture and natural beauty. Lose yourself in the local arts and culture scene in the 1,000 Islands.

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Art’s Trails, Galleries & Studios
Art’s Trails, Galleries & Studios
Art Related Events
Art Related Events
Arts Centres
Arts Centres

Art’s Trails, Galleries & Studios

Artists and artisans flock to this region to be inspired by the natural beauty here, which often weaves its way into their creations. Hosting national and local talent, galleries and arts organizations complement studios which pay tribute to the scenic backdrop of lakes, rivers and lush natural splendor.

The Prince Edward County Arts Trail allows art enthusiasts to meet the artisans, take part in an in-studio workshop or browse the beautiful galleries. There is no shortage of art to explore in The County. Hit the back roads to meet the talented artists and gallery owners who make The County a beautiful place to relax, explore and unwind. With modern galleries, rustic barn studios and everything in between the places you visit will be as diverse as the artists themselves. Find out about the galleries to plan your arts trail adventure!

Artists from across South Eastern Ontario capture the intrigue which stirs the imagination working with, displaying and selling everything from watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylic, collage, encaustic, pen and ink, graphite, pottery, to sculpting and fabric art, photography, jewelry and much more.

Read about some of the inspiring galleries and art spaces in South Eastern Ontario here.

Arts and culture is alive and well in Gananoque 1000 Islands with Confederation Sculpture Park, Canada’s largest outdoor contemporary art exhibit.

Talent is showcased in galleries in Kingston, along the Rideau Heritage Route in artist enclaves such as Merrickville, featured at galleries in the 1000 Islands in Brockville and Gananoque and even found in studio along the back roads of Bay of Quinte, Land O’Lakes and Cornwall!

Arts Centres

South Eastern Ontario is known for its heritage, beautiful sprawling waterfront and  as a home to exciting cultural facilities open to visitors year-round.

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research-intensive art museum located on the historic Queens University Campus in Kingston that serves as a learning space and as a public gallery. Its superb collections numbers 16,000 works. Through dynamic year round programs of exhibitions and outreach activities, the Agnes illuminates the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present.

Also in Kingston, the TETT Centre for the Arts is an arts cluster, a hub for creativity and home to many of the inspiring organizations in Kingston. Active participants include The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library; the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners; the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club; the Kingston Potter’s Guild; the Kingston Arts Council; the Kingston School of Dance; Creativity Studios; Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, and Theatre Kingston.

Arts & Culture Articles

Mohawk Landing Reenactment Tells The Special Story of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

The paddles move peacefully in the water. The canoes drift to shore. The passengers calmly put their feet on dry land. They carry the canoe uphill, place it upside down and begin a celebration. It’s about peace, community and the sharing of an incredible land. These actions take place every year on the weekend closest to May 22, along water in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in South Eastern Ontario. The event is known as the Annual Landing Celebration and it involves a re-enactment of May 22...
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Explore The Artistic Side of South Eastern Ontario At These 11 Theaters

If you enjoy the arts scene, there is no shortage of local theatres in South Eastern Ontario. Whether you enjoy comedy, musicals, dance or a mix of genres, you are bound to find a show that scratches your artistic itch. 1000 Islands Gananoque  1. Thousand Islands Playhouse  Known as “Canada’s Dockside Theatre”, the Thousand Islands Playhouse operates two historic theatre venues right beside the St. Lawrence River in Gananoque. With over 44,000 tourists attending sho...
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Explore South Eastern Ontario’s Celtic Culture and History

Saint Paddy’s Day is not all about funny hats, leprechauns or copious amounts of green beer. Don’t get me wrong, those are a staple element of the worldwide festivities, but there’s an age old saying that is repeated every year: “On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish!” In light of the coming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, join me as I shed light on South Eastern Ontario’s important Celtic heritage. A Piece Of Our History The famed Rideau Canal itself was built by thousan...
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