Welcome to Spirit of the Hills

Composed of more than 140 artists, artisans, performing artists, photographers, writers and patrons, Spirit of the Hills embraces all art forms and traditions including the performing and visual arts, media, design, and literature.

Our goal is to build and sustain the Arts and Artists in Northumberland County. This web site highlights current and upcoming group and member events and showcases some of our members’ works.

People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Dania Madera-Lerman who has won the PEOPLE’S’ CHOICE award for OWL at Spirit of the Hills recent juried show at The Parrott Gallery in Belleville.

OWL by Dania Madera-Lerman - People's Choice Award
OWL by Dania Madera-Lerman – People’s Choice Award


Arts News

Jun 18, 2024 - Heather Tyson Exhibition at Capers Opens

Natures's Gifts by Heather Tyson at Capers

Visit Heather’s Tyson profile page.

Jun 18, 2024 - Donna Wootton Book Launch

The Age Of Privilege by Donna Wooton

The Age Of Privilege by Donna Wooton

When: Tuesday, June 18
Doors open at 7 pm

Where: Citizens Forum Room
Victoria Hall, Cobourg

About the Book:
This is Donna’s fifth book, the first with AOS Publishing. Set during the last decades at the end of the twentieth century, a time when post-war baby boomers flourished, the story centers around Dawn Wright, a woman who is free to take advantage of all that period has to offer: education, liberation, prosperity. She can leave her small-town life behind. Enter Paul Lewis who captures her heart. While marriage to him brings happiness and everlasting love, she’s determined to build more for herself, for their family, and for the changing world.

Please consider joining Donna for this special event.

Visit Donna Wootton profile page

Jun 15, 2024 - Sandy Randle at Stoney Steps Artfest

Sandy Randle at Stoney Steps Artfest
When: Saturday, June 15th
10am – 5pm

Where: Stoney Steps
476 County Rd 11, Newburgh, ON

As a successor to Newburgh’s award-winning Art Among The Ruins show, Stoney Steps Artfest is a juried outdoor show featuring a wide range of fine arts and crafts created by 55+ skilled Canadian makers. The show is located along the picturesque banks of the Napanee River in beautiful Newburgh, Ontario, Canada.

I will be displaying some of my latest photographs as well as some past favourites. Please do stop by! It’s a beautiful venue!

Visit Sandy Randle profile page.

Jun 13, 2024 - Dania Madera-Lerman wins People's Choice Award

Congratulations to Dania Madera-Lerman who has won the PEOPLE’S’ CHOICE award for OWL at Spirit of the Hills recent juried show at The Parrott Gallery in Belleville.

OWL by Dania Madera-Lerman - People's Choice Award

Visit Dania Madera-Lerman profile.

Jun 3, 2024 - Gwynn Scheltema-Anderson at Art Bar

Whoo hoo! I’m going to be one of the featured poets at the Art Bar on Monday June 3. The Art Bar is Canada’s longest running poetry-only reading series and has been going since 1991. If you’re in the GTA area and would like to come by I’d be thrilled.


Visit Gwynn Scheltema profile page.

Visit Felicity Sidnell Reid profile page.

May 29, 2024 - Windows on my World by Ronald Mackay published

Available on Amazon as a paperback and as an E-pub (Kindle).

Windows on my World by Ronald Mackay.jpg

Visit Ronald Mackay profile

May 27, 2024 - Derek Paul wins award at Pacific Book Reviews literary competition

Congratulations to our Spirit of the Hills member, writer, Derek Paul. He won second place in the Business Category, for the annual Pacific Book Reviews literary competition. Derek entered “A Leap to an Ecological Economy” 4th edition. Congratulations Derek!

Derek Paul Award

Visit Derek Paul profile.

Calls for Artists

Call for Artists
Watch this space for upcoming Calls

Deadline May 11, 2024 (closed) - Northumberland Hills Hospital Exhibit

What is it? A Spirit of the Hills art rotation at the Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg

Exhibit Duration: May 22, 2024 to Nov 20, 2024

Submission Deadline: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Art Requirements:

Space will be allotted on a first come basis to 14 painters or photographers providing the following criteria have been met:

1. Work must be original and suitably wired to hang. The hospital uses a track hanging system (no nails) so art needs to have D-rings or some similar hardware so that the hooks can fit through. Each piece has 2 hooks and requires D-rings to secure it in place. Note this system is also used at the Campbellford Library and Capers Restaurant. (See example image below).

2. There is a minimum width requirement.Works must be at least 21 inches wide. There is no minimum height. The space lends itself to larger pieces of art.

3. Each artist is responsible for insuring their work. Spirit of the Hills covers liability.

4. Commission: If a work sells the artist agrees to pay a 15% commission to Spirit of the Hills (treasurer@spiritofthehills.org) and 10% commission to the hospital (wbridgman@nhh.ca). Artists make arrangements to meet the buyer (usually at the hospital) and conduct the transaction.

5. Replacement: If a piece sells it is incumbent upon the artist to replace the work with a piece of similar width to fit in the existing space. Artists may refresh their work during the 6 month exhibit by first notifying the Foundation Office of the hospital.

6. All work must to be dropped off at the hospital on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 11:00.

7. Your SOTH membership must be valid for the current year.

This process has changed. Simply email Judy Hopkins at judhopkins@gmail.com with the following information:

Artist name and email address
Title, size, medium and price of art

eg. Judy Hopkins, judhopkins@gmail.com
Red Barn, 24″ (height) x 36″ (width), acrylic, $500.

You may attach a photo if you wish.

This is an illustration of the D-Ring system:

Deadline Mar 31, 2024 (closed) - Hill Spirits VI: Call for Writers and Artists

Hill Spirits Covers 1-5

Hill Spirits VI

We are accepting submissions for our 6th anthology from Spirit of the Hills members and anyone living in the following eastern Ontario Counties: Northumberland, Durham, Peterborough, Hastings and Prince Edward. Please forward the submission guidelines to friends and family you think might be interested or simply have them visit this page at: https://spiritofthehills.org/calls/

New submission deadline: March 31, 2024

Deadline Feb 26, 2024 (closed) - Spirit of the Hills Juried Art Show and Sale

Dear SOTH Members,

Good news! SOTH is pleased to announce a juried visual art show at the John M. Parrott Art

Gallery at the Belleville Library. The dates are Friday, May 3rd to Saturday, June 8, 2024.

This Call for Submissions is open to all Spirit of the Hills members.

Monday, FEBRUARY 26, 2024

The rules of entry can be found on the registration form.

Best in Show ($200)
Best Painting ($100)
Best Photograph ($100)
Best Other Media ($100)
People’s Choice award ($50.00 Gift Certificate)

The opening reception will be on May 4, 2024 between 2:30 and 4:30 pm. Award recipients will be announced at this time.

1. The judge will be SONYA JONES, Interim Senior Curator who has been at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery since 2008. Prior to the RMG, Jones worked for a private art dealer in Toronto, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and Carleton University Art Gallery.

2. All submissions entries will be judged digitally and will be blind (no identifying info).

3. All works submitted must be original works of art NOT previously shown in a SOTH juried show.

Those accepted into the show will be notified by email the week of April 1st, 2024.

Accepted artwork would be delivered to the gallery on Saturday, April 27th, 2024 in two shifts: 10-12 and 2-4 pm.

Monday, June 10th between 12:00 – 8:00 pm.

A 30% commission will be charged on all sales by the Parrott Gallery. SOTH itself will not be taking any commission. See registration form for complete details.

We look forward to receiving your digital submissions no later than Monday, February 26th, 2024.

Beth Rhind (beth@wcoty.com)
on behalf of the

SOTH Visual Arts Committee
Rosanne Dolan
Judy Hopkins
Heather MacGregor
Alan Langford
Sharon Nichols
Tony Crocker
Ken Solilo

Public Exhibitions

Public Exhibitions

Jun 18 to Aug 26 - Nature's Gifts by Heather Tyson at Capers

May 4 to Jun 8 - Spirit of the Hills 2024 Juried Art Show & Sale

2024 Juried Art Show and Sale

Apr 8 to Jun 16 - Garden Ladies by Meredith Ender at Capers

Spirit of the Hills Arts Association presents Garden Ladies: A Selection of Lady Paintings and Flower/Water Abstracts by Meredith Ender at Capers Tap House

Artist Website: artbyme.ca

Pictures from the exhibit

Photos by Brian Tyson

Capers Tap House
28 Bridge Street West
Campbellford, Ontario K0L 1L0

Mar 23 - Sep 28 - Spirit of the Hills Art Show and Sale at Warkworth Library

Spirit of the Hills has a new art show in Warkworth at the library. The show will run March 23, 2024 – September 28, 2023. The show is open during library hours: Tue 10-4:30, Wed 2-6:30, Fri 1-4 and Sat 10-1. Exhibit photos by Rosanne Dolan.

All artworks are for sale. For an immediate purchase please send payment by Interac to treasurer@spiritofthehills.org or contact the artist at your leisure.


1. Castle Rostrevor, Ireland, $300 – Phyliss Wright, phylissbh@gmail.com

2. Flight of the Bumblebee, photograph, $500 – William Garnier, bill_garnier@comcast.net

3. Water Slide, photograph, $125 – Isabel Velduis, isavelduis@gmail.com

4. Incognito, photo-illustration, $600 – William Garnier, bill_garnier@comcast.net

5. Port Hope Opera Stairs, photograph, $250 – Ted Amsden, tedamsdeninfo@icloud.com

6. Black Chokeberry, watercolour, $150 – Kat Kinch, mkatkinch@gmail.com

7. Whirling Butterflies in the Jetstream, watercolour, $150 – Kinch, mkatkinch@gmail.com

8. Windswept, photograph, $250 – Georgina, 705-924-3315

9. Iris, acrylic on canvas, $125 – Linda McClelland, mcpinkster@gmail.com

10. Sunflowers, acrylic on canvas ,$385 – Wendy Capp, wcapp78@gmail.com

11. Poppies, acrylic on canvas, $75 Linda McClelland, mcpinkster@gmail.com

12. Woodland Reflections, oil on wood, $700 – Barb McGuey, bmcguey@sympatico.ca

13. French Bark, acrylic, $350 – Margaret MacDonald, mrsmmcd3@gmail.com

14. Almost Parallel, acrylic, $350 – Margaret MacDonald, mrsmmcd3@gmail.com

15. Looking Back, acrylic, $320 – Judy Hopkins, 905-373-0275

16. Water Landscape, acrylic, $240. Pat Annaert, patt12319@gmail.com

17. Reflection, acrylic, $450 – Georgina, 705-924-3315

18. Schooner, Glouster Massachusetts, acrylic, $200, – Phyliss Wright, phylissbh@gmail.com

19. Port Hope Bridge, photograph, $250 – Ted Amsden, tedamsdeninfo@icloud.com

20. Wind Day, acrylic, $185, Pat Annaert, patt12319@gmail.com

21. Coneflower, acrylic on canvas, $225 – Linda McClelland, mcpinkster@gmail.com

22. Breaking Waters, acrylic on canvas, $250, Wendy Capp, wcapp78@gmail.com

23. Springtime Song, scratch board, $750, Barb McGuey, bmcguey@sympatico.ca

24. Spanish Moss, photo on canvas, LE 7/50 $345– Ken Solilo, kensolilo@gmail.com

25. Friends, photograph, $125 – Isabel Velduis, isavelduis@gmail.com

Feb 15 - Jun 15 - Pat Annaert, Wendy Capp, and Pamela Hammond at Trent Hills Public Library, Campbellford Branch

Showing February through to the mid June.
98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford
Open Mon 1:00-7:30, Tue& Wed 10:00-4:30, Thur & Fri 10:00-4:00, Sat 10:00-1:00

Spirit of the Hills Arts Association presents a show and sale of artwork by Pat Annaert, Wendy Capp, and Pamela Hammond at the Campbellford Branch of Trent Hills Public Library.

Pictures from the exhibit

Photos by Alan Langford

Jan 16 - Apr 16 - Rita Naras at the Cobourg Library

Spirit of the Hills Arts Association presents Rita Naras at the Cobourg Public Library.

Cobourg Public Library
200 Ontario Street
Cobourg, ON K9A 5P4

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Pictures from the exhibit

Photos by Ken Solilo

Nov 22 - May 22 - Northumberland Hills Hospital Exhibit - Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

The Northumberland Hills Hospital graciously offers free exhibit space to Spirit of the Hills painters and photographers.

The exhibit is bi-annual. Participating painters and photographers may refresh their work more frequently, e.g. every 8 weeks or so during the 6 month long exhibit.

The hospital provides a hanging system for our use. However, the system does limit the number of works on display to a maximum of 14. It is not possible to stack works one above the other.

Accordingly size of participating art work will be taken into account during the selection process. The minimum size for a framed work is 21 inches in width. A maximum of 2 submissions are accepted.

In other words, the venue lends itself of large pieces of work.

To date, sales have occurred during each exhibit. Note that 10% of the sales commission goes to the hospital; and 15% to SOTH. There is no cost to the artist for participating in this exhibit.

Pictures from the exhibit

Photos by Judy Hopkins


Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops

Events & Workshops will be listed here as they become available