Art In Prince Edward County Ontario

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See Some Art In Prince Edward County Ontario

We were delighted when we got a chance to enjoy some of the art in Prince Edward County. On our first stay in this lovely part of Ontario, we planned a relaxing stay. And we wanted to sample the food and drink in the area. So we were excited when we got a small taste of the art around the county.

Most of the art we saw only briefly on this visit. But we enjoyed several wanders through the Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates. We found such a great variety of fun and colourful pieces.

A Fun Variety In The Art In Prince Edward County

We liked to find local art and artistry when we travel. So we were interested when we read about the Arts Trail in Prince Edward County. There were about a dozen local studios and galleries on the map. The art covered paintings, glass works, fine silk and so much more. As we drove around the county, we often saw the distinctive blue Arts Trail signs.

It was easy to see we were in a part of the country that liked its outdoor art. We kept seeing these interesting and colourful patterns on the buildings in Prince Edwards County. With a little research we learned these were called “Barn Quilts”. The idea was that the Barn Quilts were replicas of actual fabric quilts. They were typically an 8 foot square painted on wooden boards. We saw them mounted on a fun variety of buildings on our drives.

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We visited outdoor sculpture gardens in many places around the world.

So it was not surprising that on this first visit to Prince Edward County, we enjoyed the Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden. It was the kind of art exhibit we loved to explore.

The Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden At Huff Estates

We stayed at the Huff Inn and could not pass on a chance to wander in the Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden on the property. There was an indoor exhibit that we missed. But we explored the large outdoor display. We got our first view of sculpture art in pieces located by the main building. Although we did go back a second time to find the fun zipper on the ground!

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Tangled Column Red By Shayne Dark
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Unzip The Earth By Floyd Elzinga

Oeno represented over 60 sculptors. The works were in a variety of mediums – glass, bronze, steel, granite, wood, fibreglass and resin. A wide variety of different subjects were covered.

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We did our first visit as the sun started to go down. And then went back in the morning for a view with different light. It was awesome to have this large display of art in Prince Edward County all to ourselves on both visits.

Wandering Through The Art And Gardens

The sculpture pieces were well separated around the beautiful gardens. The first piece we spent some time with was “A View From The North”. It was a man sitting back just enjoying his view of the gardens. From a distance it looked like the piece was made from wine corks. A quite fitting piece to start with at an outdoor sculpture garden located on a winery!

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A View From The North By Jason Kimes

We saw many abstract pieces grouped around the property. We looked at the groupings from different perspectives. And scattered around we found more interesting abstract pieces. One piece was artfully displayed inside a vine-terraced structure.

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Six Rings By Jake Goertzen and Aquagraphie by Philippe Pallafray
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Red Gold By Viktor Mitic
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Presence By Viktor Mitic
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Celestial By Viktor Mitic
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Eclipse By Tim Forbes

A Great Variety In The Outdoor Sculptures

As we wandered around the gardens we were intrigued by the variety in the outdoor sculptures at the Oeno Gallery. There were sculpture pieces that were amazing in the details.

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Ascension By Dave Sheridan
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Fire Cone and Colonization By Floyd Elzinga
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Odyssey By Dale Dunning
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Head To Ear By Marlene Hilton Moore

A number of sculptures were colourful and easily identifiable shapes. And some presented a reflective view.

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60-30 By Gord Smith
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Mecanique Celeste By Phillippe Pallafray

We found a fun variety of iron figure sculptures as we strolled along. They varied in size from life-like down to small pieces we might have missed in the lavender in the garden. And they were posed in fun stances.

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Canadiana Snowshoes By P. Rich Smith
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Looking at You, Looking at Me, Looking at You By R, Clarke Ellis
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Reverie By P. Roch Smith

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V_N_S By David Fisher
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Interloper By R. Clarke Ellis

We were glad we saw this outdoor sculpture display when we looked for art in Prince Edward County.

More Sculptures Around The Huff Estates Property

While the vast majority of the outdoor sculptures were located in the outdoor sculpture area, we found many other pieces around the Huff Estates property. A knight on a horse greeted us. And we saw a fitting tribute to the Huff Inn – a display of suitcases called the “Travelling Show”.

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When we went wine tasting at the Huff Estates Winery, we found more interesting art. As we approached the winery we found a second Fire Cone piece that was similar to the in the main outdoor exhibit. The colourful beaded piece by the door was called Sunset On The Lake. And looking out over the vineyard, we found the artistic cloud sculpture (Cumulus).

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Fire Cone By Floyd Elzinga
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Sunset On The Lake By Susan Rankin
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Cumulus By Ania Biczysko

We were sure there were other sculptures scattered around the property. The pieces in the Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden are changed out as new artists are featured. So every visit would show us some new piece of art in Prince Edward County.

Some Interesting Art In Prince Edward County

On our first stay in Prince Edward County, we got a small taste test of that art found in this county. We were tempted to spend our time enjoying the food and drink options when we visited. But there was so much else to see. We will definitely be back to see more art in Prince Edward County.

Did you find interesting art in Prince Edward County? Did you get a chance to visit the Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden At Huff Estates?

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46 Comments

  1. I absolutely love places with outdoor art like this! I especially like the “zipper” in the ground and the sculpture of A View From the North. The Reverie sculpture reminds me of the Mexican sculptor Jorge Marin. How fun!

  2. Wow there are definitely a lot of interesting pieces of art to look at here! I love finding unique art installations like this while I’m on my travels – thanks for sharing these!

  3. I really enjoyed this post. Some of the sculptures are incredible but as a quilter I am particularly drawn to the barn art. I was in PEC about 20 years ago and Ii don’t remember this, so perhaps its new since then. I just pinned a post from another blogger about Airbnb’s in PEC…I can’t wait for the border to open so we can once again enjoy beautiful Canada. Great post!!

    • I did not know what the barn quilts were when we were there but we saw them everywhere. I did some research when we got home. I will be excited to find more on a return visit.

  4. There is some amazing art here! I love visiting sculpture parks when travelling & Prince Edward County looks like the perfect place for that. Great photos of some interesting art.

  5. What a beautiful way to explore Prince Edward County! I love exploring local art. The Barn Quilts are incredible! The really look like a fabric quilt! What a lovely idea! I also love exploring sculpture gardens. There’s something about seeing art in nature that make is so much more interesting that cooped up in a gallery! Thanks for the great guide!

  6. I love finding unique art when I travel, and although I’m definitely more of a street art person, I can appreciate a good sculpture too and it looks like there are lots to see in Prince Edward County. I’ve been to the area a few times and it’s really nice but good to see something other than just typical views, and something a bit different

  7. I’ve heard so many good things about PEC and these outdoor art pieces make it even more attractive. While all are wonderful pieces of art I especially like the “zipper” in the ground and the sculpture of A View From the North.

  8. I haven’t been to Ontario yet. So I add Prince Edward County to my road trip itinerary. It’s a lot of art there, it’s a perfect place for a trip. I love these modern sculptures. I like A View From The North, Presence, and Canadiana Snowshoes the most.

    • I am always fascinated with the detail that sculptors can get. We have also seen hands in other parts of the world. Will look for the one in Cleveland when we visit.

  9. Ahh…so many different pieces of art or sculptures! I love the quilts painted on the side of the barns — that’s my favorite. But there are several pieces of abstract art I like too!

  10. I love this! Outdoor art is one of my favorite things! Its what i loved most about being in Laguna Beach. This was wonderful to learn about, thank you for sharing! – Linzey @thefamilyfuntour

  11. The creativity and talent of some people never ceases to amaze me. I’m a huge fan of garden art and am constantly on the lookout for ideas and pieces to add to my Nova Scotia garden. Thank you for profiling such an interesting collection.

  12. It looks that this Arts Trail is well worth visiting. I have seen outdoor sculptures in many places, still I haven’t to Canada yet. So it’s something to consider for my future travel. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I loved to the Arts Trail in The County! I visited several galleries all featuring local artists and it was such a great way to see the small towns as well. A stand out gallery was the one you featured. There is just something about outdoor art and sculptures that I really love. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Huff Estates- great wine, art and location to enjoy PEC!

  14. Such unique art pieces. I liked the human figure, seems like it is relaxing. The sculpture Odyssey too looks great.

  15. I’m impressed with how much art you found in a small area! Some outdoor sculptures can be bizarre but some are really cool. The art world is so diverse! My favorite here might be the pine cone ones.

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