2024 Insights

43rd Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts

An Annual Affair

Presented by The Wellington County Museum and Archives & the Elora Fergus Arts Council

The Insights Art exhibition, now in its 43rd year, honours excellence, high levels of accomplishment, and innovative approaches to artistic expression in the work of regional artists. Jurors are drawn from the ranks of top art professionals, educators and curators. 

The Elora Fergus Arts Council in collaboration with Wellington County Museum & Archives makes it possible to present this long running exhibition to the community. 



April 18 - June 30 ,2024

A free event for the public presented by Wellington County Museum and the Elora Fergus Arts Council during regular Museum hours.


June 21, 2024

A People’s Choice  Award, based on ballots submitted throughout the run of the exhibition will be presented at 1:00 pm in the  Exhibit Hall.


April 20, 2024

Walk with the Jurors is a popular event with artists. View art in the Exhibit Hall from the perspective of the jurors from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.


April 18, 2024

The Elora Fergus Arts Council and  Wellington County Museum hosted the reception.

Winners were announced and presented awards by the sponsors. Check out the Winner’s Gallery!



Angela Snieder is an artist specializing in print media based in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta and a BFA from York University. Angela's artistic focus centers on copper etching, photopolymer gravure, and installation techniques. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Angela also shares her expertise in printmaking and drawing in university and community settings. Currently, she is a consecutive teacher candidate at Queen's University, pursuing a career in education.

One of Angela's recent achievements includes a two-person exhibition with Morgan Wedderspoon at Hoopla Gallery in Kingston. This body of work originated from a collaborative artist residency at St. Michael's Printshop in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador. Angela's dedication to her craft and commitment to artistic exploration continue to make an impact on the creative community.

Pearl Van Geest

Pearl van Geest established her studio in the Trafalgar Building in downtown Guelph in 1997. Since then, her art has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across Canada. Her work is part of the Canada Art Council's collection, and is included in private and corporate collections.

Pearl's involvement in the arts extends to winning the Canadian Art Foundation's Art Writing Prize in 2015. She has also written exhibition essays and reviews for publications like Memento, C-Magazine, and Canadian Art magazine. In 2014, as the City of Guelph's inaugural Artist in Residence, she created a permanent artwork for the West End Community Center.

Currently, Pearl serves as sessional faculty in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University. She actively engages in the artistic community, as a member of the Throbbing Rose collective, exploring ideas related to queer ecology. She is also part of the International Broken Forest Group, which works collaboratively to establish an international art residency in Temagami.

Joanne Polucch

Joanne Poluch established her business, Remarque Art Consulting, in 2010. As an art consultant she specializes in art coaching, mentoring artists, and jurying shows. She holds an Honours Degree in Art History from the University of Guelph and an Art Marketing Diploma from Sothebys Institute of Art in New York. She lives in Guelph.

Joanne possesses a deep appreciation for various art genres and stays informed about evolving art market trends. She is widely recognized across Canada for her enthusiastic advocacy of the arts. Additionally, Joanne manages the Art Sales & Rental Program at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Her extensive experience includes jurying shows, conducting workshops, and speaking to numerous arts-based groups in both Canada and the USA.


Insights Award - $1,000

Sponsored by George Mochrie.

Ellen Langlands Award - $500

Sponsored by Wellington County Museum & Archives

Beverley Cairns Award - $500

Sponsored by Elora Fergus Arts Council

Juror's Choice Award - $500

Anonymous Sponsor

Barry McCarthy Water Colour Award - $300

 Sponsored by Elora artist Barry McCarthy

Fibre Arts Award - $300

 Anonymous Sponsor

Material Arts Award - $300

Sponsored by Blown Away Glass Studio

Photography Award - $300

Sponsored by Maureen & Max McIntyre

3-Dimensional Arts Award - $300

Sponsored by The Elora Pottery

Water Media Award - $300

Sponsored by Judy French and Dick Marvin

Works on Paper Award - $300

Sponsored by Wyndham Art Supplies

People's Choice Award - $300

 Sponsored by Jean Innes



Susan James
SRM Architects Inc.


The Drew House
Toni Ellis
Judy McMulland and Randall Howard
Sheila and Al Koop

Mermaid in Elora