2015 Timeline of Events

This year’s Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival will run from June 10 – 14, 2015 and will again be held under the auspices of the Ontario County Arts Council.  The event will feature over forty talented artists from across the United States and Canada who will paint the beauty of Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes. The event will bring in art lovers and collectors, as well as those who want to participate in the community-centered events planned for downtown Canandaigua.  An exhibition and sale will be held on the final day of the event at the historic site of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua.


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June 7 – Valerie Balint from Olana
      1:00-3:00pm at Finger Lakes Community College – Special Guest Lecture
      FREE & Open to the Public
June 10 – Artists Arrive into Canandaigua, register and begin painting
June 11 – Juried Artists paint “all day” in the Canandaigua Lake region – rain or shine!
June 11 – Meet The Artists
      6:00-8:00pm at the Canandaigua Yacht Club
June 12 – Juried Artists paint “all day” in the Canandaigua Lake region – rain or shine!
June 12 – Judge’s Demonstration by Nancy Tankersley*
      7:00-9:00pm at Wood Library, 134 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY
June 13 – Quick Draw Event 
      9:30-11:30am – Juried-in artists paint in and around downtown
      12:00-12:30pm Quick Draw Judging at Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame
      12:30pm Winners Announced – both Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice
June 13 – Community Paint Out - All local and regional artists welcome
      10:00am-1:00pm – Registration & Check-in
      1:00-3:00pm – Community Paint Out Event
      3:30-4:00pm Community Paint Out Judging
      4:00pm Winners Announced - cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
June 13 – Preview Party Gala: Exhibit & Sale* at Sonnenberg Gardens Carriage House 
June 14 – Breakfast with the Artists and Early Admittance to Exhibit & Sale* at Sonnenberg Gardens Carriage House 
      10:00am-12:00pm – For all donors: Light breakfast
      and early admittance to the exhibit & sale.
      All donor levels welcome with admission ticket.
June 14 – Public Exhibit & Sale at Sonnenberg Gardens Carriage House
      12:00-4:00pm – FREE & Open to public
      Paintings by all Juried Artists painted during competition on display
      and available for sale at Sonnenberg’s Carriage House.
      Also view Quick Draw paintings available for sale at Sonnenberg’s Aviary.
June 15-17 – Nancy Tankersley Plein Air Painting Workshop
      10:00am-5:00pm each day, hosted by Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery
      Limited space available – Registration required
* = Ticketed Events for Donors & Sponsors – please CLICK HERE to learn more