2014 Festival Re-cap & Winners


The 2014 Third Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival was a resounding success, attracting forty-four accomplished artists from all over the country and Canada for five days of painting, community events, lectures and demonstrations. We also hosted a gala preview party, exhibit and sale Saturday evening, and a community show and sale Sunday at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion. During this competition more than one hundred seventy pieces of art were completed and more than thirty-nine pieces were sold to the public.

Most important, community involvement swelled beyond our expectation this year. Community “meet-the-artists” events, lectures and demonstrations at the Canandaigua Yacht Club, Ferris Hills and Memorial Art Gallery were at “standing-room-only” capacity. Plus, the Community Paint Out in downtown Canandaigua Saturday afternoon attracted thirty area landscape artists who painted and exhibited their art for sale.

The artists loved the time spent painting our beautiful lake, cityscapes, and landscapes… the public loved participating… and we loved this opportunity to burnish the Finger Lakes’ reputation as a culturally rich and appealing community.

Winners shown below

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2014 PLEIN AIR COMPETITION

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Best in Show

Chad Smith – “Tracks at Sunset”

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2nd Place

Kathie Odom – “Once Upon a Vine”

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3rd Place

Richard Thomas – “Lagoon Park Allegory”

The Nightwatch by Kirk Larsen

Artists’ Choice

Kirk Larsen – “The Nightwatch”

Honorable Mention

Deborah Hill – “View at Morgan Samuels”
Adriana Meiss – “Vineyard in Naples”
Nikolay Mikushkin – “Garden”
Carrie Nixon – “Mint Chip at Scoops”
Roland E. Stevens III – “Stopped for a Rest”
Mikel Wintermantel – “Deuel Road”

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Quick Draw Grand Prize Winner

John Caggiano

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Community Paint Out 1st Place

Helen Walter, “Waiting”

Community Paint Out 2nd Place

Kristen Malone, “Dappled Day”

Community Paint Out 3rd Place

Theresa E. Heinz, “Simply Crepes”

Community Paint Out Honorable Mention

Amy Stummer – “Antiques”
Mike Novik – “Tops & Towers”
Tom Lightfoot – “Spire & Dome”
Leslie Bowers – “Canandaigua Corner”
Hetty Easter – “The Hot Dog Stand”