Events & Tickets

This year’s Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival will run from June 6 – 11, 2017 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.


Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival & Competition Events

Community Voting for Les Petits

Friday, May 26 – Saturday, June 10

Vote for your favorite Les Petits artwork at traveling locations around Downtown Canandaigua and enter drawings to win! For more information on Les Petits and how you can submit artwork, click here

Artist Registration

Tuesday, June 6  

9:00am-8:00pm — Artists may register at the festival Headquarters, and may begin painting any time after registration. Headquarters address: Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, 71 S. Main Street, Canandaigua (parking behind the gallery in a rear lot, east of Main Street.)

Canandaigua Downtown Merchants “Adopt An Artist”

June 6 – June 10 

FREE & Open to public
10:00am-6:00pm — Artists will be paired with Canandaigua Downtown Merchants to exhibit for sale studio and other work in Downtown Canandaigua Merchants’ windows. This is a great chance to check out more work by the artists and purchase their original artwork during the entire week of the festival! An Art Walk and Reception for artists with work in
Canandaigua Downtown Merchants select location will be held on Thursday, June 8 from 6:00 -8:00pm.

Paint Out along the Canandaigua Wine Trail, Naples, NY

Wednesday, June 7

FREE & Open to public
9:00am-5:00pm — Artists paint along the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail.
6:00-8:00pm —Wet Paint Sale & Reception at Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars (1 Lake Niagara Ln, Naples, NY)
For more information about this event click here

Canandaigua Downtown Merchants “Adopt An Artist” Art Walk and Reception

Thursday, June 8

FREE & Open to public
5:00-8:00pm —Artists will be paired with Canandaigua Downtown Merchants to exhibit for sale studio and other work in Downtown Canandaigua Merchants’ windows. Join participating artists and downtown merchants for a chance to meet artists and see their work during the Art Walk and Reception.

Judge’s Evening with Sara Linda Poly

Friday, June 9

$15 ticketed event. Click here to purchase your ticket.
7:00 – 9:00pm — Painting demonstration by 2017 Judge, Sara Linda Poly, nationally-recognized plein air painter, at Canandaigua Country Club (1 Fallbrook Park, Canandaigua).

Quick Draw (Downtown Canandaigua)

Saturday, June 10

Free to observe juried artists paint
9:30am-11:30am — Juried-in artists paint in & around downtown
12:00pm-2:00pm — Judging, show & sale at the Commons (park across from Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame, 175 S Main Street).
12:30pm — Winners announced: Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice

Community Paint Out

Saturday, June 10

$10 registration fee to paint, free to observe
Local & regional artists welcome to paint in specified area in Downtown Canandaigua, $10 registration fee. For more information and to register CLICK HERE.
10:30am-12:30pm — Registration & Competition
1:30pm-5:00pm — Judging, show & sale at the First Congregational Church (58 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY)
2:00pm – Winners Announced: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
Refreshments provided by Ferris Hills at West Lake

Preview Party & Exhibit – Sonnenberg Gardens

Saturday, June 10

$35 ticketed event. Click here to purchase your ticket.
6:00-9:00pm — A preview party for artists, sponsors, and art collectors, at which awards will be presented and attendees will be given an early opportunity to purchase the artwork created during the competition. Artists will be in attendance. The awards ceremony will be held during the preview party, at 7 pm. Light fare by nolan’s will be served, with wine sampling, a cash bar and music by the Maria Gillard Trio.

Public Exhibit & Sale – Sonnenberg Gardens

Sunday, June 11

at the Carriage House (151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua)
11:00am-4:00pm – FREE & Open to public
Exhibit and sale of artwork created during the competition. The show is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

2017 Judge, Sara Linda Poly Workshop

June 12-13

(ticketed event)
TBA – Sonnenberg Gardens (weather permitting)
This special workshop, presented by the 2017 Finger Lakes Plein Air judge, Sara Linda Poly, will cover composition and design, choosing subject matter, how to use light and shadow, color, and atmospheric perspective to show distance, as well as new ideas for paint application. Demos, critiques and lots of personal attention are included. All levels welcome! Click here to reserve your space.