Festival Events


Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival Events

This year’s Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival will run from June 5 – 10, 2018 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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Artist Registration – (For Juried-In Artists Only)
Tuesday, June 5
9:00 am – 8:00 pm — 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.)

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Paint Out along the Canandaigua Wine Trail, Naples, NY
Thursday, June 7, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm at participating wineries and the town of Naples.
Free and open to the public.

For more information about this event click here.

Sponsored by the Canandaigua Wine Trail


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Evening with former Plein Air Magazine editor Steve Doherty
Friday, June 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Ferris Hills at West Lake (1 Ferris Hills, Canandaigua). Ticketed event: $15.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Sponsored by Ferris Hills at West Lake.

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Quick Draw
Saturday, June 9, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm along Main Street Downtown Canandaigua
& Kershaw Park
Free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, click here.


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Community Paint Out: Open registration for all non-juried in artists to compete!
Saturday, June 9, 10:30am – 5:00pm along Main Street in Downtown Canandaigua
Local & regional artists welcome to paint in specified area in Downtown Canandaigua.
$10/artist registration. Free and open to the public to watch.

For more information about the event or to register as an artist click here
Sponsored by the Ontario County Arts Council.

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Preview Party & Exhibit
Saturday, June 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
at Sonnenberg Gardens (151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua)
Ticketed event: $35.
For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here.
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.

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Sunday, June 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Carriage House  at Sonnenberg Gardens
Free and open to the 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.