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.

Artist Registration
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.)

Paint Out along the Canandaigua Wine Trail, Naples, NY
Thursday, June 7
9:00am – 5:00pm — Artists paint along the Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail.
6:00 -8:00pm —Wet Paint Sale & Reception

Judge’s Evening with Kenneth DeWaard
Friday, June 8
Painting demonstration by Judge, Kenneth DeWaard at Ferris Hills (1 Ferris Hls, Canandaigua, NY)

Quick Draw (Downtown Canandaigua)
Saturday, June 9, 9:30 am – 2pm
9:30am-11:30am — Juried-in artists paint in & around downtown
12:00pm-2:00pm — Judging, show & sale at the (park across from Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame,
12:30pm — Winners announced: Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice

Community Paint Out
Saturday, June 9, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Local & regional artists welcome to paint in specified area in Downtown Canandaigua, $10 registration fee.
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

Preview Party & Exhibit – Sonnenberg Gardens
Saturday, June 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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. during the preview party, at 7 pm. Light fare will be served.

Public Exhibit & Sale – Sonnenberg Gardens
Sunday, June 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
at the Carriage House (151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua)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.