Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival


This 6th annual 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 as many as forty-five talented artists from across the country 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.

As we enter our sixth year, we continue working to establish this as the preeminent arts event in the NY Finger Lakes, with the goal of providing economic and cultural benefits to Canandaigua and the surrounding region. Our vision has been to create an event for the community that allows them to watch and “feel” part of the Plein Air experience.  We hope this event will also encourage artists to be become part of the Plein Air painting world, and participate in the remarkable re-awakening of this special art movement. We want the artists to know that what they do matters. Not only is this a venue for the public to view art work, but also an opportunity for them to celebrate the accomplishments of these artists and to further experience the pride we have in our beautiful community.

2017 Judge: Sara Linda Poly