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Come Out For The 6th Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival!

April 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2017 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival
The week-long, 2017 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival brings a host of art events and more than 40 artists from across the U.S. to Canandaigua, NY in a competition to capture the beauty of the Finger Lakes in paint. June 6th through the 11th in Canandaigua, NY.

If you’re an art lover, you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival. The opportunity to observe so may artists out and about and working on canvases is an uncommon pleasure.

“En plein air” is a French expression meaning “open air,” thus plein air painting refers to painting outside. Part of the challenge is to complete your scene before the light changes too much, thus you are in a competition with time and the elements with plein air painting. French impressionist painters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others were advocates of the method.

During the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, Canandaigua will open its gardens, vineyards, woods, and fields with character to the artists. The town is also opening its doors! Sutherland House is proud to be one of the many locals who volunteered to host an artist for the festival week.

The Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival includes a number of other events, as well.

Downtown merchants will “Adopt An Artist” to exhibit a particular artist’s work for sale throughout the week. An Art Walk and Reception for these artists will be held on Thursday, June 8th from 6pm to 8pm.

A Paint Out along the Canandaigua Wine Trail is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th, in Naples, NY. Participating wineries will host artists throughout the day with a Wet Paint Sale and Reception of their finshed works at Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars from 6pm to 8pm. Follow the wine trail to catch various artists at work throughout the day, then see all the results in one place!

June 10th will see the Quick Draw competition in downtown Canandaigua, testing the speed of the Plein air artists. A judging and sale follows at the Canandaigua Commons, between 12pm and 2pm. The Community Paint-Out event sees local and regional artists doing much the same as the Quick Draw. The show and sale from this event occurs between 1:30pm and 5pm. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, June 10th.

This year’s judge for the event, Sara Linda Poly, will be giving two painting workshops during the festival. Lots of other, smaller events will be held around town all week long.

An Public Exhibit & Sale of works completed for The Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition will be held on Sunday, June 11th, at Sonnenberg Gardens. The ticketed Preview Party & Exhibit, held the night before, will provide an even earlier opportunity to purchase art as well as talk with the artists.

Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival

June 6th through June 11th, 2017
Canandaigua, NY
Go to for tickets and more information, including a list of participating artists with samples of their work.

Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival Lodging
Sutherland House is proud to be one of the many locals hosting a juried, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival artist! This festival is huge and rooms are going to go fast all around the area. If you hope to attend, reserve your room at our Canandaigua B&B now before it’s too late!