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Detail of Kodak Sky By Suzie Quinn. See Spotlight on Member Artists

 “Irish Night”


A heartfelt thank you to all those who contributed to

a fun-filled and successful event

See our creative thank you

Meet the Media:


A unique, cost-effective workshop series designed for artists to explore new mediums

Each session $25, or explore all 4 workshops for $85

2 hours each session, all materials included

Create a finished piece in one or all of the workshops:

4/6  Drawing: Howard Van Buren 

         Learn theory & techniques of sketching basic shapes

4/13 Pastel: Neal Allen

         Learn to create values & shading with a limited pastel pallet

4/20 Watercolor: Judi Cermak

         Experiment with a variety of techniques, & create textures

4/27  Acrylic: Peggi Heissenberger

         Learn the basic tools of painting with user-friendly, versatile 

          & affordable acrylics


Registration limited to 12 per workshop

Register here

Only 2 more weeks to file grant applications - Deadline Apr 1


Local nonprofit and government organizations may apply

for small projects to enhance the visual and performing arts in the county.

Grants up to $1,000 are announced by May 15. 

“For the Birds"

new juried exhibit & sale

Opening Reception: April 1, 1:00-3:00pm

OCAC Gallery at the Ontario County Historical Society
55 N. Main Street, Canandaigua
April 1-June 23

Create a one-of-a-kind bird house for our fundraiser!

If you’d like to participate, reply OC ArtsCouncil

Bird houses will be auctioned off at the opening of our April 1 exhibit “For the Birds”


Click here for construction & drop-off information. 

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Channel Markers Thousand Islands

Dana Besaw Photography
Exhibit & Sale


Mar 11-Apr 9

Fort Hill Performing Arts Center OCAC Gallery

20 Fort Hill Avenue, Canandaigua

See Artist Statement

See more at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center 

gallery page

“Seeing Red”  

1st Members Exhibit and Sale of 2023

 Jan 14 - Mar 24

Artwork by Melva Brady - Winter Scene

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Introducing “Creative Connection”


Come and join other OCAC artists at work

Enjoy the camaraderie of artistic expression


Bring your project, any craft or medium

Get advice, discuss techniques, be inspired


Held in conjunction with Drop In & Draw

Mar 11 & 25- 11:30-2:30

Ontario County Historical Society

55. N. Main St. Canandaigua

Drop-in & Draw

Whether mastering or still developing your skills, come draw a historical artifact from the Ontario County Historical Society's collection in the company of others and guided by member artists.

Mar 25 11:30-2:30pm

Apr 8 & 22 11:30-2:30pm


Coral Reef Moves to

Wayne County Council for the Arts


Visit Judi Cermak’s crochet creation from Mar 2-31

108 West Miller Street, Newark, NY

Reception Mar 19, 2:00-4:00pm

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Finger Lakes Community College student Clara Elwell received the $2,000 Ontario County Arts Council Mariner Family Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.

From left, Kay Howard, secretary of OCAC; Finger Lakes Community College student Clara Elwell; and Judi Cermak, past president of OCAC, at the Constellation Brands Scholarship Celebration in September 2022 at the FLCC main campus.

Rotating Artist Exhibits 

Member Artist Exhibits and Sales in Local Businesses

Businesses and City Hall host rotating artist exhibits of member artists at different locations in the county for an annual fee of $150.
See which member artists are showing where!  


Upcoming Events

Mary Padgett-Nationally Known Pastel Artist-June 2 & 3

Robert Simone-Nationally Known Plein Air Artist-October 2, 3, & 4

More Information to Come

The Arts Council awarded $1,000 grants to 4 community organizations in 2022.

Read about it here! 

Support us in strengthening the creative capacity of our communities!

Ontario County Arts Council is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit

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