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Our Spooktacular, Fangtastic, Show

By the “Players of Ontario County Arts Council”


Reader’s Theatre*: 3 Performances:

Fri Oct 6, & Sat Oct 7: 7pm

The Chapel at The First Congregational Church

58 N. Main St. Canandaigua


Sun Oct 8: 2pm Ferris Hills, 1 Ferris Hills, Peg Rayburn Dr. Canandaigua


 FREE ADMISSION (PG Rated- mildly macabre)

Donations gratefully accepted to support the Student Scholarship & Community Grants Programs of OCAC

 *Reader’s Theater is a style of theater in which actors present dramatic readings of narrative material without costumes, props, scenery or special lighting. Actors use only scripts and vocal expression to help the audience understand the story.


Papermaking Workshop

1 Day Workshop with Mary Ann Proia

Oct 21 10 - 2:30pm

Class is $50 plus $15 materials payable to the instructor

Students will learn the simple techniques needed to create their very own art paper: simple writing sheets, and more artistic ones.


Limited to 6 Participants

Click here for more information and to register

Plein Air Photography of Ontario County

Juried Exhibit: Call for submissions


Members must take photos in Ontario County, at outside locations

Registration deadline: Oct 14 at midnight 

Photo taking dates: Oct 15 - 21

Submission deadline: Oct 23 at midnight

Exhibit dates: Nov 12 - Dec 2

Reception date: Nov 18 1 - 3pm

For more information, to become a member, to register and submission guidelines click here

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Art Exhibit “Words”

Juried Exhibit: Call for Submissions

 Due Wed, Sep 27


Members: Use your creativity to submit up to 3 images showcasing words. Any medium!

For more information, to become a member and submission guidelines

click here

Exhibit opening reception Oct.14

Calling All Artists!


Blue Hour Canandaigua Lake - Dana Besaw

Blue Bird - Neal Allen

Cattails - Peter Blackwood

OCAC and Ontario Pathways are sponsoring “Ontario Art Trails.”  

Submit one image of your artwork by Sept 30, 2023, for juried selection.

Selected artwork will be displayed on all-weather signs posted at several Ontario Pathways trails.  

Art installation in 2024.

Click here for submission guidelines and more information.

Bring your favorite art supplies (no oils, please) and draw a historical artifact or photograph from the OCHS collection in a friendly, small group setting.  

Oct 7 & 21; Nov 11; Dec 9

11:30am - 2:30pm

Sponsored by Ontario County Arts Council at the Ontario County Historical Museum, 55 N. Main, Canandaiguia.

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OCAC and the Dove Block Project presents:

 A Christmas Carol performed by Mr. Kim Tenreiro


Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 pm, with one intermission

Optional informal prologue prior to curtain time at 6:15

The Dove Block Project, 465 Exchange St, Geneva

Tickets $35 including light refreshments - mature audience suggested

Purchase tickets here

100% of ticket price benefits projects of

OCAC and the Dove Block Project

Funded in part by a donation from:


"Ghost of Roseland” Sculpture Honors Roseland Park


Created by Benji Carr,

local metal sculptor


Support the creation of the sculpture


Mail a check to

Lakeside Sculpture, P.O. Box 449,

Canandaigua, NY 14424,


Visit Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment at 


go to Direct your funds: select an organization


choose “Ghost of Roseland Sculpture.” 

To find more about this project see

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Juried Art Exhibit

art created with the artist’s unique point of view



OCAC Gallery


Ontario County Historical Society

Until Oct 5

Congratulations to our 2023 Grant Recipients

ChamberFest Canandaigua: $1,000 toward artist compensation for the organization’s free concert at Cobblestone Arts Center for special-needs children, adults, and their families. The concert is part of ChamberFest Canandaigua’s 2023 season, ˜Symphony in a Teacup,” which runs July 15-23.

Bristol Valley Theater Naples: $1,000 to launch a first-ever fall theatre performance.

Main Street Arts Clifton Springs: $1,000 to support publicity for a plein air event on Sept.16 in the village that includes a public exhibit and free children’s art activity.

Geneva Concerts Inc.: $1,000 to subsidize ticket prices for the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who perform African-American spirituals, on Nov. 4 at Smith Opera house.

We sincerely thank our recent donors:



Maureen McCarthy; Barbara McPhail; Brian Dennis, Anna Polimini

We sincerely thank the Max and Marion Farash Charitable Foundation for their generous grant:



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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!  

If you are interested in becoming a Rotating Artists host, more information here

OCAC Upcoming Events

Sep 23 - Nui Shibori Workshop

Sep 27 - Words Exhibit Submission

Sep 30 -  Ontario Pathways Art Trails Artwork Submission

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

Oct 21 - Papermaking Workshop

Oct 7 & 21 - Drop-in & Draw 

Oct 14 - Registration for Plein Air Photography

Oct 14 - OCAC Members Annual Meeting

Oct 14 - Words Exhibit opening reception

Oct 23 - Plein Air Photography Submission

Nov 11 - Plein Air Photography Exhibit

Nov 11 - Drop-in & Draw 

Nov 16 - Fort Hill Exhibit: Robin MCondichie

Dec 2 & 16 - Drop-in & Draw 

Dec 8 - A Christmas Carol Performance

Upcoming Events - Ontario County Historical Society

Lakefront Walking Tours:
Sept. 8 & 22, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3

Sep 30, Bring a Friend Day - details coming soon!

Oct 28, Halloween Party and Fundraiser 6-8pm

Nov 16, Annual Dinner at Bristol Mountain

Winter Speaker Series

Dec 14, Ansely Jemison Ganondagan State Historic Site

Ontario County Historical Society

55 N Main St, Canandaigua, New York

Support us in strengthening the creative capacity of our communities!

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

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