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Please note: Drop-in and Draw and Creative Connections have been cancelled until September

New Exhibit

OCAC Artists Brenda and Al Cretney

Award wining painter and bird carver

“Feather and Fur"


at the Ontario County Arts Council Gallery

Fort Hill Performing Art Center

May 28 - July 2

Artist Reception: June 1, 6-8pm

"Rest Stop” watercolor by Brenda Cretney and “Barn Owl” carving by Al Cretney

See their work at

See artist bio here

Calling all OCAC Artists

“PeRspectives” Juried Art Exhibit: You can SUBMIT up to 3 images, all mediums!

Submit your art from “your particular way of expressing something”

Deadline: Send jpegs by midnight, Wednesday, June 14th to: (You will receive notification of accepted art by Saturday, June 17th.)

Opening reception - July 8


OCAC 2022 grant recipient

Bristol Hills Historical Society publishes book


"History and Mystery”

"The Folklore and Legends of the Bristol Hills"

Original illustrations by

OCAC member Anna Overmoyer

Find out more at

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.

Knitting with Beads Workshop


Learn how to add beads to your knitting

2-part Workshop Jun 3 & Jun17 1-3:30

Make a small, beaded, amulet necklace  (1.5 x 2")

with instructor Eugenia McLouth

Limited registration

$50 for both sessions

more information & register here 


“For the Birds"

new juried exhibit & sale

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


“Brown’s Birds”

Exquisite wood bird carvings by Ross Brown 

Loaned by OCAC Board member Carol Henshaw, carved by her father Ross Brown 

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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

Upcoming Events

May 31 - Fort Hill Exhibit - Brenda & Al Cretney

Artist Reception, June 1, 6-8pm

June 3 & 17 - Knitting with Beads Workshop

June 14 - Perspectives Exhibit Art Submission

July 8 - Opening Reception Perspectives Exhibit

July 14 - Fort Hill Exhibit: Jacqueline Fegan

July 14, 15 & 16 Readers Theatre Performance

Sept 16 & 23 - Nui Shibori Workshop

Sept 27 - Words Exhibit Submission

Sept 30 -  Ontario Pathways Art Trails Artwork Submission

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

Oct 7 - Papermaking Workshop

Oct 14 - Registration for Plein Air Photography

OCAC Members Annual Meeting

Words Exhibit opening reception

Oct 23 - Plein Air Photography Submission

Nov 11 - Plein Air Photography Exhibit

Nov 16 - Fort Hill Exhibit: Robin MCondichie

Dec 8 - A Christmas Carol Performance

Support us in strengthening the creative capacity of our communities!

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

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