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Meet the Media Workshops

Back by popular demand, a unique, cost-effective workshop series designed for artists to explore new mediums, taught by OCAC artists

 Needle Felting Apr 25

Each workshop $25, Materials Included

Register early, seating limited


Find out more and register here 

May Workshops

Acrylics 101 & Art Sketching

3 Acylics Workshops, $45 each class

Instructor Peggy Heissenberger

Seagulls on the Shore, Sat, May 4, 11:30 - 2:30pm

Pull of the Moon, Fri, May 17, 11:00 - 3:30pm

Breeze in the Trees, Sat, May, 11:00 - 2:30pm

2 Art Sketching Workshops, $30 each class

Instructor Howard VanBuren

Sketching in Perspective & Sketching Structures

  Sat, May 11, 11:30 - 2:30pm

Sketching Trees, Rocks and Nature

  Sat, May 18, 11:30 - 2:30pm

Limited seating, register here

Materials included, bring lunch & beverage

No experience necessary

Ontario County Historical Society 55 N Main St Canandaigua 

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The First Annual "ART MART!”

An arts & crafts marketplace

Sept 28, 2024

Spectacular new opportunity for vendors to sell original arts & crafts:

finished work, materials, tools, books, new work, old work,

overstocks, seconds, off season items, etc.


Booth space available

No commissions!!  Sale pricing encouraged!  Easy set up!

Special booth pricing for OCAC members 


Indoors at the accessible Canandaigua American Legion, 454 N. Main Street

Interested?  Please Mark Your Calendar!  

Much More Info To Follow

Questions? Comments? Want To Help Plan? Reserve A Space?


For information, & pricing click here

Download a vendor application here

Art Mart is an arts & crafts marketplace fundraiser which benefits the OCAC scholarship and grants programs.

The Sky's the Limit New Exhibit

Exhibit runs through June 20

All new art work at the

Ontario County Arts Council Gallery

Ontario County Historical Society

55 North Main St

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Photo courtesy of Peter Blackwood

Join us for the

New Fort Hill Exhibit


Victoria Connors

“Wild World Fibers” Fiber Creations


Apr 1- May 29

OCAC Gallery at the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center
2 Fort Hill Ave, Canandaiguia
Please see for gallery hours

Ticket holders for May 19 Finger Lakes Community Band Performance “Color Your World” can attend

a “Meet & Greet"

If you are interested in exhibiting at Fort Hill, find out more here

Colorful Clothing from Around the World

Stop in and enjoy a colorful array of clothing from around the world, collected by OCAC members.

Clothing items are from Japan, Korea, Holland,

Ukraine, Egypt, & Poland.

Some items are hand-made, and each has a story about how they were acquired. 

Exhibit runs from March 22-April 26 at the Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington.

“Open Art” at the Gallery!


Come and join us for the "Open Art" experience!

OCAC re-imagines "Drop In & Draw


Open to all, share ideas and be creative in a friendly, small group setting!


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.

Apr 20

11:30am - 2:30pm


At the Ontario County Historical Museum, 55 N. Main, Canandaiguia.

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

June 1, National Trails Day, is the planned opening of the Ontario Art Trails. 

13 weather-proof paintings & photos will be installed on the Ontario Street trail behind the Lisk buildings.


Blue Hour Canandaigua Lake - Dana Besaw

Blue Bird - Neal Allen

Cattails - Peter Blackwood

OCAC is pleased to announce the "Ghost of Roseland" Sculpture Project was awarded a project grant from the Ontario County American Rescue Plan for Arts, Culture and Recreation Grant Support Program.


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 to Direct your funds: select an organization


choose “Ghost of Roseland Sculpture.” 

To find more about this project see

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Congratulations to Andrew K. Schoenfelder 

Finger Lakes Community College music major 

Recipient of the $2,000 Ontario County Arts Council Mariner Family Scholarship 

for the 2023-24 academic year

Click here to see a thank-you video from Andrew.

We couldn’t do it without you!! 

Many thanks to our member volunteers for their event support:

Victoria Connors

 Nils Swanson 

Amy Swanson 

Darlene Rayburn 

Peter Blackwood

Maureen McCarthy

Patti Miskell

D.E. Bentley

Gloria Dancause

We sincerely thank our recent donors:



Elaine Liberio

Suzanne Winslow

Eileen Wegman

Special thanks to all who generously donated at the READERS THEATER performances

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

Rotating Artist Exhibit Program 

Local businesses host rotating collections of

member artists work at county locations

Participating business fee is $150 yearly per location


OCAC member artists can participate in the program

without any fee!

See which member artists are showing where!  

If you are interested in becoming a Member Exhibiting Artist, or a Business Host

click here more information
Proceeds from this program help fund the grants and scholarships OCAC awards

OCAC Upcoming Exhibits

Members Juried Exhibit

June 29 “Have a Ball” opening

June 13th  Submissions due

Drop off/Pick up June 21-22

Select here for Submission Guidelines 

Members Juried Exhibit

Oct 19 “Gatherings” opening

Sept 26 Submissions due

Drop off/Pick up Oct. 4-5

Select here for Submission Guidelines 


May 11 Wood Library Annual OCAC Members' Art Show  

Drop off: May 4th 12 - 300 pm

Submission Guidelines to come 

Upcoming Events - Ontario County Historical Society

April 1 - 26, Final Month of Let's Go Have Fun! Exhibit

April 25, Vinyl  Record Night 6 - 8 pm

Ontario County Historical Society

55 N Main St, Canandaigua

Whether you are an artist, or appreciate & support the arts, we want you as a member!!

Support us in strengthening the creative capacity of our communities!

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

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