Third Annual Plein Air Art Festival and Silent Auction
FINGER LAKES, NEW YORK (JULY 1, 2014) – For many years the Finger Lakes region has inspired many local artists with its bountiful natural beauty and world-class wines. Since the first annual Plein Air Arts Festival in 2012, the eastern shore of Seneca Lake has provided a warm atmosphere and stunning backdrop for many artists’ works. Now in its third year, the festival will once again invite local artists to create artwork en plein air (in open air) throughout the day, followed by an art reception and auction later in the evening, accompanied by live music with local food and wine.
The Plein Air Art Festival is a public event scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2014, along the eastern side of Seneca Lake. Between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., artists will be scheduled to create works of art at various wineries, including Atwater Vineyards, Damiani Wine Cellars, Leidenfrost Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery on Seneca, and local brewery, Two Goats Brewing. A reception for the day’s plein air artwork will take place from 5pm until 10pm, and a silent auction will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., both will be hosted at Damiani Wine Cellars, located in Burdett, New York.
Throughout the evening, local food will be available for purchase from Smoke on the Water, including meat and vegetarian BBQ dishes. An eclectic assortment of wines and beers will be available to purchase by the glass from all participating wineries and breweries (Damiani Wine Cellars, Leidenfrost Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery on Seneca, and Two Goats Brewing). Live music from local jazz band, Professor Tuesday’s Jazz Quartet, will kick-off Plein Air Festival’s evening activities, and will be followed-up by the Ithaca-based afro-funk band, Big Mean Sound Machine.
FOR ARTISTS: All traditional and non-traditional artists working in any medium are welcome to apply at damianiwinecellars.com, or sign-up at the Damiani Wine Cellars Tasting Room. Artist applications will be accepted until July 15 and is limited to 40 artists. An artist registration fee of $40 will be required at the time of sign-up.
TICKETS: Tickets are required for the post-festival party beginning at 5pm and are available to purchase for $7/per person through damianiwinecellars.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12/per person (21+) and $8/per person (under 21). Those purchasing tickets at the door from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. will receive a complimentary glass of wine.