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Seneca Lake Plein Air Paining Festival 2014

Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival 2014, the premier arts event in the Finger Lakes region, will take place Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5 in Geneva, NY The Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival, founded by Billsboro Winery seven years ago, has become one of the premier arts events in the Finger Lakes. The Festival features professional and amateur artists from around the Northeast, with artists coming from Maryland to Maine and Canada. En plein air is a French term meaning “in the open air.” Plein air painting is a growing movement in the United States among artists who enjoy being outdoors capturing a moment of natural light and beauty on canvas. This is a juried art competition.The sale of the art work and all proceeds from the Gala Reception will benefit the The Smith Center for the Arts located in downtown Geneva, which provides this region with both local and professional programs in a wide variety of the arts including music, theater and dance, movies, art advocacy projects and educational outreach programs.Sponsors of the Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival include Billsboro Winery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Stomping Grounds, Geneva Music Festival, Bonadent, Finger Lakes Times and Phelps Sungas.TIMELINE OF EVENTSThursday and Friday, October 2 and 3Artists will be painting “en plein air” throughout the day at locations of their choice within the festival limits. The public is welcome to stop by and view paintings in progress.Friday, October 35pm – 8pm Geneva Night Out: Artists will exhibit their work (available for purchase) in various businesses and venues in downtown GenevaSaturday, October 4:10 am – 12 pm “Paint-Off”: Along South Main Street, Pulteney Park, and Washington Street in Geneva. Participating artists will gather in one area to complete a painting in two hours. Some artists will concentrate on just one subject; however a few may do more than one painting during this time. Subjects can be anything from the unique architecture to townspeople, or close-up views of a single object. The public is welcome to stroll around the Paint-Off area, watch, and purchase the art. Families are encouraged to bring their young aspiring artists to see this exciting process take place. A new feature this year is a Student Division for the Paint-Off. There are two levels: college and high/middle school students. There is a $10 entry fee and students must provide their own materials. The student art work will also be judged, with each level awarded a cash First Prize. For more information on student participation email: jtoher08@gmail.com. Entries must be submitted by Friday, September 26.12 – 1 pm: Paint-Off Exhibit and Public Sale in Pulteney Park, judging and announcement of Paint-Off Winner. Rain location: Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place in Geneva.5 pm – 7:30 pm: Juried Competition and Gala Reception with Silent Auction at The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, Kings Lane, Hobart and William Smith Campus. All guests will enjoy live music by Cool Club and light appetizers. Wine will be available at a cash bar. Tickets are $25, available at The Smith Center for The Arts or www.thesmith.org. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place. There will be a People’s Choice Award voted on by the attendees to the reception. A Silent Auction will allow Gala attendees to bid on their favorite painting and take home an original work of art painted in the Finger Lakes.Sunday, October 5:12 – 4 pm: Public Exhibition and Art Sale at The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, Kings Lane, Hobart and William Smith Campus, Geneva, NY. This event is free and open to the public.October 2014:Plein Air paintings will be on exhibit for sale at the Billsboro Winery Tasting Room Gallery, 4769 West Lake Road (Rt. 14 South), Geneva, NY, 315.789.9538For more information on the Plein Air Festival, a complete listing of events or directions to the theatre visit the smith.org.The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY. The Smith Opera House is owned and operated by The Smith Center For The Arts, a 501 c 3 non profit organization.

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