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Using art to build interest in downtown Canandaigua

The second annual Canandaigua Arts Walk offered old favorites, new storefronts and artistic mediums for visitors to explore.

Held in the downtown Business Improvement District, the walk began at 10 a.m. Saturday and continued throughout the day until early evening, up and down the city’s Main Street. Participating businesses were identifiable with balloons outside their storefronts, and over 12 galleries and related shops were involved.

One of the newest additions to the arts scene is Artspace 36, a gallery operated by Finger Lakes Community College. Located at 36 S. Main St., the space is in the same building that once hosted the college itself, according to Lacey McKinney, who helped bring the project to fruition.

Opened in May, the concept of creating an open gallery was first pitched to the college’s Board of Trustees last fall by McKinney, an assistant professor of art for the school.

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