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About

The Arts Center of Yates County is a nonprofit community arts center whose mission is to enrich the lives of Yates County residents, artists and visitors by providing opportunities to actively participate in the arts.

The Arts Center includes the Flick Gallery, the Rosenfeld Studio upstairs—where the bulk of the Center’s workshops are held—and Sunny Point, a seasonal facility on the east side of Keuka Lake that includes housing for visiting instructors and artist residencies, a studio barn for workshops and events, and a lakeside pottery studio.

The Arts Center is primarily a volunteer-driven organization with more than 60 active volunteers. It is funded by grants, memberships, donations, fees from workshops and commissions from the sale of art work and often partners with local businesses and other area nonprofits in developing programs and projects. The Arts Center’s artists are primarily drawn from Yates County and the surrounding region and are juried in, in order to exhibit regularly. The Flick Gallery displays a broad mix of original art in mediums including painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodwork and a variety of mixed media work. There’s no admission and everyone is welcome!

Inspiring active participation with the arts!

March & April 2024
Volume 51 |
Issue 2

A Brief History of the Arts Center

1975

Founded as Yates County Arts Council

1982

Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

1982-1992

Received New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) funding. Under guidance of Executive Director, Linda Canham, the Council provided artists in the area with an outlet for their work and provided resource information on grants, workshops, etc. Crooked Lake Gallery opened.

1995

Norma Pealer took over presidency of the board navigating a one-woman ship until 2000.

2000-2001

New blood energized the organization under President Bonnie Barney and a new vision evolved. The exhibit area was renamed "The Gallery."

2002

NYSCA representative recommends the Council become an Arts Center in accordance with the new direction.

2002-Present

Ever expanding educational programs involving all ages throughout the year with qualified instructors. Renovations made to The Gallery space. Expansion of workshops into upstairs space. Exhibitions numbering six to eight annually featuring local, national and international artists.

2007-2008

Achieved NYSCA recognition again and hired a part-time Executive Director

2008

Sunny Point property on Keuka Lake inherited from Dr. Annie Smith.

2010

With NYSCA assistance, hired a full-time Executive Director, Kris Pearson.

2012

Moved the Arts Center to the Maxwell Building at 127 Main Street, Penn Yan.

2018

The Arts Center takes over the Keuka Arts Festival