Artists are innately drawn to the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. It’s an area that stimulates creativity and has led to the creation of thousands of images of sailboats and sunshine, clusters of grapes hanging on gnarled vines, waterfalls and gorges that cut through a patchwork quilt of farmlands and vineyards. Thanks to a generous donation to the Arts Center of Yates County from the estate of Dr. Annie Smith in 2008, artists have an additional opportunity to fully experience the inspirational impact of the Finger Lakes.
Sunny Point, located on the East side of Keuka Lake, is buzzing with activity. In addition to the cottage that serves as a temporary home for artist in residence and art retreats there is a pottery studio, appropriately named Annie’s Boathouse Pottery, and a wonderful workshop in the red barn overlooking the lake. Many special events, meetings, classes, and open studios are held here during the warmer months. It’s located at 868 East Lake Rd, Dundee, NY.
Arts Retreat For Children
The Center is excited to offer a fun and inspiring four-day visual arts program for children this summer from August 5-8 (Monday – Thursday), 9 am – 3 pm. This program is for children who are passionate about pursuing the visual arts and would like to further their knowledge this summer. Students entering grades one through five (i.e. ages 6-10-years-old) will have the opportunity to create art ranging from pottery to painting at the Center’s Sunny Point campus, located on the east side of Keuka Lake.
Please note that this is a visual arts-based program, and students are expected to come prepared to spend the day creating art. Students will not be swimming in the lake or participating in strenuous physical activity, such as athletics. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
The Art Retreat provides a place for creative individuals, whether singly or in a group, to work on whatever discipline they choose on beautiful Keuka Lake, located in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. For a nominal fee, you and your class can be inspired at Sunny Point, The Arts Center of Yates Count’s lakeside property.
2024 Art Retreat Season:
June 1 – Sept. 15
Artist in Residence
The Arts Center of Yates County residency program is open to visual artists, mixed media artists, literary artists, and performance artists who can demonstrate professional standing in their field. It offers a 10-day use of the Sunny Point facility located on Keuka Lake in western New York’s Finger Lakes region. This lakeside residence with separate studio space is available at no cost. Travel and meals are not included.
2024 Artist Residency Dates:
June 29 – July 7
Aug. 31 – Sept. 8
Annie's Boathouse Pottery
Annie’s Boathouse Pottery at Sunny Point houses a complete studio with potter’s wheels, kilns, work space and a beautiful view of Keuka Lake.
Beginners and experienced potters alike are inspired by the many workshops and Open Studio time available at Annie’s Boathouse Pottery.
Within the pottery studio are 4 potter’s wheels, a slab roller, pottery tools, kiln and tables used for creating and glazing. Cone 5 glazes and clay (please note that only clay purchased from the Arts Center pottery studio may be used at Sunny Point) are available for use with studio fees. Open studio time is available for a fee. Raku workshops are also offered. A pottery manager is available for studio instruction, kiln firing, consultation, and maintenance.
Open studio hours for 2024 TBA
No landline or internet service is available.