2012 Yates County Fact Book
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Yates County has never wanted for beauty. The natural landscape of thelakes and hills, the vivid changes brought by every season, and theabundant variety of wildlife moved thenative Americans, the ﬁrst Europeansettlers, and every generation since. Itis impossible for such a landscape notto attract and inspire artists, both pro-fessional and amatuer.There have been many art, music,and theatre appreciation societiesover our history andseveral haveshown a remarkable tenacity andgrowth, due mostly to the commit-ment of their members and the in-terest and generosity of the public.From the Rochester Folk Art Guild’sEast Hill Farm in Middlesex to theMusic and Arts Festival that was heldin Glenora on Seneca Lake for many years, beauty is translated to artwork all across the Yates countryside.The Yates County Arts Center is a 35-year-old non-proﬁt partnershipof artists, friends, and supportersfrom all corners of the county, pro-moting the arts with exhibits, events,studio tours, art sales, performances,plays, and workshop classes for stu-dents and adults in drawing, painting, writing, basketry, pottery, etc. Themission of the YCAC is, “To enrich thequality of life for Finger Lakes resi-dents, artists, and visitors by provid-ing opportunities for active partici-pation in the arts.”The YCAC is renovating theMaxwell Building at 127 Main St. inPenn Yan. The buildingwillbecomethe new home for the YCAC, and a new, vibrant, and visible presence indowntown Penn Yan. It will offer ex-panded gallery space, workshop andclassroom space, and an attractive des-tination for visitors.The current Elm St. gallery already attracts some 6,000 visitors per year,and serves more than 500 in theirclasses and workshops. The organi-zation is halfway to its$85,000 goalto offset the construcion costs, and ex-pects to open the new gallery in June.This new home with a broad glassstreet gallery will further the YCAC’smission to promote local artists andshare their work with the public.The Keuka Arts Festival is anotherorganization that has spent decadespromoting the arts. Founded in the1970s on the Keuka College Campus,the KAF recentlyrelocated to theKeuka Outlet Park to take advantageof the ammenities of Penn Yan. Thetwo-day festival has grown to includemore than 110 juried artists and ven-dors, covering the park around theKeuka Lake boat launch and stretch-ing toward downtown Penn Yan.This year, the YCAC is joining forces with the Keuka Arts Festival to expandthe visibility of the arts in Yates Coun-ty, and raise awareness of the impor-tance of art in our community.The Keuka Arts Festival will beheld on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday,June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Formore information on this year’s Fes-tival, go to www.KeukaArtsFesti- val.com. For more information on the Arts Center, visit the Gallery at 119East Elm Street, or go to www.ycac.org.
This will be a summer for the arts