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History of Arts At The Gardens
Arts at the Gardens was founded as a grass-roots community endeavor in Canandaigua, NY. In 2000, the region’s Arts and Crafts professionals teamed up with like minded community leaders; Joseph Delfote Sr., Rocco Pietropaolo, Sr. and Caroline Delavan (to name a few), to create an annual outdoor program and platform for the exhibition of the nation’s finest creative professionals while bolstering local tourism and increasing visitation to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.
Creating an event that would become known as “the area’s most prestigious juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Outdoor Exhibition Show and Sale,” was no easy mission, and not one accomplished with just a few people. Over 100 volunteers, numerous businesses and non-profit community and cultural organizations continue to partner, participate and be the foundation of this show. Since its inception, Arts at the Gardens has drawn over 64,000 guests to the two-day event.
Every year, over 100 creative professionals from across the nation exhibit their work through a juried process that starts a the very beginning of every year. The anonymous panel of jurors consists of established curators, dealers and consultants from the region who specialize in fine art, fine craft or design. Their expertise maintains the highest standards of selection striving to create uniformity across mediums and professional competency.
Additional programming, initiated in 2015, furthers the founding ideologies of community celebration, union and pride. Regional musicians, performance artists (dance) and three dimensional installations create an immersive experience incomparable to any other show or fair in the region. Each of these artists demonstrate the breadth of exceptional talent cultivated in western New York.
The show is held annually, the third weekend in August, on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park. The sprawling 50 acre estate is one of only two public gardens in the NYS Parks system and is nationally known for its fabulous late Victorian Gardens, 19th century architecture and exquisitely restored mansion. Canandaigua, NY is just a short ride south from the NYS Thruway, nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. Sonnenberg is centrally located between the metropolitan cities of Buffalo and Syracuse; a short jaunt southeast of Rochester. The history of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is very rich; to find out more information, please visit: Sonnenberg’s website here.
Sonnenberg remains open to the public through revenues raised from just four areas: seasonal visitor admissions, annual memberships and donations, public or private special events and a seasonal retail gift and wine center. Arts at the Gardens is a Chartered Event under Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Parks 501 c 3 and is also its largest annual fundraiser.