2017 Artists/Exhibitors

See the List of Exhibitors for this year’s event.

Become an Arts at the Gardens Exhibitor!
2017 Professional Artist Application
2017 Emerging Artist Application
2017 Sculpture Garden Application

2018 Applications Coming Soon! 

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Our professional Artist Category is reserved for the nations finest in Fine Art & fine Craft.  Artists are selected by a panel of anonymous jurors, which is comprised of our regions best curators and fine art or fine craft buyers.  Only original artist-created work may be displayed; No manufactured, commercial or imported products will be allowed. Work is tasteful and in keeping with a family-oriented atmosphere.
Ten cash awards will be presented Sat. (10 additional Select Invitation awards, waiving processing fee for 2018 will be awarded Sunday). 2017 winners are offered automatic acceptance into the 2018 Arts at The Gardens show; jurying and the $25 processing fee are waived.

     Underwritten by: The Geisel Gallery

Returning this year, the Emerging Artist Tent, will exhibit 10 Emerging Artists.
To Qualify as an Emerging Artist:
• Must be New to Arts at the Gardens
• Must be enrolled or recently graduated (5 years) from an accredited Art Program
• Must be 18 years or older
• Must have a valid Tax Certificate, if planning to sell works.
One cash award, and 3 additional “Select Invitation”  2017 winners are offered automatic acceptance into the 2018 Professional Artist Category; jurying and the $25 processing fee are waived.

 Sponsored by Rochester Contemporary Art Center

The Sculpture Garden returns! Initiated in 2015, the Sculpture Garden at Arts at the Gardens, integrates large scale sculptural installations into the environment and grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park. The setting is exceptional for large installations. The sculptures are placed throughout the property, on grass or gravel, to further transform the grounds into an artistic oasis. The sculptural installations invite viewers to become involved in the dynamic relationship between sculptural pieces and their neighboring environment. Space, gravity, discovery- are all reinforced by the natural elements, eliciting thoughts and feelings of euphoria, awe, bewilderment and peace.
Program Specifics/Sculpture Placement:
Sculptures will be placed on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park during the duration of Arts at the Gardens. Each artist will receive a 10×10’ grass or gravel space, decided, upon acceptance, by the curator and director of the program.
An anonymous panel of jurors will select participating Artists. Up to 10 artists are selected, based on selection criteria. Each participating artist will exhibit one work of art. Of the 10 participating artists, one sculpture will be selected as the Sculpture Gardens and Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s, “MERIT AWARD RECIPIENT.”
Sculpture Scavenger Hunt:
The Sculpture Garden Scavenger Hunt is a bit of fun that the whole family can enjoy! Guests are invited to follow the map to try and locate each sculpture on the property, including those that are part of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park’s permanent collection. Those wishing to complete the scavenger hunt and submit contact data, will be entered into a raffle.
The Scavenger Hunt also acts as a sculpture map, and detailed information on the works is also provided including price, artist information and artist statement.
Silent Auction (Closes at 3:00pm)
Door Prize Giveaway (Drawing at 4:00pm)

Jose Enrique Portas
Bradley Butler
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Clifford Wun
Bleu Cease (Sculpture Garden)
(Special Invitation Judge) TBD
Tina Star (Emerging Artist Award)
Art Show Partners:
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Artisan Works
The Memorial Art Gallery
Makers Gallery
Main Street Art Gallery
The Yards, Artist Collective

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.

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.

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