41st Waterfront Art Festival in Canandaigua

The 41st Waterfront Art Festival will take place in Canandaigua, NY, July 26th & 27th. The Festival’s hours are 10 am to 5 pm both days. There is a small admission fee of $3 per person with kids 12 and under free. The Festival started out as a way for a few local artists to show and sell their work on the City Pier and has grown to one of the area’s best known little fine art & crafts festival. It’s big enough at about 150 artisans for a great selection of high quality fine art and crafts but it’s small enough to walk comfortably. The Festival is just a block from the Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The art is the star at this festival but also offered is an excellent food court and musical entertainment. This year’s festival poster is based upon a pastel painting of the city pier and lake with several sail boats by Gregory S. Mayne II, MayneStream Designs, of Farmington, New York. Gregory is a young artist who works in pastel, oil, pencil and photography. To see all of his work, he will be located at G -04, east of the gazebo and next to the playground. The framed original painting titled “Freedom on Canandaigua Lake” will be for sale at the Festival HQ tent as well as commemorative posters and smaller prints for this year and previous festivals. The Festival is sponsored by the North Shore project to be built by Morgan-LeChase Development of Rochester. This project will bring upscale housing and retail space to Lakeshore Drive facing the lake beginning in 2015. Stop into the Festival HQ tent for more information about the project or go to www.northshoredevelopmentny.com. There is a full entertainment schedule for the festival:SATURDAY 11:00 – 11:30 am: The Young School of Irish Dance with class locations in Canandaigua, Greece, Webster, and Honeoye Falls. This exceptional group of dancers perform throughout the region and have won many awards at the regional as well as national levels. They have performed for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and in the International Marine Tattoo. www.youngschoolirishdance.com12:00pm – 1:30pm: Third Degree hot rock “n” blues band is one of Rochester’s premier blues/rock bands. They cover a wide range of roots music, blues, classic rock, rockabilly. Members are Mark Francis, Jim Mitchell, Como Contrino & Dennis Fralich. www.thirddegreehotrocknblues.com 2:00pm – 4:30pm Automatic James. The members are Jim Burns, John Goodnow, Manny Gaspar, Eric Manzler and Jeffery Loncore. They play a combination of groove/rock/blues both in their own original songs and covers. The covers range from Jack Johnson to The Grateful Dead to Incubus. Jim plays a Roland electric drum set, Manny is on keys and vocals, John keeps the pocket in place on bass, and Eric is on guitar and vocals. www.automaticjames.com SUNDAY 11:30am – 1:00pm: Brian Ayers is a solo artist who reminds one of James Taylor or Paul Simon with a jazzy, bluesy, countryish flavor all his own. He also plays with Blue Jimmy and Barrington Street throughout New York State. He has recently worked as support for the Beach Boys, Travis Tritt, Howie Mandell, WAR, Michael Bolton and Rick Danko and he has two full length releases to date: The Two Feet Between Me and You and Good Old Days with Blue Jimmy. 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Lil’ Anne & Hot Cayenne is a zydeco/roots band with members from the northeast all the way to Louisiana. Members Anne Stork – aka “Li’l Anne,” leading the dance with driving single and triple row accordions and vocals. Doug Chatman, Groovemaster (drummer), analog man in a digital world. Lew Papenfuse, philosopher and multilinguist, speaks fluent Zydeco guitar and vocal interpretation. Paul Crowley, addicted to the 5-string bass (sleeps with it). He also sings and provides the band with GPS. Gary Graeff, provides kickin’ guitar, vocals, and sometimes drums for the band. Gordon Rowland, scrubboard, saxophone. Cool hats. www.lilanneandhotcayenne.comVisit www.waterfrontartfestival.com to get directions and find updated Festival information. For more information about the Festival contact Lynne Crawford, Director, at (585) 737-9757 or by email to [email protected]

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