Grand Opening

WHEN: Saturday, June 30 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Keuka Creations, 110 Main St, Penn Yan

DETAILS: Wine & Cheese reception with a door prize of a photographic print of Keuka Lake.

Artists are being well represented on Main Street in Penn Yan. Not only does the Yates County Arts Center now have a new home there in the former Baldwin’s Bank, but a new commercial gallery has also opened across the street, adding to the new vibrancy and diversity of the downtown business district.

Keuka Creations at 110 Main St. is a new venture featuring the works of Finger Lakes artists, and owned by business partners Kevin Bailey and Steve Griffin who see themselves as complimenting rather than competing with the efforts of the arts center.

Both will benefit from the added exposure and the public drawn to downtown Penn Yan.

Bailey and Griffin, who own the building, wanted a retail business as a tenant and initially approached Artizann’s in Naples about opening a branch store here. While that didn’t work out, the idea of a commercial art gallery did still have appeal, and they decided to break into the venture themselves. Seeing the demand evidenced at the Windmill, they are featuring the works of many artists in one space that is open all week and all year.

Inspired by the Gaffer District in Corning and downtown Skaneateles, the partners hope that more art offerings will bring more art customers. “We want to be a conduit for the artists to get their work to the public,” says Bailey. And there is a broad scope of work, from paintings and photography to sculpture, pottery, and furniture with a range of prices from $25 to $1,000.