August is the height of the summer season here in the spectacular Finger Lakes. It’s a time to revel in the scenery, the lakes’ fun and exciting activities, the wineries, and to appreciate all this region has to offer.

One of the best destinations in this area is the Arts Center of Yates County on Main Street in Penn Yan. The Center’s “Art in the Finger Lakes” show, opening Aug. 2, has become an annual event. Residents, visitors, and artists who have enjoyed this show over the years know that they can see work by artists who have gained local and national recognition. Those who are not familiar with this yearly art exhibit can expect to also enjoy the work of artists who have made this spectacular region their subject matter.

Dick Kane

One of this year’s featured artists is painter Dick Kane, a Rochester native, graduate of RIT, and the Arts Center’s 2019 Artist of the Year. While at RIT he studied under a number of esteemed instructors including Ralph Avery, Jackie O’Connell, and Stan Witmeyer. He, in turn, has passed on those lessons to many budding artists through his own numerous teaching positions. Dick paints in an impressionistic manner and is comfortable using oils, acrylic or watercolor as his medium. Over the course of his career, Dick has established a reputation for his rendition of local sights, both of Rochester and the Finger Lakes. 

As he puts it, “My particular passion is my personal response to nature as well as human activity, with color, shapes and mood being my principal motivators.  I must be moved by the subject and still need to learn.” His passion for painting is borne out by the recognition he has enjoyed over his career, most notably a 77 foot mural painted for the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Pittsford, and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters.

Eileen Correll

The second featured artist is watercolorist Eileen Correll, who moved to the region upon retirement after a 35-year career as an art teacher.  She and her husband, Phil, live on a farm in Pennsylvania when not enjoying their 1835 cobblestone home overlooking Seneca Lake. 

After receiving her degree in Art Education, Eileen focused her talents on watercolor painting and began concentrating on Plein Air painting in 2006. Many of her Plein Air works will be on view during this exhibit. In the summer of 2017 Eileen was accepted to participate in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Event held in Canandaigua. Eileen is active in the arts locally and is currently co-chair of the Penn Yan Art Guild.

In addition to Dick and Eileen’s work, the show will also include work from many of the Arts Center’s regular local and regional exhibitors. The community has a wealth of talent both “born and raised” here, as well as those who have chosen to make the beautiful and enchanting Finger Lakes their home. Stop by and see that talent on display during the Art of the Finger Lakes exhibit. 

The exhibit opens at the Arts Center of Yates County Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting from Lakewood Vineyards will be offered and many of the artists will be on hand. Admission is free.