Keuka Arts Festival returns: Lineup includes 70 artists, musicians, food and drink vendors

Arts Center of Yates County

Organizers of the 2022 Keuka Arts Festival are excited about the energy surrounding this year’s event.

“We had to cancel the 2020 Festival,” says festival committee co-chair Karen Morris,  “and the 2021 Festival was postponed until September. Between the pandemic and change of dates, last year was really more of a ‘stop gap.’” 

Morris said the pandemic years were particularly hard on artists who depend upon the summer “festival circuit” for a large portion of their yearly income.

“We’ve seen a number of artists who simply stopped creating because they were overwhelmed by the pandemic,” she says. “Many older artists decided the last two years were the time to retire from active involvement and younger artists didn’t have the opportunity to get a running start in their businesses because so many festivals were still on hiatus.”

This year’s musicians at the Keuka Arts Festival includes Three Stone Fire.

This year’s Keuka Arts Festival, scheduled for June 11 and 12 along the scenic Outlet Trail in the village of Penn Yan, promises to be much more dynamic.

“So far we have more than 70 artists and vendors from around the region participating,” says committee co-chair Cindy Kowalski. “Almost half the vendors are new to our event. The mix of artists includes painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors and woodworkers as well as handcrafted metal, fiber and glasswork.”

Returning favorites include “best booth winners” IDEA Collective and Short Line Spikes; jewelers Janis Long, Gerina Faison, and Elizabeth Lassing; painters Fred Lawrenson, Eli Thomas and Nancy Curran; photographers Michael Weishan and Holly Lawrenson; potters Kim Cutler and Katie Brockman; as well as Bayside Wood Products, Slate Accents and Jeanne’s Garden. 

Local wineries and distilleries will be offering tastings at the Keuka Arts Festival, including Weis Vineyards.

Look for new artists from Pennsylvania (Fine Line Leather Designs, Custom Creations and MarkArt 200), the greater Rochester area (Lulu & Juju, Pluck and Kalli by DeZign) and Corning/Ithaca (Water of Whimsy, Gbird Knots and Sheri’s Art) as well as the debut of several Yates County artists (Colorful Chaos Studio baskets, Spellcraft Woodworks and the Studio @ 126 Main).

Musical performances are also a greatly anticipated part of the Keuka Arts Festival. 

This year’s musicians include Three Stone Fire (Celtic), Feedback (Classic Rock and Motown), Emily Angell (Pop), Artistic License, Steve Grills and the Roadmasters (Blues), the Mount Vernon Men’s Chorus (Gospel), John Bolger (Blues, Swing, Rock) and Anthony Santiago (Latin). The bands will be performing on two stages throughout both days of the festival.

Of course, no festival would be complete without food. The Keuka Arts Festival is excited to welcome back Thelma’s Mobile Kitchen along with Greene’s Smokin’ Barbecue, the 315 Food Truck and more. 

Kettle corn will be among the treats available at the Keuka Arts Festival.

Local wineries and distilleries will be offering tastings at stations scattered around the festival — look for Weis Vineyards, Point of the Bluff Vineyard and Ravine’s Wine Cellar along with Krooked Tusker and Antler Run distilleries — and sweet snacks and gourmet foodstuffs abound (Seneca Farms ice cream, KP Kettle Corn, The Sprinkle Starship, Indian Pines, Shepard Maple and Honey, Nectar of the Vine to name a few).

“This is a huge undertaking,” says Kowalski, “and our volunteers make it all work.”  Anyone interesting in volunteering during the Festival can contact the Arts Center of Yates County at 315-536-8226 to sign up for a shift.

Sponsors for the 2022 Keuka Arts Festival include the Yates Endowment at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Community Bank, Ferro Corporation, 1897 Beekman House, Knapp and Schlappi. 

For more information, visit the Keuka Arts Festival website at keukaartsfestival.com. Admission and parking at the Arts Festival are free.