Back to normal for the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival
CANANDAIGUA – Morale was high, even in a downpour, as the 32nd annual Canandaigua Art and Music Festival returned to the city’s historic downtown over the weekend.
The three-day event, which ran from Friday to Sunday, saw a record number of visitors and brought together more than 55 expert craftsmen, a range of star musicians and some of the region’s most popular food vendors. .
“The artists did amazing deals, even in the rain,” said Denise Chaapel, event planner and director of the Canandaigua Downtown Business Improvement District. “The serious buyers were out. That’s what’s cool about this festival – it’s for everyone. You can find a necklace or a purse for $ 10 or $ 15 or a work of art for $ 1,500.
Ceramics, pottery, stoneware, photography, paintings, abstract art, clothing for children and adults, hand-woven baskets, handmade leather handbags, tie dye, glassware, lavender products, jewelry, candles , soaps and woodwork are just a few of what visitors have found. Gourmet food and drink was also available throughout the festival.
“We are incredibly proud to be able to host longtime artists, as well as to develop the show with all kinds of new talent,” said Chaapel. “There were a lot of new vendors ‘picked’ this year, and they all seemed to be popular with the crowd. “
A perennial favorite over the past three decades, Pennsylvania-based Amber Forever Amber has been named Best in Show by the festival judges.
“Everyone in this town has been so supportive of our business,” said co-owner Joseph Bound as he dealt with a constant buzz of customers.
“They’ve bought us every year for 30 years,” said Bound’s partner Tom Douthit, nodding to a nearby couple who were making a big order of gifts for the children and grandchildren this Christmas. Like many vendors and artisans, the couple feasted on local fare all weekend, including “dinner at Nolan’s and Nick’s the night before, and Patty’s Place for breakfast.”
“This year has been better than the last,” Douthit said, recalling the isolation brought by COVID-19. “I’d rather be here in the rain than what we did last year.
John Harding of Palmyra-based PlexArt Designs kept his Dremel buzzing as he hand sculpted three-dimensional images from smooth plexiglass.
“Apart from the rain it has been fantastic,” he said of the festival. “The children are having fun, there is a very good variety.
And while he could have done without Saturday’s downpour, he said people were still in a great mood.
“You can tell the community is loving being outside now,” he said. “In fact, everywhere I’ve been, everyone comes out and it’s like everyone is friendlier. They all smile and say hello. It’s a beautiful thing to see the world get back on their feet.”
“Overall it was just amazing to see people coming out, the busy streets, to hear live performances and to introduce artists from the area who hadn’t had the opportunity to show and perform. sell for over a year, ”said Chaapel. “It was great for the businesses, the people in the community and for the artists.”
First place and Best in Show winners
Painting – Soul Pouring
Drawing / Graphics – Lake Ontario Press
Photography – TOTL Photography
Fiber / Leather – Dioum Basket
Mixed media – Fuzzy ink
Gourmet Food – CM Bars, LLC Chocolate Moons
Jewelry – Rachel Weber Designs
Woodworking – Spry Sculptures
Ceramics / Pottery – Studio Bee
Other – Morning Mist Farms Soap
Food – Mary’s Food & Limonade
Best Booth Presentation – Jewelry Ornament
Best in Show – Amber Forever Amber