Become a member
JOINING IS THE EASIEST WAY TO SUPPORT THE ARTS CENTER OF YATES COUNTY
THE ARTS CENTER MEMBERSHIP
As a member you will enjoy a host of benefits and in return we receive vital support for this valuable community organization.
Benefits of Membership:
Bimonthly newsletter, Perspectives*
Discounts on gallery merchandise, workshop, class and event fees
Opening Reception announcements
Priority notification of special events
Business Members receive free advertising space in Perspectives
You're helping the arts grow and flourish in Yates County and the surrounding area
Student (up to 22) – $15
Senior (65+) – $30 to $39
Individual/Family – $40 to $59
Associate – $60 to $149
Contributor – $150 to $299
Patron – $300 to $499
Benefactor – $500 and above
Exhibiting Artist – $60and above
Business Member – $100 and above
*Please add $10 to receive Perspectives in the mail
VOLUNTEER AT THE ARTS CENTER
The Arts Center welcomes volunteers! Long-term, short-term, on-call, or regularly scheduled, your participation as a volunteer is truly appreciated by the members, staff and Board of Directors. This is an enjoyable, rewarding opportunity to promote the importance of the arts within our community. Our success depends on you!
There are many volunteer opportunities:
Office / Clerical
Gallery Gift Shop
Sunny Point Events
Hospitality / Receptions
Shows & Exhibitions
Distribute Promo Materials
The Norma Pealer Volunteer of the Year
OF THE YEAR
Every summer, The Arts Center's Sunny Point campus is alive with artistic endeavor – classes in a variety of media in the big red barn studio, open sessions in the pottery shop, workshops with artists from around the country.
None of those explain Gale Galusha’s deep connection with the place. Asked if she is an artist, Gale laughs. “I can’t draw two lines,” she says.
What keeps her connected is the friendships she has forged with the members of the Sunny Point Committee. “I love every one of them. They’re fantastic. ”
The hours she’s put in tending to the property are the reason Gale is the 2023 recipient of the Norma Peeler Volunteer Award, named in honor of a longtime Arts Center supporter and given “in recognition of the exceptional dedication of a volunteer who has provided outstanding support for the Arts Center.”
“She is just invaluable,” says Arts Center Executive Director Kris Pearson. “All of these great things have happened at Sunny Point because of Gale.”
Her involvement began soon after she and her husband, Dick, moved to a year round home on Keuka Lake a few miles north of Sunny Point. The two grew up in Corning and Gale worked as a nurse at Big Flats Elementary School for 18 years, beginning when the oldest of her three daughters started college.
A decade ago, with many friends were moving “to the lake,” she says, they bought a cottage on the west side, in addition to a place in Florida and a house in Big Flats. When her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease it became obvious that three houses were too much, so they consolidated in a year-round home on Keuka’s east side.
Arts Center artist and volunteer Caryl Flickinger got Gale involved in Sunny Point. In the early days, the cottage was, well, shabby. “I wouldn’t want to stay there,” she says. Gale set about sprucing it up, cleaning, painting bedrooms, purchasing bed linens, obtaining a better refrigerator and helping to open in the spring and button up in the fall – tackling pretty much whatever needs doing. She even makes sure there is fresh soap when guests arrive.
Last year, she obtained a donation of kitchen cabinets – used but in excellent condition – for the red barn studio. The cabinets, a new sink and countertop – installed with the help of pottery studio supervisor Tim Williams – vastly improve the function of the space. Gale was also instrumental in organizing a highly successful pig roast fundraiser. The Volunteer of the Year is a bit embarrassed by the unexpected recognition. “I just love it down there,” says Gale. “I don’t know what there is about it."
We're thankful for all the support provided by the local businesses.
This support allows us to provide much needed arts information, classes and venues for a robust art experience right here in our community. As a long-time member of the downtown Penn Yan business community, the Arts Center of Yates County takes pride in providing a venue for local, national and international artists for over 35 years. The Arts Center continues the tradition of local involvement with individuals, governments and businesses.
If you own a business, please consider supporting us at the business level. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please contact us to become a business member. Below are our current Business Members:
JL Sisson Construction
2872 West Lake Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Thank you for your on-going support of the Arts Center of Yates County.
Supporting the Arts Center of Yates County
As a nonprofit organization, our ability to offer opportunities for active participation in the arts to area residents, artists, and visitors is highly dependent upon the ongoing involvement of our many friends. We're deeply grateful to members and other donors who so generously support the Arts Center, and to our amazing volunteers.
In addition, many members make other special contributions to the Center. Contributions support operations at the Main Street Arts Center and Flick Gallery and at the Keuka Lake Sunny Point location, programs such as creative workshops for all levels and interests, and other special events like poetry readings, children's activities, and more! We invite you to play a vital role in our ongoing mission to provide quality affordable programs to our community and its visitors by becoming a member of the Arts Center.
If you wish to make a gift to the Arts Center, or include it in your estate planning, you may donate directly to the Arts Center of Yates County or via NYCharities.org . (click the "Donate Now" button)
You may further support the Arts Center through other contributions:
Gifts to honor a birthday or other special event
Donations for capital improvements
Instructional workshop scholarships
Create a Legacy through Planned Giving
Consider providing for an investment in the future of the Arts Center of Yates County while meeting your current personal, family, and financial needs. Through planned giving, you can provide meaningful remembrance of a loved one who appreciated the arts, and perhaps enjoy specific tax advantages, often allowing you to make larger gifts than you thought possible.
The following are examples of planned gifts:
1. Contribute to the Arts Center of Yates County through a gift of cash or other items of value: Appreciated stock, paid-up life insurance policies, land, buildings, art, or other property are viable endowment gifts with possible tax advantages.
2. Endow a Memorial Fund: Make a charitable gift to the Arts Center of Yates County in honor of an important person of event in your life with an unrestricted gift or to support a specific project.
3. Include a Bequest in your will: You may specify a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate, or include the Arts Center of Yates County as a contingent beneficiary in your will, retirement life insurance programs.
4. Invest in a Donor Advised Fund: Ask your investment advisor or contact the Arts Center for information on establishing a fund from which you may make investments which grow tax-free as long as the funds are used for charitable contributions. Establish annual contributions and a bequest portion to be given to the Arts Center.
5. List the Arts Center of Yates County as Beneficiary in your Tax-Vulnerable Qualified Plans.
6. Set up a Charitable Lead Trust or Charitable Remainder Trust.
Please note that we encourage you to talk with your tax advisor and legal representative about the above types of giving. We look forward to working together with you and your advisors. The Arts Center of Yates County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.