Become a member



 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


Membership levels:

  • 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


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:

  • Docent Program

  • Office / Clerical

  • Gallery Gift Shop       

  • Sunny Point Events

  • Hospitality / Receptions

  • Workshops

  • Shows & Exhibitions

  • Attic Art

  • Membership

  • Scholarships

  • Community Outreach

  • Grant Writing

  • Fundraising Events

  • Distribute Promo Materials

Karen Payne

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The Norma Pealer Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the exceptional dedication of a volunteer who has provided outstanding support for the Arts Center. The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Karen Payne as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.

A Dresden native, Karen taught grade school in Penn Yan, while raising three children with her husband Dave. Always an active community member, after retirement she contributed to a number of clubs and organizations. In 2013 Karen joined the Arts Center’s Board of Directors and soon took up the daunting task of organizing the volunteers who keep the Arts Center open by serving daily at the docent’s desk, providing food for exhibit openings and supporting a variety of events and fundraising activities.  

Her kind and gentle manner attracted still more volunteers and Karen implemented new training materials and procedures for those new volunteers as well as organizing volunteer appreciation events. 

After six years on the Board, Karen looks forward to having more time to attend activities and events with her grand-children but she remains one of the Arts Center’s most willing and active volunteers.

Karen is always ready to lend a hand and always has a cheerful smile and enthusiastic greeting for visitors, especially those grown “children” who were in her classes at school, and the many local patrons whose children she taught. The Arts Center Board is grateful for all that Karen has done and continues to do to support our organization!





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:


Bob Bondi
8266 County Route 74, P.O. Box 194
Prattsburgh, New York 14873

Eileen Farnan
2690 Gray Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Century 21

Mark Malcolm

219 Lake Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Thomas May
151 Main Street
Penn Yan, New York 14527

Furman Kendall
23 Main Street, P.O. Box 237
Dundee, NY 14837-0237

Éire by Bev Faulkner

Penn Yan, NY 14527

Joyce Hunt
4021 Italy Hill Rd.
Branchport, NY 14418

Leslie's Art Studio

Leslie Troisi
3450 Esperanza Road
Keuka Park, NY 14475

Marble's Automotive

Paul Marble
1698 Rt 14A
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Opera House Antiques

Willie Bilancio

122 East Steuben Street

Bath, NY 14810

489 NY-54

Penn Yan, NY 14527

Sommerville Pottery

Monica Sommerville
8727 Thornapple Hill Ext.
Prattsburgh, NY 14873

Stork Insurance

Steven Stork
136 Main St. PO Box 443
Penn Yan, NY 14527

The Switzerland Inn

14109 Keuka Village Road
Hammondsport, New York 14840

New York 

Wagener Estate B&B

351 Elm Street

Penn Yan, NY 14527

100 Main Street
Penn Yan, New York 14527

Basin Park Marina

5194 West Bluff Drive
Keuka Park, New York 14478

1 Keuka Business Park

Penn Yan, NY 14527

1912 Bellona Station Road
Bellona, New York 14415

Edward Jones

William Henry
200 Liberty Street Suite B
Penn Yan, NY 14527

229 Lake Street

Penn Yan, NY 14527

273 Lake Street

Penn Yan, NY 14527

115 Main Street

Penn Yan, NY 14527

Morgan's Grocery

100 Hamilton Street, P.O. Box 633
Penn Yan, New York 14527

Brian Cunningham
100 Horizon Park Drive
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Seneca Farms

P.O. Box 212 2485 Rte. 54A
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Ginny Turner
1915 West Lake Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527

The Esperanza View

3450 Esperanza Road

Keuka Park, NY 14478

Thomas Scott Woodwork

New York

Sandy Spencer
132 Water Street
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 . (click the "Donate Now" button)

You may further support the Arts Center through other contributions:

  • Gifts to honor a birthday or other special event

  • Memorial gifts

  • Donations for capital improvements

  • Instructional workshop scholarships

  • Program sponsorship

  • Planned gifts

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.