Where Art Meets the Lake

Geneva Debuts Five-Week Summer Arts Festival

Highlighting the rich array of cultural offerings in Geneva, New York, the Geneva Summer Arts Festival 2003 will kick off a full schedule of theatre, music, art exhibits and more, from July 16 through August 17, 2003, in the downtown and lake arts district in Geneva.

“Our aim is to fill the downtown and lake arts district with so many wonderful events that you simply cannot do it all in one day. From classical to jazz to rock, children’s theatre to riveting drama, we will provide the art to make your summer,” said Mark Wenderlich, executive director of the Geneva Arts Development Council, the group organizing the festival. “Whether it is striking sculpture, the stirring word of a poet or the strains of music that get you excited, we are looking to provide a great time for you in Geneva this summer.”

Events will take place at multiple locations within the city, with many days having two or more simultaneous offerings. Because Geneva’s downtown is in a compact grid layout adjacent to Seneca Lake, almost all locations are in walking distance of each other and numerous restaurants and shops. Music and theatre performances will take place at the lakefront, at Trinity Episcopal Church, the Cellar Pub on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus and the historic Smith Opera House. Visual arts exhibits will be held in street-level and upper level gallery spaces, created just for the festival in order to highlight future plans to develop studio and loft spaces for artists.

“Planning for the festival has confirmed our vision that there are numerous groups already doing great things in the arts, and an audience eager to learn more about them. We believe that cultural events such as the summer festival will contribute to the enrichment of the community and revitalization of downtown,” said Murray Heaton, president of Geneva Arts Development Council.

A detailed calendar of events is online at www.genevarts.com. Through the website calendar other organizations can add listings for their own events. A detailed area and venue map is also available. By telephone, information and tickets for most events are available through the Smith Opera House at 315-781-LIVE or 1-866-355-LIVE.


by Margie Whiteleather