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Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Main Street Arts is a nonprofit arts organization and art gallery specializing in showcasing contemporary art and fine craft from emerging and established Upstate New York artists. Located in the historic, picturesque village of Clifton Springs, NY, the 3,600-square-foot space has two floors offering art exhibitions, an artist residency program, workshops, literary arts programming, and youth programs.

Our exhibition calendar is set by executive director Bradley Butler and includes thematic invitationals, national juried competitions, and solo exhibitions. In addition to the rotating exhibitions, we also have a gallery shop featuring jewelry, ceramics, prints, and more by a variety of local and regional artists.

Workshops, demonstrations, documentary film screenings, and other events are offered on a monthly basis. Check our upcoming event calendar and social media for details.

In addition to visual arts, Main Street Arts also focuses on literary arts and literacy through our bookstore, Sulfur Books. You’ll find new and used books for all ages—adults, young adults, middle readers, and children.

Mission
The mission of Main Street Arts is to promote the work of regional, national and international artists, encourage the creation of art and foster art education; to increase community outreach and relationship building as related to the arts; to offer artistic workshops; and to develop community awareness regarding the arts.

Bradley Butler

Executive Director and Gallery Curator

Bradley Butler is an artist who makes atmospheric, abstract paintings. He has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a native of the Finger Lakes region. Bradley has been with Main Street Arts before the renovations to the building were completed. He selects, curates, and hangs all of the exhibitions at Main Street Arts and is working to continually expand our program offerings.

Sarah Butler

Assistant Director

Sarah Butler is a graphic designer with a BFA in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MPS in the business of art and design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Sarah runs the business-side of things at Main Street Arts and does all of the graphic design work for the organization. She also manages our bookstore, Sulfur Books.

Maria Galens

Gallery Assistant and Instructor

Maria Galens is a painter working with storytelling and narrative themes and holds an M.S. Ed. in Art Education form Nazareth College and a BFA from Pratt Institute. Maria has been with Main Street Arts from the beginning and she is the person behind the beautiful displays in our gallery shop. Maria is also an instructor at the gallery teaching kids in our Art Saturdays Series and veterans in our partnership with the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua.

Board of Directors

Charlotte Cooper
Joshua E. Gewolb
Robert Woodhouse, treasurer and secretary
Anne Mancilla, vice president
Leopoldo Mancilla, president

Gallery founder Marjorie Morris thought a building up for sale in Clifton Springs would make a perfect art gallery, and converted it into Main Street Arts. Pictured prior to the opening of Main Street Arts in 2013, is Rob Morris with Bradley Butler, executive director; Maria Galens, gallery assistant; founder Marjorie Morris; and Anne Mancilla, current board member.

History

In the early 2010s, Main Street Arts founder Marjorie Morris thought a building that was up for sale on Main Street in Clifton Springs would make a perfect art gallery. She decided to purchase the building and converted it into Main Street Arts.

Main Street Arts opened its doors—initially as a commercial gallery—on June 19, 2013.

Over the next four and half years, the vision of the organization became larger and one that was more in line with that of a not for profit entity. The artist residency was added to the gallery’s programming in the spring 2016.

In 2018, Main Street Arts officially became a nonprofit arts organization and continued to expand programming. The After School Art Experience was added to the organization’s programming in the fall of 2018.

In 2019, Anne Mancilla—vice president of the board of directors—gifted the contents of her bookstore, Explore The Bookstore to Main Street Arts. On November 30, 2019 the newly renovated bookstore reopened as Sulfur Books (located at 18 East Main Street).

The first exhibition at Main Street Arts, Locality, opened in June 2013.
David Fludd, artist in residence in May 2019, working in one of the studio spaces on the second floor.
The After School Art Experience give kids a chance to make art inspired by current exhibitions at Main Street Arts.

The Paint on this Canvas is Still Drying!

Please note that our website is under construction and we are working hard on this masterpiece to get it to its finished state. Links may be broken and pages may not be complete. If you have any questions about current or upcoming exhibitions, please email contact@mainstreetartscs.org.

We are in the process of updating the Main Street Arts website to make it accessible to all 
due in part to a grant funded by the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection’s Visitor Experience Fund.

Main Street Arts is open by appointment only
Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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