The Penfield Art Association began because Lillian Duell, Maryanne Lehman and Walter Grover loved to paint and create works of art but had no place to display them. They hung the first art exhibition in a Panarama Plaza courtyard laundromat. There they enjoyed the locust trees and flowers while they sat shifts to protect their works of art. In 1963, the Penfield Art Association was officially formed.

We meet on the third Tuesday of September, October, November, January, March, April, and May. The meetings have a brief business segment dealing with shows and art related matters, followed by a demonstration or presentation by a regional artist in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, or print-making techniques.

The Penfield Art Association (PAA) has three annual shows: One in October at the Legacy at Willow Pond Way of Penfield, one juried show in February at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Pittsford, and the Spring Show and Sale at the Penfield Community Center in June. Additionally, the group has rotating exhibits of members' artwork in various public and business establishments.