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Caz Art Park exhibition will feature raffle, treasure hunt

For the first time, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park unveils the work of 42 internationally, nationally and regionally renowned artists in an exhibition that allows the public to take the art home in contests of luck and skill. Finding Art in Nature: An Exhibition, Treasure Hunt, Raffle and Sale opens with a free-admission wine and cheese reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday April 11 at the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery at the Art Park.

The sculptures, paintings, ceramics and drawings will be on exhibit through Saturday May 22, when the event will culminates in an admission-by-ticket-only grand finale celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Art Park. Special to the festivities will be a Treasure Hunt in which guests will search for medallions representing artwork valued between $2,500 and $15,000. Plus, every admission-ticket holder will be included in a drawing to win a $14,000 Jerome Witkin artwork. Raffle tickets can be assigned to eligible artworks (valued between $1,000 to $1,800) as soon as the exhibit opens on April 11. Raffle winners will be announced at 5 p.m. on May 22. The art will also be available for purchase until April 30.

Finding Art in Nature features the artwork of: Karen Bakke, Stan Brodsky, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Novado Cappuccilli, Jane Carroll, Bob Dacey, Doug Dacey, Marianne Smith Dalton, Wayne Daniels, Barry Darling, Roger DeMuth, Ron DeRutte, Jill Doscher, Peter M. Fiore, John Fitzsimmons, Claire Harootunian, Bradley Hudson, Tom Huff, Margie Hughto, David Kassan, Richard Lee, Denise Leone, Jim Loveless, David MacDonald, Sarah McCoubrey, Jack Nelson, Rod Northcutt, Mary Padgett, Paul Parpard, Jim Ridlon, Dorothy Riester, Roy Simmons, Pam Steele, Ludwig Stein, Gary Trento, Daphn (c) Verley, John vonBergen, Donalee Peden Wesley, Deborah Dougherty Wester, Errol Willett, Jerome Witkin and Charles Wollowitz.

May 22 general admission tickets cost $50 (includes meal ticket) and a chance to win the $14,000 Jerome Witkin Grand Prize. Children under 12 are free, but will need to purchase a children's meal ticket. A general admission ticket qualifies you to purchase a Treasure Hunt ticket for $50 and Raffle tickets for $15 each. All tickets go on sale April 11 and can be purchased at: the Art Park Office & Gallery, Cazenovia; Circa, 76 Albany St., Cazenovia; Dalton's American Decorative Arts, 1931 James St., Syracuse; Freedom Of Espresso, 144 Walton St. & 424 Pearl St. in Syracuse, & 128 W. Genesee St., Fayetteville; Sculpture Space, 12 Gates St., Utica; and The Spring, 200 Brooklea Dr., Fayetteville. The rain date for the May 22 festivities is Sunday, May 23.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is located one mile east of the village of Cazenovia, NY, off of U.S. Route 20. Showcasing both established and emerging U.S. and international artists, the Art Park seeks to promote the preservation of the land and the creation and exhibition of works inspired by the relationship between art and nature. For more information, call the Art Park office at 655-3196, email office@stonequarryhillartpark.org or visit stonequarryhillartpark.org.

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