Stone Quarry Hill Art Park celebrates 20 years

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recently announced three exciting events to honor its founder, Dorothy Riester, for her lifetime of achievements and contributions to Central New York's art world.

Ms. Riester, 94, an internationally-recognized sculptor, and her late husband Robert, a Carrier Corporation executive, donated to the Central New York community, 104 acres of land that today is the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The artist and her husband celebrated the beauty of their hilltop landscape with concerts and art "happenings," creating a legacy now shared by the public.

Festivities begin with "The Dorothy Riester Retrospective Exhibition." As part of this exhibition, a sculpture lecture will be given by artist and sculptor, Daniel Buckingham, at the Hilltop House Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday May 1. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The opening reception for the Riester retrospective exhibition will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Art Park's John and Virginia Winner Memorial Gallery; it is free and open to the public. The gallery will be open May 1-27, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Dorothy Riester works boldly in many mediums and is recognized as a pioneer among women artists. The long-time Cazenovia resident once spent months perched on a ladder using industrial welding equipment to construct a dramatic image of Abraham Lincoln 9 feet tall. She also has a whimsical side, creating ceramic pots in unusual shapes which she fills with sprigs of dried weeds and joyfully presents to friends.

Dorothy's ceramics, as well as her wood and metal sculptures, have been showcased at many prominent venues. She also has been commissioned for a variety of public and private works throughout New York State and beyond. All the while, she is still creating sculptures in her studio at the Art Park.

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