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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park turns 20

There are only a few days left to view "Dorothy Riester Retrospective: A Sculpture Exhibition" at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.

Held in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery, over 40 pieces of Riester's career-spanning works will be on display until 5 p.m. May 27.

"It represents nine decades of art, by a woman who got into sculpture when women didn't get into sculpture," said Executive Director Joseph A. Scala. "At the time, women were mostly painters. Riester was a pioneer, and her work is very good. It touches upon a number of different genres using a number of different materials. It's something to see a lifetime of work from any one person."

Riester, who will turn 95 in November, originally purchased the 25-acre plot of land with her husband, Bob, in 1958. While the couple always welcomed picnickers and hikers to their land, in 1991 they decided to officially open the grounds as an art park. This year, the park celebrates its 20th year of operation as a non-profit organization, having been supported entirely by memberships, donations and grants.

The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park now sits upon 104 acres of protected land and boasts 60 works of art among its five miles of walking trails. The building at the foot of the hill, near the entrance of the park, hosts Riester's personal residence, and the "artist's lodge." Complete with a lounge, communal kitchen and four bedrooms, the lodge is used to accommodate visiting artists as a part of the park's "Artists in Residence Program." Available for two to four weeks at a time, artists from around the world have come to stay and create works to be displayed around the park. In the past 20 years 86 artists from 20 U.S. states and eight foreign countries have visited.

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