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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has ’active and successful’ 2013

Susanna and David Harper receive Reister Award at board of directors’ annual meeting

Longtime art park volunteers Susanna and David Harper were awarded the Dorothy Reister Award for outstanding contribution to the park at the SQHAP's annual meeting last week.

Longtime art park volunteers Susanna and David Harper were awarded the Dorothy Reister Award for outstanding contribution to the park at the SQHAP's annual meeting last week. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Cazenovia’s Stone Quarry Hill Art Park had an excellent year in 2013 with more than 15,000 visitors, a new permanent sculpture by an internationally acclaimed artist and the recommendation to be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 27.

“It’s been a very active and successful year,” said board President John Hunt. “It’s mind boggling what we’ve been able to accomplish with a very small staff.”

About 20 people attended the board’s annual meeting, during which board officers gave a review of the park’s activities in 2013, its plans for 2014 and a summary of its overall finances.

The art park, located two miles east of Cazenovia off Route 20, at 3883 Stone Quarry Road, is 104 acres of open space dotted with sculptures as well as an indoor art studio and the historic Hilltop House. The park offers public programs, opportunities for new artists and a signature collection of artwork and sculpture for public viewing.

Financially in 2013, SQHAP Treasurer Patty Radell said the park is still running with more expenses than revenue — as it did in 2012 — but, “this isn’t unique [to SQHAP], unfortunately.” She and Hunt said that basically every art-related non-profit in the state has been operating at a financial loss.

About 33 percent of the art park’s $117,000 in revenue is driven by donations, which is a positive number in the current economy, Radell said. She said the park currently has just under 400 members.

Hunt said that 2013 was a bevy of activity in the park, the two highlights being the new sculpture and the state and national historic recognition. The sculpture, “Belle Époque,” by famed contemporary artist Michael Kalish, was an homage to Champagne house Perrier-Jouët’s iconic bottle. It was unveiled last summer. The recognition was that “Hilltop,” the Dorothy Riester house and art studio in the art park, will be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, at the urging of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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