Here’s one from the “What took me so long?” file.
Just a 20-minute drive from the town I’ve lived in for the past 30 years is the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, N.Y.
Last weekend marked my first visit to this beautiful, whimsical place. I owe it to my girlfriend, who suggested visiting the art park on a pleasant Saturday afternoon.
A steady but comfortable breeze, and just the right amount of late summer sunshine, provided the perfect ambience to enjoy the sculptures that seemingly popped out at random as we walked the grounds.
In the back of my mind during our visit I kept thinking … What other cool places right under my nose am I missing?
I certainly knew of the art park’s existence, and for years have read about its events, exhibits and artists-in-residence. Yet I never once made the short trip to check it out.
There are the usual reasons and excuses — family, job, other interests — but I’ll throw in lack of imagination and effort, certainly.
A return to the art park is a must, but I feel compelled to start a list of other local places and events that I’ve neglected. Another to-do list is the last thing I need, but this one may produce more gems that have been hiding in plain sight.
For the record, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park — founded in 1991 by Bob and Dorothy Riester — has a remarkable philosophy and history. It is devoted not only to art and artists, but to preserving open spaces. The park itself covers 104 acres, and has several miles of walking trails.
The photo below is of a 900-foot-long sculpture that greets visitors as they drive in. A one-minute time-lapse video of the artists installing the flags is here on Vimeo.
It’s a pretty cool video. But the piece of art, like all the others at the park, is much better in person.