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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park membership nearly doubled in 2012

Board of directors holds annual meeting, discusses plans for 2013

— The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia had a banner year in membership, visitation and exhibits in 2012 and expects to continue the momentum into 2013, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 26.

Members of the board, as well as the park director, gave individual presentations on the state of the park in 2012 and the plans for 2013, and the board also released its 2012 annual report.

“Our membership is at an all-time high — over 400 members,” SQHAP President John Hunt said to loud applause at the opening of the annual meeting.

Park events also drew more than 15,000 people in 2012, said SQHAP Director Sarah Webster. “It was a great year and we’re looking forward to an even better year this year,” she said.

The Stone Quarry Hill 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.

In a review of the “significant highlights” of 2012, Webster said membership increased from 223 to 408 — nearly 50 percent — during 2012, including 85 new members and numerous returning members who have been absent from the rolls since 2005.

“Our goal this year is to maintain that number, but there may also be opportunities to do better,” she said.

Webster celebrated the park’s ranking by National Geographic as No. 2 of the top 10 sculpture parks and trails in the U.S.; said the 2012 exhibit of oil and watercolor landscapes by George Van Hook attracted 1,100 visitors; and reported that the park selected four artists-in-residence with two alternates last year, from which two new sculptures were added to the park grounds.

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