Carpenter's Pond, Photo Geoffrey Navias

Summertime in Cazenovia is glorious. 
Upstate NY is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Lush, lush green, and the fireflies are still lighting up my back yard at night.  This edition of the newsletter relaxes, lingers and visits arts that are delighting in this year’s summer and the outdoors.  

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Our Community
Painting the Town
Cazenovia Area Painters (CAP)
Painting Mary Padgett, Photos Meg Harris

There is this odd French term… plein air…  which roughly means painting in, and of, the outdoors daylight and air.  It is most identified with the French impressionists who were especially intrigued with trying to capture the ambiguous way light plays on water in nature. What is odd about the term is that there is no word “plein”, no dictionary definition.
Mary Karpinski
And so in this odd time, when people don’t gather, and so many arts events have been put on hold, there has been a growing number of area artists who have been meeting weekly, creating art work, together, plein air, at a distance, outside, to paint and celebrate our glorious summer.

Deb Webster , Sherry Wright

On a recent Monday it was a joyous group, of about 25, traipsing around Pratts Falls, setting up their easels, and basking themselves and their paints in the summer light. 

 Meg Harris
Meg Harris started the group earlier this year and its membership has quickly blossomed to 48 and counting. 

Barb Emerson, Julie Gratien
The Monday morning painting sessions have also started to pull in outliers, a few painters from as far away as Old Forge.
Doug Davis, Pratt's Falls

There is a range of mediums, ages, and experience, mixing the area’s professional artists with some who are newer, especially to painting outdoors. 

Mike Kniffin

The group clearly observes social distancing and wearing masks, and at the same time there is a real sense of having fun, community and mutual respect. 

Barb Emerson, Chittenango Falls

And on this Monday no one left without a zucchini from Mary Padgett’s garden. 
Sally Stomron, Brewster Inn
This winter Cazenovia Area Painters will have an exhibition at Common Ground, it will be a great time to get some original art work of local scenes, by local artists and brighten up your holidays.

Contact CAP through Facebook
Photo Geoffrey Navias
Cazenovia Garden Club
Summertime in Cazenovia:  rows of bright flowers in window boxes line the store fronts and hanging pink and purple flower baskets dangling from lamp posts greet us along Albany Street.

Photo Anne Saltman

One of the unsung arts in Cazenovia is embodied by the Cazenovia Garden Club.  The Club was founded in 1949.  I had a chance to catch up and chat with the club’s president, Anne King. 

Photo Anne Saltman
As Anne started to list the many projects which the Garden Club does annually, I had a difficult time keeping up…beautiful landscaping and flowers all around the village from Carpenters Barn to Lakeland Park, Village welcome signs, Gothic Cottage, the Public Library, Post Office, Lorenzo Historic Site, the Village fountain, the baseball field, and flowers for the volunteers at CAVAC.  The Cazenovia Garden Club, with great watering help from the Village, brings a sense of life, beauty, and care to the visual picture that we live in. 

Glenda Pugh, Joan Light , Anne King , Diane Burrell 

And though we may not consciously notice it, especially during this time where much has been locked down, the Garden Club helps us celebrate the passage of time. From the early spring flowers to the hanging of the holiday greens, we mark time together, reminded of the rituals and seasons which help bring our community together. 

 Sally Tully, Linda Smith, Mimi Weber

And so I would like to hold up and celebrate the arts which the Cazenovia Garden Club, with its 69 members, embodies for our village.  The art of horticulture, the art of beatifying the village with living color, the art of serving and contributing to a community for these many years, and the art of the friendships which keep a club worthwhile and possible.
New members are welcome. For membership information email Glenda Pugh or click here for their web site.
Stone Quarry is an “ever-changing partnership
between the artist and environment.”

Dorothy Riester

Sculpture Roger Mack,  Photo Geoffrey Navias

With the sense of space that comes with long summer days, and the required space that our current pandemic demands, the Art Park is taking the time to ask questions, examine its operations, and have conversations. What does it mean to be ever-changing? What does it mean to be open—not just as a site or a business—but open in how (and who) we support as artists, how we welcome visitors, and how we steward the land?

We are finding answers to these questions in the possibilities that artists imagined. In the space created by canceling programs and events, artists proposed art interventions designed to be enjoyed without gathering.

Fox Whitney, a Seattle-based performance artist and dancer, is engaging our landscape and our visitors from afar. In Impossible Shades of Green, Whitney creates a series of meditations made from photographs of the Art Park. The meditations, shared on our social media platforms, asks us to embody the landscape by activating our mind’s eye—whether or not we are physically in the park, the work invites us to experience the grounds with our senses.

Using the space created by canceling tours of the Hilltop House, the home became an outdoor display case. In collaboration with Melissa Darroch, an intern from the Syracuse University Museum Studies program, Hilltop House Director Sarah Tietje-Mietz created a different type of program. The exhibition, Collecting Comfort, invites visitors to view items from the Riester collection through a window of the house.

Sculpture Michael Kalish, Photo Geoffrey Navias

In the space created by an extended season of hibernation, Landscape Manager Eric Jerabek and Site Supervisor Bill Marris continued to care for the Art Park’s landscape. Their work includes the planting and management of 220 Trees. This installation, first imagined by the United Climate Action Network (U-CAN) and designed by SUNY ESF landscape architecture students, was scheduled to happen as a big community event in April. Instead this project became a community symphony, orchestrated from afar over several months with help from Project Café, U-CAN, and the family members of volunteers and staff.

Photo Geoffrey Navias

For Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, this summer reaffirms the importance of art and art thinking. Artists have a unique ability to work with what is and to imagine what could be.

When the Art Park canceled previously scheduled programs and gatherings earlier this year, Artistic Director Sayward Schoonmaker turned to artists for possibilities. This approach, what may have initially been intended as a response to COVID-19, is now shifting the organization’s perspective—weaving art thinking through every facet of our work.

 Photo  Sayward Schoonmaker.
Two young visitors interacting with the Whole Earth Cabinet,
an artwork by the Dora P. Manny Collective, part of the Art Park’s Personal Programs.

What all these interventions demonstrate is art in collaboration with landscape. They are examples of that “ever-changing partnership between artist and environment” that Dorothy Riester so eloquently described.

When you visit the Art Park, whether wandering our grounds, viewing our social media posts, or peeking in the windows of the Hilltop House,  it is our hope that you find an invitation to participate—even while we take this pause on being physically together.
Emilly Zaengle is the CEO of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and museum studies.  The Art Park is 104 acres, over 100 outdoor sculptures and 4 miles of hiking trails.

A Great Big Summer Smile
Look.  Hidden, behind the mask, there, see it?  It’s a great big summer smile on Betsy’s face! And even on the penguin's. We are so pleased, our wonderful library staff, to welcome you back.  We had to close on March 20th, and with much research and discussion on how to create a safe environment for you, the library opened on July 15th.
Look. Notice the chairs, toys and some computers have been removed to enable social distancing. Of course, we are doing enhanced cleaning, one-way aisles, open windows, quarantining returned items and Plexiglas screens to provide additional protection.
Don’t look. The gallery, museum and front area cannot be opened yet. The programs, story times, art exhibitions and meeting space will return when we can all do it safely.
Look for all the new books and DVDs, popular films, and books on cassette; we have great “beach reads” and contemporary issues including Black Lives Matter and Climate Change; staycation activities including crafts, nature, projects around the house; children’s books. And please don’t overlook “Grandma Sally Bags” that have 10 preselected books with activities.
Library hours:
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.
For your convenience, we are happy to sign out your requested item and place it on a table near the rear parking lot for pick up, if it’s better for you not to enter the building.
Looking forward to seeing you and your masked smile.  
Your Public Library

Resources for Artists
New York State Council for the Arts
has many great tools and links including a useful resource page which can help you get your work into the digital world, including teaching, exhibiting, running a digital business, selling artwork on line, etc:
Springboard for the Arts
Chock full of resources to help artists thrive and connect:
CazArts Newsletter:
Editor: Geoffrey Navias
Copy editor: Kristi Andersen
Production, lay-out, distribution: Shawn McGuire
Interviews & articles this month: Betsy Kennedy~ Geoffrey Navias ~ Emily Zaengle
Photos by Meg Harris ~ Geoffrey Navias ~ Anne Saltman
All inquiries, feedback, ideas for future articles: 
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