Remembering Dorothy Riester

Dorothy Riester was an artist. To those that knew her, or simply knew of her, this may seem like an obvious assertion. But it is a point that demands repeating. A sculptor through and through, Dorothy applied her artful touch to everything she did, molding a life and career that were beautiful and inspiring in equal measure. Dorothy was the founder of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, one of the world’s first art-in-nature parks, which sits on the same 100-acre compound she and her late husband called home for many years.

Ever the visionary, Dorothy created a fund at the Community Foundation in 2003 to ensure the long-term preservation and maintenance of the art park’s grounds and physical property. You can click here to read the full story of how her fund will preserve her legacy for future generations.

Several years ago, Dorothy sat down with art park board member Steve Waldron to share her insights on art, life and laughter. You can listen to the StoryCorps recording here.

As we remember Dorothy, we will miss her dearly but we will take her advice and try not to mourn her. Rather, we will draw unending inspiration from the many lessons she taught us about the art of living and giving back.

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