Cherry Valley Sculpture Trail opens Saturday

Reception will kick off opening
"In Memorium" (2015) by Lorilee Coleman will be among sculptures on the trail.
"In Memorium" (2015) by Lorilee Coleman will be among sculptures on the trail.

This summer, art enthusiasts from all over New York State will have another exhibit to look out for.  
Cherry Valley’s Sculpture Trail is set to open on Saturday, July 1, celebrated by a reception in the garden of The Cherry Valley Museum, located on Main Street, at 6 p.m. 
Cherry Valley, a small, historic village located east of Cooperstown, is home to Cherry Valley Artworks, a nonprofit founded in 2004 to promote the art and culture within Cherry Valley. Cherry Valley Artworks sponsors the Sculpture Trail, which began in 2008 as a venue for local artists, and runs every two years. 
The trail is located on the entirety of Main Street and is designed to encourage people to meander through the village, enjoying the art along the way. A self-guided map is available to help people find and identify the various works, including some from as far away as Iran and Korea. Locations along Main Street include the vest-pocket park adjoining the Cherry Branch Art Gallery, the expansive lawn of The Tryon Inn, and the pond across from the Post Office.
“The variety of art we will have displayed is amazing,” said Jane Sapinsky, executive director of Cherry Valley Artworks. “Sculptures run the gamut of styles — there are site-specific works, pieces inspired by nature, pieces that make a humorous statement, huge steel constructs requiring a crane for installation, and delicate, table-top glass sculptures.” 
Twenty-four works will be on display this year until the trail’s closing in mid-October. Judges will award $1,500 to the winning work. 
“Two of my favorite pieces this year include an incredibly delicate and labor-intensive set of small, sculpted figures, 40 in all, covered in fine thread, each in a different and beautiful pattern; and an installation of small stained glass pieces to be discovered in random places as the visitor walks the trail,” said Sapinsky. 
This year’s Sculpture Trail includes a new twist, called “Sculpture in the ‘Hood,” where local residents have been invited to place sculptures of their own creations out on their lawns. 
In addition to the Sculpture Trail, Cherry Valley Artworks hosts a dozen musical events each summer ranging from chamber music to rhythm and blues. For more information on the current season, check out Cherry Valley Artwork’s website at

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