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"I went over ideas in my head for weeks," [Mike Haines] said. It was during a conversation with his shop guy, Chris Campbell, when the word "cancer" struck. Campbell's father spent 25 years battling multiple forms of cancer."I felt like I should help," Haines said. "I don't know anyone who has passed but I know that anyone can end up with cancer-my mom, my dad, myself or even my kids." Although Haines said they winged it, last year's event raised $1,000. Naturally, he hopes to raise more money this year.Samantha Dennis, who attended the event last year, was proud to have Haines tattoo a lavender ribbon on her body; that color is the universal ribbon for cancer survivors. "Many relatives on my mom's side of the family have successfully battled cancer," Dennis said. "I wanted a piece that would symbolize what they went through."

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									what’s shakin’
Hunt Quarry at Quarry
J
      oseph Scala, executive director of            the natural surroundings. Dorothy
      Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Caze-           Riester, who has several pieces
      novia, is a man on a mission. “This is        displayed outdoors, still lives
a gem here,” he said, looking out over the          on the grounds and can often be
park’s spacious acres from his rustic office.       found in her studio creating some-
“It’s like the best kept secret in the world.       thing new.
We’d like to change that.”                              Scala, who started planning
    An event planned for the park on Saturday,      this event shortly after beginning
May 22, could be a big step in that direc-          his tenure at the park a year ago,
tion. Scala, a retired professor from Syracuse      said the idea of combining art
University’s School of Art and Design, has          with a treasure hunt perplexed
organized an art treasure hunt featuring a          some. “As far as I know, nobody’s
staggering array of works by well-known art-        ever done this. But it allows us
ists, many of whom have ties to Central New         to showcase the property here,
York.                                               and showcase this wonderful art.
    For $50 ($40 for Stone Quarry members, free     Some people thought it was a
for children under 12), participants will enjoy     crazy idea, but they appreciated
food and beverages, an opportunity to walk the      the creativity.”
grounds and a chance to purchase another ticket         Scala, originally from Queens
                                                                                           Treasure island: Joseph Scala,
for $50 good for the treasure hunt.                 and now living in nearby New
                                                    Woodstock, said the hunt will          executive director of Stone Quarry
    Numbered medallions hidden on the park
grounds will lead participants to clues. The        involve only the park’s four main Hill Art Park in Cazenovia, welcomes




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first person to find the medallion with the         trails, all easily navigable. Any      participants to this weekend’s fund-
number that corresponds with the art they are       works that are not found on Satur- raising treasure hunt, and invites art
searching for takes that piece home. Artists        day will be retained and the park lovers to visit the grounds as well as
participating in the show include Jerome Wit-       will allow visitors to search for      the John & Virginia Winner Memorial
kin, David MacDonald, Jim Ridlon, Peter M.          them at a later date.                  Art Gallery (above), displaying the
Fiore, Roy Simmons (the former SU men’s                 The Stone Quarry Hill staff,
                                                                                           donated art.
lacrosse coach), David Kassan, Errol Willett,       volunteers and board members
Sarah McCoubrey and 93-year-old sculptor            have gone all out to ensure that the                 American Decorative Arts, 1931 James St.;             “I felt like I should help,” Haines said.
Dorothy Riester, who, with her husband Rob-         event is a success. The exhibit opened May 11 Freedom of Espresso, 144 Walton St., 424                 “I don’t know anyone who has passed but
ert, founded the art park in 1991. The event        and has drawn nearly 500 visitors so far. “For       Pearl St., 115 Solar St., and 128 W. Genesee      I know that anyone can end up with can-
will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.; rain date is         a small venue like ours, that’s a huge number        St., Fayetteville; The Spring, 200 Brooklea       cer—my mom, my dad, myself or even my
Sunday, May 23.                                     of people,” Scala noted.                             Drive, Fayetteville; Sculpture Space, 12 Gates    kids.” Although Haines said they winged it,
    All of the works are currently on display           The park receives no funding from gov-           St., Utica; and at the park.                      last year’s event raised $1,000. Naturally, he
at Stone Quarry’s John & Virginia Winner            ernment agencies and is sustained mostly                 For more information about the treasure       hopes to raise more money this year.
Memorial Art Gallery in an exhibit titled Find-     through memberships, private donations and           hunt, or the park, call 655-3196, or visit www.       All cancer-related tattoos are preset with
ing Art in Nature. Scala said the pieces donated    grants. “Let’s face it, we have to make some         stonequarryhillartpark.org.                       a $30 donation for standard ribbons, names,
for the treasure hunt are not castoffs by great     money at these events,” Scala said. “But we                             —Tammy DiDomeNico              flowers and other small items. Although the
artists; they are representative of their best      are committed to this because we love the                                                              shop will not set prices for cancer-related
works and are worth anywhere from $1,000            place. The Riesters have done their part—                                                              tattoos, they do encourage those who want
to $15,000. Likewise, when he asked them for
donations, Scala was humbled by the artists’
                                                    sharing this amazing place with anyone who
                                                    wants to enjoy it. Now the public has to do
                                                                                                       Pretty in Pigment                                   larger, intricate pieces to donate more to
                                                                                                             Whether you call it ink, art, your piece      the cause. Biographix will also have a spot
benevolence. “I’ve known many of these artists      its part. We want people to come here and                                                              on their walls for names with a $1 donation
                                                    discover it for themselves.”                         or your tat, the allure of a tattoo has grown
for longer than I care to say,” he joked. “But                                                                                                             and are offering airbrush tattoos for a $10
                                                        Later this year the park will hold its annual    since the discovery of the Polynesian “tatau”
they are doing this because they are generous                                                                                                              donation.
                                                    kite festival, and a day devoted to the study        by European sailors and 18th-century explor-
and they wanted to help the art park.”                                                                                                                         Samantha Dennis, who attended the event
                                                    of various birds of prey. A Native American          ers. But the message remains the same: A
    Witkin, one of the most recognizable                                                                                                                   last year, was proud to have Haines tattoo a
                                                    market—still being planned—is scheduled for          tattoo is symbolic.
names associated with the exhibit, said he was                                                                                                             lavender ribbon on her body; that color is the
      
								
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