By Deb Everts
People who love art and the great outdoors will have the opportunity to share that love by participating in the Griffis Sculpture Park Volunteer Day, Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Executive Director Nila Griffis said people are needed to do the typical work on the trails and garbage pickup. She said there was a little bit of tree damage but, thankfully, no damage to any of the sculptures in the park.
“We do this every year and usually get quite a big group of regulars who come annually,” she said. “Last year, we probably ended up with about 50 people, which is wonderful, but I always hope for more.”
There is no need to pre-register. To participate, volunteers should stop at the main gatehouse up the hill on Saturday, April 27. Lunch will be provided.
Griffis said the main goal is to make the park a much more interactive sculpture park for all ages. She gave some examples of coming events that are sure to interest visitors.
In July and August, the Griffis Sculpture Park will host free outdoor activities every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The free art and nature-based activities are geared to children and adults of all ages. Supplies will be provided, however, some projects will require the participants to bring an item — like the screen printing activity that will have guests bring a white T-shirt.
“Our Night Lights event will start on Sept. 14 with a kick off for our 50th anniversary dinner. After that, we will do our regularly scheduled Night Lights programs,” she said.
Saturday events scheduled for 2019 include:
• April 27: Volunteer Day at Griffis Sculpture Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 8: Celebration at Essex Art Center – Essex turns 50.
Every Saturday in July and August: Free art and nature program, noon to 2 p.m.
• July 15: 3rd Annual Ashford Cup at Holiday Valley
• Aug. 11: Griffis Sculpture Park Annual Festival
• Sept. 14: Night Lights Evening Dinner, celebrating 50th anniversary
The events will take place at the 6902 Mill Valley site of the park. While enjoying the planned activities at the park, guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and take in the 250 sculptures on display throughout the trails of the park, making it the United States largest outdoor sculpture park.
Guests are asked to donate the general admission fee to the Sculpture Park of $5 per adult, $3 for seniors/students and children under 12 are free.
Griffis Sculpture Park is located between Ashford Hollow and East Otto at 6902 Mill Valley Road.
For more information, contact Griffis at 667-2808 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. A detailed schedule of events can be found online at griffispark.org and on Facebook.