girffismusicfestInternational Art Instructors to Teach Workshop Fall Walking Tour October 5

By Alicia Dziak

If you haven’t been to Griffis Sculpture Park (GSP) lately, you don’t know what you’re missing!

On Aug. 17, the park hosted its first annual Summer Festival, complete with music, art and a number of children’s activities.

“The legacy of Larry Griffis and Simon Griffis came to fruition once again with our first annual summer festival — a marriage of art, nature, music and performance,” said Nila Griffis, executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation, which runs GSP. “Griffis Sculpture Park was alive with activity and we are so pleased and thankful to those who came out to enjoy the day. We hope to see everyone again next year!”

GSP’s partner, Griffis Hill Gardens (GHG), located on 70 acres within GSP, has been busy hosting events of its own. A free story hour is planned in the Sacred Grove outdoor classroom at 3 p.m. on Sundays, and a screening of “Young Frankenstein” will be held on Aug. 31 by the main stage for only $2.

In addition, GHG will be offering a unique workshop the weekend after Labor Day. “Sacred Art in Theory and Practice” will be held Sept. 6–8. The three-day, adult  workshop, designed for beginner through advanced artists, “will help students bring their inner visions to life by exploring different mediums and synthesizing diverse approaches into masterful works of art,” according to the GHG web site.

The workshop will be led by David Heskin  and Aloria Weaver, a husband-and-wife team who travel extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, painting, exhibiting and giving lectures and presentations.

Weaver, who once co-curated a gallery with GHG founder/executive director Carley Hill, is originally from Western New York, and Heskin is originally from Colorado. The two are among the first instructors at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art (the world’s first international school for Visionary Art), opening in Austria in the fall of 2013, and both will be heading there in September for the rest of the year.

Workshops like this do not come to Western New York very often, so it’s a great time to learn something new from experienced artists in a beautiful environment.

“During this workshop, artists will gain exposure to some of the techniques being taught at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art in Austria, including the master’s oil and tempera painting method known as the ‘Mischtechnik,’” explained Weaver.

The $150 weekend tuition includes three meals and all supplies except for brushes.

For more information about this and other upcoming youth and adult workshops, or to register, visit

Heading into October, the annual Fall Walking Tour at GSP is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. Take in the fall foliage while enjoying guided walking tours on the half hour, a scavenger hunt and children’s activities throughout the day. For more information, visit

Both GSP and GHG also have informative Facebook pages with details on upcoming events, found at and