Along with the big guns like the Storm King Art Center and Art OMI, the mid-Hudson Valley boasts a variety of smaller gems of outdoor sculpture installations awaiting your summertime discovery. One of the most densely packed and delightful of these is the Sculpture Garden at the Unison Arts & Learning Center, located at 68 Mountain Rest Road just west of New Paltz.
Some of the works on view in the five-acre meadow and surrounding woodland there are permanent; others change from year to year. And this Sunday, July 3 from 3 to 6 p.m., Unison will host a reception marking the official opening of its 18th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, plus a new gallery installation of three-dimensional wall-hung work by David Kucera.
At 5 p.m., attending artists will lead a walk-through of the garden and talk about their work. Featured artwork includes marble pieces by Hanna Eshel; ceramic installations by Deb Goldman, Kaete Shaw, Joy Brown and Bill Shilales; wood sculptures from Nicoli Golici and Ana Golici; stone pieces by Kevin Vanhentenryck, Alex Uribe, William Scholls, Stuart Bigley and Bob Schuler; site-specific installations by Annie O’Neill, Susan Togut, Beth Bailis, Katalin Pazmandi, Steve Spencer, Zack Baker and Kila Bates; large-scale metal pieces by Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Johnny Poux, James Murray, Michiko Rupnow, Matt Pozorski and Michael Poast; and mixed media by Rhonda Hennrich and Masao Gozu.
The indoor gallery space will feature David Kucera’s abstract linear sculpture made from refined concrete, inspired by architectural geometry, Gothic tracery and branching patterns. Unison’s Sculpture Garden is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 255-1559 or visit www.unisonarts.org.