Central New York is home to a vibrant and diverse arts scene and some of the best examples are on our streets and in our parks. From murals and sculptures, there is something for everyone to enjoy in a variety of settings. If you’re into cultural attractions or just looking for something to do on a walk, these are a few of our favorite ways to experience art out in the open.
The mosaics of Binghamton are something to behold: incredibly detailed glass tile installations you can view and enjoy on this walking tour. The Binghamton area has a rich culture and a deep-rooted history. This combination makes for a fruitful space for artists to grow and create. One local artist, Emily Jablon of Jablon Studios, partnered up with many branches of Binghamton’s diverse organizations to create these mosaics with local teenagers. It has become a common summertime sight to see her and her crew working on these great mosaics.
Stone Quarry Art Park is a private, not-for-profit contemporary outdoor art space founded in 1991 and built on the belief that everyone should have access to art and the outdoors. Visiting artists have worked for decades to shape and reshape the landscape of Stone Quarry Hill, which is open every day of the year, from dawn to dusk. Stone Quarry also stewards the Hilltop House, the historic home and studio of artist Dorothy Riester. Visitors are encouraged to look in the windows of this mid-century modern, hand-crafted structure and guided tours are available by reservation during the summer.
The Oneida County arts scene is on full display by way of murals scattered throughout the city of Utica and many towns and villages. Local museums and artist organizations teamed up to create the Mural Trail and showcase the talent of local artists who continue to beautify the county one mural at a time.
The Landis Arboretum is a nonprofit organization that supports a public garden incorporating hundreds of acres in Schoharie and Montgomery counties. Forty acres of the Arboretum are developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. But, there are more than just trees and gardens in this beautiful space that includes eight miles of trails. Walk around and you’ll discover wonderfully oversized sculptures by local artists that are placed in the fields around the Arboretum.
The Gilbertsville Expressive Movement (G.E.M) Sculpture Park is part of a 14-acre campus of the former Gilbertsville Central School in the middle of a National Register Historic Site in Otsego County. The brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Barry L. Skolnick, the park includes 10 incredible sculptures crafted by local artists.
In addition to these popular destinations, there are many other public art installations to be found throughout Central New York. So whether you’re looking for a quick walk to admire some murals or a full day of exploring, you’re sure to discover something to enjoy.