Art in the Open: Sculpture Parks and Gardens of the Hudson Valley

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When you live in the Hudson Valley, every mountain and creek can feel like a work of art. The scale of nature in the area makes this the perfect place to set sculpture and installations. The artist's vibe of the Valley is never more obvious than when you visit a sculpture park! Going from furthest away from NYC to closest, here are some of the best centers, some a little more hidden than others.

Art Omi, Ghent

This non-profit art center and sculpture park in Ghent offers 120 acres of beautiful scenery and sculpture. In addition to its expansive grounds, Art Omi makes a name for itself in the local community by offering both immersive art classes and yoga on the grounds. Art Omi also has a globally renowned artist residency program, bringing in writers, fine artists, dancers, and musicians, among others, to work on their craft in a community and atmosphere unlike any other.

If you’re looking to take a walk, Art Omi makes for an incredible visit! With amazing exhibitions and seasonal installations, Art Omi curates a different experience every time you visit. They also curate architectural sculpture in addition to institutional art. On view now is the multicolored Prismatic - a huge rope and steel structure that encourages you to interact with it from all sides.

Ten minutes to the East is Chatham, a sweet little hamlet full of bars, pubs, and exciting eats. Be sure to check out the Chatham Berry Farm on the way in, an open-air farm stand right on RT 203.

Opus 40, Saugerties

Going across the river we get to Opus 40, an expansive earthwork sculpture park where the landscape has been tamed by paving stones, amphitheaters, and even an underground tunnel system. Opus 40 is a much less expansive, the entire park is less than seven acres, but it’s full of beautiful views of Indian Head Mountain, and the entire area has been turned into an interactive sculpture full of wide paths, expansive terraces, and sloping ramps. The events and concerts that are put on at Opus 40 are incredible, and if you go on a weekend, be sure to catch a performance.

Opus 40

Behind this huge endeavor is the vision of one man, Harvey Fite, who used the techniques he learned while restoring the Mayan ruins at Copan to create this fantastic structure. On view are a few select pieces of Fite’s representational sculptures, which make for fun photo ops and stopping points as you explore the garden.