Stone Quarry Hilltop House manager accepts new position – Eagle News Online

CAZENOVIA – On March 16, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (SQHAP) announced that Sarah Tietje-Mietz will be leaving her position as Principal of Hilltop House to take up a new position at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

“Over the past four years, I’ve worked alongside some truly amazing people, engaged with visionary artists, and been able to greet each day’s work with the most breathtaking views in our region,” Tietje- Mietz.

While at SQHAP, Tietje-Mietz led several initiatives for the Dorothy Riester House and Studio (Hilltop House).

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hilltop House is the former home of Dorothy Riester (1916-2017), ceramicist, sculptor, author, preservation activist and founder of SQHAP.

An advocate of mid-century modern architecture and design, Tietje-Mietz is responsible for including the site in the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a coalition of 48 museums that were once homes and workplaces. American artists’ studios.

Tietje-Mietz described the multi-year process of getting Hilltop House accepted into HAHS as one of his best efforts at SQHAP.

“Every minute spent on the app was worth having Dorothy, [along with] the unique world she created here in the hills of Cazenovia, recognized [for] her work as a significant and innovative female artist by such an esteemed program,” she said. “I’m also very proud of the connections and community I’ve created around Hilltop House and Studio. There are so many amazing people who have been involved in our work here, and they each bring unparalleled energy, passion and expertise to the table. Everyone – interns, volunteers, committee members, family and friends – made the work I did here possible and helped build the momentum that I know will continue after I’m gone.

Tietje-Mietz also secured several grants for preservation work on Hilltop House, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she developed a unique tour that allowed visitors to see inside the building while staying in safe outdoors and socially distanced.

She started as director of Hilltop House about two years ago when SQHAP CEO Emily Zaengle created the position.

“Sarah will be missed,” Zaengle said in an SQHAP press release announcing Tietje-Mietz’s departure. “Sarah has contributed so much to the community of Stone Quarry, the surrounding area and her hometown of Cazenovia, NY. An accomplished artist, preservationist, journalist and professional, Sarah has put the Hilltop House and Studio in the spotlight it deserves so much. Sarah sits on multiple boards and is always looking for new ways to engage and build community. Although it’s hard to say goodbye, we’re so excited for Sarah and look forward to everything she will accomplish at Haystack.

As director of Hilltop House, Tietje-Mietz also spearheaded efforts to open the historic house to artistic engagement. These initiatives include collaborations with miniaturist and accessory designer ChelseaMakes; the student-run Culture Cauldron digital artist showcase and production team; and Cazenovia College’s student-run advocacy program, The Safe Place at Cazenovia.

Additionally, through dedication to Hilltop House, Tietje-Mietz transformed herself from “plant hater” to “plant expert” by learning how to care for Riester’s historic and eclectic collection of indoor plants.

“We are grateful for Sarah’s many contributions to Stone Quarry, particularly her efforts to preserve and celebrate the Hilltop House and Studio,” SQHAP Board Chair Joan Brooks said in the press release. of the SQHAP. “The Stone Quarry Board wishes Sarah the best in her next venture.”

In April, Tietje-Mietz will take over as Haystack’s digital content editor.

“I am in the rare circumstance of leaving one dream job for another, and of course there are bittersweet emotions associated with leaving the art park and my community here in Cazenovia, but I am absolutely bubbling with excitement for this next chapter of my life,” Tietje-Mietz said. “I can’t wait to settle down on this iconic, rugged Maine coast and immerse myself in my work of making meaningful connections by sharing stories of artists, crafts, community, history and architecture in Haystack.”

SQHAP invites anyone interested in honoring Tietje-Mietz to make a tax-deductible donation for the continued preservation of Hilltop House at Stone Quarry Art Park, PO Box 251, Cazenovia, NY 13035 or online at

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