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Collaborative Concepts Farm Project 2019


Aug 31, 2019 to Oct 27, 2019
02:00 PM until 06:00 PM

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


Cows, Sculpture, Migration and more!!!

Opening Reception:  Aug, 31

Mid Run Reception: Sept. 22

On View:  Aug. 31 – Oct. 27

Free to the Public


Collaborative Concepts is all about Large Sculptural Art Works; think Storm King, but with a herd of cattle!  The combination of the two makes a great interaction of animals with art.

Experimental art is encouraged.  The result of combining art with animals, however, is hard to predict.  It never creates repetition, only surprises and discoveries of how the two interact with each other.  The cows have been great critics of the sculptures each year, having favorites and some that they serenade.

This fall the artists seem to have created works that center mostly around two themes.  The first is one of abstract and nature.  Linda Schmidt has created a large panel of brightly woven cloth fabrics, mimicking an abstract painting.  Max Yawney’s 16-foot-wide painting hangs between two trees on steel cable hovering 7 feet above the ground.  Brightly colored geometric imagery will swing in the breeze.  Hildreth Potts large Poodle of wire and steel wool brings whimsy to the farm.  The Animal Farm Redux, resembling a large Rubik’s Cube of George Orwell’s Animal Farm has been created by the Storm King School

The second theme among artists are headline news topics concerning women and migration.  Bernier’s “Caliburn” will be made of solid white salt blocks commonly used for livestock that will be displayed cut in the shape of “miniature” row houses on a timber base. These tiny houses with no windows or doors, will suggest a place of confinement despite their original allusion to comfort and refuge.  Cristina Biaggi’s Web consists of 3 layers of canvas panels suspended from ebb and flow in the wind. Resembling a mandala, the  seven-sided panels are connected with redrope, representing our collective sacred blood of the women’s political movement through the ages.  Jill Enfield has created a Glass House with wet collodion photographic transfers on glass with photos of freedom, migrants faces and the Statue of Liberty.  James Cannell’s The Meaning Machine, is a pyramid made of wood and steel that will be opened in different configurations, of how we perceive space and confinement, throughout the exhibit.  Each of these artists are creating a greater awareness of current issues around us and how we interact with it. 

Collaborative Concepts offers opportunities that afford artists the freedom to create whatever they want, whether that is creating something grand, or silly, or experimental, and it even gives them permission to fail.  Throw in some fun challenges --the huge scale of the farm, weather, and “cow proofing”, and the show becomes even more irresistible. 

Sculpture, performance art, theater and other cultural presentations are part of the Saunders Farm Opening and Mid-Run Receptions.  The Entertainment field has had the pleasure of staging numerous acts and performers, some who are now on their way to a bigger spotlight, such as Hailey Knox, who just opened for Michael Franti and Spearhead, or Sara L’Abriola who now plays jazz guitar in Stephane Wrembel’s Gypsy Jazz Band.  The opening reception on Aug. 31 will feature the Bert Rechtschaffer Trio, Chris Knoeppel, Al Hemberger and the Acoustic Vagabond.  The mid-run reception will feature the Studio Theater in Exile and the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble.

Visitors venture back into history just to arrive at this 18th -century farm, located on the Old Albany Post Road.  Still a dirt road, the post road was the original route linking New York City to Albany during the colonial period.  The pastoral setting allows a new type of art experience, interacting with works of art in a timeless, bucolic setting.  Saunders Farm also provides a conservation easement for walkers.

Collaborative Concepts, a not-for-profit, non-membership organization of professional artists, bringing together sculpture and installations by more than 40+ participants on the rolling fields of the 140 - acre Saunders’ Farm in Garrison, Putnam County.  The exhibition presents local, regional, New York City and international artists.   Visitors are treated to pure fun as they navigate cows, horses, and engaging art to experience peace and joy in this Hudson Valley rural farmland.  We invite you to spend the day with friends, family, and good humor - just remember to bring your cow-pie proof shoes.

Visitors are welcome to the Opening Reception, August 31st  with a rain date of Sunday, September 1st.  There will be a Mid-Run Reception, September 22nd with a rain date of September 23rd.   All events at the farm are free, with refreshments and entertainment. An Opening Reception Program of Music & Performance Art from 2-6 pm in the fields and music on the stage from 3:30-6 pm.  The Mid-Run Reception is a program of music and dance on our stage with seating, also from 2:00–5:00 pm.  Bring a picnic and blanket.  Visitors are also encouraged to visit any day of the week as the autumn colors change the backdrop of the art.  Sculptures and Installations will be on view Sept. 2 – Oct. 28.  Free admission, from 10 am to dusk.

Saunders Farm is located at 853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison, NY.  For more information go to,  845-528-1797.

Directions: From north or south on Route9, turn east on Travis Corners Road, opposite Garrison Golf Club, take to end.  Turn left on Old Albany Post Road, approx. ½ mile to parking in field on left with banner on gate. Gate must be kept closed upon entering and exiting.  For a self- guided tour, pick up a map at mail box in parking area.  Group visits are also encouraged.

By public transportation, take Metro North train to Garrison station. Call (845) 265-taxi, for transportation to and from the farm before departing from Grand Central Terminal.







View map Saunders Farm
853 Old Albany Post Road
Garrison, NY

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