15th Annual GARNER Arts Festival
May 19 - 20, 2018
11am - 6pm Rain or Shine
Adults $8; Senior/Student/Military $6 and Kids under 14 FREE!
GARNER Arts Festival is turning 15! Every year this event draws thousands to celebrate one of the historic treasures of the region. Come enjoy this beautiful Spring festival wandering the sprawling 14 acre 19th century textile mill, the GARNER Historic District, while viewing exhibitions, sculptural installations and live performances. The GARNER Historic District, constructed in 1835, operated as one of the Nation’s leading Textile mills before becoming one of the Nation’s first Industrial Cooperatives and still operates as such today. The Historic District is home to 60+ artist studios, boutique retail and an on-site craft brewery. GARNER Arts Center and the GARNER Arts Festival are centered around connecting the public to this significant site through arts & cultural entertainment and tourism.
Let your curiosity guide you through vast warehouse spaces, brick lined alleyways and the unexpected places of the GARNER Historic District. Wander through the open artist studios, get involved in hand-on workshops/demonstrations, sit back to watch a show, enjoy a cold draught beer at Industrial Arts Brewing Company, have lunch from a local food truck, or grab some refreshments from the Creekside Beer Garden. There are lots of activities for kids & families, and a craft fair to find that perfect gift!
Exhibitions, Performance Art and Installations: Numerous exhibitions, video and sculptural installations by guest artists will be exhibited throughout the complex in galleries, alleyways, trails and unexpected places. Guest Curators include; Max Nunes, Art Zuu, Katie Elevitch, Women’s Story Telling Project, Faheem Haider, Tangled Up in You, James Tyler, Angles of Reflection, Jonathan Shorr, Connecting Brains, Metal Outstillations and Alternative to Reality, Poetry Slam, Bryan Roessel.
2018 Exhibiting Artists Include: Ruth Baggett, Barry Mason, Ginger Andro and Chuck Glicksman, Dima Goryackin & Dasha Delone, Ursula Schneider, Rodger Stevens, Jamie Kimak, Noemi Manser, Joan Harmon, Linus Coraggio, Harvey Davidowitz, Katie Elevitch & The Nerdy Duo, Erin Girling, Gillian St. Andrew, James Wyld, Katie Bozek, Kris Campbell, Maksim Akelin, Nunesy, Richard Vivenzio, Sam Ballardini, Steve Luongo, Susan Strange, Linda Montano, Thomas Albrecht, Beth E. Wilson, Andrea Frank, Amanda Heidel and Michael Asbill, Steve Rossi, Jamie Kimak, Kevin Reilly, Lee Bartow, Gretchen Heinel, Samantha Roesemann. PLUS curated exhibitions/installation honoring the memory of late artists Ned Harris and Ted Ludwiczak (“Ted’s Heads”).
Performance Lineup: Live Music: The Chapman Brothers, Marco Ferreria, Shlomo Franklin, Brian Murphy, Marianne Osiel, Karen Davis, Herve Alexander, Eric Divito, Pablo Galesi & Friends, Singing bowls for Jody Atkinson. Theatre: Plays by Megan Chan Meinero, Amanda Walgrove, Charlie Evan Simpson Dance: Hudson Valley Ballet Company, Ballet Rockland, New Settlement Program for Girls & Young Women Presents Next Level Dancers Story Telling & Poetry: Katie Elevitch’s Women’s Story Telling Project; Poetry Slam & Open Mic (Saturday only)
Open Studios: Audiences are invited to explore open artist studios introducing them to painters, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers, textile artists, photographers, clothing designers & more.
Workshops & Demonstration: Workshops/Demonstrations: Lego Building, live welding, glass bead making, batik, water color painting, story telling, wheel throwing, open rehearsals with Hudson Valley Ballet & more.
Student & Family Activities: Schools throughout the region will exhibit their art; Kid’s Lego building; Kid's Construction with Nyack Parks Conservancy; TrajectUp tactile kid’s games; kid’s art workshop running all weekend thanks to Karen Baumann, North Rockland Central School.
Craft Artisans: Craft Artisans display and sell their handcrafted wares. Myriad Mirage, Mower Woodcraft, Cheyenne Mallo, The Crafty Thimble, Rio Santo Naturals, Journeyman Beads, Lisa Medoff, Folkloric Jewelry and more.
Dining & Drinks: Hudson's Mill (Sneak Peek!), La Talaye, Deli Central, Rosie's Empanadas, 5 Senses Food Truck, Vesuvius Pizza (Saturday Only) Drinks: Relax in our outdoor beer garden or visit the on-site craft brewery, Industrial Arts Brewing Company, and try craft coffee from Stack Street Coffee.
Sponsors: GARNER Arts Festival is sponsored, in part, by the County of Rockland, Rockland County Tourism, the Village of West Haverstraw, the Town of Haverstraw, Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, Industrial Arts Brewing Company, TD Bank, Orange & Rockland Utilities, WHUD, Stack Street Coffee, Yankee Folly Cider, Rivertown Magazine, Fairway Market
Public Transportation: Travel from Penn Station to Secaucus and get off at the Secaucus Junction. Transfer to the Pascack Valley line*. From the Pascack Valley line you would get off at the Spring Valley Transit Center stop. You can then get to Garnerville by cab or bus. You can pre-order a local cab to meet you at the station. Their number is 845-947-4747.
If you prefer to travel by bus from the Spring Valley Station, take the TOR Route 94 bus to the Helen Hayes Hospital stop. The complex is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Helen Hayes stop. Walk south on route 9W to Railroad Ave. and turn right onto Railroad Ave. Complex is up the hill on the left.
(*Alternatively, you can take the Main or Bergen lines from Secaucus to Suffern and then take a cab.)
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2017 Arts Festival
Each year GARNER Arts Center curates exhibitions, performances & installations throughout 14 acres of 19th Century industrial spaces, inviting artists to present art & performance in warehouses, alleyways, trails and unexpected places. For the 2017 GARNER Arts Festival, exhibitions, installations, and performances focused on the subject of Social Justice. “(1) inclusion of everyone in the full benefits of society and (2) empowerment of people to participate fully in the economic, social, and cultural life of the country.” – Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice. Audiences explored 30+ open artist studios introducing them to painters, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers and photographers. Workshops were available in 3d printing, batik, watercolor painting, printmaking and more. A kid’s corner kept young artists active, and music, theatre and dance provide the festival’s live performance offerings. Food trucks, craft vendors, Creekside dining gardens, and a coffee bar rounded out the weekend’s festivities. New in 2017, visitors got to check out our on-site craft brewery, Industrial Arts Brewing Company! Guest Curators included; Faheem Haider, A Dark Rock Surged Upon (Todd Martin, Zachary Skinner, Francois Deschamps, Sigrid Sarda, Anthony Tino, Hedieh Ahmadi, Tiffany Smith, Tlisza Jaurique, Marcus Zilliox, Peter Iannarelli, Ryan Roa, Matthew Frieburghaus, Laura Kauffman, Chris Victor, Stephen Derrickson, Derek Stroup, Molly Stinchfield, Steve Rossi, Sadee Brathwaite, Heather Renee Russ) Margaret Coleman & Angela Mosley, Looking to the Self, Looking into Others, an Intersectional Conversation (Aubrey Roemer, Novel Scholars, Cori Champagne, Joan Harmon, Jeca Rodriguez-Colon, Angela Mosley, Stella Marrs, Margaret Coleman, Kyana Brindle, Melissa Cain), James Tyler, Everybody Cryin’ Mercy (Ruth Geneslaw, Steph Gorin, Ed Kirkland, Thea Lanzisero, Katherine Matheson, Cassie Strasser), Jonathan Shorr, Stark Expressionism in the 24 Hour News Cycle (Todd Monaghan) and Art is Freedom (Kristine Prestegaard, Martin Lie Bø, Fredrik Lien Bjørgmo, Halvor Nordrum, Elliott Taylor, Margarita Laushkina, Alyona Lazarenko, Benjamin Gaupset, Anna Ducros, Emilija Jaugelaite, Jonathan Killick, Simen Røyseland, Uber Ahmed, Emmeline Hugot, Henrik Kongsvoll Johansen Yann Bougaran) Outdoor Sculpture; a curated installation of the late Ted Ludwiczak’s “Ted’s Heads” in the Creekside Sculpture Trail, honoring the life & work of this nationally-exhibited outsider art sculptor, Peter Strasser, Mark Atterbery, Robert Parker, Hilbollic. Performances by; Performance Art: Thomas Albrecht, Rena Leinberger, Anthony Tino, Linda Montano, Michael Asbill, Michael Wilcox, Matthew Friday, Noah Fischer. Music: Samuel Johnson, Belle Skinner, Shlomo Franklin, Karen Davis, Brian Murphy Jazz Trio, Marco Ferreira, Katie Elevitch, Kris Allis, Rockland Band Camp, Bach to Rock School of Music & River Skye Band. Sound Installations: Keith Patchel, Kevin Reiley Theatre: Shades Repertory Theatre Dance: Hudson Valley Ballet Company, Rettocamme Dance Company, Balbach School of Dance PLUS Magic with a Laugh with Tom Tweed.
2016 Arts Festival
The 2016 GARNER Arts Festival celebrated visual & performing arts with contemporary exhibitions, installations, open studios and performances with curated elements in celebration of the Town of Haverstraw’s 400th Anniversary. Artists included; Nelson Diaz, Recylcing Time; The Dutchtown Six; Bill Hochhausen; Ken Karlewicz; Joe Jaroff; David Alban; David Teng Olsen; Amanda Topaz & Hybrid Movement Co., Equilibrium P2 – a living aerial sculpture; ArtShape Mammoth; Eric David Laxman; Thea Lanzisero; Coincidence Machine, Curated by Jonathan Shorr; Aubrey Roemer and more. Performances by; Common Jack; Jamie Block; Katie Elevitch; Karen Davis, Bella Englert; Emma Swingle; Rainbow Fresh; Rettacomme Dance; Garage Band Theatre; Nancy Monahan and more.
We extend a huge thanks to all our many volunteers, without whom the GARNER ARts Festival would not have been possible, as well as the Town of Haverstraw Supervisor Howard T. Phillips and the Town Board, and West Haverstraw Mayor Robert D’Amelio and the Village Board. We would also like to thank the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center and Staff, along with our Advertisers. We extend special thanks to Jeff Cohen, Event Guide; Jonathan Shorr, Beer Garden & Coffee Bar Donations; Patience Irigoyen Morgan, plantings; Karen Bauman, Kid’s Corner, Jen Wassmer, student art show; Joe Fusaro, student art show. We gratefully recognize Zugibe Hardware, D&G Electric, and the S.W. Johnson Fire House for graciously offering the use of their parking lots.
2015 Arts Festival
In May 2015, GARNER Arts Center brought back its much-loved regional Arts Festival by celebrating the textile and printing history of the National Historic Register complex* it calls home during its May ARTS FESTIVAL with the GARNER Textile Show.
Square, 78 original fiber artworks by members of the Textile Study Group of New York. – History of Textiles collection, artist Pat Hickman – Weaving, knitting, dyeing workshops with Textile Arts Center – Fleece to shawl demonstration by Spin City Team- Spin In with Loop Fiber Studio – Thompson Street Studios experimental textiles – Kait Brink demonstration/performance Big Knits – Yarn Bomb Installation by Sarah Divi – Textile and Craft Vendor Marketplace (Vendors, click here for application) – Metal-casting installations by Art Shape Mammoth, including live pours – Mike Connor Retrospective Exhibit – Keep Rockland Beautiful trash can painting – Lagunitas Beer Garden