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