Saunders Farm Hosts Art Exhibit and Performances

Two Events at Collaborative Concepts Farm Project 2012

Art, performance art and music, along with a special day of theater, opera and dance, mix it up in the spectacular landscape of the Hudson Highlands.

Collaborative Concepts, a not-for-profit, non-membership, organization of professional artists, brings together sculpture and installations by more than 60 participants on the rolling fields of the 140-acre Saunders’ farm in Garrison.

The exhibition presents local, regional, New York and international artists. Visitors are welcome to the Artists’ Mid-Run Reception, Saturday, Oct. 13 (rain date: the next day) beginning at 2 to 6 p.m. They are also encouraged to visit any day of the week as the autumn colors change the backdrop of the art from 10 a.m. until dusk, through Oct. 28.

One ventures back into history just to arrive at this 18th-century farm, located on the Old Albany Post Road. Still a dirt road, this was the original route linking New York City to Albany during the colonial period. Visitors may enjoy major works of art in a timeless, pastoral setting.

On the Arts in the Highlands Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m., there will be a three-part program starting with an original play presented by Apple Productions, Jack and the Bean Stalk, under the direction of Judy Allen. This will be followed by operatic performances presented by Career Bridges under the direction of David S. Bender. The program concludes with contemporary dance presented by Creative Outlet under the direction of Jamel Gaines. The rain date is scheduled for Sept. 22.

At the Mid-Run Reception on Oct. 13, in addition to sculpture, installation and site-specific art, the farm is also the site of a program of performance art that is curated by local artist and art historian Marcy B. Freedman. She has invited individual artists and artist groups from New York City and the Hudson Valley to create special works to be performed on the farm property at various locations, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Also included is a music program assembled by Thom Joyce, featuring regional musical groups performing a variety of music from contemporary, jazz, classical and folk, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

The Farm Project is a free event with free parking and free handicap access with an on-site all-wheel-drive “taxi.” Saunders Farm is located at 853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison. From Route 9, turn east on Travis Corners Road, opposite Garrison Golf Club, and then left on Old Albany Post Road. For more information, contact Eric Arctander at 845-528-1797 or visit

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