Aug. 30 reception opens annual Collaborative Concepts exhibit

By Alison Rooney

"Plastic Forest" installation by Garrison artist Sheilah Rechtschaffer
Sheilah Rechtschaffer with her “Plastic Forest” installation

With this summer’s mild temperatures staving off the typical shock of the more temperate autumn, the 2014 edition of the Collaborative Concepts Farm Project seems less of a seasonal transition accompaniment than usual.

Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 30, (rain date Aug. 31) the pastoral pleasures and green hues of Saunders Farm will be contrasted by the shapes, forms, colors and ideas embodied in the sculpture and installations artfully placed in and around its 140 acres by Collaborative Concepts, in what is a perfect actual demonstration of the meaning of their name.

The outdoor exhibition, which runs through Nov. 1, always from dawn to dusk, and always free of charge, changes with the calendar. As leaves turn and fall from the trees the visual landscape of the 18th-century Old Albany Post Road farm is altered, too. This year the landscape is divided into Here, There and Everywhere sections.

"Clothesline" Installation by Brook Maher
“Clothesline” Installation by Brook Maher

It all begins with performance art and music at an opening reception, which lasts from 2 to 6 p.m. All are urged to bring a picnic and blanket and rusticity is confirmed by hay bale seating. A mid-run reception, celebrated with entertainment — this time dance, opera and theater — and refreshments will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 27 (rain date Sept. 28).

The exhibition/installation holds works by artists from near and far, and includes some living locally, along with an international contingent. Maps are available for self-guided tours at the mailbox in the parking area. Please be sure to close the gate upon entering and exiting. Saunders Farm is located at 853 Old Albany Post Road, in Garrison.

For more information and a map displaying locations of the work of each of the artists, as well as detailed directions to the farm, visit or phone 845-528-1797.

Images courtesy of Collaborative Concepts

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Rooney has been writing for The Current since its founding in 2010. A playwright, she has lived in Cold Spring since 1999. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in history. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: Arts