Garner Arts Festival 2022
GARNER Arts Center celebrates the Spring ’22 return of its signature immersive weekend arts festival
For the first time since 2018, GARNER Arts Festival, the Mid-Hudson region’s premier immersive art festival with an annual draw of over 3,000 visitors returns to the historic hamlet of Garnerville, NY – just 35 miles northwest of New York City. Now in its 16th year, with support from ReStart the Arts, a regrant program of ArtsWestchester with support from the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature and the New York State Council on the Arts and local support from Rockland County, the Village of West Haverstraw and the Town of Haverstraw, this weekend-long event offers world-class art exhibitions, large-scale installations, open studios, artisan demonstrations, live music, crafts, performances, craft beverages, food and more! GARNER Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine.
Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the GARNER Historic District, a reclaimed 14 acre, 19th century textile mill complex that has been transformed into one of the most compelling contemporary art venues and small business incubators outside of New York City. Visit 40 open artist studios. Meet painters, sculptors, illustrators, woodworkers, photographers, graphic designers, textile artists and more. Make art in a variety of creative workshops for kids and adults. Browse an eclectic craft show. Engage with art installations and interactive performances set in historic brick alleys, cavernous former factory spaces, and along the meandering Minisceongo creek. Live music, local food vendors, craft beverages and an artisanal coffee bar provide fuel for the experience.
Featured Art and Performances both days by Big Risks: Creative Discoveries large-scale “tree sculpture” exhibition by Peter Strasser; You Are Here (aka The Maze!) interactive installation by Brooklyn-based and internationally recognized duo TROUBLE; How's That Going to Work?, a groundbreaking electro-acoustic composition by experimental composer John Morton with performances by Klang Quartet; Cover Lover Remix, an exhibition of reimagined album art and vinyl-centric activations curated by Brooklyn-based Dick Burroughs; a selection of decorated mannequins from the Art Reborn: 100 Mannequins Exhibition; #iamCOLOR large-scale tapestry installation by award-winning Rockland-based artist Kris Campbell; Queen Mother of Progress photography exhibition by globe-travelling photographer and photo-journalist Collette Fournier; interactive performances by Rockland-based contemporary drum and dance ensemble Chiku Awali; The Wishing Booth, a surreal creative visualization by filmmakers Samtubia + Sagoma; solo exhibition by painter and GARNER artist Tiffany Freeman in the Industrial Arts Brewing Co. taproom; music & interactive live art curated by performer & director Kate Valentine and more!
Kids activities will include Kids’ Creative Corner and youth art activity station. There is also a Regional Student Art Show featuring Rockland & Westchester County school art exhibitions.
Craft vendors will be on hand to display and sell their handcrafted wares.
There are plenty of food and dining options at the festival. The GARNER Creekside food court will offer tastes of the best local food and craft beverage providers in the region, including: delicious made-to-order pies by Pizza Vitale, the eclectic flavorful offerings of Haverstraw’s 5 Senses food truck, the down-home smoky goodness of Big Daddy’s Homeplate BBQ of Haverstraw, refreshing treats from Haverstraw’s iconic summertime ice cart, Ice Is Nice – Oh Yes It Is! The GARNER bar will proudly serve craft beer from Industrial Arts Brewing Company alongside pop-ups from Rockland Ciderworks and Wölffer Estate wine. Visitors can also stop by the GARNER Historic District’s own award-winning food and beverage establishments. Regional favorite, Hudson’s Mill Tavern will be open for a gourmet sit-down lunch. Craft-beer lovers can visit Industrial Arts Brewing Company’s newly renovated taproom. A pop-up coffee bar stocked with the complex’s own artisanal roaster, Stack Street coffee, will also be open.
GARNER Arts Festival
Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd, 12PM to 6PM (both days) RAIN OR SHINE
GARNER Arts Center | 55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923
Admission for the two day event - Adults $8; Seniors $6; Kids 12 & under Free. (Walk-up Only. Cash & Card Accepted)
Family Day-Pass $18/Weekend Pass (Single) $14 (Available for Presale)
Onsite parking is available in the GARNER Historic District. Off-site parking is available on Railroad Avenue and nearby Chapel Street. Nearby offsite parking locations: SW Johnson Firehouse at 37 Bridge Street & the North Rockland Central School District lot at 65 Chapel Street.
It is recommended that visitors stay home if not feeling well. GARNER Arts Center and the Garner Historic District recommends mask wearing indoors and for guests to practice distancing, especially among large groups where possible. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in indoor spaces and outdoors throughout the festival grounds.
GARNER Arts Center’s Historic Complex:
GARNER Arts Center’s home, the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, is a complex of former textile mill buildings, and is the living, breathing, working home where artists create their art for a living. The public gets a chance to see the open studios and live demonstrations of a variety of artisans, while wandering the back alleys, alcoves and creekside sculpture trail of this historic, Civil War-era textile mill. In 2014, the complex was awarded a listing on the National Register of Historic Places as the Rockland Print Works Historic District, aka GARNER Historic District of New York. The New York State Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation, Ruth L. Pierpont, said: “Listing on the National Register recognizes the importance of [Rockland Print Works] to the history of our country.” Established by Garner & Co., which between 1837 and 1909 dominated the textile industry in the United States, the Rockland Print Works was associated with the hamlet of Garnerville’s development as a thriving factory town, and was reorganized in 1934 as one of the Nation’s first industrial cooperatives.