GARNER ARTS FESTIVAL Returns May 30 – 31, 2015


The Lower Hudson Valley’s Premier Arts Festival – Garnerville, NY

Open Artist Studios & Demonstrations – Live Music- Film

Children’s Workshops –Textile & Crafts Marketplace – Dance

Exhibitions – Creekside Sculpture Trail – Delectable Foods

Organic Coffee Bar – Lagunitas Beer Garden

Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31, 2015; 11am – 6 pm rain/shine

Admission: Adults $7; Seniors $5; Children under 14 with parent Free

Garner-Arts-Festival-2015GARNER (formerly GAGA) Arts Center brings back its much-loved regional Arts Festival for the first time since Hurricane Irene destroyed GARNER’s gallery in 2011, temporarily suspending Arts Center operations.

This year, GARNER Arts Center will celebrate the textile and printing history of the National Historic Register complex* it calls home during its May ARTS FESTIVAL with the GARNER Textile Show. GARNER ARTS FESTIVAL draws up to 5,000 attendees over the weekend-long event.

Exhibitions and Installations: With a focus on artists who create textiles using a variety of traditional and non-traditional techniques.

  • Contemporary textile exhibitions, including 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.
  • Installations by Art Shape Mammoth, including live metal-casting pour.
  • Mike Connor Retrospective Exhibit.
  • Keep Rockland Beautiful trash can painting.

Open Studios: Painters, sculptors, woodworkers, fiber artists, jewelers and more, including the studio of artist-photographer Spencer Tunick.

Music: A wide range of live music including folk, jazz and alternative rock, and gamelan. Also talented student musicians from Lagond Music School.**

PLUS Red Molly Raffle – concert tickets and CD.

Dance, dance, dance: A wide range of dance performances in and around the complex, including butoh, modern, Chiku Awali African Dance, Eastern Cultural Heritage Organization’s ECHO Dance Company and more.

Films: Justice by Rick Apicella; and Art in Public Places “Street Art” film.

Video Art Projections: Curated by Jonathan Shorr

Workshops and Demonstrations: Textile designers, artists and crafters will hold workshops, present demonstrations and sell their wares.

Student Exhibition: Schools throughout the region will exhibit their art.

Children’s Art Workshops: Drop in for young children

Other Activities: Performance art with a focus on wearable art and textiles along with artist talks and textile- making demonstrations.

Food: Our food tent vendors will offer culinary delicacies ranging from Hippie Hot Dogs to La Talaye’s Jerk Chicken, Empanadas, Fish Tacos and Quinoa Super Salads. PLUS visit our Lagunitas Beer Garden!

Admission: $7 Per Person; Senior Citizens $5; Children under 14 are free.

Location and Contact Information:

GARNER Arts Center is located at the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, 55 Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923 in the Village of West Haverstraw, Rockland County. For directions and additional information, visit:; call 845-947-7108, or email

Sponsors: GARNER Arts Festival is sponsored, in part, by the County of Rockland, Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Sundala, TD Bank, the Town of Haverstraw and the Village of West Haverstraw.


*GARNER Arts Center’s Historic Campus:

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.

** Lagond Music School, located in Elmsford, NY, has created an innovative, dynamic approach to music education, theory and live performance. Students have taken the skills acquired through Lagond to top conservatories and universities around the country.



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