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2019 Summer Festival


2019 Summer Festival


Our 11th annual Summer Festival. Join us for another day full of music, dance, film, artist talks, performances and readings, and artist games. Our summer exhibition, Ad Astra Per Aspera, will be open all day, as will the Art Nest, our free artmaking space for kids. And it's all 100% free, like it's always been.

We’re also looking for volunteers. Sign up to help and get a free t-shirt and free camping on Saturday night (only volunteers will be allowed to camp).



Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
12:00 PM to Late

Luther Barn Field
17 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

Artist Talks and Discussions
And more


The schedule.


Luther Barn Stage

6:00 PM Acoustic Mandala Project
7:00 PM Holy Hive
8:00 PM Xenia Rubinos
9:00 PM Strings N Skins
10:00 PM Ikebe Shakedown
11:00 PM Escort



Luther Barn Auction Ring

1:00 PM Family Shorts Program
5:00 PM Experimental Shorts Program



Luther Barn

4:00 PM Paz Tanjuaquio
4:30 PM Marilia Quevedo and Cristian Puig
5:00 PM Paula Josa-Jones
5:30 PM binbinFactory
6:30 PM Janessa Clark Choreography
7:30 PM UNA Projects
8:30 PM Netta Yerushalmy



Throughout Wassaic

2:00 PM The Prince

Luther Barn

3:00 PM A Call to Cosmic
5:30 PM You Always Lose at Your Own Game
12:00 AM Midnight Maze Game


Artist Talks and Discussions

Maxon Mills

1:00 PM Anna Cone
1:30 PM Dana Robinson
2:00 PM Saki Sato
2:30 PM Padma Rajendran
3:00 PM Ace Lehner
3:30 PM Susan Hamburger

Wassaic Commons

4:00 PM Sarah Friedland

Auction Ring

4:00 PM Art in Literature


Art (and More)

Maxon Mills

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Summer Exhibition Hours
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Art Nest Hours

Wassaic Commons

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM CROWDS

Throughout Wassaic

12:00 PM to Late The Lantern Hours
1:00 PM to Late Luther Barn Food Vendors





Escort is a nu-disco band based in New York. Their new album, City Life, is available now.


Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music ten years ago. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the foundational elements of ’70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies.


Strings N Skins celebrates their Caribbean, Latin American and African heritage through the dynamic and explosive blend of the violin and the djembe. They’re not just happy, but also intense, irreverent, and empowered. Their purpose is to educate our minds and embrace our roots so that we can take control and live with dignity and love. Let the music speak.

Photo by Michelle Arcila

Photo by Michelle Arcila

Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Her sound grows from a wide palette of influences ranging from Caribbean rhythms and beat music to minimalism and indie rock all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Xenia’s ecstatic songs feature layered beats, crunchy keyboards, and driving syncopated rhythms.


Holy Hive is proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The trio’s individual members hail from across the US, but came together out of a common love of folk and soul music. With a couple influences in mind, their forthcoming album both pays tribute to their favorites and creates a tough but beautiful new space for listeners.

Photo by George Estreich

Photo by George Estreich

Acoustic Mandala Project uses tuning systems drawn from the pure resonances of ancient Indian ragas that have been rarely heard in the West for hundreds of years. Inspired by the transcendent poetry of Rumi and the Zen Haiku of Basho, bansuri (bamboo flute) player Joshua Geisler and guitarist David Ellenbogen layer tapestries of melodies and rhythm.




Poetry of Perception: Hear  by Lily Fang

Poetry of Perception: Hear by Lily Fang

Experimental Shorts

This hour-long block of shorts gets weird. Stick around after afterwards for a Q&A afterwards with directors Joshua Frankel, Georg Anthony Svatek, Lily Fang, and Sean Hanley.

Mannahatta by Joshua Frankel
.TV by Georg Anthony Svatek
Poetry of Perception: Hear by Lily Fang
The Man in the Mirror by Alastor Arnold
Community Room by Amanda Katz
Living Fossil by Sean Hanley
An Empty Threat by Josh Lewis

FISHWITCH  by Adrienne Dowling

FISHWITCH by Adrienne Dowling

Family Shorts

This collection of family-friendly shorts clocks in at around 45 minutes.

Bottle by Kirsten Lepore
Dean Goes Surfing by Caitlyn Greene
FISHWITCH by Adrienne Dowling
Kitbull by Rosana Sullivan
Lost and Found by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe




This year, we’ve challenged each artist to present a variation of small dances on 4 ft. x 4 ft. platforms surrounding Luther Barn.

Deceasing Shadow  (2017). Photo by Whitney Browne.

Deceasing Shadow (2017). Photo by Whitney Browne.

binbinFactory began in 2010 as a collaboration between Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa. Since then, they have been featured at DANCE NOW, Performance Mix Festival, Downtown Dance Festival NYC, Movement Research at the Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, Flea Theater, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, SoapBox Gallery, and more.

They will be performing Summer Garden. This work depicts a small accident developing into a big problem in a summer garden.

Choreographer: Haga and Fukuzawa
Music: Haga
Performers: Haga & Fukuzawa


Janessa Clark is a choreographer and dance filmmaker based in Brooklyn. From 2001–2012 she directed the NYC-based dance collective Janessa Clark/KILTERBOX, and in 2012 she founded nomadthenewcompany, which worked internationally from Stockholm until 2017.

Dancers Courtney Drasner and Connor Speetjens will be performing Clark’s Wandering Camille — “sometimes an encounter between strangers can alter one’s path forever.”

Choreographer: Clark
Music: Leonard Cohen
Performers: Courtney Drasner and Connor Speetjens


Paula Josa-Jones is a dance artist, choreographer, author, visual artist, movement educator, and therapist known for her visually rich, emotionally charged dance theater. Her work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and riders, film, and video.

Josa Jones will be performing Garcon.

Choreographer: Josa-Jones
Accompaniment/Music: Hyugues LeBars
Performer: Josa-Jones


Marilia Quevedo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began studying classical dances at the age of 9 and performs in Buenos Aires. She is a classical dance teacher, and has studied different disciplines. At the age of 27 she studying flamenco dancing, introducing himself to the Flemish culture as a whole. She looks to Juan El Camas and Concha Vargas as the great masters of flamenco. Quevedo lives in New York.

Quevedo will be performing A Mara alongside and Flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig. The rhythm of this choreography is called Alegrías (happiness) — Quevedo mixes different feelings expressed through the passion and sensuality of flamenco art, going from the rhythmic to the melodic, using different parts of the body (feet, arms, hands, head).

Choreographer: Marilia Quevedo
Accompaniment: Cristian Puig
Performers: Quevedo and Puig

Photo by Todd Richmond

Photo by Todd Richmond

Paz Tanjuaquio is a choreographer, dancer, visual artist and curator, based in NYC since 1990. Her work has been presented by LaMaMa Moves, Harkness Dance Festival at 92Y, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Danspace Project, among others.

Tanjuaquio will be performing Zoetrope 4.0, a solo dance designed for a 4-foot platform, where motion and stillness are based on a sequence of drawings and phrases.

Choreographer: Tanjuaquio
Sound: Todd B. Richmond
Performer: Tanjuaquio


Chuck Wilt is the Artistic Director of UNA, and holds a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch. Wilt has created work for LITVAKdance, been an emerging choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal, set repertory for colleges and youth programs, and has taught internationally for universities, training programs, high schools, and professional dancers.

Wilt and dancer Kyle Filley will be performing Grass is Green.

Choreographer: Wilt
Performers: Wilt and Kyle Filley


Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed.

Yerushalmy will be performing (Paramodernities) Ghosts: a practice of morphology in dance history.

Choreographer: Yerushalmy
Accompaniment/Music/Text: Eric Mullins
Performer: Yerushalmy





The Prince is a durational one-man show from performance and video artist Agnese Cebere. Full of ill-conceived notions, bad timing, and exuberant gestures, The Prince mimes his way through public life as best he can to the music of silent film. Meandering alongside and in-between other artwork and among visitors, the performance is improvised using costume, site, and social interactions as prompts for sketches.


CROWDS is a three-channel video installation of a durational dance by filmmaker and choreographer Sarah Friedland. Focusing on collective formations, movements, and gestures, CROWDS uses dance to interrogate the distinctions we make and to destabilize the relationship between ideologies and moving bodies.

CROWDS is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


A Call to Cosmic is a short absurdist play written and directed by Tiffany Joy Butler and starring Bryant Jager, Kevin Gonzalez, and Sakshee Sharma. Inspired by an earlier iteration entitled Ekzein, an experimental film series, the play criticizes society’s attachment to pharmaceuticals and skin lightening products.

Zebadiah Keneally,  You Always Lose at Your Own Game  (2017). Photo by Clay Anderson .

Zebadiah Keneally, You Always Lose at Your Own Game (2017). Photo by Clay Anderson.

You Always Lose At Your Own Game is an absurd response to our current geopolitical climate from interdisciplinary artist Zebadiah Keneally. The performance is a Dada-inspired soccer match with an inflatable Earth, seven feet in diameter. Two teams struggle in Sisyphean effort to control the world, score goals, and win the game. The sheer size of the globe means that each kick, header, or other deflection sends the planet flying with the will of the wind and the music of the spheres.



Artist Talks and Discussions

Left to right: photos by Janelle Jones, Karen Pike, Colin Lane

Left to right: photos by Janelle Jones, Karen Pike, Colin Lane

Art in Literature

Three writers with recent novels set in the art world — Barbara Bourland (Fake Like Me), Maria Hummel (Still Lives), and Courtney Maum (Costalegre) — discuss the art of placing artists, artworks, and history into literature. The panel will be moderated by Ashley Mayne, a writer living in Upstate NY.

Anna Cone,  Leda Chapel  (2019)

Anna Cone, Leda Chapel (2019)

Anna Cone will be talking and answering questions about her Baroque-inspired Leda Chapel installation on the ground floor of Maxon Mills.

Cone is a Brooklyn-based photographer and digital collage artist, stimulated by psychic readings, 70s vampires and witches, old master paintings, surrealist films, 19th century Spiritualism, radical women, and the body.


Susan Hamburger’s Birds of New York brings a flock of New York pigeons to the top floor of Maxon Mills. These papier-mâché birds are made entirely from old copies of The New York Times.

Hamburger is a Brooklyn-based visual artist.


Ace Lehner’s The Art of Queer Failure Barbershop brings a full-service barber shop to the fifth floor of Maxon Mills. Stop by to hear Lehner talk about their work and to sign up for your very own queerly failing haircut in exchange for an act of queer working.

Lehner is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist specializing in critical engagement with identity and representation; history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art; visual studies; photography theory, queer and trans theory and issues of representation. Lehner’s artistic practice often embraces collaboration and primarily utilizes photography and video to mine the complex relation between representations and the constitution of identities.


Padma Rajendran will be on the third floor of Maxon Mills talking about her piece, About to Enter.

Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia. She currently lives and works in Catskill, NY and teaches printmaking at SUNY Purchase.


Dana Robinson will be talking about her Love: American Style series of collages on the ground floor of Maxon Mills.

Robinson is a multimedia artist working predominantly with fibers, and paint. Her practice explores antiquity beyond the simplicity of novelty.


Saki Sato’s The Icebox is a room installation that mimics a walk-in freezer with preserved foods and mysterious blue goddesses. A video plays on the wall, announcing the new debut of artificial foodstuffs and offers an eerie but playful view of what our world might look like if we can no longer produce food in traditional ways.

Sato is a New York City-based artist and web developer.




Roxanne Jackson,  Bedroom Eyes  (2018) Ceramic, glaze, luster, wig, freshwater pearls, faux fur; 16 x 28 x 11 inches

Roxanne Jackson, Bedroom Eyes (2018)
Ceramic, glaze, luster, wig, freshwater pearls, faux fur; 16 x 28 x 11 inches

Summer Exhibition
Open 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Our 2019 summer exhibition, Ad Astra Per Aspera, features art from over 70 emerging contemporary artists and sprawls throughout all seven floors of Maxon Mills, a refurbished grain mill from the 1940s. Stop by and explore all you want.


Art Nest
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Art Nest is a free, welcoming art space for children of all ages — drop in from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and we’ll have project ideas ready (perfect for parent-child teams), complete with any and all materials. Our Education DirectorEducation Fellows, and interns will be there to help out with all projects, too.





Getting Here

We’re located right at the end of Metro-North’s Harlem line, a ~2-hour ride from Grand Central. We'll have a shuttle running all day Saturday in conjunction all day with the train schedule. Shuttles stop across from Maxon Mills, and leave 20 minutes prior to each train out of Wassaic.

Shuttle times into Wassaic:
11:52 AM, 1:49 PM, 3:49 PM, 5:49 PM, 7:49 PM, 9:49 PM, and 11:49 PM

Shuttle times to the train station:
11:55 PM, 1:55 PM, 3:55 PM, 5:55 PM, 7:55 PM, and 9:55 PM

Don't forget: our MTA Getaway Package saves you up to $20 round-trip, and $5 of your ticket price gets donated back to the Wassaic Project!

By Car

Parking is $20, and is available at Pawling Rubber Factory (across from the mill). But parking might be tight — try to carpool.


Food and Drink
Starting at 12:00 PM

Grab lunch from The Lantern or dinner from our food vendors located conveniently at the Luther barn.

Beer and other drinks will also be available for sale.



We'll take all the hands we can get. Sign up to help and get a free t-shirt and free camping on Saturday night (only volunteers will be allowed to camp).


We're able to keep the festival free thanks to the generous support of the Arts Mid-Hudson's Dutchess County Partners in the Arts Fund and all our other funding organizations and donors.


Earlier Event: July 27
Open Studios in July
Later Event: August 5
Camp Wassaic