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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 Shorts Program
3:00 PM Shorts Program Re-Run



Luther Barn (times TBD)

Janessa Clark Choreography
Netta Yerushalmy
Parijat Desai Dance Company
Paula Josa-Jones
Paz Tanjuaquio
UNA Projects
Xianix Barrera Flamenco



Throughout Wassaic

2:00 PM The Prince

Luther Barn

3:00 PM A Call to Cosmic
Time TBD You Always Lose at Your Own Game


Artist Talks and Discussions

Maxon Mills (times TBD)

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 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.




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 are recipients of a Swing Space residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, resident artists at Eva Dean Dance with Mertz Gilmore Creative Grant, GO! Emerging Artist Commissioning Program, and Joan Duddy Space Grant at Union Street Dance.


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.

She is currently is a 2019 Artist Fellow within CEC ArtsLink’s Back Apartment Residency in St. Petersburg, Russia.

As a performer, Janessa has collaborated with acclaimed artists such as Tino Sehgal, Gina Gibney/Gibney Dance, Noemie Lafrance Sens|Production, and Laura Peterson Choreography.


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.

For her choreographic work, Yerushalmy has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, National Dance Project Grant, commission from LMCC’s Extended Life program, Six Points Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was recently a Research Fellow at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and is currently a Toulmin Fellow for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Yerushalmy will be a Princeton Arts Fellow at Princeton University in 2019-2021.


Parijat Desai Dance Company is an ensemble of dancers exploring ways to hybridize Indian classical and contemporary dance techniques. The company began in Los Angeles in 2000, and shifted to New York City in 2004. They have been presented by venues including Danspace Project, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Queens Museum, Asia Society, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), and The Dance Centre (Vancouver).


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 has been called "one of the country's leading choreographic conceptualists" by the Boston Globe and the Village Voice describes her work as "powerful, eccentric, and surreal." Her dances have been produced in Russia, Europe, Mexico and throughout the United States.

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; nationally, San Diego Trolley Dances, ADF Int’l Screen Dance; internationally, at Le Commun in Geneva, Switzerland and at residencies in Cambodia, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, her birthplace.


Chuck Wilt is the Artistic Director of UNA, and holds a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch. Chuck was a selected choreographic fellow for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation NDCL, a Dance Initiative artist-in-residence, a recipient of the Rainin Opportunity Fund, and an artist-in-residence at 92nd St. Y, CUNY Dance Initiative, and Fusion Japan. 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.


Xianix Barrera, flamenco dancer, teacher, and choreographer, has shared the stage with artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia "La Repompilla", Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla in prominent venues including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Tablao El Duende in Copenhagen, the Red Theater in Abu Dhabi, and Cafe Silverio in Sevilla.

In 2012, she founded Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company, which produces traditional flamenco performances and workshops that highlight bold and tenacious female artists and their unapologetically robust femininity. Queer themes, female empowerment, sexual identity and social justice color her choreographic work.





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 and Kevin Gonzalez. 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.

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.


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

Coming from NYC? 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, and in the morning on Sunday. Don't forget: our Getaway Package saves you up to $20 round-trip, and $5 of your ticket price gets donated back to the Wassaic Project!

Shuttle times into Wassaic are at:
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 are at: 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM, 6:15 PM, 8:15 PM, and 10:15 PM

Driving? Parking is $20, and is available at Maxon Mills, The Lantern, and Pawling Rubber Factory (across from the mill). Limited street parking is available as well. But parking might be tight — try to carpool.

More details on getting to Wassaic here.


Food and Drink
Starting at 12:00 PM

Grab lunch and dinner (or a quick snack) from our fleet of food vendors or The Lantern.

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