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About Us

Collaborative Concepts is a not-for-profit arts organization based on the idea that professional artists working together can achieve artful accomplishments and provide the community with exceptional cultural experiences. Since its founding in 1999, Collaborative Concepts has curated more than 40 exhibitions in galleries and outdoor settings in the Hudson Valley.

Collaborative Concepts at The Putnam Arts Council is a partnership program for facilitating art on the Council's Belle Levine Art Center campus in Mahopac. The program began during the Collaborative Concepts' Farm Project 2010. The Putnam Arts Council's Visual Arts Committee selected two works of art from the more than sixty works on display at the annual exhibition that takes place each year from Labor Day weekend through October on Saunders Farm, Located in Garrison, New York.

The selected artist for this year is Herman Roggeman. Herman Roggeman's art, titled "sliver", is a soaring, monumental steel sculpture.

All the sculpture installations are temporary, and many works are for sale. The Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm exhibition is free and can be viewed from 10 am to dusk, during the exhibition dates. Visitors should dress appropriately for a walk in the country.

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Who are you?
An incorporated New York State not-for-profit and registered 501c3 entity with full liability insurance.

What are you?
A nonmembership organization with a board of directors committed to facilitating and presenting professional art.

What is your support base?
Contributions from individual and business friends of the arts.

What is your history? Founded in 1999,
Collaborative Concepts presented more than 30 exhibitions over seven years in commercial spaces, in Cold Spring and Beacon. In 2006 we presented our first installation at Saunders’ Farm.

What is your experience with outdoor sculpture?
We started a small outdoor sculpture space at our Beacon Gallery operated for five years; then presented an exhibition at the University Settlement campus in Beacon; and since 2006, have presented an annual outdoor exhibition on 100 acres at Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY.

What is the art project at Saunders Farm?
Each year more than 60 artists are invited to site sculpture, perform, or create installations on the rolling hills of historic Saunders Farm, located at 853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison.

When is this happening?
The exhibition opens for the fall season on Labor Day weekend and remains open every day from 10 am to dusk through October.

Is there an admission?
The event is free and open to the public.

What is the environmental impact?
With less than one sculpture per 2 acres, the visual sense of a spectacular landscape predominates. The art has been curated to fit into the vistas.The art is temporary and all sites will be returned to their original condition.

What about the black angus steer?
The steer are rotated from pasture to pasture (on the opening day, the steer will have a pasture of their own). The art as required by the project, is “cow friendly”- no holes, cables, sharp edges, etc. The steer are expected to enjoy the art while they dine.

Is how is the art viewed?
At the entrance to the exhibition, visitors are given a map with the location of each sculpture and recommended walking paths.

Are there guides?
Artists and volunteers are in attendance on the opening day to insure an enriching art experience.

 
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