Wassaic Project Summer Festival

Aug. 2 – 4, is a free weekend-long celebration of art, music and community, showcasing over 100 emerging artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance events, and a performance art series.  The Wassaic Project’s Summer Exhibition “Homeward Found” will also be featured.  Juxtaposed with historic agricultural buildings in a beautiful rural setting, the Summer Festival challenges the white walls of traditional art spaces with site-sensitive installations and a series of multidisciplinary performances.  The Festival offers a free weekend-long opportunity for the public, as well as participating artists of all mediums, to gather together, exchange ideas, and engage in a thriving arts community.

FILM: Guest speaker, actor and filmmaker Martin Starr (Friday); screening of DirectorLauren Wolkstein’s Social Butterfly, an official selection of both the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and SXSW; and Short Term 12 (first screening before distribution), a SXSW Grand Jury and Audience Award winner directed by Destin Cretton, featuring rising star Brie Larson of 21 Jump Street and Showtime’s United States of Tara.

DANCE: New Milford, CT-based Earl Mosley Institute for the Arts (Friday); Ase Dance Theater Collective’s “Anba Dlo”, an interpretation of traditional song, dance and percussion pieces learned in Ghana (Saturday); and Alexis Convento & Artists, a contemporary/improvisational NYC-based dance company (Saturday).

MUSIC: Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion play selections from their new album Wassaic Way (Saturday 6pm); Superhuman Happiness, which debuted its first full-length CDHands in March to national acclaim; and Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang.  Go tohttp://wassaicproject.org/music/ to listen to a playlist from the 2013 Festival lineup.

ART: The Argonauts http://wassaicproject.org/exhibitions/2013-2/the-argonauts/features 12 outstanding emerging artists presenting new performances and temporary installations, including Amanda White and Brinton Jaecks’s inflated Fan Man andMystography, a lush, multimedia investigation of transformations in nature performed by Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from: Back in the Kitchen (beverages), The Lantern Inn (wood fired pizzas), Love Feast (vegan Indian food), Oakhurst Diner (salads and sandwiches) and the Wassaic Fire Department (Breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers).

More information, highlights and updated schedule available athttp://wassaicproject.org/festival/

Visitors are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend, with camping onsite (reservations required) and lodging nearby. Programming is cutting-edge yet family friendly.  The Wassaic Project is located in the hamlet of Wassaic, just 90 minutes north of NYC and walking distance from Metro North Train (Wassaic station). 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY 12592.

The Wassaic Project exists to provide a genuine and intimate context for art making and strengthening local community by increasing social and cultural capital through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art.