Making art till the cows come home

It’s time again for the next edition of the ambitious outdoor event that includes sculpture, performance art – and cows.

Collaborative Concepts Farm Project 2018 will again put the spotlight on experimental art in many mediums, works displayed throughout the grounds of a Garrison farm on which cows freely roam – and often interact – with the work.

The project will kick off this weekend and continue through Oct. 28.

Collaborative Concepts is a not-for-profit, non-membership organization of professional artists that brings together sculpture and installations by more than 50 participants on the rolling fields the 140-acre Saunders Farm each year.

Visitors are invited to stroll the grounds and experience the art, navigating their way among the animals including cows and horses.

Here’s how the event has been described in advance materials:

“Collaborative Concepts offers opportunities that afford artists the freedom to create whatever they want, whether that is creating something grand or silly or experimental, and it even gives them permission to fail. Throw in some fun challenges – the huge scale of the farm, weather and ‘cow-proofing,’ – and the show becomes even more irresistible.

“This fall the artists seem to have created works that center mostly around two themes. The first is one of elements of nature itself… The second theme among artists is that of buildings and activities centered in those buildings.”

Sculpture, performance art, theater and other cultural presentations are part of the Saunders Farm opening (from 2 p.m. Sept. 1) and mid-run (Sept. 22) receptions. Full details of the reception-day schedules can be found online. Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to dusk Sept. 2 through Oct. 28.

Admission is free. The farm is at 853 Old Albany Post Road.

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– Mary Shustack

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