Picnic Party In The Park
Bring your own Fabulous Fantasy Picnic blanket, basket, and elegant dinner to celebrate your creative flair! We’re also holding a Creative Hat Contest—let art go to your head by creating a one of a kind hat for the event!
Hats will be judged by hosts, Karen Suen-Cooper and Martin Cooper, who will present awards in the following categories: “Inspired by Nature,” “Inspired by Architecture,” “Inspired by Film or Literature,” “Inspired by Music,” “Inspired by Art Omi,” and “Crowd Favorite.” Winners will be featured on Art Omi’s Instagram seen by 30K followers, and will receive a professional portrait wearing your winning hat.
Composer Phil Kline will round off the evening with the world premiere of his time-based installation, last words before disappearing from the face of the earth. Written explicitly to be presented in a quiet meadow in 2001, Kline has not publicly performed the piece until now, hoping to find a venue that suited his vision. He at last found the perfect location while walking through the fields at Art Omi.
Support Art Omi by buying tickets for only $100 per person! You’ll receive:
- Specialty Cocktail by Angus Van Beusichem, Proprietor & Liquids Curator of The People's Pub in Chatham, NY
- Entry in the Creative Hat Contest and a chance to be featured on Art Omi’s Instagram
- Entry in a raffle for a $100 gift certificate the Punctilious Mr. P’s Place Card Company
- Your song added to our Spotify Picnic Playlist, specially curated by Jeffrey Lependorf, Director of Art Omi: Music
- World Premiere of last words before disappearing from the face of the earth by Phil Kline
- A fabulous time!!
Children 15 years old and under may attend free of charge.
Unable to join us in person? Then support us from the comfort of your own home! Send us a photo or video of your extravagant picnic hat before the event to enter the hat contest, and we’ll provide you with the recipe for our Special Cocktail, you’ll be entered into the raffle, and you can add music to our Picnic Playlist! We also want to see a photo of you and your picnic! Post it at #PicnicPartyArtOmi on Instagram.
You may also support us as a Community Sponsor of this event. Community Sponsors provide free tickets for the Picnic Party in the Park to members in our community by making a contribution of any size. Click here to become a Community Sponsor.
Karen Suen-Cooper and Martin Cooper are fashion designers who are co-founders of The Punctilious Mr. P’s Place Card Company, a luxury home accessories brand that celebrates the goodness of gathering. The bigger idea behind their little illustrated place cards is simple: "find joy in the company you keep and cherish these relationships, because life is uncertain and making joy is the one thing we can action when the world stops making sense." This is the heart of The Joy Economy™, a life compass they created that points to the purpose and pleasure of commerce. The brand is based in the hamlet of Old Chatham, in New York’s bucolic Hudson River Valley.
Raised in Akron, Ohio, Phil Kline came to New York City to study poetry with Kenneth Koch and David Shapiro at Columbia. He then moved into the downtown arts world, founding the band the Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch, Luc Sante and James Nares, collaborating with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and playing guitar in the notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble. Inspired by the tape music of Steve Reich and Brian Eno, he created an orchestra of boomboxes for the Christmas classic Unsilent Night, now presented annually in towns around the world, including at Art Omi.
Join us for one or more weeks of Columbia County's most popular arts camp for preschoolers! This program is limited to eight children and two adult teachers. Artgarten occurs under a large, open-air tent with excursions throughout the Sculpture & Architecture park. Daily activities include two art projects using a variety of media, nature exploration in the sculpture and architecture park, open play, story time, and swimming as well as snack and lunch times, and morning/afternoon circle meetings. With contemporary art and architecture and the expansive natural landscape as a backdrop, sky's the limit for what we can dream up and create together!
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All weeks are now full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
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