Joan Bankemper invites you to the first of a series of

Conversations at The Barn 

with Amy Lipton, Guy Jones, Caroline G. Harris and Simon Draper

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 at 600 pm.

The Barn is located at:

122 East Ridge Road, Warwick New York. 10990

RSVP:  212 274 9815 or 845 986 8767

This is the first “conversation” or gathering at The Barn.  The goal of this conversation is to create a dialogue about sustainability.  Joan has invited four speakers who have studied sustainability in four diverse arenas: a curator, an artist, a lawyer, and a farmer. Each will offer a short presentation of their concerns about sustainability in their professional worlds.

We will serve potato leek soup, hot cider, and beer (enough to tide you over but not dinner).  Please bring something if you would like, but it is not expected/required/mandatory. Limited parking is available in the drive to the east of the barn; more parking is available in the driveway across the road.

The invited speakers are:

Amy Lipton, co founder of ecoartspace, an international non profit organization in a growing community of artists, scientists, curators, writers, nonprofits, and businesses who are developing creative and innovative strategies to address our global environmental issues.  ecoartspace promotes a diverse range of artworks that are participatory, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and uniquely educational. Their philosophy embodies a broader concept of art in its relationship to the world and seeks to connect human beings aesthetically with the awareness of larger ecological systems.   Amy will discuss the works of contemporary artists who have addressed food, agriculture and farming in their work.


Guy Jones, Blooming Hill Farm
Blooming Grove and Chester.
In the early eighties, soon after Guy Jones gave up his storefront law office to become a farmer, he was asked by David Bouley to grow rare mesclun greens and patience-testing haricots verts. He now sells 200 varieties of produce (including 30 types of tomatoes) directly to 50 restaurants, mostly in New York City. Finicky vegan spots like Angelica Kitchen love him because he’s politically conscious, and chefs find him extremely responsive—lately, for example, he’s been using seeds from Italy to grow nettle, radicchio, and agretti.

Caroline G. Harris a lawyer and artist.  She practices in various areas of land use law, emphasizing zoning and historic preservation, and sustainability.  She was recently quoted in an article in Crain’s about rooftop gardens.  She recently wrote a piece on “Green Zoning” for The Sallan Foundation.  Ms. Harris appears before many state and city agencies in New York City.  She represents real estate developers, landowners, institutional clients, not-for-profit organizations, and other public entities in a variety of land use and real estate development issues.

Simon Draper is an artist living and working in the Hudson Valley.  Habitat for Artists is a collective project created by Mr. Draper.  Draper and a changing collective of artists have built over 20 six by six foot studios up and down the Hudson Valley, in Philadelphia, and most recently in New York City.  Some of these Habitats have been installed and used by CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture groups) in the Hudson Valley.  Artists and the community at large use these small studios.  Each habitat is made largely of reclaimed and recycled materials, and its design seeks to minimize its carbon footprint.  Simon will speak about creating a space in which to create, and the thought process behind his Habitats.