Cyanotype Workshop at Phillies Bridge Farm, a WVLT Conservation Easement - Saturday, September 10th, 10 AM - 2PM


Learn about the history of cyanotypes, aka sun prints, while visiting WVLT’s first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) conservation easement. Using the sun as a UV light source, participants will produce their own pieces of art. This special event at the Phillies Bridge Farm Project will include a hike on the nature trails on the property, guided instruction from local artist Helen Gutfreund, and three cyanotypes for each participant to take home.

The workshop is on Saturday, September 10th from 10 am until 2 pm at the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, located at 45 Phillies Bridge Road in New Paltz. Pre-registration is required & participation is limited to twenty people. $100 donation to participate.

We will start with a brief history of the medium from Helen Gutfreund and the opportunity to coat paper with UV-sensitive non-toxic chemicals, that when exposed to the sun, will turn blue. Next, participants will have a tour of the plants at Phillies Bridge Farm as well as a hike on their beautiful nature trail facilitated by a highly knowledgeable farm educator. Leaves and flowers will be collected to include on the cyanotypes, which will be made after the hike. Participants should bring a bag or a basket to collect their plants and a pair of scissors with which to snip them.

The $100 donation to participate in this workshop covers the cost of the materials (chemicals and professional-grade artist papers) with the remainder will benefit, equally, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, both nonprofit organizations.

We hope you can join this Cyanotype Workshop to learn a new medium using the sun to make art while supporting our open spaces, trails and farms in Ulster County on Saturday, September 10th (rain date Sunday, September 11th ). No previous experience is required. Please RSVP using the form below.


The Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) works with landowners to secure conservation easements in order to permanently protect their land from future development for the benefit of present and future generations. We connect our community to the land by providing access to open space, including the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, educating the community on the importance of conservation, and engaging them in caring for the land we protect.

Located on 65 scenic acres in the Hudson Valley of New York State, Phillies Bridge Farm Project is a not-for-profit working farm with a mission to promote local sustainable agriculture, to provide CSA shareholders with abundant organically grown vegetables and herbs, to share part of the harvest with people in need, and to educate people of all ages about the sources of healthy food and the study of nature.

Helen Gutfreund is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in the Mid-Hudson Valley. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz.

This program is now full!