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From the Garnett Puett archives: Beeswax, Wood, Steel, Corning Glass Bell Jar.

October 9 – November 4, 2015

Opening reception October 9, 6-9pm


For the first annual Narrowsburg Honey Bee Festival, The Mildred Complex(ity) is putting on show a group of curiosities from apiculturalists. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about the honey bee; we will devote special attention to engaging the public in identification, process, methodologies, and philosophies – the magic of bees.


Featuring the works of Big Island Bees, Garnett Puett, Barry Puett,

Hal Klavsen, Hope Ginsburg and others.


Narrowsburg Honey Bee festival, October 10th, all day long

Barry Puett will speak about Queen Bee Grafting; 2:30pm  


The Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space

37b Main Street

Narrowsburg, NY

845 252 3554 or


Hours: Friday and Saturday, 12 – 5pm, or by appointment.



Big Island Bees is a fourth generation family business that migrated to Hawaii in 1972, and has consistently made honey that is shipped around the world. Big Island Bees honeys have a more intense flavor profile than conventional honey, because they are produced from a single floral source and aren't heated or filtered. And because the bees are raised organically, and are never fed artificial sweeteners, and pollinate a landscape that does not allow pesticides or GMOs; therefore, the bees produce the purest organic honey in the world.


Hope Ginsburg makes project-based work that pivots around the production of live events and the images, objects and physical spaces that they generate. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MoMA PS1, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Wexner Center for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art and Sculpture Center. Hope Ginsburg is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.


Hal Klavsen (b. 1962; Copenhagen, Denmark) is a helicopter pilot, beekeeper, and woodworker. Recently, he has been studying to be a hive inspector in Massachusetts. For the past five years Hal has been building his own bee boxes and experimenting with different methods of construction and combination. He and his wife Lynda — also a helicopter pilot — also make soap and handmade paper in addition to beekeeping.


Garnett Puett (b. 1959; Hahira, GA) is an apisculpture artist that has been working with bees his whole life. He is a fourth generation beekeeper and was rooftop beekeeping in Williamsburg, NY in the early eighties. Puett has exhibited his sculptures around the globe. His unique process of collaboration with his bees still resonates and his work is in several private collections as well as museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, Mexico National Museum of Mexico City , Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Garnett lives, sculpts and keeps bees in Hawaii with his wife, Whendi Grad-Puett and they co own and operate Big Island Bees.


Barry Puett (b. 1954; Hahira, GA) is a fourth generation beekeeper that worked in the family business of queen bee production as a grafter and queen catcher. She worked for Kona Queen Company in Hawaii, and then lived and worked in Brazil where she worked to crossbreed Africanized Honeybees with gentle bees, propagated queen bees and royal jelly; and also taught Brazilians beekeeping skills.  She returned to America and has been faculty at State College of Florida since 1994. With degrees in both Psychology and Law, she is a Professor, Department Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Director of Homeland Security/Public Safety Administration BAS Degree.

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