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Sat 15 May
Spring Stroll and Virtual Family Cooking Class with Olana and the Sylvia Center
Saturday, May 15, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-6938

Families are invited to participate in monthly outdoor walks at Olana and virtual healthy cooking classes with The Sylvia Center! During these special two-part programs, families will explore Olana's landscape together through observation and art activities on Saturday afternoons. Af ter each onsite walk at Olana, meal kits with local produce will be distributed for the virtual cooking class, led by The Sylvia Center. On Sundays, families will take the lead from a TSC Chef Instructor, and will use the ingredients in their meal kits to cook a healthy brunch from the comfort of their own homes. For families with children 18 and under (children should have adult supervision). Register for one or all four classes. FREE (suggested donation $12). For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938. For information about The Sylvia Center please visit or email info@sylviacenter.org.
Registration: Required
Tue 18 May
“Below the Surface: What Scientific Imaging Reveals about Church’s Artistic Process” Subject Specialist with Maura Lyons
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

While Frederic Church won acclaim during his lifetime for his skills as a painter, a focus solely on Church's paintings ignores his technical experimentation in multiple media, including drawing and printmaking. In this virtual webinar, Maura Lyons (Drake University) will focus on two Civil War-era works, Our Banner in the Sky and Our Flag, to examine Church's working process more closely. Lyons will highlight her research using scientific techniques to examine Our Flag while working at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). These techniques allow us to see below the surface layers of paint to detect the presence of other media. Such examinations reveal Church's working process, which resulted in a flexible visual language that spoke to both the general public and wealthy patrons. Maura Lyons is professor of art history at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is the author of William Dunlap and the Construction of an American Art History (2005) and multiple essays on the symbolism of landscape imagery from the U.S. Civil War. Her webinar has its origins in the summer research fellowship she held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Her current book project focuses on the role of intermediality in the visual culture of the Civil War.

This webinar is a benefit of membership with The Olana Partnership. Please join today at OLANA.org/membership

Sat 22 May
Spring Tree Walk with the Farmscape Ecology Program
Saturday, May 22, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-0344

Explore Olana's artist-designed landscape by taking a closer look at trees growing onsite. During this gentle hour-long walking tour, you will meet various tree species, and learn how to recognize them and what role they are playing in the landscape. This tour will be led by Conrad Vispo and Claudia Knab-Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, which cultivates compassion for the local ecological and cultural landscape.
Sat 22 May
Little Ones Tour and Try with Whale of a Trail Adventures
Saturday, May 22, 2021 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 567-2170

Interested in hiking with your little one but don't know how to get started? Join Whale of a Trail Adventures for a walk through Olana's landscape combined with an information session on using Kid Carriers, structured hiking backpacks for carrying children approximately 6-months through the toddler years. During this event, parents and caregivers will be able to try on multiple carriers and will receive one-on-one attention to help with fit and plan for future outdoor experiences. The group will then go for a short walk through the landscape to learn more about Olana's artist-designed landscape while carrying their little ones. This program is designed for parents and caregivers and their children in the 6-30 month range. Child must be able to sit up on their own unassisted. Limited to 5 families. FREE. Advanced registration required. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 567-2170.
Registration: Required
Sat 05 Jun
Spring Stroll and Virtual Family Cooking Class with Olana and the Sylvia Center
Saturday, June 5, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 751-6938

Families are invited to participate in monthly outdoor walks at Olana and virtual healthy cooking classes with The Sylvia Center! During these special two-part programs, families will explore Olana's landscape together through observation and art activities on Saturday afternoons. Af ter each onsite walk at Olana, meal kits with local produce will be distributed for the virtual cooking class, led by The Sylvia Center. On Sundays, families will take the lead from a TSC Chef Instructor, and will use the ingredients in their meal kits to cook a healthy brunch from the comfort of their own homes. For families with children 18 and under (children should have adult supervision). Register for one or all four classes. FREE (suggested donation $12). For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938. For information about The Sylvia Center please visit or email info@sylviacenter.org.
Registration: Required