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Thu 23 Mar
Perspectives on Landscape, Language, and Indigeneity: A Virtual Conversation with Artist Mark Igloliorte
Thursday, March 23, 2023 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
During this virtual webinar, learn more about the work of contemporary artist Mark Igloliorte, who is included in Olana's current exhibition, Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape, on view until March 26. Mark Igloliorte (Inuk, Nunatsiavut) is an artist, essayist and educator whose work explores Indigenous futures and identity. During this presentation, he will track the ways language, landscape, and personal perspectives inform his work. A conversation with curator and scholar Franchesca Hebert-Spence will follow.
Sun 26 Mar
Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Olana State Historic Site
In 1859, Frederic Church chartered a ship to the waters surrounding Newfoundland and Labrador—an area known as "Iceberg Alley"—on a mission that made him the first American artist to explore the region for the purpose of painting icebergs, a landmark event in the history of art. The Olana Partnership and Olana State Historic Site present Chasing Icebergs: Art and a Disappearing Landscape, the first winter exhibition in Olana's Sharp Family Gallery, highlighting Frederic Church's iceberg sketches from this intrepid voyage. The exhibition will also include photographs and historic texts Church collected about icebergs and Arctic exploration, as well as the work of four contemporary artists who highlight the fragility of the Earth's polar environments. To learn more and purchase tickets visit
Wed 19 Apr
23rd Annual Frederic Church Award Gala
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 06:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
The Olana Partnership is thrilled to announce its 2023 Frederic Church Award honorees: Patron Kelly M. Williams, Curator Sarah D. Coffin, and artist Lynn Davis. We will honor these three remarkable women at The Frederic Church Award Gala at The Rainbow Room in New York City on April 19, 2023. This year's honorees embody the intersection of art, design, and civic engagement that set Frederic Church apart as the most acclaimed artist of his generation. Church's enduring legacy at Olana combines the worlds of architecture, landscape design, painting, decorative arts, and environmental conservation. Our particular focus this year is on Frederic Church's avid interest in early photography. His collection at Olana is the largest and most intact 19th century photography collection in the United States.
Sat 22 Apr
Create and Cook: Sketching with Spring Greens
Saturday, April 22, 2023 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Explore your creativity in the kitchen and the studio during onsite FREE family programs at Olana! Led by The Sylvia Center and The Olana Partnership, each workshop will use Olana's landscape and history as inspiration for an art activity and special recipe. Programs include an outdoor tour of Olana's landscape, art exploration, cooking instruction, and a healthy lunch made with local farm fresh ingredients. Join us to learn more about Frederic Church, the artist who designed Olana, and work with The Sylvia Center Chefs to cook recipes inspired by the Church family's own farm and kitchen garden. During this session, celebrate Spring by making a kale, carrot, and apple salad and learning more about Church's love of trees. Learn more about Olana's historic orchard and use watercolor pencil to explore mark-making techniques together. For families with children 18 and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). Register for one or all three classes. FREE (suggested donation $12). Registration includes all artmaking supplies, a free lunch for each participant, and a voucher to participate in future cooking classes hosted by The Sylvia Center. Advance registration at For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.
Sat 29 Apr
Arbor Day at Olana
Saturday, April 29, 2023 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Celebrate Arbor Day during an afternoon of drop-in activities, workshops, and free walking tours through Olana's forested landscape. There will be a giveaway of FREE tree seedlings to the first one hundred participants so stop by early to join in on the fun and get your own sapling to take care of at home. Learn more about the important role trees played in Frederic Church's design of Olana with free landscape tours at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Hone your own tree identification skills during drop in activities led by the Columbia Land Conservancy beginning at noon and stick around for a live performance by the Hudson Valley's favorite party brass band, Brasskill, at 3pm. Register for special workshops focusing on observational sketching and creating natural dyes. Grab a bite to eat from vegan food vendor, Urugula Creative Cuisine, who will be onsite serving plant-based snacks and bites throughout the day. Space in workshops is limited and advanced registration is required.
Sat 29 Apr
Making Natural Dyes with Local Plants – Workshop
Saturday, April 29, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
Olana's Hudson Valley landscape is brimming with natural dye potential. Identifying local plants for their natural dye properties opens a palette of wildcrafted and foraged color and deepens our relationship to the land. In this introductory natural dye workshop, participants will work with local plant dyes that produce beautiful color on biodegradable fibers like cotton, linen, hemp, silk, and wool. During this special Arbor Day workshop, artist Katrina Rodabaugh will guide attendees in creating several hues of natural dye using various fibers and mordants. In honor of Arbor Day, this workshop will focus on dyes produced from local trees like black walnut, oak, maple, sumac, or pine. This program is best suited for beginners curious about using local plants and for intermediate dyers who want to deepen their practice. Participants will leave with dyed fiber samples, a pamphlet with resources and step-by-step instructions, and the confidence to continue this work. $15/$10 for members
Sat 29 Apr
Paint the Forested Landscape with Woodstock School of Arts
Saturday, April 29, 2023 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
This workshop is led in partnership with Woodstock School of Arts on occasion of Olana's Arbor Day celebration and will provide participants with an opportunity to look closely and capture Olana's landscape. Led by professional teaching artist Anne Crowley, this workshop will focus on perspective and landscape painting with oil pastels. Take in Olana's forested landscape and explore how your own observations can be turned into a work of art. During the workshop, participants will be given time to explore their individual practice with the assistance of the instructor. Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! Basic materials provided; participants encouraged to bring their own supplementary materials. $15/$10 for members.