Painting the breathtaking views seen from Olana, the estate of Frederic Edwin Church

Artists who live in New York’s Columbia County are blessed with a local organization that supports their work and creates opportunities for them — like the chance to paint at the Olana State Historic Site, near Hudson, New York. Olana is the estate that 19th-century Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church bought and developed in the 1860s.

Painter Olive Farrell participated in last year’s plein air event at Olana, co-sponsored

From October 3 through 5, the Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA) will co-host the plein air event “Creating Landscapes Within the Landscape,” on the Olana grounds, in conjunction with the Olana Partnership. “This year will be our second paint-out; last year far exceeded our expectations and made us realize what an incredible desire there is for something like this — artists looking for plein air painting opportunities, as a way of communing, networking, and promoting their work while painting on site in the heart of the Hudson River School’s region,” says Cynthia Mulvaney, executive director of CCCA. “Art enthusiasts are invited to visit Olana and watch the artists as they work. On Saturday, October 5, the artists will bring their work to be displayed during a cocktail reception, and then a live auction will be held in the evening. We will be offering cash and gift prizes for Best in Show and First, Second, and Third places.”

Artists are juried in to the event, which will be held this year October 3 through 5.

Artists must be juried in. Contact the CCCA at 518.671.6213 or e-mail [email protected] for a prospectus and more information.

CCCA also sponsors an informal painting club that meets each Saturday to paint on Columbia Land Conservancy sites through Columbia County.


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