Arlene Boehm painting in a field at Olana, the Frederic Church estate. Photo by Elissa Gore

Olana, the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church, wrapped up its annual plein air paint-out on October 18 with a reception, exhibition, and live auction. The pieces created during the three-day event showed why Church’s estate is considered one of the crown jewels of New York’s historical sites. 

Gerald Cooley paints the fall colors at Olana. Photo by Elissa Gore

Olana features 250 acres of farmland that Church personally designed to create an idyllic Hudson River view. Thirty artists were invited to paint on the property for the event, which was named “Creating Landscapes Within the Landscape.”

The view from Crown Hill; Church’s estate with main house in view at upper left. Photo by Elissa Gore

Proceeds from the auction went to support education programs at Columbia County Council on the Arts and Olana.


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