Programs + Events

New York Makers at Olana

  • Saturday, October 24 | 11:00am - 4:00pm | Olana Visitor Center

Come to Olana to enjoy New York Makers pop-up shop featuring a selection of handmade products made by local artisans. New York Makers is the online Marketplace and Magazine where every product has a story. Co-founded by Silda Wall Spitzer, former First Lady of New York State, to promote local sustainability and statewide connectivity, New York Makers offers a curated shop, together with original content on its digital magazine and in-person experiences bringing readers and participants inside the stories of makers and their communities.

Olana After Hours with Jim Denney and Emily Kamen of Pamela Salisbury Gallery

  • Tuesday, October 27 | 6pm | Zoom

Join Hudson-based artist Jim Denney and art historian and gallery associate Emily Kamen for a virtual conversation about Denney’s contemporary landscapes, currently on display at the Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson, NY. The show’s title piece, “Burning Down Our House”, is inspired by Frederic Church’s painting Cotopaxi. Much like the work of the Hudson River School, Denney’s paintings bear witness to the state of our environment in ways both bleak and beautiful. This conversation will be moderated by Carolyn Keogh, Director, Education and Public Programs at The Olana Partnership.

Olana After Hours is a virtual platform for lively conversations with interdisciplinary practitioners discussing how their passions intersect with the ongoing story of Olana. Participants will be invited to join in the conversation so be sure to bring your own questions and refreshments to enjoy.

Each conversation will be hosted on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent beforehand. $5 (FREE for members).

Image credit: Jim Denney, Burning Down Our House, 2020, oil on canvas, 72 x 108 inches.

'Mexican Rebozo Shawls at Olana and Beyond: From Uncertain Origins to Compromised Future' by Marta Turok

  • Wednesday, October 28 | 12pm - 1pm | Zoom

This talk by one of the world’s leading scholars and advocates of Mexico’s rich tradition of textile art will focus on a little known story in Olana’s diverse collections. Marta Turok takes as her focus Olana’s important holdings of uncannily well preserved “rebozos,” traditional shawls primarily used by indigenous women that were purchased by the Church family during their travels in Mexico. She will give a brief overview of the history of the Mexican rebozo and share the challenges facing the future of this emblematic garment, including activities being undertaken for its revitalization.

Olana’s Subject Specialist webinar series is for Members of The Olana Partnership. If you are not a member, join now.

Artists on Olana: Filiz Soyak

  • Sunday, November 1 | 1pm | Olana Visitor Center

Join interdisciplinary artist Filiz Soyak for an artist’s talk and meditative walk through Olana’s landscape. Learn more about her recent installation on the Hudson River Skywalk, Breath Flags. Through her work, Soyak explores themes of consciousness, memory, and time with mark-making. Her practice is deeply rooted in mindfulness practices. Participants in this special program will be invited to contemplate their own wishes and hopes for the future to be incorporated into Soyak’s Breath Flags project.

This program will include a mile-long walk outdoors. $10 ($5 for members), advanced registration required at For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.

Winter Prep Pollinator Walk & Workshop

  • Saturday, November 7 | 1:00pm-2:30pm | Wagon House Education Center

Explore Olana’s artist-designed landscape through the perspective of pollinators! Learn about how honeybees and humans can prepare for the winter through a guided outdoor walk and workshop. During this program, beekeepers Chris and Lisa Layman will lead a guided outdoor walk and a short demo about making beeswax salves. Chris and Lisa run Fox Farm Apiary, a honeybee rescue and sanctuary in the Hudson Valley. In partnership with Olana, Fox Farm maintains an apiary onsite at Olana’s farm complex.

This program covers approximately 1/4 mile and will be conducted outside. $20 person/ $15 members (includes a salve sample from Fox Farm Apiary). For more information, please contact or call (518) 751-6938.

If you are not a member of The Olana Partnership join now.

Sketchbook Traveler Virtual Drawing Workshops

  • Saturdays, November 7, 14 and 21 | 11:00am-12:30pm | Zoom

Work alongside a professional artist from the comfort of your own backyard! Join acclaimed painter and author James L. McElhinney for a series of virtual workshops inspired by his most recent publication, Sketchbook Traveler. Tune in to discuss and learn more about the practice of drawing landscapes with the legacy of Frederic Church and his masterwork Olana as a backdrop. Each session, James will lead participants through a short conversation and model techniques and practices while sketching onsite at Olana. Register for one or all three sessions. Workshops will be conducted via Zoom. Access to reliable internet and a computer compatible with Zoom is required. A suggested materials list will be sent to participants in advance of the class.  Advanced registration is required. $45 per person per class ($30 for Olana members).

If you are not a member of The Olana Partnership join now.

The Frederic Church Award Virtual Gala

  • Wednesday, December 9 | 6:30pm | Virtual Event

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a visionary and renaissance man, is considered one of the greatest 19th century landscape artists in America.  The Olana Partnership established the Frederic Church Award to honor individuals who, through their vision, commitment and grasp of creative trends, make extraordinary contributions to American art and culture.

The Olana Partnership programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.