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Olana Wagon House Education Center

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5720 Route 9G
Hudson , NY 12534 United States

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February 2016
$50.00

CANCELLED: (Art)ic Adventure: My Life in Diorama with Tara Altebrando

February 15 @9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Young adult author Tara Altebrando’s 2015 book My Life in Diorama is all about celebrating and experiencing the meaning of home through the story of a family that must move. The Church family certainly contemplated and understood the value of home and worked tirelessly making their rooms reflect their needs and wants. Spend the day with the author talking about literature, home, and making a diorama. Each participant will receive a copy of her novel, and a diorama kit as…

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Stitch and Sip: Samplers 1.0

February 20 @4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Build a Terrarium

February 24 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch, and plan your Olana adventure once a month. This program is staffed by a museum educator with extensive experience with young children and art making. Each of the projects listed above allow for your child’s attention span- so…

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Deep Air: Christopher Stackhouse & Lori Anderson Moseman

February 27 @1:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Christopher Stackhouse & Lori Anderson Moseman Brooklyn based Stackhouse examines translations from word to image while New Paltz based Moseman uses QR codes to explore hieroglyphics. The Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series borrows the title from a popular 19th century science book by Arabella Buckley called A Fairyland of Science. Buckley’s text, written for all ages is ultimately a text that is trying to make sense of the imagination and the advent of hard science. At one point Buckley…

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Sunday Art Studios: 3D Paper Olana Model Making

February 28 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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These Sunday morning programs are designed for local families, heritage and art tourists, and regular visitors who like to make art. Projects take about 30 minutes and are fun for all ages. Everyone leaves with a work of art! Sunday, February 28 10am-12pm drop-in anytime and stay as long as you wish, Free, All Ages Location subject to change at Olana based on weather and project

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March 2016

Snowshoeing: Snowshoe Rentals Available

March 5 @1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Enjoy the beauty of winter along the scenic carriage drives at Olana State Historic Site. Break in your new snowshoes on a guided snowshoe walk led by environmental educator Fran Martino. Martino is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, a Woman-owned Business Enterprise certified with New York State Department of Economic Development. She is self-employed as an environmental educator, and serves as the education and outreach coordinator for the Greater Stockport Creek Watershed whose mission is to explore, understand,…

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Deep Air: Claire Hero & Danielle Vogel

March 12 @1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Claire Hero & Danielle Vogel Hero, from Esopus, and Vogel from Providence, RI both use the theme of migration to think about people and animals, ideas and thoughts. Each work takes us deep into memory, and in turn translates the familiar into the wild and untamed. The Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series borrows the title from a popular 19th century science book by Arabella Buckley called A Fairyland of Science. Buckley’s text, written for all ages is ultimately a…

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Stitch and Sip: Embroidery on Pre-Printed Fabrics

March 19 @4:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half…

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Birding 101: Lecture and Hike

March 26 @9:00 am - 11:00 am
Birding, photo credit Elizabeth Schanz

Join Audubon NY education coordinator Larry Federman for an early spring birding event at Olana. Observe a brief PowerPoint presentation about local birds at Olana and around the Hudson Valley. Following the presentation will be a guided walk in Olana’s beautiful artist-designed landscape. Larry Federman is the Education Coordinator for three upstate New York Audubon sanctuaries. His history with the Audubon family goes back almost 20 years when he first got involved in his local chapter. He has served his…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: 19th Century Silhouettes and Collage

March 30 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch, and plan your Olana adventure once a month. This program is staffed by a museum educator with extensive experience with young children and art making. Each of the projects listed above allow for your child’s attention span- so…

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April 2016

Zentangle: Introduction

April 2 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Join Zentangle-certified artist Andrea Porrazzo-Nangle for a short demonstration, making session, and snacks. Each participant will receive their own little pouch with pens and paper. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that often use nature as the point of departure. This program requires no artistic skill, and will lead you to discover that not only can you create beautiful art, you also can increase your focus and create…

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Olana’s Travellers Club: Tracing F.E. Church’s Roots: Hartford, CT from Birthplace to Burial

April 16 @7:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Join us on our very first Church’s Travellers Club excursion! Church and his colleagues, such as, Henry W. Bellows, Albert Bierstadt and Richard Morris Hunt, started their very own “Travellers Club” in 1864. On this trip, we will be traveling to Hartford, CT to visit the birthplace, childhood stomping grounds, and final resting place of Frederic Church. The trip includes: The Charter Oak Tree Monument A guided tour of Hudson River School paintings at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art…

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Stitch and Sip: Beading on Fabric

April 23 @4:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Like a quilting bee or a sewing circle, this program mixes needlework with socializing. Starting simple and always leaving with a project you can continue to work on at home, this program is a mix of 19th century needle skill work and social fun. Isabel and Frederic Church acquired a diverse collection of embroidered textiles and needlework artworks showing their love for texture and color on fabrics. Join us for instruction, practice, which will be followed by a second half…

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Skyscape Series: Lyrid Meteor Shower with Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association

April 23 @7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Following an arctic exploration of the North Atlantic Ocean between Labrador and Greenland to sketch icebergs in 1859, Frederic Church painted Aurora Borealis (1865; Smithsonian American Art Museum.) Paying tribute to the celestial skyscapes loved by Frederick Church, join Dr. Willie Yee and Joe Macagne, president and vice president of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association as they lead a 21st-century exploration of the night sky at Olana. We will move out to the viewing field where participants will be oriented to…

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Deep Air: Joan Retallack & Xaviera Simmons

April 24 @1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Deep Air- photo credit Xaviera Simmons

The Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series borrows the title from a popular 19th century science book by Arabella Buckley called A Fairyland of Science. Buckley’s text, written for all ages is ultimately a text that is trying to make sense of the imagination and the advent of hard science. At one point Buckley invites us to imagine a view of earth looking down through space, or through the “deep air” and that is this vantage point that we seek…

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Land & Found Objects as Canvas

April 27 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch, and plan your Olana adventure once a month. This program is staffed by a museum educator with extensive experience with young children and art making. Each of the projects listed above allow for your child’s attention span- so…

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May 2016

Scavenger Hunt: Maps, GPS, Compass Navigation

May 7 @3:00 am - 5:00 pm
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What can you find tucked away in Olana’s landscape? Get ready to search our grounds high and low to find clues that lead you to the prize. Environmental educator, Fran Martino, will teach us how to use compasses, maps, and GPS systems to navigate the landscape. Fran Martino is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, a Woman-owned Business Enterprise certified with New York State Department of Economic Development. She is self-employed as an environmental educator, and serves as the…

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Deep Air: Matthew Friday & Cara Benson

May 15 @1:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Matthew Friday & Cara Benson Kingston based Friday and East Greenbush based Benson make art about landscape and commerce: What is our currency; what is spent? What will we declare when we take inventory of our landscape through travel and notation? What cultural edges and borders appear in maps of our resources? The Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series borrows the title from a popular 19th century science book by Arabella Buckley called A Fairyland of Science. Buckley’s text, written…

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Pathways to Prevention: Hike with A Doctor

May 17 @5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Olana Partnership partners with Columbia Memorial Health to encourage healthy community activities. This event is designed to give advice on how to handle pains and an overview of treatment options. Anyone can join this presentation and hike. Participants will experience a 15-minute talk in the Wagon House Education Center, and then medical insight and advice all along the 1.5 mile hike on Olana’s moderately easy walking trails. RSVPs can be made by calling CMH at (518) 697-5445 or sending…

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Skyscape Series: Blue Moon Hike

May 21 @8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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It is marvelous to walk Olana’s landscape by moonlight! Join environmental educator Fran Martino for a night hike on the wide and gravel carriage roads. Frederic Church was famous for his paintings of sunsets, however he was an expert at painting the moon too. Fran Martino is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, a Woman-owned Business Enterprise certified with New York State Department of Economic Development. She is self-employed as an environmental educator, and serves as the education and…

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Artful Hikes: Photographic Hike and Rice Paper Prints

May 22 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Artful Hike, Photo credit Amy Hufnagel

With the flowers in full bloom, join us on a walk through Olana’s landscape to take panoramic and detailed digital images. Learn some basic tips and tricks of phone photography, then make prints of your favorite digital image onto rice paper. Once the image is on rice paper, participants will be able to create a beautiful Olana-inspired piece candle or bottle to take home. Don’t forget to bring your charged smartphone or tablet! Sunday, May 22 3-5pm, $15/Member, $20/Non-Member, All Ages

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Art in the Morning for Preschoolers: Fruit & Veggie Prints

May 25 @10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art in the Morning, photo credit Beth Schneck

Olana had great success with new programs for our littlest visitors last year and so have decided to add new programs for pre-school children and their caregivers. Come anytime within the 2 hour block, and add a hike and a picnic lunch, and plan your Olana adventure once a month. This program is staffed by a museum educator with extensive experience with young children and art making. Each of the projects listed above allow for your child’s attention span- so…

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June 2016

Preserving Olana: Stories from the Field

June 4 @3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Professionals from the conservation and preservation fields kick off this special anniversary series with stories of objects and activities from Olana’s collection. The first lecture will focus on Olana’s wallpaper restoration and the very laborious and creative steps taken to restore the second story walls at Olana. Steve Larson, co-owner of Adelphi Paper Hangings, is a skilled artisan using the same methods and materials employed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; he will talk about his work at Adelphi and…

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