Coachman’s House Gallery at Olana
June 28- November 2, 2014
Attributed to Felix Bonfils, Frederic Edwin Church and His Son, Frederic Joseph in Beirut, 1868, carte-de-visite, photograph, 4 7/8 x 3 3/8 in., OL.1984.446, Collection Olana State Historic Site, NYSOPRHP
This documentary installation shines light on the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. HAHS is a consortium of institutions across the United States committed to the conservation, interpretation, and public accessibility of artists’ homes and workspaces. This exhibition features information about the consortium and documentary photographs and personal artists’ quotes from its nearly 40 member sites, including an image of Frederic Church and his son on a camel in Beirut (1868), the trip which inspired the Persian-style house and studio the painter would later build at Olana.
Other photographs range from the paint-splattered barn used by Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner in East Hampton, Long Island, to the carriage house in which Grant Wood painted American Gothic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the hand-crafted woodworking shop of Sam Maloof in Alta Loma, California. In addition to educating audiences about HAHS, the exhibition will place Olana and Church’s studio in a larger discussion about the importance of preserving historically significant places and structures as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.
The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is supported by a generous grant from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.
Saturday, August 17, 6:30-9:30pm
Jazz Under the Stars
$15/adults; $5/children under 12
Enjoy Olana at sunset while listening to some of the best jazz musicians from the Hudson Valley, NYC, and the Berkshires. First up will be the Teresa Broadwell Trio. With her voice and violin Boradwell collaborates with a core of master musicians that share her dedication to jazz, swing fiddle and vocalese to present a repertoire chocked full of the best standards, swing, bop, and unique jazz gems. To close the evening will be some of Hudson’s star musicians performing The Lucky Five, a hard-swinging old-school jazz quintet that brings verve and high energy to the tradition of jazz from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s with a sweet helping of gypsy jazz. Bring a picnic and a flashlight.
Olanafest is a celebration of food, art and farming featuring art-inspired hors d’oeuvres, craft beers, local wines and a silent auction.
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 5-7pm
Join us for the biggest party of the year! Ten outstanding restaurants recreate Church works of art for a fun and tasty bite. Incredible views, fabulous food, and all for a great cause. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.
Wood Interior near Mount Katahdin
Frederic Edwin Church, Wood Interior near Mount Katahdin, c. 1877, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 12 5/16 x 17 1/16 in., Collection of Olana State Historic Site, OL.1980.1871.
Wood Interior near Mount Katahdin is featured in Olana’s current exhibition, Maine Sublime, on view through October 27. In this intimate forest interior Frederic Church brilliantly captures the sun penetrating the dense forest and delineating the white birches. He expertly and delicately contrasts the greens and browns of the leaves, plants and forest floor, against the bright bark of the birches. In the left corner he provides a hint of the distant mountain top. The sketch was executed out-of-doors, as evidenced by the tack holes from securing the paper to his paint box, which are visible in the four corners. Later he mounted the paper to canvas and displayed the work in his home.
Maine Sublime explores Frederic Church’s many landscapes of Mount Desert Island and Mount Katahdin. Wood Interior near Mount Katahdin depicts the forest in the area near Church’s property, purchased in 1878, on the shores of Lake Millinocket with a view of Mount Katahdin. On the land the Churches built a rustic camp where family and friends enjoyed hiking, canoeing, and sketching the spectacular Maine scenery. Church sketched the various views around his camp, and encouraged other to take advantage of the splendors of the Maine wilderness exclaiming in an 1885 letter, “Go to the Maine Woods…”
Maine Sublime is currently on view in the Sharp Family Gallery in the main house at Olana. Visitors can enjoy the gallery during a guided tour of the house Tuesday through Sunday. Special curatorial tours of the gallery are available on Saturdays with advance registration. Please contact 518-828-0135 for more information.
Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed – a poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. The weather started getting rough – the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost. the Minnow would be lost.
Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed – a poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. The weather started getting rough – the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost. the Minnow would be lost. (more…)
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