Plein Air Celebration

Columbus Day Weekend!

Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9

Reception: October 8, 4:30-7pm

Join us for Olana’s Fifth Annual Plein Air Celebration. Interact with competitively selected artists on Friday-Saturday in Olana’s artist-designed landscape. Join us Saturday night for a free Meet-the-Artist Reception, impromptu exhibition, and artist awards along with the opening of Wayfinding: Imaging History with (Our)story. The event concludes with a tent sale in downtown Hudson on Sunday from 11 AM – 4 PM and Artist Appreciation + Winner Exhibition at Caldwell Gallery Hudson from 5 PM – 7 PM. Over the weekend Olana will also offer a number of participatory programs to encourage painting outdoors, landscape tours, and viewing artists at work. Proceeds support education programs at Olana. This event is free and open to all ages.


8 AM – Sunset: Live Plein Air Painting at Olana
Come watch the artists paint!



8 AM – 4 PM: Live Plein Air Painting at Olana
Come watch the artists paint!

10 AM – 2 PM: You Paint Plein Air! / East Lawn 
Grab some paints and brushes and join us for a morning and afternoon of en plein air painting on the East Lawn at Olana! We will provide all materials including: easels, canvas boards, brushes, and paints. Professional artists will be scattered throughout the landscape – do not be shy to ask for tips and tricks, or to watch and learn. Bring a hat and dress weather accordingly!  (Drop-in, all materials provided, $15, all ages)
Eventbrite - You Paint Plein Air!

4:30 PM – 7 PM:  Cast your vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award, Wayfinding Artist Project Launch + Reception / Wagon House Education Center
Join the artists for a wine and cheese reception to see the outcome of the competition at the Wagon House Education Center!  This will be the first opportunity to buy artwork directly from the artists!

This event is concurrent with the launch of Wayfinding: Imaging History with (Our)story, a socially engaged artwork attempting to bridge ancient history with the 21st century. Wayfinding is a form of plein air project, with paint and canvas replaced by cell phones and computer tablets. The Wayfinding project, designed and developed by Germantown artist Dawn Breeze is funded by Decentralization Funds from NYSCA and by The Olana Partnership. The general public is invited to create images and words on the carriage roads at Olana and post their art into an online gallery that will be in development for the next 12 months. This reception is sponsored by Hudson Wine Merchants, The Cascades, McEnroe Farms, and Old Chatham Sheepherding Company.
Eventbrite - Olana Plein Air: Awards and Reception



ALL DAY: Shop for Olana / Warren Street, Hudson
Get a head start on your holiday shopping or take advantage of sales at the change of season! Two percent of proceeds, from participating businesses, on October 9th will be donated to Olana’s education programs; so extend the impact of your dollar.

Participating businesses include Wm Farmer and Sons Boarding & Barroom, Lili and Loo, Valley Variety, Dish, Fern, Hudson Clothier, TK Home & Design, Caldwell Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson Home, deMarchin, The Bee’s Knees, Les Indiennes, Metal/David DeSantis, Davis Orton Gallery, ProPrinters, Hudson B&B, and Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Additional sponsorship, exceeding the participation requirements of Shop for Olana, have been provided by Columbia Memorial Health, Hudson Wine Merchant, The Cascades, Caldwell Gallery all in Hudson, NY, Team Creative Connections, LLC in Catskill, NY. The Olana Partnership is so excited to work with our neighborhood businesses and to come from the parklands into downtown Hudson to support each other.

11 AM – 4 PM: Tent Sale / 7th Street Park, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
An exciting opportunity to meet and buy works from the 22 participating Plein Air artists’ studios.  Find something for a holiday gift, or that blank wall that has been crying for a painting and pizzazz!

Artists will be selling works of all sizes and price range. A $2 donation is encouraged to look around This highly talented group includes: Cecila Sinclair, Tivoli, NY, Daisy dePuthod, Hopewell Junction, NY, Deborah Ann Bacon, Sunapee, NH, James Geoffrey Leckie, Hudson, NY, Joe Danciger, Vineland, NJ, Judy Reynolds, Kinderhook NY, Laura Garramone, Hannacroix, NY, Laura Martinez-Bianco, Marlboro, NY, Marie Stile, Leeds, NY, Marjorie Grinnell, Bearsville, NY, Nedra Newby, New York, NY, Olive Farrell, Durham, NY, Patricia Bellerose Lavaltrie, Québec, Patricia Sweet McDonald Warner, NH, Patrick McPhee, Binghamton, NY, Richard Bazelow, Hudson, NY, Richard Lisle, Poughkeepsie, NY, Robert Masla, Ashfield, MA, Steven Dolan, Manchester, NH, Steven James Petruccio, Fishkill, NY, Susan Whiteman, Freehold, NJ, Tarryl Gabel, Poughkeepsie, NY.

FREE! 2 PM – 3 PM: Quick Draw Contest / 7th Street Park, Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
A quick draw is when artists paint or sketch for 1 hour Professional and amateur artists of all ages are invited to compete in the Quick Draw Contest by creating works of downtown Hudson. We will provide the art board and entrants bring their own art supplies (any media is fine) Quick Draw entries will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded.  Awarded works will be exhibited in our Winners Exhibition + Artist Celebration from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Caldwell Gallery Hudson. FAQ’s: 2016 Olana Quick Draw.

Eventbrite - Olana Plein Air: Quick Draw Contest

FREE! 5 PM – 7 PM:  Winner’s Exhibition + Celebration / Caldwell Gallery Hudson, 355 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Join us for the culminating event of Olana’s 2016 Plein Air. The winners of the Plein Air and of the Quick Draw Contest will be exhibited and the public will have a chance to meet the artists. This will be your last chance to buy artwork directly from the artists! Wine and cheese will be served. This reception is sponsored by Caldwell Gallery Hudson.
Eventbrite - Olana Plein Air: Winners Exhibition + Celebration


Please contact The Olana Partnership at 518-828-0135 or for additional information.


Participants will be selected by jury: Bob Bahr, editor of PleinAir Today, Valerie Balint, Interim Director of Collections and Research, Joan Damiani, Hudson Artist and Gallerist, Hudson Artist Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, and Hudson Artist Ken Young.


Anyone can apply. Applicants must register through The Olana Partnership by sending an email to with “En Plein Air Registration” in the subject line. Indicate your name, contact information and submit 2 digital images of recent work. There is a $50 submission fee which may be paid online through Buy Tickets button below or check may be made payable to The Olana Partnership and mailed to: PO Box 199, Hudson NY 12534. All registrations must be submitted by midnight on June 15, 2016.

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