Programs + Events

Beginners Nature Photography Night with Columbia Land Conservancy

  • Saturday, October 16 | 4:00-5:30pm

Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and local photographer, Robert Gilson, for a special evening exploring Olana through a new lens. During this walk and workshop, participants will learn more about nature photography techniques while taking snapshots and connecting Olana’s artist designed landscape. Please bring your own digital camera and/or smart phone with a camera. During this program, participants will walk about 1 mile along Olana’s carriage roads; please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Ages 12 and up.

$5 person, Free for Olana and CLC members. Advanced registration required. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

Martin Johnson Heade: A Strange Art Life Brought up to Date

  • Tuesday, October 19 | 6:00-7:00pm

Join us in welcoming Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins, former curator at the Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard’s Fogg Museum for a virtual lecture on what he calls Martin Johnson Heade’s “topsy-turvy career.”

During this virtual presentation, Dr. Stebbins will provide a glimpse at some of his own changing thoughts on the painter, the circumstances of Heade’s rediscovery in 1943 and the way Heade’s reputation has continued to grow. He will also focus on Heade’s special relationship with Frederic E. Church and the various ways that Heade’s work has been interpreted by scholars in recent years.

Dr. Stebbins has been studying Martin Johnson Heade’s work since 1965 and organized the landmark exhibition of Heade’s work at the MFA in 1999. In 2000, he published Heade’s catalogue raisonne, listing his 621 authentic paintings.

This virtual lecture is presented  by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site in conjunction with with Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, a joint exhibition created by Thomas Cole National Historical Site, The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. This webinar is FREE.

Family Explorer Tour

  • Saturday, October 23 | 2:30-3:30PM

Learn about the artistic adventures of Frederic Church while taking a journey of your own! Discover Olana’s designed landscape and unique architecture on an outdoor walk filled with family-friendly discussion, activities, and art-making prompts. For families with children ages 5 and up. $10 per adult; $5 for members (free for children 12 and under)

Webinar- Animated Interiors: Frederic Church’s Experiments with Space and Light

  • Thursday, November 4 | 6:00-7:00PM

As a renowned landscape painter, Frederic Church had long grappled with how to capture the vibrant animated world around him. His paintings and drawings attest to both the heights he achieved in these efforts as well as their vexing limits. With his foray into house building in the early 1870s, Church moved into an immersive, three-dimensional format for his art, manipulating space and daylight as artistic materials. During this webinar, Julia B. Rosenbaum (Bard College) considers the first-floor interiors of his home at Olana not only as a deliberate composition—of a piece with his two-dimensional oeuvre—but as an aesthetic culmination of his enduring engagement with issues of visual perception and bodily proprioception. This live webinar is available to members of The Olana Partnership and will be recorded for online viewing.

Julia B. Rosenbaum’s work focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth-century American visual material. Author of Visions of Belonging, she is a professor of art history and visual culture at Bard College and has served as consulting Director of Research and Publications at The Olana Partnership.

Photo: Peter Aaron/ OTTO

Winter Prep Pollinator Walk and Workshop

  • Saturday, November 6 | 1:00-2:00PM

Explore Olana’s artist-designed landscape through the perspective of pollinators! Learn about how honeybees and humans can prepare for 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 throat spray sample from Fox Farm Apiary).

Free First Weekend Wanderings

  • Saturday, November 6 | 12:00-1:00PM

Kickstart your month outdoors at Olana! Learn more about Olana and its artist-designed landscape during hour-long walking tours beginning at the Wagon House Education Center at the historic farm complex. Each tour will cover a different portion of Olana’s 250-acre landscape and 5 miles of carriage roads. This gentle walk will cover about 1 mile; please wear weather-appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. Limited capacity; all attendants must register in advance. FREE. This program begins on site at the Wagon House Education Center. For more information, please contact education@olana.org.

Webinar- Behind the Butler's Pantry: Olana and the Lives of Irish Servants in the Hudson Valley

  • Thursday, November 18 | 6:00-7:00PM

Join Dr. Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany and Daniel W. Bigler, Historic Site Assistant at Olana State Historic Site, for a virtual presentation and conversation about the lives of Irish American servants hired at Frederic Church’s Olana. This conversation will use the Church’s history of employing Irish immigrants as a framework to consider the network of Irish domestic servants that existed in the region during the 19th century. Through their dialogue, the speakers will consider how Olana functioned as both a workplace and a home for Irish immigrants and take a broader look at the lives of domestic servants and the challenges they faced during this period.

 

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

Photo: Peter Aaron/ OTTO

World Folktales for Winter Nights

  • Saturday, November 27 | 3:00-4:00PM

Gather round this Thanksgiving weekend to hear folktales from far and wide! Just as Frederic Church gained artistic inspiration from his travels, use your imagination to explore the world through stories. Celebrate the spirit of the season and join author and storyteller Pamela Schembri for this outdoor story walk inspired by folklore from around the world. During this program, participants will walk about 1 mile along Olana’s carriage roads; please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.

$15 a person/ $10 for members. This program is free for children 12 and under.

Photo: Peter Aaron/ OTTO

Free First Weekend Wanderings

  • Saturday, December 4 | 12:00-1:00PM

Kickstart your month outdoors at Olana! Learn more about Olana and its artist-designed landscape during hour-long walking tours beginning at the Wagon House Education Center at the historic farm complex. Each tour will cover a different portion of Olana’s 250-acre landscape and 5 miles of carriage roads. This gentle walk will cover about 1 mile; please wear weather-appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear. Limited capacity; all attendants must register in advance. FREE. This program begins on site at the Wagon House Education Center. For more information, please contact education@olana.org.

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