Programs + Events

Painting from a Photo Memory with Angela Gaffney-Smith

  • Saturday, June 15 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Memories of people and places can be sharp and edgy, filled with colorful crisp edges or dreamlike, floating soft and hazy in our minds. Explore this connection just as Frederic Church did by painting from memory. Participants will sketch from a photo or their recollections using watercolor to capture the feeling and color of memories. This three-hour workshop will include demonstration and discussion.

This program is offered in collaboration with Woodstock School of Art on occasion of the exhibition Afterglow: Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory. To learn more, visit Olana.org/afterglow.

Workshop registrants who are interested in joining an add-on FREE tour of the exhibition Afterglow Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory can email education@olana.org to learn more!

$74 per student. Materials not included. Questions, reach out to education@olana.org

THIRD THURSDAYS / TERCER JUEVES

  • Thursday, June 20 |10:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Olana’s Free Community Day at Olana State Historic Site, the Third Thursday of every month, organized by The Olana Partnership.

Dia Comunitario Gratuito al Sitio Estatal Histórico Olana cada tercer jueves del mes, organizado por La Asociación Olana.

Third Thursday: Bollywood Dancing Workshop and Performance 

  • Thursday, June 20 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Explore Bollywood dancing during a free class and performance with instructor, Arobi! Learn moves to trendy and iconic Bollywood songs during this fun, beginner-friendly outdoor class at Olana and stick around for a special performance on the East Lawn. For ages 12 and up; space is limited. Email education@olana.org to learn more.  

Third Thursdays: Tunes with a View - Trio Candela

  • Thursday, June 20 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with live music outdoors at Olana. Listen to Trio Candela perform lively traditional, folkloric Latin music from the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Performance will take place outdoors near the Main House; check in at Olana’s Visitor Center for more information day-of.

Create and Cook: Family Cooking & Art Workshop

  • Saturday, June 22 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Explore your creativity in the kitchen and art studio during this program led by The Sylvia Center Chefs and The Olana Partnership educators! In this program, families will cook a delicious, farm-fresh lunch inspired by Olana State Historic Site’s landscape and history. An art workshop will follow where families can create their own work of art and learn more about Frederic Church, the artist that designed Olana.  Try new foods, and test new art materials, together in this FREE family program!

In this class, we will make a Vietnamese rice noodle salad and explore new plants and textures in OLANA’s lake ecosystem with tempera paint.

For families with children 18 and under (children must be accompanied by an adult). This is the first in a series of three classes – register for one or all three! This program is FREE (suggested donation $12). Registration includes all art-making supplies and a free lunch for each participant.

Advance registration required. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

Artmaking in the Afternoon

  • Saturday, June 22 | 1:00-4:00 PM

Inspired by your time at Olana? Join The Olana Partnership educators for hands-on artmaking using professional materials and a series of prompts to get your creativity flowing.

Drop-in program; FREE. All materials provided. Located in the Wagon House Education Center. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

Third Thursday: Farmscape Ecology Walk 

  • Thursday, July 18 | 4:00-5:30 PM

 Join Farmscape Ecology researchers for a walk to experience Olana’s landscape from the perspective of habitats. What are they? Which plants and animals live in them? And how does Frederic Church’s landscape compare to that of the wider region? FREE, meets at the Wagon House Education Center.  

Third Thursday: Tunes with a View - Brasskill 

  • Thursday, July 18 | 6:00-7:00 PM

Drop by for a special free performance by Brasskill, the Hudson Valley’s Party Brass Band. Listen to lively tunes as you watch the sunset and take in Olana’s famous view. Performance will take place outdoors near the Main House; check in at Olana’s Visitor Center for more information day-of. 

Artmaking in the Afternoon

  • Saturday, July 20 | 1:00-4:00 PM 

Inspired by your time at Olana? Join The Olana Partnership educators for hands-on artmaking using professional materials and a series of prompts to get your creativity flowing.  

Drop in program; FREE. All materials provided. Located in the Wagon House Education Center.  

Third Thursday: Exploring Medicine Movement and Yoga with Nkoula Badila 

  • Thursday, August 15 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM  

Join artist and yoga practitioner Nkoula Badila for a special yoga workshop. Get centered in Olana’s landscape as you explore movement and mindfulness outdoors. Program will take place along Ridge Road; check in at Olana’s Visitor Center for more information day-of 

Third Thursday: Tunes with a View - Andes Manta 

  • Thursday, August 15 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM 

Celebrate summer with live music outdoors at Olana. Listen to ANDES MANTA perform the vibrant music of South America and the Andes on traditional instruments such as panpipes and the Andean flute. Performance will take place outdoors near the Main House; check in at Olana’s Visitor Center for more information day-of. 

Exploring Mindfulness and Change in Olana’s Farm 

  • Saturday, August 17 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

Why do so many turn to farms and gardens in moments of personal, social and ecological turbulence? From about 1861 to 1870, the farm, orchard and garden below Frederic and Isabel Church’s first house at Olana, Cosy Cottage, was a place to ground their daily lives. The landscape they helped shape and tend was their home through moments of Church’s artistic success, travel, the Civil War, and profound personal loss. Today, the once productive farm looks different. A rewilding meadow and honeybee hives stand where there were once peach, cherry and apple trees. During this program, participants will walk through the historic farm, using their senses to tune into the living world of plants and animals. Use sketching and journaling to gather plant impressions and explore who continues to inhabit the farm now. The program will include opportunities for sharing and discussion and will end with seasonal snacks.  

 

Jill Jakimetz has spent the past twenty years engaging in art, literature, ecology, food production and history, and how our ideas about Nature shape the landscapes we live in and the nature of our inner lives. She is a sometimes-farmer, former Fulbright student fellow studying “farming for nature” initiatives and is a certified Forest Therapy Guide. She is a resident of Columbia County and has worked with local initiatives including The Institute for Mindful Agriculture and the Farmscape Ecology Program at Hawthorne Valley.  

$15 general; $10 Members; $5 Columbia & Greene County Residents.   

Artmaking in the Afternoon 

  • Saturday, August 17 |  1:00 - 5:00 PM 

Inspired by your time at Olana? Join The Olana Partnership educators for hands-on artmaking using professional materials and a series of prompts to get your creativity flowing.  

Drop in program; FREE. All materials provided. Located in the Wagon House Education Center.  

Movie Night with Upstate Films: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Friday, August 23 | Doors open 7:00 PM; Film begins at 8:00 PM  

Join The Olana Partnership and Upstate Films at Olana State Historic Site for a movie night under the stars. Director Michel Gondry delivers a sci-fi love story for the ages about memory, ideals, and tenderness. When Joel (Jim Carrey) discovers his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had memories of him erased from her mind, he desperately decides to match the process and have her removed from his memory. But as Joel’s memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover his love for Clementine. (dir. Michel Gondry, US, 2004, 108m) 

This film is presented as part of Upstate Films’ 2024 Hudson Valley Picture Show and in conjunction with Afterglow: Frederic Church and The Landscape of Memory on view at Olana State Historic Site until October 27.  

$14 general admission/$10 members. Register at Upstate Films.  

Landscape Memories in Plein Air with Anne Crowley  

  • Saturday, August 24 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM  

Anne Crowley’s recent series of paintings are in honor of her twin sister who died in 1979. Her memories were triggered by the reflections of the landscape mirrored into the Ashokan Reservoir. 

“I have walked around the reservoir in every season, during every kind of weather for over twenty years, one day I suddenly had the sense that I was looking at portraits of Ellen and me in the landscape. It was such a profound and unmistakable connection that I went home and started on a large canvas, the first of what turned into a series of memory reflections that I refer to as The Twinning Series.” 

Now join Anne for the opportunity to express your connection to memories through landscape painting in a plein air workshop at Olana. The breathtaking views can help you share and reflect on an important memory of yours. Grab your French easel and oil painting supplies and enjoy this outdoor adventure in art.   

This program is offered in collaboration with Woodstock School of Art on occasion of the exhibition Afterglow: Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory. To learn more, visit Olana.org/afterglow.  

Workshop registrants who are interested in joining an add-on FREE tour of the exhibition Afterglow Frederic Church and the Landscape of Memory can email education@olana.org to learn more!

$74 per student; register at Woodstock School of Art.   

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.