Programs + Events

OLANA'S Winter Sunset Solstice Mix

The Olana Partnership is celebrating this winter solstice with a special mix curated and created by Javier Peral. Javier resides by the Catskill creek and is no stranger to Olana’s sublime views. “When I am at Olana,” he says, “I always look towards the mountains and try to imagine our house right below them. In a way, it feels like, somehow, we are part of the view.”

Listen to this selection of winter-inspired music while experiencing Olana’s spectacular winter sunsets or tune into the OLANA EYE Skycam to listen and experience the view.

Free First Weekend Wanderings

  • March 6, April 3, May 1 | 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. Each tour will cover a different portion of Olana’s 250-acre landscape and 5 miles of carriage roads. This gentle walk is approximately 1 mile; please wear weather appropriate apparel and comfortable footwear.

FREE. Limited capacity; Advance registration required.

Starts at the Wagon House Education Center, Olana’s Historic Farm Complex

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

Spring Stroll and Virtual Family Cooking Class with Olana and the Sylvia Center

  • Saturdays, March 13, April 10, May 15, June 5; 2:00-3:00pm

Families are invited to participate in monthly outdoor walks at Olana and virtual healthy cooking classes with The Sylvia Center! During these special two-part weekend programs, families will explore Olana’s landscape together through observation and art activities on Saturday afternoons. After each onsite walk at Olana, meal kits with local produce will be distributed for the virtual cooking class. On Sundays (March 14, April 11, May 16, June 6) from 12:00-1:00pm, families will be joined by a Chef Instructor from The Sylvia Center, and will use the ingredients in their meal kits to cook a healthy brunch from the comfort of their own homes.

For families with children ages 6-18 (adult supervision required). Register for one or all four classes. FREE (suggested donation $12).

Starts at the Wagon House Education Center, Olana’s Historic Farm Complex

For more information or to be added to our waitlist, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. For information about The Sylvia Center please visit sylviacenter.org or email info@sylviacenter.org

Eliza Pratt Greatorex & Frederic Church: Art, Travel, Faith, Home

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

Eliza Pratt Greatorex (1819-1897) and Frederic Church (1826-1900) were two near-contemporary visual artists of fierce ambition and enormous talent. They inhabited the same New York art world, traveled extensively in the service of their art, and earned critical acclaim across the United States and Europe. Putting their careers in dialogue, this presentation examines their artistic practices, globe-trotting itineraries and strategies for engaging with the public. Given that Church was a Connecticut Yankee with deep American roots while Greatorex (née Pratt) left her native Ireland for NY during the Great Famine in 1848, Professor Katherine Manthorne will probe the roles that family background, faith and gender played in their individual searches for success and home.

This webinar is a benefit of membership with The Olana Partnership. If you are not currently a member please join today at OLANA.org/membership

Fallen: In Conversation with Jean Shin

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 5:30 - 6:30pm

Join artist Jean Shin as she shares the ideas and ecological urgency behind her new artwork onsite at Olana, Fallen. During this presentation, learn more about Shin’s work and this project, which brings attention to the loss of this once-majestic hemlock on Olana’s main lawn. When the artist Frederic Church created Olana’s 250-acre naturalistic landscape, he planted thousands of native trees on a hillside that had been previously logged and deforested. In the 19th century, hundreds of thousands of hemlocks were cut down for the tanning industry, which used the tannin in the tree’s bark for the commercial demands of leather-making. Fallen invites viewers to reflect on this tree’s life and the cultural history of this region. While reckoning with the devastating consequences of deforestation in the local history, Shin’s project invites viewers to observe their natural surroundings more closely and witness nature’s struggles. Through her work and during this webinar, Shin will consider how we can learn from the past and coexist without exploiting nature and how we can protect the hemlocks that remain for future generations. This virtual webinar is designed for members and will be available for viewing online afterwards.

Artist Jean Shin transforms large accumulations of everyday objects, the material manifestations of waste in our society, into site-specific installations. Nationally recognized for her monumental installations, Shin transforms everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community engagement. She has had numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA and Storm King Art Center in N.Y. Born in 1971 in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, Jean Shin lives and works in Brooklyn and Hurley, NY. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a B.F.A. and a M.S. from Pratt Institute. Shin is a tenured Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Pratt and a recipient of Pratt’s 2017 Alumni Achievement Award.

Spring Pollinator Walk

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day by exploring Olana’s artist-designed landscape through the perspective of pollinators. Join beekeeper Chris Layman in an hour-long guided outdoor walk and learn more about the importance of honeybees during Frederic Church’s lifetime and our own. Chris Layman and his wife 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. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938. $15 person, $10 members

Frederic Church's The Natural Bridge, Virginia: American History and Anxiety

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm

In 1851 Frederic Church travelled through Virginia in the company of his patron Cyrus Field with the goal of reaching and painting that state’s most famous landscape, the Natural Bridge. Formerly the property of Thomas Jefferson, the Natural Bridge was frequently rendered by the pencil and brush of nineteenth century artists, very few of whom could escape the outsized legacy of the former President in crafting a popular conception of the Natural Bridge. Christopher Oliver will consider Church’s painting of the following year, The Natural Bridge, Virginia, and its preparatory sketches, which are in the collection of Olana, in relation to the Natural Bridge’s contemporary associations with American history, western expansion, and slavery.

Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art, joined VMFA in 2013. His particular interests in American art encompass painting, sculpture, and prints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has published and presented widely on topics ranging from European modernism, vernacular art and architecture in colonial America, to the popular vogue for panorama paintings in the mid-nineteenth century. This virtual webinar is designed for members and will be available for viewing online afterwards.

Unplanned Views of Olana

  • Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 2:00-4:00pm

Time travel back to Olana’s ice age past! Join geologist Robert Titus for a walking tour showcasing Olana’s artist-designed landscape through science and storytelling. During this program, participants will learn more about the geological history of Olana and the forces that shaped Frederic Church’s masterpiece.

$15 person, $10 members. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.

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