HUDSON – Drawing America, The Olana Partnership and Olana State Historic Site announce the Olana Plein Air Festival on Saturday September 25. Participants of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this exciting one-day festival that takes place at the Olana State Historic Site. .

New York-based Drawing America, a teaching and learning community of over 9,500 members, creates personalized courses for organizations, businesses and private groups like the Museum of Art and Design, the Morgan Library & Museum and the National Arts Club. “We are delighted to partner with The Olana Partnership and Olana State Historic Site to make this event a reality,” said Simon Levenson, Founder of Drawing America. “Our partnership will help make the Olana Plein Air Festival an inclusive, accessible and dynamically creative event in such a perfect location!

“Olana is the perfect venue for this inclusive outdoor painting festival. We are grateful to our partners, Drawing America and The Olana Partnership, and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for their support of this inaugural event which celebrates Olana’s artistic heritage and is accessible to people of all ages, abilities. and capabilities, ”said Amy Hausmann, director of Olana State Historic Site.

Overlooking the Hudson River, with 250 acres of artist-designed landscape and breathtaking views of the Catskills, Olana is the perfect location for a day of outdoor art making. During this one-day festival open to participants of all skill levels, participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies and materials to paint across the landscape of Olana. General admission to the festival provides each registrant with an outdoor painting card, a gift bag (while supplies last), and early access to set up their easels overlooking Olana’s famous views.

Those who wish to deepen their artistic practice can register for one of the eight artist-led workshops held throughout the day. The workshops will take place in the mornings and afternoons and will focus on a range of topics such as introduction to landscape painting, field drawing, outdoor watercolor painting, and painting. figure in nature. The workshops will be led by a wide range of professional artists practiced in a variety of media including Eileen Murphy (Brooklyn, NY), Mario Robinson (Altus, OK), Eudes Correia (Brazil), William Low (New York, NY) and Jean Mackay (Schodack Landing, NY).

“Frederick Church’s masterpiece, Olana, is the perfect place for creative inspiration and artistic exploration,” says Carolyn Keogh, director of education and public programs at The Olana Partnership. “We are excited to be working with Drawing America to bring artists of various skill and media levels to create outdoors in Olana. “

To make this one-day festival accessible to the widest possible audience, general registration is $ 25 (free for students under 16 accompanied by an adult) and workshops are offered at $ 45. Scholarships are available on request. Previous experience is not required. To register and learn more, visit www.drawingamerica.com or email [email protected].

About Olana and the Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the house, workshop and landscape designed by the most important artist in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating her advanced ideas on art, architecture, landscaping and environmental conservation. The 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of motorable roads and a Persian-inspired house at its top offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains and welcomes over 170,000 visitors a year . The landscape is open to guided tours and reservations are highly recommended. The scenery is free and open to everyday from 8:00 a.m. until sunset.

The Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Board of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the ‘State. The Olana Partnership, a private non-profit education company, works in cooperation with New York State Parks to support the restoration, conservation and interpretation of Olana to make it accessible to all.

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