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Sat 16 Jun
PANORAMA SUMMER LEARNING FOR YOUTH AT OLANA
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Friday, August 3, 2018
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Three weeklong programs for ages 6-12. Act fast for early bird pricing.

Week 1: July 16-20 – Olana as an Oasis: Discovering Different Ecosystems

Week 2: July 23-27 – Unearthing the Artistic Senses

Week 3: July 30-August 3 – The Nature of Wandering w/ author Keri Smith, The Wander Society

Information & registration opens at www.olana.org!

Tue 19 Jun
Plein Air Painting Workshop: Artist Beth Rundquist at Shady Glen Farm
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 until Friday, June 22, 2018
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

This four day and three-night painting workshop will focus on developing and expanding skills of drawing, composition, and painting through keen observation of nature en plein air at Olana State Historic Site. Olana offers endless inspirational vistas, views, and vignettes to choose from all under the guidance of master painter Beth Runquist. Participants will be in a special “residency status” at Olana and will stay in an expansive and beautifully situated, privately owned farmhouse (with only painters in residence). In this way participants will step further into the Hudson River School atmosphere by eating, living and painting immersed in the local Hudson Valley culture. Shady Glen Farm has been in one family for nearly a century and offers private room comfort, meals provided by talented regional chefs (including from “Blue Hill” at Stone Barns), a swimming pool, walking trails, stone terraces and a rooftop deck for relaxing at the end of the day. Participants will receive site demonstrations, active teaching, and critique will be part of every day to expand experience and benefits. Join us and steep yourself in the art of living and painting in the Hudson Valley. Art making materials and transportation not provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required. $1275 all-inclusive | More information at bethrundquist.com | Location: Wagon House Education Center| Ages 18+
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Jun
Gray Matters: Connecting Dementia & Alzheimer’s to Olana
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Join us for Olana’s bimonthly program designed for individuals with early stages Alzheimer’s & Dementia and their family or caregivers. This program invites all participants to take part in conversation and create art around specific Olana-related themes. Once a month the program will be outside in Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape; participants will be driven on the historic carriage roads in an electric carriage. The other program of each month will take place inside the Persian-style Main House. Participants are welcome to join us at 3:30 for tea and cake in the Visitor Center before the program begins. Please make advanced reservations as this program is limited to 10 people. 3:30PM for tea and cake, 4-5PM tour historic landscape | Location: Visitor Center | Free
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Jun
Tasty History: Street Food, Spices and Sauces of the Middle East
Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Travel with Church through the Middle East by taste. First to Israel and Morocco, on his trip to Petra through Lebanon, and finally to Turkey. Food will be served and demonstrated by Aneesa Waheed from Troy & Schenectady’s Tara Kitchen and drinks from Hudson’s local mixologist Kat Dunn! Tastings will be paired with tidbits of history from Valerie Balint, Program Manager of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios, and Amanda Massie, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Curator. Participants will leave with some new tips and tricks from their kitchen, contemporary and historic recipes, and a full stomach! 12PM | Location: Wagon House Education Center | Member: $20, Non-Member: $25 | Ages 21+
Sat 23 Jun
Artist on Art Tour Inside Olana
Saturday, June 23, 2018 05:00 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Artists offer a unique lens with which to “read” an artist’s home & landscape. This season TOP partners with the Institute for Arab and Islamic Art in NYC to bring a dynamic mix of contemporary artists to Olana to layer their perceptions of Middle Eastern influences in Church’s home of American landscape painting. During this series, artists use many disciplines and “poetic license” to talk about Olana and the exhibition Costumes & Customs with concepts and connections that are unique to the guide. This is not a traditional house tour! Artist-led tours are accompanied by TOP’s Director of Education and end with a glass of wine and a snack on the piazza near sunset. 5PM | Location: Visitor Center | Member: $10, Non-Member: $15 | Ages 10+
Tue 26 Jun
Pathways to Prevention: Corey Smith, PTA
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Nature and health are intrinsically linked and the partnership between TOP and CMH brings innovative education programs to Olana to aid you in your wellness. Join Columbia Memorial Health’s Corey Smith, a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, with tips for properly taking care of your posture and body at work. Participants will experience a 20-minute talk, followed by a short walk with the expert on Olana’s carriage roads. Snacks will be served. 5:30PM | Location: Wagon House Education Center | Free | All Ages | Rain or shine
Sat 30 Jun
Museum Storytelling: Family Tours Inside Olana
Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

Master storyteller Tom Lee has spent the winter writing and tracking the adventurous travels of Frederic Church through the Middle East to prepare stories for inside the main house at Olana. Lee uses art, objects, history and interactivity to help young people (and grown-ups!) fall in love with museums. This is a program designed to introduce youth to the magic of a historic house museum. 10AM | Location: Visitor Center | Free | Ages 5+
Sat 30 Jun
Tom Lee Question Tour Inside Olana
Saturday, June 30, 2018 05:30 PM
Olana State Historic Site
(518) 828-0135

The Question Tour inverts the traditional house tour model and seeks to layer historic fact with audience perceptions. What happens when your questions about Olana get layered with personal experience, myths, stories and more questions? Deep inspired observation and learning! Master storyteller and museum educator Tom Lee has twenty years’ experience performing in museums and libraries; and his tours are the perfect blend of entertainment and information. 5:30PM | Location: Visitor Center | Member: $10; Non-Member: $15 | Ages 10+