Columbia County Council on the Arts

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                     The Olana Partnership and CCCA
                            are pleased to announce:


                                                        CALL TO ARTISTS!

                                             Paint en plein air in the Hudson Valley: 

                   The birthplace of the first truly American Art Movement  

                                             The Hudson River School!

Celebrate the arts in October 2016 with a paint-out, juried prizes and celebration on the beautiful grounds of Olana State Historic Site, and culminating in an optional Quick Draw and painting sale in the heart of downtown Hudson’s commercial district. Columbus Day Weekend is one of Olana’s biggest attendance weekend’s and the Hudson Valley is teeming with tourists insuring artists the biggest possible audience for their paintings at Olana.

En Plein Air artists will capture the beauty of the Olana grounds and surrounding viewshed, once the home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The paint out culminates Saturday with a judged competition and artist reception (and special guest preview sale of juried work). Guest judge, noted landscape painter,

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, will select the winners. On the following day, Sunday, October 9th, artists will have the opportunity to participate in a special tent sale in Hudson, where additional works may be sold. There will also be a Quick Draw competition from 2-3pm on Sunday juried by news-worthy people, and cash awards will be given.


Anyone can apply. Applicants must register through the Olana Partnership by sending an email to [email protected] with “En Plein Air Registration” in the subject line. Indicate your name, contact information and submit 2 digital images of recent work. There is a $50 submission fee which may be paid online through the link at or check may be made payable to The Olana Partnership and mailed to: P.O. Box 199, Hudson NY 12534. All registrations must be submitted by midnight on June 15, 2016.

JURORS: Participants will be selected by jury: Bob Bahr, editor of PleinAir TodayValerie Balint, Associate Curator at Olana, 

Joan Damiani, Hudson Artist and Gallerist, and Hudson Artist Ken Young


APRIL 15: “Call to Artists” launched for the for the Fourth Annual “En Plein Air at Olana : Creating Landscapes Within the Landscape,” Exhibit and Auction” at Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Hudson, NY 

JUNE 15: Artists must register with The Olana Partnership and email 2 digital images along with contact information to [email protected] In addition, a $50 non-refundable submission fee must be paid via mail or through the link from this website below, by midnight Friday, June 15. Submissions will not be considered if this fee has not been paid by the deadline. A selection committee will select the 30 participating artists, and 5 alternates. 

JUNE 30: Artists are notified of their participation. Participating artists and alternates will be sent a complete packet of information for the event. If you are accepted and plan to attend we recommend being ready to make your accommodation plan immediately as the Hudson Valley is super busy on the Columbus Day weekend.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6: 5-6pm A special artists’ reception and orientation will be held onsite at Olana. Artists may enjoy refreshments while meeting with their other participating colleagues, and learning the ropes with event coordinators. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7: Dawn til Dusk. “En Plein Air” painting begins! Artists may paint from dawn until closing at sunset. Twice daily Landscape Tours will highlight artists painting in the field. A variety of educational events will be featured to coordinate with the plein air event as well.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8: Dawn til 4pm. The painting continues on-site at Olana. If artists wish to be judged for cash prizes, they must set their art up on their easel by 4pm at the Wagon House Education Center. Paintings can be wet for judging. Plein Air Juror Awards given and special guest preview invitations will allow artists to sell juried works for full asking price only. An artist reception for Plein Air and a new project will be on-going from 5-7pm. Free & public welcome.  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Highly encouraged, but optional, participation in tent sale in the City of Hudson’s Seventh Street Park, 11am-8pm. This is the heart of art and foody Hudson, during one of the busiest weekends of the year. If you want buyers, this is the ideal location.

8am-10am: Artists work prepared for display and sale

11am: Artists’ sale begins (artists must be present to negotiate all sales/volunteers will assist with breaks)

2pm-3pm: QUICK DRAW in Hudson, NY

4pm: Announcement of Quick Draw winner and prizes with significant media attention promised

11am-8pm: Art Sale continues until 8pm

8-9pm: Pack up and clean up

Contact The Olana Partnership at 518-828-0135 or [email protected] for additional information.

About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19thC and the most important artist’s home, studio and designed landscape in the United States.  Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and, today, welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually.

Olana State Historic Site, a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of this public/private partnership. To learn more about Olana and The Olana Partnership, please visit

About Columbia County Council on the Arts

The CCCA’s mission is to produce programs that advance the arts and engage our county’s residents and visitors; to provide services that support our county’s cultural organizations, artists and resident participation in the arts and to build collaborative partnerships within the county and beyond so that our vision becomes a reality. To learn more about the CCCA, please visit

Click the link below to register: