Olive Free Library

Art Exhibitions

Olive Free Library’s Exhibitions


The Olive Free Library Association is very pleased to present IF ONLY, an exhibition of works by five regional artists who incorporate feminist issues in their artworks. This will be the first exhibition in the Olive Library’s Community Gallery since all in-person events and shows were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (please see a list of precautionary measures below that are taken to ensure the safety of visitors and staff). The show is curated by Nathalie Andrews and will run from September 26 through November 7, 2020, with the opening on Saturday, September 26 from 2 – 4 pm.

Although 2020 is the centennial of the women’s right to vote in the USA, the struggle for women’s rights continues. There are still many issues facing most women in this country (and around the world) today that prevent true gender equality. IF ONLY shows the works of five female artists that focus on feminist issues in their artworks. Rather than just hitting the streets with placards, they chose to present their thoughts in the form of art that everyone can view and appreciate.

Participating Artists: Natali Bravo-Barbee, Jacinta Bunnell, Carole Kunstadt, Yvette Lewis, and Katharine Umsted.

Exhibition Dates: September 26 – November 7, 2020
Opening: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 2 – 4 pm

Proudly sponsored by Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, Boiceville Pharmacy, Bread Alone, and Ja-Mar Liquors.

Katharine Umsted – Artist in “If Only”


Please be assured that we have taken precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and staff during these times. If you don’t feel comfortable coming to the opening of the show, please come see the exhibition any time when the Olive Free Library is open to the public.

Here are some of our precautionary measures:
-everybody has to wear a mask when coming into the Gallery space or any other area in the Library
-hand sanitizer will be available in the Community Gallery
-arrows on the floor will show everyone how to move around the room
-most of the furniture will be taken out before the opening leaving only a few chairs inside the room that may not be moved
-there will be no food at the opening, just some small water bottles and juice bottles; nothing that can be shared
-both outside doors to the community room will be open so people don’t have to all enter or leave from the main library entrance.


November 21, 2020 - March 6, 2021: Cragsmoor Artists in Olive, a show of works by artists from the Cragsmoor Art Colony curated by Ed Mues
March 20 - May 8, 2021: Across the River: Artists from Hudson Valley East curated by Marie Cole from the Tivoli Artists Gallery
May 22 - July 10, 2021: Between Wind and Water curated by Sandra Scheuer and Linda Schultz
July 24 - September 11, 2021: Eye to Eye, juried summer group show coordinated by Jan Sosnowitz and juried by Thomas Sarrantonio
September 25 - November 6, 2021: Skin Deep, an exhibition of works by artists of color curated by Elaine Ralston and Nathalie Andrews
November 20, 2021 - January 8, 2022: 4th Annual Small Works Show curated by Kathy Skura

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