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Olive Free Library’s Exhibitions

FRESH AIR – 5th annual summer group show juried by Jenny Nelson

With a Concert Fundraiser by The Nuggs

The Olive Free Library Association is pleased to present its fifth annual juried summer group exhibition, this year titled Fresh Air. The show runs from July 23 to September 10, with an opening reception and concert fundraiser featuring The Nuggs on Saturday, July 23, from 3 to 5 pm. The exhibition has been juried by well-known Hudson Valley artist Jenny Nelson. The concert will take place on the Olive Free Library’s front lawn. Drinks and snacks will be provided. A $10 donation is suggested.

The Olive Free Library’s Exhibition committee is very excited that regional band The Nuggs has agreed to perform on the Olive Library’s front lawn, raising funds for its exhibitions program. The July 23 combined art opening and concert event will be one of the highlights of the Library’s summer season. The Nuggs consisting of musical talent Jon Coghill, Amit Shamir, and Sean Tarleton, all residents of Olive, will delight the audience with their tasty groove music, perfect for a summer afternoon of dancing or just enjoying the sounds.

Featuring 45 works by 42 different local and regional artists, covering all styles and media, the exhibition is hung in the Olive Library’s spacious Community Gallery. The participating artists are:

Carol Altarescu, Robert Axelrod, Lauren Basciani, Christina Batch-Lee, Deb Brindis, Eileen Catasus-Chapman, Diane Christi, Maxine Davidowitz, Carol Davis, Stacie Flint, Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes, Steve Hewitt, Barbara Hirth-Strauss, Janette Kahil, Laura Rock Kopczak, Maureen Lohan-Bremer, Mary Anne Malkine, Kate Masters, Wilma Miller, Lois Ostapczuk, Jacqueline Oster, Sandra Nystrom, Susan Paroubek, Carol Pepper-Cooper, Marie Perry-Edwards, Elaine Ralston, Joe Reilly, Leslie Rolnick, Marilynn Rowley, Dominick Santise, Linda Schultz, John Scribner, Rita Sherry, Roberta Sickler, Michelle Sidrane, Amy Silberkleit, Jan Sosnowitz, Judy Stanger, Marianne Van Lent, K. Velis Turan, Joyce Washor, and Roni Wilder.

The show’s call for art resulted in 170 artwork submissions of which 45 works were chosen offering the community a great way to view and purchase works in various media by local and regional artists at affordable prices. This year’s juror of Fresh Air is Jenny Nelson who attended the Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, and is a graduate of Bard College, where she received a scholarship to the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has been living in the Hudson Valley for nearly two decades, including a Residency at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony from November 2004-08. Jenny has been exhibiting for many years nationally and regionally including, Tria Gallery, Manhattan, NY; Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, NC; Carrie Haddad, Hudson, NY; and Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta, GA.

At the opening reception one artist will be awarded a $100 prize for Best in Show, and there will also be two Honorable Mentions, all three selected by Jenny Nelson.

Fresh Air: 5th Annual Juried Summer Group Show
Exhibition Dates
: July 23 – September 10, 2022
Opening and Concert Fundraiser with The Nuggs: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 3 – 5 pm

Diane Christi

Joe Reilly

Joseph Cozad

Sandra Nystrom

Jan Sosnowitz

Carol Pepper-Cooper


January 21 – March 4, 2023: I Dreamed a Garden, a show of works by members of Longreach Arts, a Hudson Valley artist cooperative, coordinated by Carol Pepper-Cooper and Linda Schultz

March 18 – May 7, 2023: cARTography: alternate routes, an exhibition focusing on artists that incorporate maps in their artwork, curated by Jan Sosnowitz

May 13 – July 8, 2023: Beneath the Surface, a photography exhibition by members of the Women Photographers Collective of the Hudson Valley

July 22 – September 9, 2023: Define Beauty, 6th Annual Juried Summer Group Show coordinated by Nathalie Andrews, and juried by Donald Elder --> click here for CALL FOR ART details.

September 23 – November 4, 2023: From Soup to Nuts, an exhibition of works focusing on food in art curated by Elaine Ralston

November 18, 2023 – January 6, 2024: I see RED, 6th Annual Small Works Show co-curated by Sandra Scheuer and Kathy Yacoe

Soul Purpose

Kate Masters

Josh Dorman

Jacqueline Oster

Joe D

Rita Sherry

Joe D

Amy Silberkleit


March 18 - May 7, 2023: cARTography: alternate routes, an exhibition focusing on artists that incorporate maps in their artwork, curated by Jan Sosnowitz

January 21 - March 4, 2023: I Dreamed a Garden, featuring LongReach Arts coordinated by Carol Pepper-Cooper and Linda Schultz

November 19, 2022 - January 7, 2023: PANDEMONIUM, 5th Annual Small Works Show curated by Nathalie Andrews and Elaine Ralston

September 24 - November 5, 2022: Hudson Valley Watercolors, an exhibition of watercolor works curated by Staats Fasoldt

July 23 - September 10, 2022: Fresh Air, 5th annual juried summer group show coordinated by Janette Kahil and Sandra Scheuer and juried by Jenny Nelson

May 21 - July 9, 2022: Behind the Scenes, an exhibition of works by members of the Olive Free Library Exhibition Committee

March 19 - May 7, 2022: Forged in Ink, an exhibition of regional printmakers curated by Maxine Davidowitz and Susanna Ronner

January 22 - March 5, 2022: Shifting the Energy, a show of works by Hudson Valley retired art educators curated by Linda Schultz

November 20, 2021 - January 8, 2022: Small is Beautiful, 4th annual small works show curated by Kathy Yacoe

September 25 - November 6, 2021: Skin Deep, a show of works by artists of color curated by Nathalie Andrews and Elaine Ralston

July 24 - September 11, 2021: Eye to Eye, juried annual summer group show coordinated by Jan Sosnowitz and juried by Thomas Sarrantonio

May 22 - July 10, 2021: Between Wind and Water curated by Sandra Scheuer and Linda Schultz

March 20 - May 8, 2021: Across the River: Artists from Hudson Valley East curated by Marie Cole from the Tivoli Artists Gallery

November 21, 2020 - March 6, 2021: Cragsmoor Artists in Olive, show of works by artists from the Cragsmoor Art Colony curated by Ed Mues

September 26 - November 7, 2020: If Only, feminist exhibition curated by Nathalie Andrews

January 25 - March 14, 2020: Student Show: Onteora School District curated by Linda Schultz and Kathy Skura

November 16, 2019 - January 4, 2020: Kate McGloughlin, Requiem for Ashokan, The Story Told in Landscape curated by Elaine Ralston

September 21 - November 2, 2019: Ron Denitto, Selected Works curated by Kathy Skura

July 20 - September 7, 2019: Reverie, a juried group show of regional artists

May 18 - July 6, 2019: Go Figure!, a group show of four regional artists' figurative works curated by Linda Lynton

March 23 - May 4, 2019: Enlightened Views, a group show of five Hudson Valley artists curated by Gayle Clark Fedigan

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