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Olive Free Library’s Exhibitions

Define Beauty, 6th annual summer group show juried by Donald Elder

The Olive Free Library Association is pleased to present its sixth annual juried summer group exhibition, this year titled Define Beauty. The show, installed in the Olive Library’s spacious Community Gallery, runs from July 22 to September 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 22, from 3 to 5 pm. The exhibition has this year been juried by well-known and beloved Hudson Valley artist Donald Elder.

The show’s call for art resulted in an unprecedented number of artist submissions, 320 artworks by 94 artists of which 54 works, covering all styles and media, were chosen offering the community a great way to view and purchase works in various media by local and regional artists. Define Beauty‘s participating artists are:

Alan Adin, Robin Adler, Joan Barker, Robert Barnes, Samantha Brinkley, Nancy Campbell, Heather Caufield, Marie Cole, Donna Faranda, Amy Fenton-Shine, Rosemary Hanson, Martha Hill, Stephen Horowitz, Annette Jaret, Paula Kagan, Maureen Lohan-Bremer, Kathleen MacKenzie, Dorothea Marcus, Frank Manzo, Alan McKnight, Wilma Miller, Sandra Nystrom, Marianne Osiel, Susan Shaftan Perrin, Susan Phillips, Marilynn Rowley, David Schaengold, Linda Schultz, John Scribner, Amy Silberkleit, Janet Siskind, Margaret Still, Michael Valenti, Rob Wade, Pamela Wallace, and Joyce Washor.

About Donald Elder: The juror of Define Beauty is Donald Elder who started his art education at the Art Students’ League, the New York Academy of Art, and Pratt Institute. He lived in Europe studying in Paris, Florence, and Valdottavo, Italy. Elder is a three-time recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award and received the Edward G McDowell Grant. He currently lives in Woodstock, NY, and is represented by Elena Zang Gallery. Elder applies an abstract impressionist point of view to his paintings. He has an emotional rapport with nature. His work echoes of fantasy, mystical light, and romanticism.

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 artworks selected by Donald Elder.

Define Beauty, 6th annual juried summer group show
Exhibition Dates
: July 22 – September 9, 2023
Opening: Saturday, July 22, 2023, 3 – 5 pm

Diane Christi

Susan Phillips

Joseph Cozad

Wilma Miller

Jan Sosnowitz

Donna Faranda

Jan Sosnowitz

Maureen Lohan-Bremer

Jan Sosnowitz

Martha Hill


January 20 – March 2, 2024: Now & Then, a show of works by Woodstock School of Art (WSA) students and alumni, juried by Jenne Currie and coordinated by WSA

March 16 – May 4, 2024: In Search of the Goddess, an exhibition focusing on idealized feminine iconography, both ancient and modern, curated by Kathy Yacoe and Sandra Scheuer

May 18 – July 6, 2024: Fabrications, textiles exhibition curated by Janette Kahil and Linda Schultz

July 20 – September 7, 2024: Monochromatic, 7th Annual Juried Summer Group Show juried by Melinda Stickney-Gibson and coordinated by Nathalie Andrews

September 21 – November 2, 2024: title TBD, an exhibition curated by Robert Langdon from the Emerge Gallery

November 16, 2024 – January 4, 2025: title TBD, 7th Annual Small Works Show curated by Susan Shaftan Perrin and Jan Sosnowitz

Soul Purpose

Samantha Brinkley

Soul Purpose

Joan Barker

Josh Dorman

Margaret Still

Joe D

Dorothea Marcus

Joe D

Michael Valenti


January 20 - March 2, 2024: Now & Then, A show of works by Woodstock School of Art (WSA) Students and Alumni, juried by Jenne Currie and coordinated by WSA

November 18, 2023 - January 6, 2024: I See Red, 6th Annual Small Works Show curated by Sandra Scheuer and Kathy Yacoe

September 23 - November 5, 2023: From Soup to Nuts, an exhibition focusing on food in art curated by Elaine Ralston

July 22 - September 9, 2023: Define Beauty, 6th Annual Juried Summer Group Show coordinated by Nathalie Andrews, and juried by Donald Elder

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

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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