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From Soup to Nuts
An Exhibition focusing on Food in Art

The Olive Free Library Association is very pleased to present the exhibition From Soup to Nuts showcasing the works of 16 Hudson Valley artists featuring food in art and many ways food can be presented. The show, curated by Olive Library Exhibition Committee Member Elaine Ralston, will run from September 23 through November 5, 2023 with a number of exhibition related events: an opening reception on Saturday, September 23 from 3 – 5 pm; a talk by Wes Hannah from Solid Ground Farm on Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 pm; and an Artists Meet & Greet on the closing day, Sunday, November 5, 2:30 – 4 pm.

Elaine Ralston says about this exhibition, “In our society, food is a commonplace and pervasive commodity that we all interact with every day. Unless we are experiencing a lack of food – as many in the world do – most of us don’t focus on it much. It contributes to so many areas of our lives; whether we actively work with it through the growing process, transportation and preparation, or even use its nourishment to strengthen families and community; food has a way of connecting us with each other and to the whole of nature.”

Elaine continues, “Artists all through history have used food subjects with reverence and beauty, inspiring many avenues in the creative process. They have captured the subtle and the bold, displaying the connection and inseparability of culture, people, and landscape. This exhibition featuring various mediums such as oils, pastels, photography, and ceramics, honors and focuses on that tradition, reminding us of food’s ability to feed not only our body but our spirit.”

Food is Life and Life is Art
“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography” – Frederico Fellini

Participating artists in this show are: Carole Aoki, Brinton Baker, Mike Giuliano, Wendy Hollender, Sergey Jivetin, Phil Mansfield, Meredith Morabito, Jackie Oster, Thomas Sarrantonio, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Lora Shelley, Ann Marie Silvani, Anthony Silvani, Ruby Silvious, Pablo Weinschenk, and Dale Wolfield.

From Soup to Nuts, an exhibition focusing on food in art
Exhibition Dates
: September 23 – November 5, 2023
Opening: Saturday, September 23, 2023, 3 – 5 pm
Talk by Wes Hannah from Solid Ground Farm: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 5:30 pm
Artists Meet & Greet: Sunday, November 5, 2023, 2:30 – 4 pm

During the exhibition opening, local artist-miniaturist Sergey Jivetin will be hand-engraving seeds with illustrations based on narratives about plants and their deep connection with farmers, seed savers, naturalists, and enthusiast gardeners who nurture and preserve them. If you would like to share your personal story of such a relationship between plants and people, bring a relevant seed and Sergey will illustrate your individual story into it.

Talk by Wes Hannah from Solid Ground Farm – Community-building through CSA and local food: We are a small, family-owned organic vegetable farm with a mission of feeding the local community and building a long-term harmony with our environment. CSA models and other local-food-focused initiatives are driving a local agricultural economy with benefits for eaters, farmers, and the environment. This presentation is about the growth of CSA farming, how it has helped build our farm, what the future of CSA and local food initiatives might look like, and how community members can get more involved.

Diane Christi

Sergey Jivetin

Joseph Cozad

Jackie Oster

Jan Sosnowitz

Meredith Morabito

Jan Sosnowitz

Kaete Brittin Shaw

Jan Sosnowitz

Pablo Weinschenk


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

Ruby Silvious

Soul Purpose

Carole Aoki

Josh Dorman

Wendy Hollender

Joe D

Thomas Sarrantonio

Joe D

Phil Mansfield

Joe D

Bryn and Wes from Solid Ground Farm


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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