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Art Exhibitions

Olive Free Library’s Exhibitions

Kate McGloughlin – Requiem for Ashokan, the story told in landscape

The Olive Free Library Association is very pleased to present the third iteration of Olivebridge artist and twelfth-generation Ulster county resident, Kate McGloughlin’s exhibition, Requiem for Ashokan, The Story Told in Landscape. The show will run from November 16, 2019 through January 4, 2020, with an opening reception on Saturday November 16, from 2 – 4 pm, followed by an artist’s talk and reading at 4 pm, at which McGloughlin will be joined by local authors, Gail Straub (The Ashokan Way: Landscape’s Path Into Consciousness, Homebound Publications), and Nina Shengold, (Reservoir Year, Syracuse Press).

McGloughlin’s exhibition, featuring prints, paintings, works on paper, historical maps, video, and both written and spoken word installations, depicts the emotional upheaval her maternal ancestors’ neighbors and homeland endured during the clearing of the Esopus Valley to make way for the creation of the Ashokan Reservoir. The work, rendered in black and white, describes the devastation, disruption and loss of community, told from the landscape’s point of view.

McGloughlin will also conduct a children’s program, “Help Me Tell the Story”, on Saturday, November 23 from 2 – 4 pm, which will include storytelling and a mural making project for local citizens, ages 6 and older.

On Saturday, November 30 from 2 – 4 pm, McGloughlin will moderate a panel called, “Vanishing Olive”, where she will be joined by April M. Beisaw, PhD, RPA, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Vassar College and Associate Editor, Historical Archaeology; LeAnne Avery, PhD, Associate Professor, Science Education, Co-Editor, Community Development; and Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs, Bureau of Water Supply, NYC Department of Environmental Protection. The panel will discuss, among other things, the DEP land acquisition program and its effect on the historical/ecological culture of the Town of Olive, and the need to protect both the watershed and certain historical sites in Olive.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Olive Free Library’s Community Room, 4033 Route 28A, West Shokan.

Exhibition Dates: November 16, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 2 – 4 pm
Artist’s Talk and Reading: Saturday, November 16, 4 pm
Children’s Program “Help Me Tell the Story”: Saturday, November 23, 2 – 4 pm
Panel “Vanishing Olive”: Saturday, November 30, 2 – 4 pm

Proudly sponsored by Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, Boiceville Wines and Spirits, Bread Alone, and The Door Jamb.


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.


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

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

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

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 --> click here for call for art details

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

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

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Requiem for Ashokan XV


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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