Olive Free Library

Art Exhibitions

Olive Free Library’s Exhibitions


The Olive Free Library Association is very pleased to present the exhibition Cragsmoor Artists in Olive featuring works by artists that currently live and work in Cragsmoor, one of the earliest art colonies in North America. The show, originally scheduled for March 28 – May 16, will now run from November 21, 2020 through March 6, 2021, with an opening on Saturday, November 21, 2 – 4 pm.

Cragsmoor Artists in Olive is curated by Ed Mues who joined the Olive Free Library as a volunteer on its Exhibition Committee nearly three years ago realizing his long desire to be involved in art. Ed introduced his town of Denning artists in April 2018 to the Olive community but now is moving further west, to one of the earliest artist colonies in North America: Cragsmoor. Above Ellenville in the 1870s, high on the Shawangunk ridge, a handful of talented and creative people fell in love with the rugged escarpments, the constantly changing light and weather, the spectacular views of mountains and valleys, the waterfalls and wildlife. They stayed, and they established a colony. One that became world renowned.

Today, there is a strong population of dedicated Cragsmoor Colony artists carrying on the heritage they embraced. The show’s participating artists are: Cynthia Altoriso, Tom Bolger, Charles Broderson, Melissa Chaney, DUTCH PINK, Letizia Gentile, Elinore Hollinshead, Gian Kamal, Patricia Peters, Mary Socolof, and Natalie Stopka.

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

Letizia Gentile

Letizia Gentile

Patricia Peters

Patricia Peters


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 --> click here for Call for Art

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