Olive Free Library

Art Exhibitions

Olive Free Library’s Exhibitions


The Olive Free Library Association is very pleased to present the exhibition Across the River: Artists from Hudson Valley East bringing together six artists from the east side of the Hudson River. Each artist works in one or more disciplines – the written word, illustration, painting, printmaking, photography, abstraction, poetry, and assemblage. There is a broad range of talent and diversity among the artists and the work they create. The show will run from March 20 through May 8, 2021, with an opening on Saturday, March 20, 2 – 4 pm.

Across the River: Artists from Hudson Valley East is curated by Marie Cole, who is on the Board of Directors and a member for over 25 years of the Tivoli Artists Gallery. Marie was invited by the Olive Free Library’s Exhibition Committee to guest curate a show this Spring at the Library’s Community Gallery.

Marie says, “In this exhibit I have gathered together the work of six artists from the east side of the Hudson River. While the Hudson River region is well known for landscape painting, I wanted to showcase the wider variety of creative work that exists here. To this end, it gives me great pleasure to exhibit the artworks of renowned book author and illustrator, Donald Crews; assemblage sculptor and photographer, Juliet Harrison; poet, painter, and printmaker, Roxie Johnson; contemporary photographer and graphic designer, Gilbert Rios; and Louise Kalin who explores experimental printmaking techniques, collage, assemblage, drawing and sculpture. As well, as my own landscape inspired work in painting and printmaking.”

Marie continues, “Although just a small sampling of artists from Columbia County and Dutchess County, there is much diversity and a broad range of talent among these artists and their work. I am always amazed at the new and inventive art that they create. I chose them because I know and love what they do. I hope you will too. We are all honored to be invited to exhibit at the Olive Free Library on the western side of the River.”

The show’s participating artists are: Marie Cole, Donald Crews, Juliet R. Harrison, Roxie Johnson, Louise Kalin, Gilbert Rios.

Proudly sponsored by Boiceville Pharmacy and Bread Alone.

Letizia Gentile

Roxie Johnson

Patricia Peters

Donald Crews


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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