CCCA ArtsWalk 2013!

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                                                    Plein Air at Olana: 

                             Creating Landscapes within the Landscape

                               “En Plein Air Paint-Out, Exhibit & Auction” 

                             at Olana Historic Site, Route 9G, Hudson, NY

We loved every moment!

Thursday, July 9th & Friday, July 10th: 

Visitors spent the day enjoying the beautiful grounds of Olana Historic Site, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Thirty of the country's finest artists were on-site, painting 'en plein air' (outdoors) from dawn to dusk! Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to watch them as they created original works of art from the amazing views surrounding them.

Saturday, July 11th: 

Artists delivered their 'wet canvases' to the Wagon House Education Center where their artwork was installed for event guests to view during a special cocktail hour followed by the exciting live auction!

Sunday, July 12th:

Was the Artist Tent Sale..and it was amazing! The weather was heavenly and the artistic spirit abound! Participating artists offered additional works for sale under the tent near the Wagon House Education Center where visitors were able to see more of the amazing work they create and have the opportunity to purchase additional works of art from these amazing artists. Artists Patricia Bellerose, Janet Howard-Fatta, Frank Hanley and Dominique Medici began an impromptu alla prima (from life) portrait painting session and painted Olana's Associate Curator, Valerie Balint, which was such a treat for all to see! (please view images and videos below!)


Thank You to all the participating artists, the event planning committee, the staff and volunteers of CCCA and the Olana Partnership, and the visitors, event guests and art collectors who all made this event the wondrous experience it was!   SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

                             FOURTH ANNUAL COMPETITION HOSTED BY

                             COLUMBIA COUNTY COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

                                       AND THE OLANA PARTNERSHIP

With Special Guest Juror: M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of PleinAir Magazine
and Guest Judge: Bob Bahr, Editor of PleinAir Today  

Jurors for this year's event were:

M. Stephen Doherty earned a BA in Art from Knox College and an MFA in Printmaking from Cornell University.  He served as Editor-in-Chief of American Artist Magazine for 31 years and during that time, launched Watercolor, Drawing and Workshop Magazines.  He has written a dozen art books and hundreds of magazine articles and he has exhibited his paintings in solo and group exhibitions around the country.  He frequently judges art contests, lectures, teaches and demonstrates. Doherty writes a blog on drawing and painting that can be located at  He is the new Editor of Plein Air Magazine.  

Joan Damiani graduated with an MA from New York University in 1965. She relocated to Columbia County, affording herself the opportunity to pursue her artistic vision on a full time basis. Based on her approach that vision dictates media, Joan's work might be in oil, ink, or photography. "My art captures the daily complexities of life; from children on a beach to young executives in Boston, to a 1934 Packard in the junk yard, to a piazza in Southern Italy that survived earthquakes and wars, but where time still stops to water the geraniums and feed the cats." Joan's well of inspiration can come from Boston's North End or Italy's outdoor markets or the tugs and freighters of the Hudson River. 'Wherever I am, I am moved by the sensation of life. I want to stir something in you that says, "Yes, I noticed that, I just forgot to remember".' Visit

Ken Young, a self-taught artist, has been sketching and drawing with pencil and pen and ink from a very young age. He was introduced to oil in high school in 1971 and became fascinated with accurately trying to render the textures, light and shadow found in nature. Since then oil has been his favorite medium. His subjects range from landscapes of every season, to human and animal portraits. Hudson High School friends remember him as the graduate who drew a self -portrait in the 1975 yearbook.

He has exhibited his works in the CCCA gallery 209 Warren Street in Hudson, NY, Hudson Opera House, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce gallery, Hudson Artist’s Market Place, Rider’s Mills annual art exhibit as well as Winter Walk and Arts Walk in Hudson. Recently he has become fascinated with city life and is often seen with his camera, which he carries everywhere, capturing people going about their daily routine. His work is on display at Neumannn Fine Art Gallery 65 Cold Water St. Hillsdale, NY.  Visit

Judging Artist Award Winners this year, Mr. Bob Bahr
The 2015 Award Winners are:
"Best in Show":  Robert Masla
"Second Prize":  Patrick McPhee
"Third Prize"" : Kendra Schieber
"People's Choice" (chosen by event guests): Robin Guthridge and Patrick McPhee (a tie!)

Bob Bahr is the editor of PleinAir Today, the weekly e-newsletter for PleinAir magazine. He is a regular contributor to PleinAir magazine and its various websites. Previously, Bahr served as managing editor for American Artist magazine, and was the editor of Drawing magazine for five years. He enjoys painting his neighborhood and the local parks in New York City.


(Photos below courtesy of Daniel Region (

There were so many gorgeous photos (and some videos, too!)...They wouldn't all fit on this page! To see more photos of the artists in action, the auction and more, click on the link here! (on the photo page, under the first set of photos on the left, you will see "view album (307)" If you click on that, it will open up the 307 photos from the event.. Enjoy!