Olive Free Library’s ‘I Dreamed of Paradise’ exhibition opened on January 21

OLIVE, NY – An exhibit at the Olive Free Library titled “I Dreamed of a Garden” opens Saturday, January 21st.

The Hudson River Valley Artist Cooperative will highlight the work of 15 Long Reach Art members.

Curated by Carol Pepper-Cooper of Long Reach Arts and the library’s exhibition committee, Linda Schultz, the exhibit runs through March 4.

The opening reception is scheduled for January 21st from 3 to 5 p.m. The snow day is Sunday, January 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m.

“LongReach Arts is a collaborative of artists with a wide variety of passions,” Pepper-Cooper, who herself is participating in the event, said in a press release. “They agreed on the theme – I dreamed of a garden – but their approach to it was very different.”

Some took the theme literally, while others took it metaphorically, exploring what a garden means to them, organizers said. Others took things from an urban perspective and showed the only garden open to the city dweller, the flower in the vase.

“What unites these artists is their passion for their work, and what separates them is their ability to work in their own style,” Pepper-Cooper said.

Artists participating in the exhibition include Deborah Bain, David Curtis, Cynthia R. Dill, Carolyn Edlund, Staat Fasolt, Stacey Flint, Claudia Gorman, Trina Green, Carol Loizides, Ellen Metzger O’Shea, Basha Ruth Nelson, Nancy Scott, Marlene Wiedenbaum, and Carole Wolf.

In the year Long Reach Arts, founded in 1982, gets its name from the “long reach” of a large stretch of river that can be navigated without the need for a boat.

Olive Free Library is located at 4033 state Route 28A, West Shokan. For more information, call (845) 657-2482, visit olivefreelibrary.org or email helpdesk@olivefreelibrary.org

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