Frederic Church’s Olana Annual Auction Returns – this year in New York City; Alexander Gallery and Thomas Colville Fine Art to Host Reception and Auction

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  • May 12, 2010

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The Olana Auction includes "Sailboat Docked in the Bay" by Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908).

The eagerly anticipated return of the Olana Annual Auction will be on Tuesday, May 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Alexander Gallery, 942 Madison Avenue in New York City. Alexander Gallery and Thomas Colville Fine Art are  hosting the private preview dinner and auction to celebrate the opening of their joint exhibition New Old New York: In & Out of Town with proceeds to benefit The Olana Partnership.

The silent/live auction will include donations of 19th-century to Contemporary art provided by Alexander Gallery, Thomas Colville Fine Art, Avery Gallery, Babcock Galleries, Debra Force Fine Art, Hammer Galleries, Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art, Questroyal Fine Art, Stair Galleries and private collectors such as Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Feld, Mr. Asbjorn Lunde and Mr. Richard T. Sharp.

The artwork will be available for viewing on the 18th at Alexander Gallery.

An Amazing Array of Artists Represented

"New York Winter" by Guy Wiggins (1883-1962) is part of the Olana Auction, May 18, at Alexander Gallery.

Artist represented in the auction at press time include George Copeland Ault (1891-1948), Oscar Florianus Bluemner (1867-1938), Doug Brega (born after 1948) , Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908), Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), David Johnson (1827-1908), Alfred Parsons (1847-1920), Ellen Robbins (1828-1905), Edward Seager (1809-1886), Henry Pember Smith (1854-1907), James Smillie (1833-1909), Russell Smith (1812-1896), , Guy Wiggins (1883-1962), and others.  There will also be a weekend at Olana package including private, behind the scenes tour with Olana’s curators, a private wine tasting in Olana’s bell tower provided by Hudson Wine Merchants, dinner at highly-rated Swoon Kitchen Bar and an overnight stay at the Croff House, a premier Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Hudson.

Guests planning to attend the reception at Christie’s from 6-8PM, prior to the Olana Auction on May 18th will have a shuttle waiting just outside the door, departing at 8:05 pm to whisk them to the festivities at the Alexander Gallery.  Reservations for the shuttle are requested.

The “standing” dinner will feature a passed seasonal dinner provided by Daniel Boulud’s Feast & Fêtes and wine and Champagne provided by The Bubble Lounge.  There is a suggested tax deductible donation of $100 per person.  For reservations or information, please call Melanie Hasbrook at 518-828-1872 x 103 or email

The Olana auction includes "Sunset Over Lake Biwa, from Tennenji" by Alfred Parsons (1847-1920)

All proceeds of the sale will benefit The Olana Partnership’s work to preserve, restore and advance Olana.  For additional information about the auction visit  or call Melanie Hasbrook at 518-828-1872 ex 103.

The eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Considered one of the most important artistic residences in the United States, Olana is a landmark of Picturesque landscape gardening with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson Valley.  The Olana Partnership supports the conservation, preservation, development and improvement of Olana State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark which is open to the public throughout the year. Its goal is to inspire the public by preserving and interpreting Olana, and to create the most widely recognized artist’s home and studio in the world, vibrant with the activity of students, visitors, and scholars.




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