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Era of Elegance Series, Salisbury Association Historical Society, in collaboration with Scoville Memorial Library. This illustrated lecture will discuss Frederic Church’s artistic career, the development of Church’s home and landscape at Olana, as well as daily life for family and guests in the nineteenth-century. Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) was one of the premier landscape painters of the nineteenth-century.

Church designed Olana, his family home, studio and farm as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art and landscape. Considered one of the most important artists’ residences in the United States, Olana is an icon of landscape gardening with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled and panoramic views of the vast Hudson Valley.

Valerie A. Balint is Associate Curator of Olana.  She is a frequent lecturer on Church, Olana and the Hudson River School.  Ms. Balint is co-author of “Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Edwin Church’s Views from Olana “.  She is co-curator and co-organizer of Olana’s annual exhibitions in the Evelyn and Maurice Sharp Gallery, and also organizes the annual contemporary art exhibition in the Coachman’s House Gallery.