Thomas Cole National Historic Site to Host Fall Workshops, Events, Art Contest

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CATSKILL, N.Y., Sept. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the unveiling of the Hudson River School Art Trail's ninth medallion in Promenade Park this month, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site continues to offer an exciting array of arts events and outdoor activities for fall.

Hudson River School of Art featured events include:

3rd Annual Community Day, slated for September 8, from 1-4 pm. Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon featuring free admission to Cole's home and studio, as well as the ongoing exhibition of Albert Bierstadt's paintings. Enjoy free activities, live music, refreshments and more.

8th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture, scheduled for October 13 at 2 pm. Featuring Dr. Paul D. Schweizer, museum director Emeritus of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, who will share new findings about Cole's famous painting series, "Voyage of Life" in a lecture titled, "America's Eden: Thomas Cole and 'The Voyage of Life', which will precede a new nationally touring exhibition of the same name in June 2014.

Entering the contest is easy, simply follow these steps:

  • Complete all nine rubbings in either your own notebook or in the official Art Trail Passport, which is available for purchase at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site.
  • Upon completion, present the completed series of rubbings to representatives at the Visitor Center for either the Thomas Cole or Olana Historic Sites by November 3, 2013 to receive an official certificate of completion.
  • Participants will be automatically entered in the Grand Prize Contest drawing and winners will be announced on November 8, 2013.

For more information about the Art Trail locations, directions, itinerary suggestions and more, visit

The Hudson River School Art Trail Contest is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About the Hudson River Art Trail:

The Hudson River School Art Trail project maps the sites where America's premier landscape painters stopped to capture the wild, untamed landscape of the young country's vast wilderness. The views from these sites appear in famous landscape paintings, and the mobile website at enables people to compare the painted and actual views. There are 18 sites in the Hudson Valley, two in New Hampshire and one in Massachusetts, with sites planned as far away as Wyoming. The Art Trail begins at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Village of Catskill, which is fitting because Cole is credited as the father of the Hudson River School. Cole's former home is now the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, located just two miles from Olana State Historic Site, the former home of Cole's friend and fellow painter Frederic Church. Olana is the second stop on the trail, and one of the partners in administering the 2013 Art Trail Contest along with the Greene County Tourism Department and the Columbia County Tourism Department. For more information about the Hudson River Art School Trail, visit

CONTACT: Rebecca Steffan 518-523-9258

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