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River Crossings opens with a record-breaking crowd

Stephen Hannock and Kiki Smith at the opening celebration for "River Crossings"The opening event for "River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home" brought over 600 people to both the Thomas Cole Historic Site and Olana, including twenty of the artists in the exhibition. It was a spectacular spring day (finally! after such a long winter), with daffodills in full bloom in the garden. It seemed as though most of the people flowing through the doors of the 1815 Main House had never been here before, with remarks like "Where has this place been all my life?" The 34 artworks by 20 artists at the Thomas Cole site were spread throughout the house - on all three floors - and on the grounds as well. Over the river at Olana, ten artists had intalled works inside and out as well. The crowd was buzzing with delight at the justaposition of the old and new, and how each brought out new meaning in the other. The show is now open to the public. Beat the crowds and come and see it before the articles in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal come out in the coming weeks.

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