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Bill Doran, Photograph of Harold Olmsted reproduced in "Harold Olmsted Retrospective: Community Tribute" Catalog, c.1969; commercially produced paper; Image courtesy of Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Bill Doran, Photograph of Harold Olmsted reproduced in "Harold Olmsted Retrospective: Community Tribute" Catalog, c.1969; commercially produced paper; Image courtesy of Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Harold Olmsted Retrospective: A Community Tribute

On View Friday, February 21–Sunday, June 8, 1969

Rockwell Hall   

Harold Olmsted Retrospective:  A Community Tribute

February 21 - June 8, 1969

Kind words from Charles E. Burchfield:

"While I am a great admirer of the work of Harold Olmsted, it is not the artist I wish to write about, but the man himself. I think everyone will agree that Harold's work will speak well enough for itself. But when I come to speak about the man, that poses a problem. How can I speak objectively about a person so lovable as Harold Olmsted? How to define the charm he exerts upon you? A visit from him (all too rare) leaves you feeling that a strong, fresh breeze has blown through the house, leaving you stimulated and refreshed. You might cite his keen mind, his knowledge of so many things, his unbounded energy and enthusiasm for life -- these are important -- but I think the real key is Harold's almost unlimited interest in and love for his fellow man."