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Recent Works by Harold Olmsted, Recent Works by Harold Olmsted Exhibition cover title, c.1970-71; commercially produced paper; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Recent Works by Harold Olmsted, Recent Works by Harold Olmsted Exhibition cover title, c.1970-71; commercially produced paper; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Recent Works by Harold Olmsted

Western New York Forum for American Art

On View Wednesday, October 28, 1970–Sunday, January 3, 1971

Rockwell Hall   

Recent Works by Harold Olmsted

October 28, 1970 - January 3, 1971

From the "Recent Works by Harold Olmsted" program:

"This exhibition, RECENT WORKS BY HAROLD OLMSTED is presented by the Burchfield Center as a token of esteem to this indefatigable, inspiring, special friend on the occasion of the announcement of his becoming recipient of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society's 1970 Red Jacket Award. Symbolically it is our "Congratulations Harold"!

In February 1969, the Center was privileged to present the HAROLD OLMSTED RETROSPECTIVE: Community Tribute, a rather extensive exhibition consisting over over 75 of his works. In the catalog of that exhibition Gordon B. Washburn, former Director of Albright-Knox Gallery, and currently Director of Asia House Gallery, wrote in the introduction-

No one, it is clear, needs to have Harold's art explained. The flowering thickets next to his heart are our own pleasant woods, and thus we are at home in every image. This is where we live every day of our lives, and we do not have to strain ourselves to enjoy the view. But his hand is a warm one, and we all like to take it, even if we are not going into dangerous places. He is "Grandpa", remember. 

In the same catalog D. Kenneth Winebrenner, member of the Center's Advisory Committee, wrote: Harold Olmsted is the oldest in years and youngest in spirit of all the active artists in Western New York. There are none with more experience, none more anxious for new experience. His art is a people's art for he loves people and has dedicated his life to making the lives of others more beautiful. E.K. Fretwell Jr., President of this College, pointed out in his tribute on that occasion, The Buffalo State University College takes great pride in presenting its part in the Exhibition to Harold Olmsted in recognition of his distinguished career in our community and as a compliment to his family and friends."