Gallery Exhibits

The Olean Public Library Gallery has provided an exhibition venue for New York State artists since 1974, giving artists exposure and exhibiting experience and providing Greater Olean Area residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the work of contemporary visual artists.


World War I Exhibit

November 12th – 30th

The Armistice of November 11, 1918 ended fighting on land, sea, and air in World War I. In honor of the 100 year anniversary, the Olean Public Library will be displaying an exhibit that will feature letters, photographs, memorabilia, and newspaper articles related to Olean’s part in the War.

On November 12, 1918 the people of Olean, NY celebrated the end of the War with cider and donuts. The Olean Public Library invites the community to join us, 100 years later on November 12, 2018 to the opening reception of our WWI exhibit. The reception will start at 6:30 with a talk hosted by Olean native Keara O’Dempsey. The talk will include a brief introduction to WWI in general but will mostly concentrate on Olean’s part in the War. She will discuss how it affected Olean and the loss of 30 men from our community. O’Dempsey will also talk about the items that are included in the exhibit. At 7pm, we will be joined by the Bent Brass Classical Ensemble which will play music from this time period. Cider and donuts will be served.

Keara O’Dempsey was born in Olean, NY.  Her fondest memories of her childhood include visiting her Great Aunt and Great Uncle’s house on N. Union.  Her Great Uncle, William J. Tracy, served in WWI.  O’Dempsey left Olean to attend Cornell University and later New York University Law School.  She practiced law in Manhattan and was part of two legal cases that made national news.  O’Dempsey taught law in Florida and New Jersey and has been published in law journals.  She has provided the library with letters, photographs, and other memorabilia that belonged to her Great Uncle.



Cattaraugus County Arts Council

“The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is an independent non-profit dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts, by making cultural opportunities available through our services surrounding the artistic side of life.”

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The New York State Council on the Arts has made these programs possible with public funding since 1974.

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