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.


The Women’s March of NYC

Photographer Eileen Proto

Opening Reception March 1, 2018 at 7pm


​On January 21st, 2017, camera in hand, I participated in the Women’s March in New York City along with my cousin/best friend, aunt, co-workers, friends and countless others. It was my first attempt at photo journalism and 4 hours later, I came out with over 300 photos.

That march is the largest single-day protest in U.S. History to date. NYC alone had an estimated 450,000 people marching. Millions came out across the globe to advocate legislation and policies in support of women’s rights and the rights of others.

Now, a little over a year later, in honor of Women’s History month, this exhibition aims to recreate the atmosphere and emotions of that historic march. The photos feature a diverse range of individuals who mobilized together in peaceful  protest with a universal hunger of wanting their voices to be heard.


​Born and raised in Olean, NY, Eileen attended James Madison University, shortly after graduating with a degree in computer information systems she moved to NYC to start her career in IT consulting. While in NYC, she attended classes at the International Center of Photography, there she learned the basics of digital, portrait, and film photography.

Over the summer, Eileen moved back to the Olean area to pursue an MBA at St. Bonaventure University. Combining her IT knowledge with her photography skills, she provides website design services to local organizations that aid women in need.

Currently working primarily in digital photography, Eileen’s goal is to set up a darkroom to print in black and white film, her favorite medium.

Her website, is where she displays a variety of her collections, services, and periodic blogs about different experiences.


World War I Exhibit Planned

November 11, 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Earl McElfresh, Library Board Trustee, will be curating a special exhibit to commemorate this anniversary.

“A photograph of my grandfather, Charles McDermott, in his World War I army uniform inspired me to ask the library to sponsor such an exhibit,” said McElfresh.  “The United States entry into World War I marked our nation’s first major foray in international affairs, and our contribution to the outcome of the war brought American to the forefront of the nations of the world.”

If you would like to contribute to this exhibit, which will take place during November 2018, please contact Jennifer Stickles, Gallery Exhibits Coordinator, at 716-372-0200 or



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“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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