artist's statement
I believe that the real purpose of art is the state of caring. I want to take those who look at my work away from the anxiety of worldly upsets and problems, and give them some joy. Every day the media barrages us with multiple terrible events that create stress and sadness within us. I want my paintings to give viewers a chance to see things in order and goodness. To create a reality of beautiful colors, patterns, lights, darks, and rhythm together creating a joyful entity. We need spiritually to take more time to appreciate the wonders of nature and the ordinary beauty of everyday things. I hope in some small way that I have been successful in this purpose.

 about the artist
Olive Reich has for many years studied the intricate colors, shapes and patterns of nature.  Olive has etched out her own intriguing style.  As for her illusive media, she says, “The beauty of transparent watercolors is that you can play with areas, designing them and letting the glow move through your painting.”  Olive has numerous awards to her credit.  As Robert Henri stated, “Each man must take the material he finds at hand,...and then express in his art whatever is the cause of his pleasure.”  Olive’s hope is that the cause of her pleasure is expressed through her work, and in turn conveyed to the viewer who can momentarily be transformed in some significant way.  What more beautiful gift than to participate in a artist’s  vision.

National Arts Club –exhibiting member
National Association of Woman Artists
Audabon Artists
Contemporary Artists Guild
Brooklyn Watercolor Society
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Arists Equity of NewYork
ARTSI of Shelter Island, NY
Allied Artists (associate member)
American Watercolor society (associate member)

Manhattan Arts International Magazine
 Artists Showcase Award
Award of Excellence

Salmagundi Club
Jane Impastato Award
Philip Isenberg Award
Emil Carlson SCNY Award
Tom Picard Award
Alice McReynolds Memorial Award
Franklyn Williams Award

Art Calendar
Cover Award

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
 Frank & Mary Anderson Cassidy Award
Windsor Newton Award
Materials Award for WatercolorNational
Cynhia Schipp Gooddale Memorial Award

National Association of Woman Artists
2003 Dorothy Seligson Memorial Award
Gene Alden Walker Memorial Award
Miriam Halpern Award
Sarah Winston Memorial Award
Gene Alden Memorial Award

Brooklyn Museum
Watercolor Award

Waterford Crystal Co.
 National Award

New York Press Association Award
1st Place1996 for front cover of
Summer Expressions, special section of Sag Harbor Express & Shelter Island Reporter painting "Summer View"

Special Section of Sag Harbor Express & Shelter Island Reporter cover
painting - "Summer View"
Best combination of images award 2003 - "Parrot Florida Series"
"Somehow the Parrot's color and gentle tone of the bamboo blend together exactly right"

Olive Reich studied painting at Mount Holyoke College and received a BA  in art history. She has also studied at the Art Students League, Parsons School of Design as well as with several renowned artists.
Olive maintains studios in Brooklyn, NY and Shelter Island NY.
She has exhibited in shows all over the country and has had numerous one woman shows in the New York metropolitan area.
Olive’s watercolors are represented in hundreds of private and public collections.

                   (solo exhibitions)
National Arts Club, New York, NY
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Brown, Mayer & Platt, New York, NY
Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY
Shelter Island Library, Shelter Island, NY
Nahas Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Present Day Club, Princeton, NJ
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Clayton/Liberatore Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Cook Pony Farm Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Annyx Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Town Hall, Sheltewr Island, NY

                  (juried & member exhibitions)
Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY
Artist's Woods, Amagansett, NY
Sarasoa Art Center, Sarasota, FL
National Arts Club Members Show, New York, NY
Hewlett-Woodmere Libary, Woodmere, NY
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC
Sundance Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
Texas Watercolor Society, San Antonio, TX
C.W. Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
Elaine Benson Gallery, Brigehampton, NY
Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL
Adelphi College, New York, NY
Goddard Center for Visual Arts, Ardmore, OK
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
Ariel Gallery, New York, NY
Pace University Art Gallery, Pleasantville, NY
Nicholson Art Museum, Casper, WY
S. Roper Gallery, Frostburg State College, Frostberg, MD
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
Pennsylvania State University, PA
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
New School of Social Research, New York, NY
Interchurch Center, Riverside Church, New York, NY
National Association of Woman Artists, Javits Center, NY
Goodman Gallery, Southampton, NY
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, MN
Monserrat Gallery, New York, NY
Polk County Heritage Gallery, Pleasantville, NY
Lewiston Art Center, Lewiston, MT
Jesse Besser Museum, Alpena, MI
Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, NJ
Galeria San Jerinimo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum, New Yolrk, NY
Winners Circle Gallery, Van Nuys, CA
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY
World Trade Center, New York, NY
Mair Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA
Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY
Philip & Muriel Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA
Shenandoah Art Center, Oak Ridge, TNue
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
Evansville Museum of Arts & Science, Evensville, IN
Anderson Fine Arts Center, Anderson, IN
Indiana State University, Kokomo, IN
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Cornell Medical Library, New York, NY
Midwest Museum of American History, Elkhart, IN
Wassenberg Art Center, Van Wert, Ott.
Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, CT
The Museums at Hartwick College, Oeonta, NY
East End Seaport Museum, Greenport, NY
Somerset Art Association,  Bedford, NJ
Hilton Head Art League, Hilon Head Island, SC
Annyx Galery, Sag Harbor, NY
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC
World Art Center, New York, NY
Watermill Museum, Watermill, NY
Pen and brush Club, new york, NY
Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
Oak Ridge Art Center, Oakridge, TN
Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY
Woman Ar Gallery, Chicago, IL
Shelter Rock gallery, Manhasset, NY

Pen & Brush Fall Warcolor Exhibition, 1996
Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition, 2000

 linked sites
Paintings Direct
NY Artists Equity
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Artists Worldwide
National Association of Women Artists
Waterclor Society
Linde B. Martin online gallery    “vivid modern art”
Soho Art Galleries, Sidney Australia

Wild Skies Gallery, United Kingdom
The friendly online outstanding gallery of high-quality art
 listed in
"Who's who in American art"
"Who's who of American women"
"Who's who in the East"
 public collections
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
The Nature Conservency of New York
Home Federal Savings Bank, NY
Brooklyn Union Gas, Brooklyn, NY
J.C. Penny Corp., Dallas, TX
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Gyro Credit Company, New York, NY
Health & Hospital  Corp., New York, NY

 published by
Xlibris "Watercolors" Olive Reich ISBN 13 Softcover: 978-1-4363-4309-1
order online at:,, or contact artist at
"This beautiful book contains 75 images of Olive Reich's colorful watercolors. The book portrays her personal connections to her paintings, whether through her depictions of her summer sailing days when          she was young, her love for Shelter Island Heights, New York with it's Victorian atmosphere, her joy of changing seasons in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York,that softens the edges of the city, and the challenge of painting beautiful and interesting still lifes and flowers."

New Art International, Book Art Press Publishers Volume Vlll 2002-2003                                            "A Compendium of recent works by World Contemporaruy Artists"
New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, CT
Century Engraving & Embossing, Chicago, IL
Bruce McGraw Graphics, New York, NY
Rapid Forms, Thorofare, NJ
Paintings featured in May 27, 1997 issue of Womans World magazine
Cover - Summer Expressions - Shelter Island Reporter & Sag Harbor Expressions
New Art International
Book Art Press
Shelter Island 350th Anniversary Calendar

PALMER PARONER - Editor, Artspeak
Reich is a very professional and experienced artist who has exhibited widely for many years, and her paintings are a harmonious blend of pastel colors over an irregular grid of rhythmic lines and forms.  These complex compositions reveal the artist’s grasp of abstract form, within a constant interplay of light and dark.

The artist Vincent Van Gogh with all his artistic primitivism was able to capture a moment in time and not give the viewer the sense that time had stopped.  The work of artist Olive Reich is in way like the work of Van Gogh.  Olive has however unlike Van Gogh embraced an acute realism in her work.  The combination of a moving sense of time and an accurate insightful rendition is very exciting indeed, and a very unusual achievement.
Light and color are also artistic technique that are carefully and skillfully handled by the artist.  Especially in images in which this artist splashes a bouquet of flowers I feel as though I am being offered a gift.  That it is, like that special thrill when by my doorstep I find a remembrance of special flowers from a special friend.
Reich’s paintings are seldom staid or repetitive of the Dutch floral tradition.  The compositions have a charm, a directness that simply leads us to the subject - and flowers are all we admire.  New Yorkers have certainly noted the new beauty introduced by the South Flower Market.  They are a world apart from the corner florists.  A new vision, clarity, beauty, to an old subject.

Sally Flynn - Dan's Papers, Bridghampton, NY
Go and sit among her paintings and let your sole drink the wine of Artis Gratis Artis, Art for Art's Sake!


winter studio, by appointment
7518 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
phone: 718.680.3269   

summer studio, by appointment
Aquarelle on the water
P.O. Box 246, 20 prospct Avenue
Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965
phone: 631.749.0136