Local artists settle in Croton

Where is the new culture center in Crotone on Hudson? It is located at the top of the village! Croton River Craftsmen, a new gallery, will open on April 30. Croton River Artisans is a collective of 10 talented local artists working in different media. The members of the cooperative hope to solve a problem that has been bothering them. “Croton, for all its history of artists, musicians, actors, singers, painters and poets, had no fine art representation in town,” said founding member of Croton River Artisans, Tracy Platero.

The idea for Croton River Artisans originated with Double Docs owner Hans Tokke, who first identified the need for such a space. Orit Daly, the first person to join the call for artisans, has defined the mission of this exciting new storefront as “a center for the arts in Croton”. Where Pleasantville has the Jacob Burns Cinema Center, Croton will have the Croton River Craftsmen. The gallery will be a permanent display of its members’ work, but “will host events, performances and host guest artists as often as possible,” according to Daly.

“We want to highlight all the talented people from Croton, Cortlandt and Ossining who have been waiting for such an opportunity,” Platero said.

Croton River Artisans will showcase the sculpture, fabric, jewelry, photography, painting, wood and ceramic arts of its founding members: Orit Daly, Keith Gordon, Sharon Kullberg, Jennifer Larrabee, Tracy Platero, Jennifer Rutheny, Gwenveria Sargeant, AnnMarie Sasso, Jeff Thortonand Tsui Yuen Pappas. In the coming months, the gallery will also present selected guest artists. Gallery hours after grand opening will be: Wednesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 9 Old Post Road South Location. For more visit CrotonRiverArtisans.com.

Laura J. Boyer