Events Sponsored by CCoA
or otherwise of interest to the CCoA Community

Mar 18

5-7 pm

Artists' Pick-up date from Local Color 2018

March 10-11, 17-18

noon-5 pm

Exhibition Hours

Gallery Hours for Local Color 2018

at the Unitarian Universal Congregation of the Hudson Valley, located at 2021 Albany Post Rd, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520, on March 10-11 and 17-18. 

Mar 10

3-5 pm

Opening Reception

Local Color Opening Reception, but you can come in earlier as the exhibit will be hung and available to view by noon, and then join us for the reception.


Mar 6

6-8 pm

DROP-OFF for Local Color held at the Unitarian Universal Congregation of the Hudson Valley, located at 2021 Albany Post Rd, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520, on March 10-11 and 17-18. 

Membership with CCoA is required; to save time at drop-off, please consider renewing or updating your membership online by logging into your account at Or you may bring cash or a check at drop-off. There will be a $15 hanging fee to cover the cost of renting the space.

Please print out and complete your membership and registration forms in advance and bring them to the drop-off. Please read the rules. Download rules and both forms at (3 pages).

For works with unusual space or display requirements, please contact Allison Stewart Laws in advance.

Opening – Saturday, Mar 10 (3-5 pm);  Showtimes – Saturdays & Sundays, Mar 10-11, 17-18 (all 12-5pm);  Pick-up – Sunday, Mar 18 (5-7pm)

Feb 7

7:30 pm


Jan 3

7:30 pm


Dec 6

7:30 pm


Nov 1

7:30 pm

PHOTOGRAPHERS OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER (PNW) DISCUSSION GROUP will hear from Elijah Goodwin, Wayne Marcus, and Michael Washburn. Bring your pen or pencil again for Elijah's talk.

Oct 4

7:30 pm

PHOTOGRAPHERS OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER (PNW) DISCUSSION GROUP at 7:30pm at Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton (across the street an up the hill from the Justin Thyme Cafe). Photographers talked about their work and their lives: Walter Rabetz; Cornelia Cotton. Also a discussion on networking.

August 2

7:30 pm

PHOTOGRAPHERS OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER (PNW) DISCUSSION GROUP for August will be on Wednesday August 2 at 7:30 pm at Symphony Knoll in Croton (small apartment house up driveway to the left just up fron the bottom of Mt. Airy Road, i.e., just above Justin Thyme. Go to the community room in the apartment house - one flight down by elevator or stairs).

Five members will give us a peek at the person behind the photos. This month we'll hear from Rob Dublin, Vinnie Nauheimer, Danny Oppenheim, MJ Picciano, and Jim Christensen. Help us get the creative juices flowing, and get a glimpse at what makes these artists tick (and click)!

Note that while the name of this group is the same as CCoA's annual photo show, they are separate activities. For more info, send a note to

July 5

7:30 pm


The Croton Council on the Arts is starting a new group: Photographers of Northern Westchester (PNW).

It's a monthly gathering of photographers who want to get together on the first Wednesday of each month to share ideas and enjoy the company of like-minded artists in a friendly and supportive peer group. A screen, projector, and laptop computer will be available, but no formal presentations are planned. This is meant to be an open discussion of the things we find most interesting and relevant to our craft.

The kickoff meeting will be Wednesday July 5 at 7:30 pm at Symphony Knoll in Croton (small apartment house up driveway to the left just up fron the bottom of Mt. Airy Road), where we'll set direction for the group.

Note that while the name of this group is the same as CCoA's annual photo show, they are separate activities. For more info, send a note to

Sun May 7, 2-5 pm
4-5 pm)


reception hours + Mon-Fri, May 8-12, 6:30 thru
8:30 pm

Photographers of Northern Westchester - for more information, click on

Photographers of Northern Westchester info

Feb 5
2 pm

Symphony Knoll

Considering the Arts # 11

Yoshimi Arai: "Origami for Grownups 101"

When: Sunday, February 5, 2 pm

Where: Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Cost: Free & Public is Invited

CCoA presents the eleventh in the series Considering the Arts.   Yoshimi is a paper artist/craftsperson (as well as an expert in sushi, storyteller, and a member of CCoA's Board).   Origami, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" is the art of paper folding.   Yoshimi will explain how simple folds can lead to beuatiful, sometimes complex creations, and give some insights into the role of the art in Japanese culture and life.

This class will focus on the creative discipline of folding papers correctly and precisely, memorizing every step to make a desired form; and on the joy of the result.   At the end, everyone should be able to make their own paper crane (orizuru), considered the most classic of all Japanese origami.

Please advise Yoshimi if you plan to attend by sending her an email ( before February 2 to help her plan to have sufficient materials for everyone.

Jan 8, 2017
2 pm


At the Croton Free Library

Considering the Arts # 10

Great Women Artists of the 20th Century

For several months, the Croton Council on the Arts has been sponsoring a series of talks called "Considering the Arts." Several different topics have been addressed, including an introduction to history of Hudson River Painting, various aspects of photography, the art of Japanese Cuisine, and the challenges of self-publishing.   Events take place on the first Sunday of each month at Symphony Knoll, in the Upper Village.

Now, to celebrate the new year, CCoA has invited Marcy B. Freedman to be its guest speaker and has arranged for a different, larger venue.   On Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2pm at the Croton Free Library, 171 cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, Freedman will present an illustrated lecture about women artists of the last century, an interest,

Marcy explains, goes back to her college days: Years, and years ago, as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, I took my first art history course.  The textbook was the 1969 edition of Janson's History of Art. Believe it or not, that book included no women artists!   As I write these words, I am still shocked.  What an omission!

Happily, art historians have rectified the situation, and it is now possible to see that there have been amazing women artists throughout history. In particular, the twentieth century was a period of great accomplishment for women painters, photographers, video and performance artists.  I will demonstrate this point with an illustrated lecture about artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, Joan Mitchell, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Marina Abramovic, Pipilotti Rist and many others.

Marcy B. Freedman is an artist and art historian, with a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees in these fields. Her studio in Peekskill is full of art in a diverse range of media, and her work has been included in more than 350 exhibitions around the country. She has taught in local colleges, curated exhibitions, and presented public lectures on a variety of topics. For the last decade, she has worked primarily as a video and performance artist. In addition to presenting this lecture in 2017, Freedman will be performing at Embark and at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, among other venues. For further information about Marcy Freedman, please visit For further information about her talk on women artists, please call 914 271 5891.

Sun Dec 4
2 pm

Jan Johnsen Considering the Arts # 9

Serenity by Design – Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight with Jan Johnsen

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2 pm
Where: Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Cost: Free & Public is Invited

Why do some gardens make us feel so relaxed? Well regarded Croton-on-Hudson landscape designer, Jan Johnsen, mixes ancient ideas with modern approaches to show how to design a 'feel good' garden. Jan explains why east is the 'auspicious' direction, how to find the 'power spot' in your garden and which colors enhance well-being. A popular talk and of interest to all design lovers! Her ideas on serene gardens were featured in the 2016 summer issue of Garden Design magazine. She will sign her book, Heaven is a Garden, after the talk.

Jan is a principal of the established Westchester design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools. She is also an award-winning instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, was an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a contributor to Garden Design Magazine, a writer and blogger, including, recently, of the popular garden blog, 'Serenity in the Garden', and Facebook page, 'Serenity in the Garden blog'.

Johnsen Landscapes & Pools was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Association Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Her landscapes have been featured in many magazines and books.

Ever since Jan worked in Japan as a college student, she has been an advocate of the transformative power of Nature upon our well-being. Her initial experiences of walking through ancient Japanese gardens made her aware of the power that serene outdoor spaces have to calm and refresh us. Jan went on to study landscape architecture at the University of Hawaii and was further influenced there. Her travels took her back home to New York State, where she worked under a Versailles-trained French gardener at Mohonk Mountain House, learning the secrets of French horticulture and its rigorous, all-natural standards.

A speaker for botanical garden and garden show audiences, Jan loves to share insights in the beneficial effects of informed garden design with others.

Sun Nov 6 2 pm

Claire Collins & theremin © Stephen M. JacobyConsidering the Arts # 8

A Conversation with Claire Collins about the Theremin and Other Exotic Musical Instruments

When: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2 pm

Where: Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Cost: Free & Public is Invited

Claire will talk about the theremin and some other exotic instruments, how they are unusual, and what's intriguing about them. Claire will play and you can too.

The theremin, the precursor of electronic music, is capable of the eerie and the endearing, simple but difficult. A briefly mass-produced version was owned and played by Charlie Chaplin, Edward Everett Horton, Harpo Marx, Leopold Stokowski, and more. ( Claire teaches voice and piano at the Bennett Conservatory in Croton, and is Assistant Conductor of the Croton Chorale and a member of the CCoA Board.


Sat. Oct 29
4 - 6 pm


(all noon to 5 pm):

Oct 29-30
Nov 5-6

Local 2016

This annual CCoA  event, at Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Road South, Croton on Hudson NY, showcases members' art work.   Works in the past have included paintings, collages, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and fiber and bead art.   Local Color has been successful for both artists and art enthusiasts.

If you would like to see the show, join us at the opening on Saturday, October 29 from 4 to 6 pm or drop by on October 30, November 5, or November 6 between noon and 5 pm.

If you would like to exhibit in Local Color, you can click this link for rules and forms.  Please note that drop-off is on Tuesday, October 25, from 5-7 pm; and pick-up is on Sunday, November 6, from 5-7 pm.   For more information on membership, log in to your account at or check out membership information by clicking onCCoA Member.

Oct 2

2 pm

Cornelia Cotton © Maria D Cudequest Considering the Arts #7

Cornelia Cotton on How to Publish Your Own Book

Where: Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY Cost: Free & Public is Invited.

Cornelia Cotton has had a varied career: with her husband, designer and builder of their house on Mt. Airy; counselor and co-director of a summer teenage work camp; award winning photographer (color portraits); a founder of CCoA (1976) and board member; a founder and board member of Croton Housing Network; member of the board of Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct; art gallery owner/operator; and writer.   Her interest in local history led her to write the booklet "They Lived in Croton," an index of Croton's visual artists.   Cornelia will talk about her experience self-publishing her book, "Stepping Stones", a collection of related stories from her life, and she'll address the following topics:

why talk about books if people don't read anymore?
what is a book, and why is it worth publishing and keeping?
how a book is published by a publisher>
self-publishing: Commercial companies vs. doing it yourself
about doing it yourself
the manuscript
copy editing
important details
the cover and more
the printer.

Sept 4

2 pm

Christopher Mahoney Considering the Arts #6

America Sees Itself: An Introduction to the Daguerreotype in America by Christopher Mahoney

Where: Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY Cost: Free

Christopher Mahoney, a professional in the field of fine-art photography since 1991, and one of the foremost experts on the evaluation and sale of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century photographs, in his positions at Swann Galleries and at Sotheby's, where he was made Head of the Photographs Department in 2014, has handled many of the most significant photographs to come to auction.  He was directly involved with the sale of Edward Steichen's The Pond—Moonlight which sold in 2006 for $2.9 million, the highest price paid at auction for a classic photograph.  He was instrumental in the 2014 sale of 175 Masterworks to Celebrate 175 Years of Photography which, totaling $21 million, holds the record for most successful auction of photographs.   He has a special interest in early American photographic history, particularly in that period between 1839 and 1860 when the daguerreotype was the dominant photographic technology.   He has handled the sale of the most significant collections of daguerreotypes to appear at auction, including the Abraham Stransky collection and the trove of Southworth & Hawes daguerreotypes collected by David Feigenbaum, as well as individual daguerreotypes of John Brown, Frederick Douglass, among many other subjects.  He oversaw the rediscovery and rehabilitation of Matthew Brady's famous lost portrait of John C. Calhoun.  His interest in the daguerreotype process extends to the current century, and he has written and lectured on contemporary photographers working with this seminal process.

The daguerreotype was the first commercially viable photographic process made available to the public.  Announced in 1839, the rights to the technique were purchased by the French Government from its inventor Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre and given to the world.  Before the end of the year, Daguerre's instruction manual had been translated into multiple languages and the photographic era had begun.   America proved to be exceptionally fertile ground for this new art form.   Not only were Americans responsible for some of the most significant technical upgrades to the new medium, they expanded its artistic vocabulary.   Culturally, the daguerreotype was a remarkable phenomenon, and people from all walks of life had their portraits made. Daguerreotypists ventured out of their studios to photograph buildings, streets, farms, even in the California gold fields.   The daguerreotype was responsible for showing America to itself, to a degree that no other medium had previously allowed.   This lecture provides an introduction to the daguerreotype process, and shows a selection of the remarkable images that resulted from photography's first flowering in this country.

August 7

2 pm

Man in Window © Margryth Lea RoszaConsidering the Arts # 5

Quintessences: an exhibit of photographs by the controversial avant garde Hungarian photographer Margryth Lea Rosza Presented by Elinor Stecker-Orel

  "Quintessences " is the name of an exhibit of photographs by the controversial avant garde Hungarian photographer Margryth Lea Rosza. The artist began her career as a painter, but eventually realized she was more interested in photography than painting as a means of self-expression. She eschewed formal training in photography, feeling it might impede her growing desire to record images in an unconventional manner. She went on to exploit the possibilities of deliberately violating the basic precepts of "good" photography.  Elinor will show slides of the photographs in the exhibit and read the gallery notes that accompanied them. You'll want to decide if you agree with the writer of the notes. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the way art is interpreted and criticized.  

For many years, Elinor Stecker-Orel was a senior editor of Popular Photography magazine. She now teaches photography and Photoshop at the New York Institute of Photography. In addition to having written hundreds of articles on photography and video for numerous publications, she is the author of eight how-to books on photography. Her photographs have appeared in books, magazines, and the Internet, as well as being exhibited in solo and juried group shows. Elinor also makes artists books and altered books, which have been featured in several art-oriented magazines. Elinor lives in Croton with her husband, Mano, and Douglass, their cat.

This event is sponsored by the Croton Council on the Arts (CCoA) and the Croton Housing Network, and is free and open to everyone (CCoA membership and/or village residence is not required). 

July 24 2-4 pm

July 25-29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

PNW at the UU is back

Save the Dates and Plan on Exhibiting

2016 Photographers of Northern Westchester

34th Annual Photo Exhibition

Good news! The 2016 PNW Photo Show will restore the long-standing tradition of a week-long photo show at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Croton-on-Hudson, and you can show one or two photos for a single $10 hanging fee (student's pay only $5). In addition if you can't make the drop-off (or pick-up) date, early drop-off (or late pick-up) will be arranged.

All exhibitors must be CCoA members.

Drop-off: Sat 7/23, 1-5 pm

Reception: Sun 7/24, 2-4 pm

Viewing: Mon-Fri, 7/25-29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Pick-up: Sat 7/30, 1-5 pm

Full details at
Email questions to

July 10

2 pm

Thomas Cole "The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton, 1836)CCoA's Considering the Arts #4:

Join us on Sunday, July 10th at 2pm at Symphony Knoll (15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson) for Cynthia Andersen's talk on the Hudson River School of Painting.  (Short primer on the Hudson Valley School of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Cynthia is an established expert on 19th century American art, and loves to talk about the world-famous style of painting that evolved right in our back yards; including the Hudson River Valley, Catskill Mountains, Adirondack Mountains, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Shown right: Thomas Cole, The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton)" 1836, a painting in the Met's collection.

This event is sponsored by the Croton Council on the Arts (CCoA) and the Croton Housing Network, and is free and open to everyone (CCoA membership and/or village residence is not required).

May 1

2 pm

Richard Landy image courtesy GIPCACCoA's Considering the Arts #3 :

Our speaker at 2 pm on May 1st will be Robert Landy, photographer and Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology at NYU.   As an NYU researcher and writer, Robert has published and produced numerous books, articles, films and plays in the fields of Drama, Drama Therapy, Musical Theatre and related topics.  Robert's photographic and computer graphic work has focused on circles, squares, and spheres, which emerged spontaneously in response to a major life transition.  His talk is titled, "Squaring the Circle: A Creative Arts Therapist and Photographer at Play with Circles", and will include a discussion of the meaning of circles and the search for wholeness through art-making.   At Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.   No contribution for materials will be requested at this event. No admission fee for CCoA Members and for residents of Symphony Knoll.   Non-CCoA members (not living in Symphony Knoll) $5 for admission.

April 3

2 pm

Flashback © Jim ChristensenCCoA's Considering the Arts #2:

a discussion with Jim Christensen on the relationship of photography to the larger field of visual art, and the evolution of that relationship over the past 150 years at Symphony Knoll, with Yoshimi Arai, 15 Mount Airy Road (just north of Grand Street - 1st left when starting up Mt. Airy from the Upper Village), Croton-on-Hudson.

Photography has changed a lot in the past 20 years, and nearly everyone has a camera these days, so come share your thoughts with the group. Jim is a local photographer, and you can check-out his credentials and work on his website: .

March 6

2 pm

Sushi CCoA's Considering the Arts #1:

"The Art of Making Sushi" at Symphony Knoll, with Yoshimi Arai, 15 Mount Airy Road (just north of Grand Street - 1st left when starting up Mt. Airy from the Upper Village), Croton-on-Hudson.

With this event, CCoA launched a new monthly get-together on the first Sunday of each month for CCoA Members and their friends.  These informal discussion groups or workshops each month are designed to build a sense of shared community and help us see the world through a different pair of creative eyes each month, and draw inspiration from one another.

In Japan, cooking is one of the great art forms filled with beauty and reverence.   Attendees observed Yoshimi Arai preparing Japanese traditional-style sushi, miso soup and salad and got to sample this artistic and artisanal cuisine with a story.

Have something to put on the calendar?

Numerous members of the Croton Council on the Arts participate in group exhibits or present individual shows throughout the year.  There are also other exhibitions of interest in the Croton-Cortlandt region.

If you would like CCoA to consider including on the page a notice of your upcoming exhibition, individual or group show, please send us information, including location, dates aand hours, your e-mail or mailing address, and whether you are a CCoA member.  If you are a performer, please tell us about your appearances, including the where and when.  If you are a writer or director, please tell us when your works are due to come out.  E-mail us.



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