THE CROTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, YESTERDAY AND TODAY:


ARTIST FORUMS


Artist Forums are seasonal events sponsored and nurtured by the Croton Council on the Arts and designed to be individual or small group presentations primarily by local artists with offerings such as commentary on new art forms and techniques, art history, unusual experiences and music programs.  The most successful of these have been in conjunction with exhibits of the artist's works in the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library.

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LITERARY VENTURES

The Croton Council on the Arts is particularly proud of board member, former CCoA president and longtime resident, Cornelia Cotton, who in addition to being a gifted photographer is a wonderful writer. Her book Stepping Stones received plaudits at a reading at the local Coffee Shop, the Black Cow.  Ms. Cotton is also spearheading a drive to revive the Croton Review, the literary magazine published by the CCoA in the late 70's and 80's. Its new format will be online.

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INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SHOWS




LOCAL COLOR

We are fortunate to have a large numbers of very talented people in our communities. Most recently, Lavinia Wiggins and Sharon Kullberg held a very successful two person painting show. George Laws had a wonderful photography show of his undersea images. Dean Violante, Kilynne Higgins and Sierra Leitner also held a three person show with an eclectic mix of drawing and painting in figurative and abstract work in a first opportunity for these artists to show their diverse work together.


Since its inception in 1997, the members' art show, LOCAL COLOR, has been a celebration of the works of area artists expressed through a variety of media. Our venue for this show is the Community Room of Symphony Knoll, at 15 Mt. Airy Road, in the heart of the Upper Village. This annual show has been successful for both artists and art enthusiasts, and is one of the many programs organized by CCoA each year to nurture the arts as an important contribution to life in Croton and the surrounding area.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER

First presented in 1972, the Photographers of Northern Westchester annual exhibit provides an opportunity for invited photographers, amateur and professional, to display their work.  The show features every style of photography; still life, landscape, portrait and documentary, using both traditional and digital processes.  For many years the show has been jointly sponsored by CCoA and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.   Serious photographers are welcome to make inquiries about the event.  Please contact us at photoshow@crotonarts.org.

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SPAWNING
OTHER ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

In past years the Croton Council on the Arts provided new organizations an opportunity to start their own arts programs and develop their own not-for-profits.  Each of these arts organizations is now fully independent and contributes to our area's vibrant art scene.

The Hudson Stage Company, one of Westchester's premiere professional theaters, calls the Whipporwill Theater of the North Castle Library in Armonk, home.  For more information about Hudson Stage, contact info@HudsonStage.com.

Croton Cortlandt Center for the Arts, until recently housed in a Town of Cortlandt building at 293B Furnace Dock Road in Cortlandt Manor, also had its start with the help of CCoA.  The Croton Cortlandt Center for the Arts focus has been on visual arts, drawing and painting, pottery, sculpture for students of all ages.   The Croton Cortlandt Center for the Arts is looking for a new home.  Gail Lamb, the Executive Director, can be reached at glccca@optonline.net.

Croton Teen Theater is the group that most recently moved out entirely on its own.  Its inception was the Croton Shakespeare Festival many years ago and now Croton Teen theater provides an opportunity for our youth to participate in musical and dramatic productions.  Visit their website at crotonteentheatre.org for more information.

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CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS

Under the directorship of Troy Messenger, the Croton Council on the Arts presented a chamber music concert at the Croton Free Library.  The concert sponsored by the library as well as CCoA brought together a broad array of highly talented musicians from our area performing to a very appreciative crowd.

The Chamber Players of Croton, under the auspices of Croton Council on the Arts and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, presented a concert in remembrance and celebration of the life of Dr. Stephen Morris, a past CCoA Board vice-president and gifted flutist. This took place in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He continues to be sadly missed as are so many other people who contributed ever graciously to the CCoA and the Arts in our community.

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COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

For many years the local Special Education PTA has sponsored an arts contest for children in the Croton Harmon School District.  The CCoA Board had been asked to judge the contest and select the winners whose work appears on the local school calendar.   At our suggestion SEPTA displayed the work of all the art contest participants at Symphony Knoll.   Many thanks go to the Croton Housing Network for their support of that show and of others as well.

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