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Croton Council on the Arts Newsletter for January-February 2017

January 14, 2017

Considering the Arts # 11

Yoshimi Arai: “Origami for Grownups 101”

When: Sunday, February 5, 2 pm

WhereSymphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd,

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Cost: Free & Public is Invited

On Sunday, February 5, 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 beautiful, 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.

Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 pm – Peter Calo in Concert at the Croton Free Library Concert

Peter Calo appears at his hometown library after recently releasing his fourth CD, “Time Machine.”  Well-known for his work with Carly Simon, Peter toured with her for years, produced her release “Never Been Gone,” and contributed to the music featured in the audiobook format of her memoir, “Boys in the Trees.”  Peter has also performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Linda Eder, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Julie Taymor, CrashTest Dummies, Joel Grey and more. This year, Peter performed to a sold-out Carnegie Hall audience as part of the” Lead Belly Tribute” concert.  He is the featured guitarist on the upcoming Amazon Series, “Z for Zelda.”

Free and open to the public.


Also at the Croton Free Library:

Jerry Pinkney: The Studio as Muse; An artist looks to his studio for inspiration


The Ottinger Room Gallery exhibition focuses on independent works, pastel, watercolors, and mixed medium on paper from this beloved award-winning Croton illustrator. Many of these works are being exhibited for the first time. Also on view are drawings and prints from popular children’s books.  The exhibition is up now and should remain through February.

(Shown: detail from watercolor of horseshoe crab.)



February 12, 2-4 pm – reception atHendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, for an exhibit of works by Croton artist Mary McFerran.  The exhibit runs from February 9 – 26.

Mary McFerran: Drawings and Paintings from the Ex-Pat Years

Works on paper and cloth created during the years 2009-2014 when the artist lived in London as an American ex-pat. While living in a foreign country, Mary noticed more closely the ordinary things in her environment, as she strived to understand the host culture. The exhibition includes views of buildings, dog walks, parks, flowers, and windows.  Windows took on an important opportunity to view the life styles of her temporary neighbors.


Beginning January 24, CCoA Board member and multi-talented musician Claire Collins will be leading a singing group for seniors on Tuesdays, from 2 – 3 pm at The Bennett Conservatory, 18 Van Wyck Street, Croton, where Claire is Choir/Voice and Piano Instructor.  (Claire is also Assistant Conductor of the Croton Chorale.)

The senior singing program is run through the Village of Croton’s Recreation Department.  (See Rec Department Winter Brochure here.)   Fee: $65.00 Village residents for 8 sessions $75.00 School dist/non-residents Registration Deadline: January 18. From the Rec Department catalog description: “Sing out loud, a vocal ensemble for all seniors who love music!  Singing lifts your spirits, enhances health and happiness.  Learn new music, warm up exercises and practice vocal techniques.  Explore different types of music from classical to contemporary to popular!”  If you’ve been to any of Claire’s talks, demonstrations, or performances, you know it will be fun and educational.

For more information, call Jane Parkhouse, the Conservatory’s director (914-271-4825) or the Rec Department (914-271-5804).

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