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    Frances Marion Platt talks about the mural for 12 Months of Giving

    Frances Marion Platt talks about the mural for 12 Months of Giving

    Frances Marion Platt recently wrote the following article in HV1 showcasing the mural Cronin did to raise funds and awareness for 12 Months of Giving.

    With his cartoonish, deceptively crude Outsider/Pop aesthetic and ubiquitous presence on our streets and in our shops and restaurants, Ryan Cronin might fairly be called New Paltz’s answer to the late great Keith Haring. If our town had subway stations for him to work in, his stuff would be there, for sure.

    Equal parts appealing and baffling, his brightly colored, instantly recognizable Rust-Oleum paintings must be selling well, because the artist has added a philanthropic arm to his Water Street Market headquarters, Cronin Contemporary. The new initiative is called 12 Months of Giving, and the gallery has announced its intent to designate two local not-for-profits each year to be recipients of the artist’s charitable giving. In this inaugural year, the lucky designees are Go Doc Go, a Hudson Valley-based women’s health care initiative that establishes and maintains cervical cancer screening programs around the globe, so far including Ethiopia, Senegal and Haiti; and the TMI Project, which offers transformative memoir workshops and interactive performances that use storytelling as an agent of personal and social change.

    To launch the campaign with appropriate hoopla, Cronin chose May 17 — the date of the Hudson Valley Gives 24-hour online fundraising marathon — to livestream the actual painting of his latest plein air opus: a vibrant mural of geese in flight, rendered on the west-facing exterior wall of Schatzi’s Pub at 36 Main Street in New Paltz. The event is over now, but the original Ryan Cronin artwork will remain up there for all to see, so long as the elements permit. Check it out next time you’re downtown. To find out more, or to add your donation to Go Doc Go or the TMI Project, visit www.cronincontemporary.com, www.godocgo.org or www.tmiproject.org.

    Speak Up, Speak Out

    Speak Up, Speak Out

    Speak Up, Speak Out, was an exhibition of Ryan Cronin’s work in response to the current state of affairs in the United States. The gallery featured a series of recent paintings, including Speak UP and Obama which act as reflections on the many transitions happening in America. In these tumultuous times we welcomed visitors to express their concerns and open a dialogue within our own community. The gallery hosted a letter writing campaign to encourage citizens to speak out and to provide a space for individuals to write to their elected officials. Together, we mailed over 200 postcards written by people as young as 5 to folks in their late 70s. We looked to bring people of all ages and beliefs together to share ideas and engage in the democratic process.

    Tuthilltown Spirits' Brings A Sense Of Color To Their Distillery

    Tuthilltown Spirits' Brings A Sense Of Color To Their Distillery

    Artist Ryan Cronin, along with Joseph Meloy and Fumero, added their distinct colorful images to Tuthilltown Spirits' three metal grain silos. The three silos each stand 17 feet high and 69 feet in circumference. The installation includes a pathway around the silos and visitors are invited to stroll the perimeter and enjoy the exciting work of these local New York artists. Distillery guests are encouraged to spend some time exploring the murals.