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    Stepping Into The Great Unknown

    Stepping Into The Great Unknown

    These past few weeks have been filled with emotion as Ryan prepares to head out to his residency at Thread in Senegal, Africa. Pretty much every emotion you can imagine. I guess this is how it feels when you are…..

    Stepping Into Joy—and The Great Unknown...Here’s What Cronin Has To Say

     “There’s a noisiness to my work, in a good way, and life here in the U.S. is so noisy. There’s information everywhere you turn, and you’re constantly digesting and interpreting and regurgitating that into whatever you’re creating,” he says. “When you remove all that, and can focus on the primal urge—the immediacy and urgency of work—I feel I’ll create on a level I cannot fully understand until after I come back. That’s the joy, one of the greatest things about a life in art, and why I do it. It’s what it’s all about. I have huge amounts of gratitude for this opportunity.” 

     Ryan has spent the past 25+ years painting exclusively using Rust-Oleum paints on board, but his usual materials may not be available, so his comfort levels will be challenged. And he’s good with that. “I’m into exploring new mediums, and pushing myself in a new direction, and exploring the process of making art. It feels important to shake that up for myself and may ultimately lead to creating art that’s very different than what I’m doing now. I’ll use what’s available and relevant, and am very interested in exploring questions like, ‘What is art? How does it function?”

    When Ryan was in Senegal last year, the amount of plastic floating around, the use of disposable materials, and the handmade nature of art, was striking. “It’s not like here, where I can appropriate materials—like grabbing a piece of plywood sitting against a dumpster—because things are valued and used there. It creates a little anxiety, which I am grateful for, and I’m confident my work will end up being a reflection of where I am.”


    Eleven Days & Counting. The Residency. The Architect. The Inspirations Behind It

    Eleven Days & Counting. The Residency. The Architect. The Inspirations Behind It
    Thread, an artists residency program and cultural center, conceived and funded by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in collaboration with a local leader in Sinthian, is a place for the locals to gather and a space for artists to create. Designed by Acclaimed New York-based architect Toshiko Mori, it houses two artists’ dwellings, as well as ample indoor and outdoor studio space. 

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    Bon Voyage Party & Our Newest Collaboration

    Bon Voyage Party & Our Newest Collaboration

    Reminder | Bon Voyage Party
    Thursday, August 29th from 6 to 9 PM
    10 Main Street
    Water Street Market
    New Paltz, NY

    Bethel Woods - Woodstock 50th Anniversary + ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME  + Artist Ryan Cronin = FUN! 

    2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock and we’ve teamed up with ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME, and Bethel Woods, the original site of Woodstock, to collaborate on a FUN project. To celebrate their 50th anniversary Ryan designed a custom wrap for a Moke, a street-legal, electric leisure car that is being raffled off nationwide through October 31st. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to the foundation to preserve and interpret the historic site and enable museum, education and creative learning programs.

    And don't forget to enter the raffle to win the Moke.
    It's as easy as clicking HERE. 

    Give $50 to preserve the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival and be entered for a chance to win an all-electric MOKE vehicle. From British classic to Caribbean icon, Moke America has become a symbol of fun in the sun. Introducing Moke America: A 20th-century collectible car reinvented with 21st century green-friendly electric power, available exclusively in the USA.