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    Why My Boss Decided to Design a Line of Throw Blankets

    Why My Boss Decided to Design a Line of Throw Blankets

    Among many things, my boss (Hudson Valley-based artist Ryan Cronin) understands socially-conscious comfort. From the split second you walk into CronArtUSA, our cozy headquarters located at the Water Street Market in New Paltz, NY, it genuinely feels like you’ve walked into someone’s living room-- someone’s very colorful living room. I’ve recently taken to calling it the “inside of Ryan’s brain: an unusual and wonderful place to be.” Floor to ceiling, the walls are concealed by Ryan’s playful, glossy work-- the paintings that pulled me into his hemisphere in the first place; usually, there’s an Etch-a-Sketch lying around somewhere because Ryan “takes having fun very seriously” (I’m currently keeping a tally as to how many kids as their parents “What’s this?” when they pick it up, so far we’re at 12); mid-century modern furniture (which, btw, is for sale) invites you in to take a seat, look-up and absorb the work, creating an open yet intimate space that feels abnormally homey; and draped over the furniture you'll find Cronin's latest creation: the throw blankets.

    Oh, the throw blankets-- or should I say: those warm and weighted wonders that feel like the perfect hug as they’re wrapped around you. Milled in a third-generation American factory, Ryan’s latest addition to his lifestyle collection indicates a clear shift to prepare our Catskills community and beyond for the impending winter. With eight unique full-size throws and two mini-sized throws, Cronin’s dedication to CronArtUSA’s Be a Part of the Art campaign takes his stunning iconography to the next level: draped around the shoulders of his supportive fan base. We’re not going to adapt Ryan’s hard work to just any product: it has to make perfect sense. It has to be practical. And it has to stay true to Ryan’s vision: art that matters and says/stands for something.

    Fundamentally, I think that’s the reason why I’m so appreciative of Ryan’s commitment to both the environment and small business partnerships through his work. Our brand new throw blanket collection respects Mother Earth in a way that I didn’t see coming: produced from 80% up-cycled cotton, each blanket is handmade from clippings that are collected during the cut-and-sew process and recycled into thread. It’s shocking because they’re exceedingly well-crafted, down to each stitch that keeps in the warm and kicks out the cold. Not only that, but our partnership with the aforementioned third generation factory indicates a solvent devotion to the “create local/buy local/support local” concept of business, fostering something much deeper and authentic than a mere two-dimensional transaction: a lasting, trusted relationship.

    Which is one of many reasons I’m proud to work for CronArtUSA: we’re paving the way for art to be accessible again. Because what fun is art if you can’t interact with it?

    Or at the very least, swaddled around you when temperatures drop and nobody’s outside and you’ve got a cup of tea in one hand and the latest NY Times crossword in the other?

    My thoughts exactly.

    12 Months of Giving - Art For Good

    12 Months of Giving - Art For Good

     

    In 2017, we launched our initiative, 12 Months of Giving, as a charitable arm of CronArtUSA to support the work of not-for-profits who are driven by their mission to be agents of change. We partner with organizations that are headed up by people who we believe in and whose dedication to making the world a better place is nothing less than contagious.

    Our goal with the fund is not only to raise money for the chosen NFP, but it is also to develop strong partnerships where we become their champions. Since the inception of the fund Ryan has created original work that we have sold and donated a portion of the sales and we have held various events to raise funds and awareness about the work that they do. 

    RECIPIENTS TO DATE:

     

    "The Box" - A Revolutionary Intersection of Art and Medicine

    "The Box" - A Revolutionary Intersection of Art and Medicine
    A revolutionary intersection of art and medicine, “The Box” is a socially-conscious, collaborative, public art installation created by Artist Ryan Cronin of CronArtUSA, alongside Go Doc Go Founder Maggie Carpenter, MD.  “The Box” enables participants to circumvent the traditional, in-person pap smear method to screen for cervical cancer. Part self-collection space, part art space, “The Box” is a privacy booth installed in a public location that gives participants a safe place to independently swab a sample to be tested for the HPV virus, the leading cause of cervical cancer. “The Box” bypasses institutionalized medical routes: No exam is necessary.

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    Rhett Miller of Old 97s Talks About Why Ryan Cronin

    Rhett Miller of Old 97s Talks About Why Ryan Cronin

    "Ryan Cronin is a weirdo. Through and through. The real deal.

    I moved to the Hudson Valley in 2003 because my wife and I had fallen in love with the bucolic tranquility of the region. It seemed like a great place to raise kids. But I worried that I wouldn't be able to find any quality weirdos.

    I wound up shortly thereafter invited by a mutual friend to a party at the Cronin compound and couldn't believe my luck. Here was the best kind of weirdo, a SUPREMELY TALENTED weirdo.

    Ryan Cronin doesn't paint for money or glory or acclaim. He paints because HE HAS TO. And his work has earned him money and glory and acclaim, but if it hadn't he would still be out there in his ramshackle studio slathering layers of Rustoleum onto 4'x4' wooden squares.

    His work is deceptively simple, incorporating bold images and occasional provocative snippets of text. The Cronin that hangs in my living room is a window into an alternate universe, simultaneously familiar and surreal. A dreamlike quality permeates his style, offering fragmented, funky glimpses into our collective unconscious. I'm a huge fan.

    This world of ours always needs more weirdos, but for now, thank god we have Ryan Cronin."


    -Rhett Miller, Singer/Songwriter & Frontman for the Old 97s  

    Eric Gullickson of Mohonk Mountain House Talks About Why Ryan Cronin

    Art in Mohonk Mountain House

    “At a time when the world continues to be increasingly complex, Ryan’s work for me represents a more simple, raw and refreshingly honest application. It’s interesting how people often want to make sense out of a piece of art or a particular painting – they seem uncomfortable unless they understand it and make terms with what it represents for them – this is not how I choose to interpret Ryan’s work.  I appreciate his unapologetic in-your-face style – it reminds me to take more time enjoying my own creative process and in turn rely less on others interpretations of the outcome.”  

    Eric Gullickson, Vice President and General Manager

    Mohonk Mountain House