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Croton Falls' Schoolhouse Theater Presents Works By Katonah Museum Artists

“Once Upon a Time,” a work in oil by Richard Alexander is one of many works by Katonah Museum Artists’ Association members that are on display at The Schoolhouse Theater and Gallery through May 31.
“Once Upon a Time,” a work in oil by Richard Alexander is one of many works by Katonah Museum Artists’ Association members that are on display at The Schoolhouse Theater and Gallery through May 31. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON FALLS, N.Y. – The Schoolhouse Theater and Gallery in Croton Falls, in collaboration with The Katonah Museum Artists Association, will be presenting an exhibition of diverse visual works by association members through Sunday, May 31.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays, as well as one hour prior to all main stage performances at the theater.

“It’s exciting to see the Schoolhouse located squarely at the intersection between Art and Theater," said Schoolhouse Artistic Director Patrick Denny. "This collaboration with the Katonah Museum of Art brings together the Schoolhouse and the community and celebrates what’s unique about this wonderful space.”

Contemporary artist Tom Christopher of the Lift Trucks Project served as guest curator for the show, in which pattern and color emerged as a theme linking the 50 pieces selected.

“No formalism or minimal austere stuff here,” said Christopher, “just good emotional abstracts with lots of drawing and painting. Gutsy works, not fussy or trying too hard to look like ‘art.’

“In handing the pieces, we went for informality that relaxes the viewer and invites you to take a look. We left some pieces flat on the floor or leaning against the wall, giving you an intimate atmosphere in which to discover the art.”

Materials used by artists in the show range from nail polish to welded iron to yarn and lots of splashy paint.

“The level of artists we had to choose from was very high, more like what you are likely to find in New York City galleries,” Christopher said.  “Scale turned out to be really important. Some pieces are huge, others tiny. It's interesting to watch as scale effects the impact on the viewer. It either draws you into an intimate space or it envelopes you.”

For more information on exhibits or theater performances, call 914-277-8477, or visit www.schoolhousetheater.org.

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