New arts and music festival planned for Croton Falls

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Plans are coming together for a North Salem Arts Festival to be held in Croton Falls on Saturday, June 26. The event is intended to showcase local artists, particularly those concentrated along the Route 22 corridor.

“A lot of artists during COVID have been so tied down in their studio, busy creating, creating creating,” said Bracken Feldman, a potter and studio manager at Railyard Arts Studio in Croton Falls. “We thought what better way to help them than to have an artisan festival and showcase local artists.”

Feldman, along with Jill Leary, owner of Railyard Arts Studio and Libby Parker, owner of Lift Trucks Gallery in Croton Falls, run the committee responsible for putting the festival together. The trio felt it was important to highlight how many artists are concentrated in this local area. “The moment Libby, Jill and I started talking, it just became a no-brainer to do it right here in Croton Falls. Route 22 is a busy pass-through. It would be nice for people to realize what’s here,” said Feldman.

A workspace inside Railyard Arts Studio in Croton Falls. (Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo)

The festival will be a juried arts event, which means participants must submit their artwork to a panel of judges to be accepted into the show. Eighteen artists are already confirmed as vendors, including ceramicists, glassblowers, painters, photographers, jewelry makers, floral artists and milliners. The artists’ wares range in price from $20 up to around $1,000.

In addition to artists, the festival will also host musical acts. Martin Aronchick, who serves on the North Salem Town Board, will perform with his jazz band. Feldman said the committee may book one other band to perform as well.

Throughout the day, Railyard Arts Studio, Lift Trucks Gallery and the private studio of Tom Christopher, a world-renowned painter known for his expressionist urban paintings and murals, will be open for attendees to walk through.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of pre-packaged food items from local vendors, such as Who’s Cooking.

The festival will take place from 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, with a rain date of Sunday, June 27. The festival area will be in the parking lot behind Lift Trucks Gallery, at 3 East Cross Street in Croton Falls.

If the festival is a success, Feldman said the committee hopes to host future festivals at least once a season. “We really just want to get people into Croton Falls and show them what we have to offer,” she said.

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