Sullivan Free Library News
By Karen Fauls-Traynor
(Chittenango, NY – Jan. 2013) The Sullivan Free Library at 101 Falls Blvd., Chittenango, is hosting a display of watercolor paintings by Carlton R. Crittenden of Bridgeport. The paintings will be on display in the community room during regular library hours through Feb. 28. For a complete list of library hours, visit www.sullivanfreelibrary.org.
Crittenden holds a bachelor of science in art education from SUNY New Paltz and a master of science in art education from Syracuse University. He has taken watercolor classes from Ralph Murray and Judith Hand, as well as participated in workshops by Carlton Plummer, Tom Lynch, Don Andrews, Dianne Maxey, John Salminen and others. He is retired after a 35-year career teaching high school Art. He continues his teaching with drawing, watercolor and art history classes for the Oasis Program on Route 298 near Carrier Circle.
Crittenden became a Signature Member of the Central New York Watercolor Society in 1999 and has been active in the Society as a board member and served as president of the Society for six years and is treasurer of CNYWS. He has exhibited in CNYWS shows, as well as Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica College, Norwich, Old Forge and The State Fair.
He also has had one-man shows in the Galleries in Syracuse and The Oneida Public Library.
Crittenden said he tries to follow the adage “paint what you know.” As a result, most of his paintings are of local landscapes or reflect his lifelong interest in sailing, with lots of paintings of boats or water. He also has done paintings from photos taken during trips to Alaska, England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Puerto Rico and other locations in the U.S.
Crittenden lives with his wife Jennifer in Bridgeport. They spend the summers enjoying Central New York and winters traveling and visiting their children and grandchildren.
There will be reception Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the event is open to the public.
For more information, call the library at 315.687.6331.