Updated: Apr 21, 2021
Westchester Craft Crawl is back for its 2nd biannual outdoor artist-organized tour, this time featuring 58 regional professional craft artists across 10 stops in 4 towns along the Hudson River. Save the date for Saturday – Sunday, May 15-16, 11am – 5pm, and get ready to hop in your car with some friends to meet the makers and purchase some amazing hand-crafted art. And by the way, it’s free.
How did it begin? Westchester Craft Crawl’s founder Leigh Taylor Mickelson had been working in clay for 25 years, but had never participated in craft and art shows, but in 2020, she was slated to participate in the Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst fair for the first time. When it was cancelled, she decided to do something - not just to sell her work, but to create an opportunity to interact with other artists and craft lovers. She contacted two clay friends in her hometown of Ossining, they met at the local brewery, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, and the Westchester Craft Crawl was born. Mickelson states, “My co-organizers Alexandra FitzGerald and Loren Maron and I reached out to our contacts and all of the artists were just as eager for this kind of interaction. We pulled the event together in about 10 weeks.” Last October’s event was a huge success, with over 2000 people visiting 28 artists spread out over 8 stops in three towns. “It was a safe, outdoor, socially distant opportunity for people to come shop, visit artist studios and mingle with artists and art lovers.”
This Spring, the Westchester Craft Crawl is back and has grown, expanding up into Peekskill and featuring 58 professional artists from Westchester, New York City and the Hudson Valley region. The Crawl features 10 tour stops between Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton, Cortlandt Manor, and Peekskill with each stop hosting multiple artists working in clay, wood, fiber, metal, glass, jewelry and mixed media. Additionally, the crawl features 10 fabulous Tour Stop Sponsors offering refreshments and other craft-centered stops you won’t want to miss on your crawl.
Here’s the line up and there are no rules as to where you begin or where you end. Westchester Craft Crawlers will receive a “Passport” at their first tour stop visit. If they visit 6 or more stops, they will be eligible to win special handmade prizes, donated by participating artists. Co-organizers will collect completed passports at your final stop and will have a drawing after the event. Winners will be announced on social media and posted on their website and will be contacted directly. How fun is that?
HERE’S THE MAP
To make your tour as easy as possible, here’s a Google Tour Map. Click on this link and you will see all the tour stops and tour sponsors dotted and listed.