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New Artists Join Riverside Artisans

OSWEGO – The Riverside Artisans co-operative welcomes three new artists to its shop in downtown Oswego.

The artists’ varied approaches and unique media broaden even further the selection of locally produced original art available to customers.

Kristine Dow Merz uses authentic sea or beach glass and her metal working skills to create one-of-a-kind jewelry with a distinctive flair.

Elena Alechina combines hand-worked leather and natural minerals to craft striking jewelry and accessories.

Richell Castellón Ferreira paints remarkable acrylic cityscapes and scenes, largely from his native Cuba.

Their work is currently on display in the Riverside Artisans shop at 191 W. First St.

Kristine Dow Merz
Kristine Dow Merz

Kristine Dow Merz is the owner and maker at Kristy Jane, a line of unique jewelry and artful items that are sea-inspired and truly one-of-a kind.

Her customers say that when they wear her jewelry, they feel as if they are on vacation.

She creates each piece from authentic sea or beach glass, hand-picked from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and our own Lake Ontario.

She uses her metal smithing skills to create her fine pieces with sterling silver or copper.

Elena Alechina was trained in leathercraft in her native Russia, where she worked as a mechanical engineer at the time.

Elena Alechina
Elena Alechina

Her leather and semi-precious stones jewelry have been exhibited and sold at Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, and in stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Indiana, as well as here in Oswego.

Her clients in Russia, France, Japan, and New Zealand proudly wear her works.

Richell Castellón Ferreira, a Cuban native, is well-known for his evocative street scenes of Havana and Varadero, Cuba, working in acrylic on canvas.

Richell Castellón Ferreira
Richell Castellón Ferreira

Working deftly from light to dark, he is able to create the impression of buildings, cars and people with his expertly placed loose brush strokes.

His paintings are mostly monochromatic in tone with splashes of rich color, and glow with an inner light.

Currently, his work is also exhibited in Spain and Denmark through his representative in Europe.

He currently lives and works in Syracuse and is furthering his exploration of street scenes in his new home.

Riverside Artisans is a cooperative art store and gallery, operated by local artists and craftspeople, located in the Canal Commons at 191 W. First St.

The store is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.