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., in the Canal Commons in downtown Oswego.
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. Kristine 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. Her leather and semi-precious stones jewelry have been exhibited and sold at Toledo Museum of Art in OH, Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, and in stores in PA, MD, OH, IN, 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. 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. Richell currently lives and works in Syracuse, New York 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 1st Street, in downtown Oswego. The store is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.