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Rutheny Jewelry in Croton Holds Valentine's Day Show

Jennifer Rutheny stands by some of the work of invited jewelers, in her shop. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
A sample of jewelry by Amy Tucker, owner of the company Black Swallow, is on display at the show at Rutheny Jewelers. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - In celebration of the holiday for lovers, Rutheny Jewelry in Croton has brought 10 jewelers under one roof for the seventh annual "Jewelry Extravaganza" show.

Last-minute shoppers can also take advantage of Rutheny's extended hours. During the show, which opened Wednesday and continues through Friday, Feb. 15, the shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The juried show includes beaded, knitted and metal-smithed items, including some made of custom glass beads, known as glass lampworking. Styles range from dangly and darling to industrial and daring, and subject matter is varied, too: everything from golden orbs, bugs and bikes to tiny translucent origami earrings fill the store's cases. One artist, Karen Sawdey, even creates jewelry inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry.

"It's the only one of its kind," said shop owner Jennifer Rutheny about the show. There are craft shows which highlight Croton and Cortlandt's abundance of artists, but the Valentine's-centric Extravaganza is special, she says, since "It's all jewelry."

Rutheny also creates Rutheny Jewelry's distinctive line of miniature flowers, leaves, and local birds and beasts.

Most of the artists are from Croton; others hail from throughout the Hudson Valley. Most or all artists will be present at an "opening"-style event at 6 p.m. Friday. Rutheny Jewelry is located at 80 Brook St., Croton-on-Hudson.

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