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"Second Saturday" is a lively day into night in Beacon, and is a celebration of Beacon's galleries, restaurants and other businesses arts on the second Saturday of every month. According to Dan Rigney, current president of BeaconArts, the organization who encouraged this movement to happen over a decade ago and heavily promotes the events, says: "Back then, Beacon was one of the last places people outside of town thought to go on a Saturday night. Now Second Saturday has become a part of the fabric of Beacon. It's such a part of it, many galleries have their opening events on other Saturdays, so that they get two big crowds each month." Second Saturday is a great reason to "walk" Main Street and beyond and explore the events going on around town. It's always a pleasure eating and drinking your way through Beacon, so this guide will help you know where to eat and drink as you explore special exhibits and happenings.
What to Know About This Guide:
- This Guide includes gallery and art showings that may be hosted in a gallery or in a shop or restaurant.
- Many of these shows run through the current month, so check back often if you are on an art hunt.
- Closing times posted here are for Second Saturdays only, and may not reflect regular Saturdays. Always call an establishment directly for current hours, offerings, or any other questions.
- Parking can be found on side streets, on Main Street, and in municipal lots. Click here for A Little Beacon Blog's Free Public Parking Guide, with pictures and cross streets!
- Live-tweet your way through Second Saturday by using the hashtag created by BeaconArts: #2SAT, and tack on #beaconny or #SecondSaturday if you have room in your tweets or Instagram postings.
- If you are a gallery and have something special to add, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late-Night (After 9pm) Spots to Eat and Drink:
After you walk the galleries, you'll be hungry and need (another) drink! See our full list of restaurants who are open prior to 9pm in our Restaurant Guide.
- Bank Square 129 Main St.
- Chill Wine Bar 173 Main St.
- Poppy's Burger and Fries 184 Main St.
- Max's On Main 246 Main St.
- Baja 328 328 Main St.
- Quinn's 330 Main St.
- The Towne Crier (bar only) 379 Main St.
- Oak Vino Wine Bar 389 Main St. (Call first to see if cheese plates and dessert are still being served!)
- Draught Industries 394 Main St.
- The Vault 446 Main St.
- Joe's Irish Pub 455 Main St.
- The Hop 554 Main St. (It's a good idea to have reservations if you hope to order food.)
- Roundhouse 2 East Main St.
- Dogwood 47 East Main St.
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NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: Gallery Talk: Susan Thompson on Louise Lawler. Thompson, an assistant curator at the Guggenheim, will discuss Lawler's body of work. Known mainly for her photographic portraits of others' work, Lawler has at Dia:Beacon a sound installation, Birdcalls (1972/2008). Come learn why an art critic once nicknamed the piece "Patriarchal Roll Call." Gallery Talks at Dia:Beacon take place the second Saturday of every month at 2 pm. Focusing on the work of a single artist on view at Dia:Beacon, these one-hour walk-throughs are led by curators, art historians, and writers. Free with admission to the museum. (Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free on weekends!)
More details at Dia:Beacon.
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
137 Main St.
The intention of this artist-run space is to create an opportunity for individual artists or groups to show and sell work in a vibrant community that supports the arts.
Special for Second Saturday: An installment of Third Stall Collective's fine art, fashion, furnishings, and books pops up right here in Beacon. It continues through Aug. 28, but before you pop in, check the website to make sure they'll be there!
Hours: 7 pm to 9 pm
145 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Rick Price is one of those artists who has contributed so much to Beacon, it seems he's been here forever. You might not know his name, but if you've spent any time wandering Beacon looking at colorful Main Street exteriors, you'd recognize his work. (He's the artist behind the huge "River Beacon" mural on the side of the building at Cross and Main streets, as well as the book tree mural at the Howland Public Library.) See a more subdued but no less detailed side of Rick Price's art at Colorant, as he exhibits Walnut-Ink Watercolors. ... He made the pigment from walnuts growing in his own backyard! (How's that for local and artisanal?) He'll be painting portraits, too. Get in line to get yours!
Hours: 6 pm to 8 pm
Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main St.
Theo Ganz Studio, the little gallery with the big windows in Beacon's west end, was founded by artist Eleni Smolen as a venue for contemporary artists working in all media. Recognizing the importance of exhibitions in an artist's career, Smolen concentrates on presenting actively engaged emerging and mid-career professionals in either solo or group exhibitions.
Second Saturday: Joseph Pimentel's Ancient Civilizations. Pimentel, who has lived in Newburgh since he was 8, recently visited Peru, and channels those scenes into his intricate watercolor and ink drawings.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 pm to 8 pm
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: "Underground" takes a look at various subterranean visual perspectives. "Underground" in the gallery space is presented as a complement to the project out back, "Mr. Yard Presents the Knock Knock Underground Emoji." Gallery owners say you'll just have to stop by, if you want to learn more about the doors...
Hours: Noon to 7 pm
Hudson Beach Glass / Fovea
162 Main St.
A glass studio casting functional and sculptural objects for over 20 years. A truly special establishment to have in Beacon. Stop in to find blown-glass objects of all kinds, from lights to bowls to wind chimes. Sometimes on Second Saturday you can watch them blow glass.
Special for Second Saturday: "Fire Clay Paint" brings together four ceramicists (Roger Baumann, Scott Bartolomei Edmonds, Deborah Heid, and Joel Brown) and one painter (Linda Winters). The group show takes place in the upstairs gallery.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 pm to 9 pm
Clutter Magazine Gallery
163 Main St.
The Clutter Gallery is a branch of the Clutter Media Group family, and is focused on showing quality work by both established and emerging artists in the fields of toy design and customization, as well as modern pop and lowbrow art. Clutter Gallery's exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. Works are a variety of sizes.
Second Saturday: "Kaleidoscope of Kyoot" is all about the cute designer toys! As always, a plethora of artists will be shown. Among them: Cat Rabbit, Chernyachi, Claymate Creatures, Crowded Teeth, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, El Hooligan, Flat Bonnie, Fluffy House, Gail CC, Gretchen Lewis, Grumble Toy, Hanjipan Designs, Hiroshi Yoshii, Horrible Adorables, Hungry Ghost, Joe Scarano, Josh Mayhem, Kyle Kirwan, Lisa Rae Hansen, Lolle, Maddy Norval, Melodreama, Misfit Menagerie, MJ Hsu, Odd Fauna (her #terrabeast is pictured here!), One-Eyed Girl, Seulgie, Silk and Thistle, Stitch of Whimsy, Sugar Fueled, Tomodachi Island, twelveDot, Uamou, Valency Genis, Wesker Zhan, Yoji, and more!
Also opening and not to be missed: "Cryptic Creatures," a solo show of The Bots' new works!
Hours: Opening reception, 6 pm to 9 pm
172 Main St.
RiverWinds Gallery features Hudson Valley artists. Work includes fine art paintings and photography, plus contemporary crafts including ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and more.
Special for Second Saturday: "Odyssey," a group show, celebrates RiverWinds Gallery's 13 years of sharing art with Beacon. Last month, "Odyssey" celebrated painting; this time photographers get the spotlight. Many of the photographers will be attending, so come with questions and be ready to ask the pros. Who knows? Your work might be in the show next year!
Hours: Opening reception, 5 pm to 8 pm
Dream in Plastic
177 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Ecologie, a nature-based photography exhibition by Jenny Zuko. She coaxes beautiful imagery out of the ol' iPhone. Don't quote us on this, but in the past, Dream in Plastic has been known to offer cupcakes and coffee at openings! It's nice to change it up from the wine and cheese every once in a while.
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm; opening reception 6 pm to 9 pm
Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries
199 Main St.
This historic brick storefront houses the Institute’s gallery, Hudson River bookstore and gift shop, and its administrative headquarters. The gallery showcases river and environmentally themed art and educational exhibits. Events feature talks by artists and regional Hudson Valley authors.
Special for Second Saturday: The historic Mount Beacon Incline Railway gets a spotlight in this exhibit, which features large-format photography, digital renderings, animations, and infographics, all exploring the Incline Railway's early origins in shaping Beacon. The exhibition delves into the initiative to bring back the Incline Railway, through the lenses of a historic narrative and an eye toward the future.
Click here for more event details.
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm
THE MIDDLE & "MARKET SQUARE"
321 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Binnacle Books hosts a book release party, including a reading, signing, and musical performance. All this, to celebrate the arrival of Franz Nicolay's The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar. Read more about Nicolay and the book in this Highlands Current article.
Hours: Noon to 7 pm
Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Erica Hauser shows new work. Each of her paintings shows off familiar scenes of Americana, such as her "Dotted Dream Scenic Byway" (at right), in a new way. Sit back with a tasty appetizer and thirst-quenching glass of wine, and take it all in.
Hours: 3 pm to 11 pm
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Closer to the mountain)
The Beacon Hotel Gallery
424 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: This month in the former Wanderlust space, you'll find a pop-up gallery from artist Pascal Demeester. In "Behind the Leaves the World" contemporary land artist Pascal Demeester shares drawing, sculpture, photography and video. The native of Belgium recently moved to Beacon. Give him a warm welcome to town by visiting his show!
Hours: 3 pm to 9 pm
436 Main St.
Matteawan Gallery specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on works on paper by emerging and mid-career artists.
Special for Second Saturday: Susan English's "Pourous Light" opens. English uses a unique process to build color and texture, pouring layer after layer of polymer onto panels to create paintings that reveal an influence of the natural environment. The panels' orientation (horizontal or vertical), finish (matte or glossy), and composition always demonstrate a relationship with the light in the space they're being viewed.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 pm to 9 pm
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience.
Hours: Call first
475 Main St.
Jeffrey Terreson's paintings are in the collections of various Fortune 500 companies, as well as the United Nations. His work is inspired by 20th-century post-war masters such as Julian Schnabel, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Joan Snyder.
Special for Second Saturday: Bedford native Jeffrey Terreson has also recently moved his studio to Beacon, and is overcome with what he has found here. For August's Second Saturday, he is unveiling new paintings. Enjoy wine (from Artisan Wine Shop) and tasty morsels (from Beacon Pantry). Check out his new work that just went up, and let his enthusiasm be contagious! Follow him on Instagram (@jeffreyterreson_fineart) to make sure you don't miss any news. Can this Second Saturday top what he called a "crazy good" last month? Stop by the party and find out...
Hours: Noon to 9 pm or later, Second Saturday party starts at 4, party-dependent (don't let him down, Beacon)
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St.
Beacon's Howland Cultural Center is not just another arts organization. Its beautiful home is a Victorian building that was born specifically to serve the community as a cultural resource.
Special for Second Saturday: The Portraits Show, including works from 17 artists around the Hudson Valley. Presenting artists include: Rosanne Cerbo, Russell Cusick, Michael D'Antuono, Alan Dingman, Stacie Flint, Claudia Gorman, Cynthia Harris-Pagano, Emilie Houssart, Helen Lang, Raphael Lopez, Nestor Madalengoitia, Joe Radoccia, Richard Taddei, Donald Whitely, Scott Wohlberg, David Yawman, and Bob Zahn.
Hours: 1 pm to 5 pm
506 Main St.
bau (Beacon Artist Union) is a platform for members and artists to grow, present and market their work and collaborative curatorial projects, while hosting events of related disciplines: performances, talks, film and music. BAU builds a vital link between the activities at bau and the community.
Special for Second Saturday: Bau 140! In the Main Gallery, come see Melissa Robin's "Alchemy" before she moves across the country. Her amazing photography (occasionally featuring familiar Beacon faces!) will be for sale. In the Beacon Room, "Stick & Stones" by Yali Lewis, winner of Windows on Main.
Hours: Noon to 6 pm; reception from 6 pm to 9 pm
BEACON near RT. 52
(Beacon's part of Rt. 52 that heads into and out of town)
The Lofts at Beacon Gallery
18 Front St.
The Lofts at Beacon brought back to life a 19th-century brick mill that once made textiles in the Hudson Valley, located by the Fishkill Creek and situated near the Hudson River in the artists' haven town of Beacon. The Lofts have been completely remodeled into beautiful spaces, providing excellent loft rental units for the working artist.
Special for Second Saturday: Juan Manuel Alvarez-Ossa - born in Colombia, raised in New York, longtime Parisian with a recent move to Switzerland - shows a unique perspective with his "Of American Perceptions: Studies," works on canvas and paper.
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
Beacon Music Factory
629 Route 52
Special for Second Saturday: The Hootenanny roars on. Head just a little out of town - not even to Route 9! - for this Family Hootenanny! Kids (babies to age 10) and their caregivers are welcome to bring their own instruments for this merry-making and singalong with Beacon Music Factory's Emily Ellison. An added bonus: You get to say "hootenanny." (Go on, say it out loud. That's like music unto itself!) $5, no reservations necessary.
Hours: 10 am to 11 am
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated Pop-Up Shop Guide and the Shopping Guide as well, as you mix and match dates and events for your weekend entertainment!