Second Saturday Art Gallery hop in Beacon
This Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide is Sponsored By:
For years, Beacon has had hoppin' Second Saturdays with gallery openings and art happenings. But art refuses to be confined to a hashtagged event schedule. That's why we've expanded this Guide to showcase as many art openings as we can within Beacon's city limits. Artistic endeavors are going up on walls (and sidewalks, and lawns) all the time around town, so keep your eyes glued to this space and refresh often to stay in the loop. We try to update the bulk of this Guide on the Monday before Second Saturday, or as venues list their happenings. But we're constantly updating the Guide as we hear about new events and openings.
Are you planning for the fourth Thursday of the month? Or maybe you're already a seasoned #2Sat pro? Skip the Second Saturday 101 below if you'd like, and head straight for the listings, starting with Dia: Beacon.
Do you have an art opening coming up? Tell us about it: Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with the who/what/when/where, and include a representative photo, to be considered for inclusion in this Guide.
Second Saturday 101
Second Saturday is a lively day into night in Beacon, and is a celebration of Beacon's galleries, restaurants and other businesses on the second Saturday of every month. Dan Rigney, former 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 provides a great reason to walk Main Street and beyond, and explore the events going on around town. It's always a pleasure to dine your way through Beacon, so turn to our Restaurant Guide to help you puzzle out 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 the 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!
- Share your way through Second Saturday by using #2SAT, the hashtag created by BeaconArts, 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 email@example.com.
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 9 pm in our Restaurant Guide.
- Bank Square 129 Main St.
- Chill Wine Bar 173 Main St.
- Meyer's Olde Dutch 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 Beacon Hotel Restaurant 424 Main St.
- The Vault 446 Main St.
- Joe's Irish Pub 455 Main St.
- Roundhouse 2 East Main St.
- Dogwood 47 East Main St.
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Second Saturday, July 14: If you're reading this on Saturday, that means we made it through another Friday the 13th. Congratulations! Let's celebrate our good fortune by strolling the streets of Beacon - taking care to avoid walking under any ladders, of course - to peruse the art on offer. What else is going on around town? Check out our Event Guide to fill you in on the rest of the happenings - if you're out and about in Beacon and see something that you think we shouldn't miss, tag us on Twitter or in your photos on Instagram (we're @alittlebeacon on both). Now, let's get to July art openings and events.
Thank you to Ethan Cohen KuBe for sponsoring this month's Guide! Keep scrolling to read about Yu Han Yu: The Force of Nature, Power of the Brush, opening in the gallery this weekend.
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
One of the preeminent modern art museums in the world, Dia:Beacon opened in 2003 in a former Nabisco box-printing factory on the shore of the Hudson River. Many people point to the museum's arrival as a turning point for Beacon's arts-intensive revival. Take a closer look at Dia:Beacon's giant shapes, piles of glass, grayscale geometry, neon tubes and so. much. more. Dia:Beacon offers complimentary admission with identification to all residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties on the last Sunday of every month. Dia:Beacon is free for residents of Beacon, Fishkill, Chelsea, and Glenham every Saturday and Sunday, year-round. (Thanks, Pete Seeger.)
Dia's Second Saturdays: Bookend a trip to Main Street with a guided tour at 12:30 or 2 pm of the museum, including François Morellet's light art incorporating 61 neon tubes, Michelle Stuart's revelation of New Jersey's natural hues, Anne Truitt's sculptural abstractions, and the museum's permanent collection of works by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Morris, On Kawara and many more. Recent additions include exhibitions of works by Dorothea Rockburne - working at the intersection of painting, dance, mathematics theory, and "non-art materials" in the late 1960s and early '70s - and Mary Corse, one of few women associated with the Southern California, 1960s, Light and Space art movement. Reservations aren't necessary, but may be made at the admissions desk.
Dia hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 am to 6 pm
18 West Main St. #7
Special for Second Saturday: Good Vibrations, with tension-torqued fiber arts from Paolo Arao, Angela Heisch's luminous, meticulous squares, and the almost-maybe-functional? freestanding sculptures of Ryan Reggiani. (Here's an interview with Arao in Chronogram.) Through Saturday, August 18.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm; Second Saturday opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
The Shed at Spire Studios
45 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: A Collection of Marks, ceramics and illustration by Grace Moore and Gabriel Chalfin-Piney. See Gabriel's work and say farewell before he heads west to Chicago! The opening reception will have music from Beacon's own Chris Faroe along with Rose Gold, Will Stratton and DJ Far East, while the closing reception on Saturday, July 21 will feature the dulcet tones of Mimi Sun Longo. And a potluck. Ain't this town grand?
Hours: Friday, July 13 to Monday, July 16 and Thursday, July 19 to Saturday, July 21, 2 to 6 pm or by appointment; Second Saturday opening reception, 4 to 10 pm; closing reception (and potluck!) Saturday, July 21, 2 to 8 pm
45 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: Ron English is kind of a big deal, and he's cool enough to base himself in Beacon. Once in a while, we get a glimpse of the greatness among us. Witness: Beacon Popmart. Colorful creatures and whimsical ideas surround you, in a cheer-inducing, maybe challenging way. Mermaid milk, anyone? Find it at the Popmart.
Hours: Friday to Sunday, noon to 6 pm
The Wall on 9D
Route 9D near Beacon Street
(next to Beacon City Hall, across from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Lewis Tompkins Firehouse)
Special for Second Saturday: Beacon artists have brightened up the wall along the construction site on Route 9D. Donna Mikkelsen, Dan Weise, Kalene Rivers, Rick Rogers, and Ron English have contributed time and (mega)talent to prettify what could have just been another #postnobills zone. Meet the artists, dance and draw through spoken word and other live performances. Celebrate the reminder: Art - it's what walls are for!
Hours: 5 to 8 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
The church frequently hosts Art in the Sanctuary events on Second Saturday. Past art celebrations have included organ concerts, photography openings, popular music performed in a choral style, knitting sprees, and contemporary, contemplative labyrinth walking. The church is wheelchair accessible. There is ample parking in the rear of the church; enter on Beacon Street.
Hours: Call for details
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
133 Main St.
We've seen a lot of changes over the years in the space that is now home to ReMADE. The shop started a Second Saturday tradition of spotlighting a single artist, no practical function necessary for their work. ReMADE fills an entire wall with the work of a single artist.
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm
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: Catch the tail end of All Is Fair. Local artists and housemates Amanda Henneberry, Stamper Dear, and Cory Spraker each juxtapose different types of art, pen and ink and plants and poetry and photos and politics and even books with hand-painted covers. These three have so much to offer. Don't miss them.
Coming up, July 17 to July 22: Wood, metal, paint jewelry from Beacon artist Yali Lewis.
On the horizon, July 24 to August 6: Chris O’Neal, Mark Darnobid, Keely Sheehan; reception July 28
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, noon to 6 pm; Friday and Saturday, 1 to 9 pm; Second Saturday closing reception for All Is Fair, 6 to 9 pm
149 Main St.
As of May 2018, TheoGanz Studio is leaving this location. According to Eleni Smolen, the gallery - in a different, yet-to-be-determined form, will still be a local source to represent original sculpture and graphics of Inuit artists from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada. TheoGanz 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.
Hours: Call for appointment
Bannerman Island Gallery
150 Main St.
This gallery is devoted to showcasing the beauty of Bannerman Island Castle and the Hudson Highlands that surround the former arsenal. Works in the gallery are available for purchase, benefiting the Bannerman Castle Trust's preservation efforts.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 pm or by appointment
The Inn & Spa at Beacon
151 Main St.
Beacon's newest West End destination is ready for the viewing public. (Read our scoop here!) The lobby of The Inn & Spa at Beacon features evocative still-life paintings, etchings, and art jewelry by the acclaimed Anamario Hernández.
Anamario Hernández's paintings blend contemporary and classical techniques and subject matter. Read more about Anamario in our article about the painter.
Ongoing: Anamario Hernández's paintings blend contemporary and classical techniques and subject matter. Read more about Anamario in our article about the painter.
Hours: Call for hours
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Through Tuesday, July 31: Candelabra: Things That Carry the Light of the World, featuring "finely executed visual perspectives" in various mediums by more than a dozen artists. What carries the light of the world to you? How do you carry light? Don't hide it under a bushel. Bring it to Main Street and the MR Gallery.
In the MR Yard outside, don't miss The Bird's Nest, a site-specific installation.
Hours: Noon to 7 pm (sometimes later)
Hudson Beach Glass / Fovea
162 Main St.
This glass studio has been 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: The mobile gallery collective group Collaborative Concepts 2D returns to Beacon. Participating artists use pencil, paints, and even hair to explore the concept of "line" in the exhibit. Work by Inez Andrucyk, Richard Brachman, Jean Brennan, Phil Cianci, Rebecca Darlington, Marcy Freedman, Janet Goldner, Anne Johann, Louise Kerr, Simone Kestelman, Karen Madden, Alison McNulty, Sharon Nakazato, Francine Perlman, Sheilah Rechtshaeffer, Stephen Rose, Cassandra Saulter, Chuck von Schmidt, Jill Shoffiett, Jon Bon Signore, Jim Thompson, Elizabeth White, Eva Whorley, Max Yawney, and JoAnn Zwolski.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm; Second Saturday opening reception with the artists, 6 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.
Special for Second Saturday: Venture into The Great Unknown, with fantasmagoric vinyl toy artists Remjie from Norway, Seymour from New Zealand, and Wonder Goblin from Georgia (the state, not the nation). Also, for one night only to kick off her summer pop-up tour, illustrator Tara McPherson. The Great Unknown, through Friday, August 3. Toast the artists with drinks from Lagunitas and Mike's Hard Lemonade, and nibble amazing gluten-free treats from North Brooklyn Eats!
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, noon to 5 pm; Second Saturday opening reception 6 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: Celebrate 15 years of RiverWinds, one of the longest-running galleries in Beacon! Opening this month is Shining in the Night, new works by Elizabeth Rundquist. She has been painting for more than 40 years, but still is finding new facets on the canvas. “It is a departure for me, in that I have used gesso, six shades of white acrylic paint — including shiny and transparent – and added in the mix pastel and charcoal!" Share in Elizabeth's excitement at RiverWinds, through Sunday, August 5.
Hours: Sunday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; Wednesday, noon to 4 pm; Thursday, noon to 5 pm; Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday artist reception and 15th anniversary party, 5 to 8 pm
Dream in Plastic
177 Main St.
Dream in Plastic frequently celebrates Second Saturday, adorning the walls of their sweet retail shop with amazing artwork from their friends. Exhibits have included photography, painting, and illustrations from like-minded whimsical geniuses. In the past, DiP has been known to offer cupcakes and coffee at openings!
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm; opening receptions are usually 6 to 9 pm
Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries
199 Main St.
This historic brick storefront houses a variety of Institute programs: the WOW! gallery, the Hudson River bookstore and gift shop, its administrative headquarters, and a new venture, Sensor Place. Events feature talks by artists and regional Hudson Valley authors.
Special for Second Saturday: Betsy Jacaruso, a name familiar to Beacon art fans, brings the watercolors of Luminous Waterways to the Beacon Institute. The exhibition celebrates the vibrancy of seasons changing along the Hudson River and in the valley around it. Through summer 2018.
Hours: Monday, 1 to 5 pm; Second Saturday, 3 to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Adult artists from the Anderson Center for Autism's Expressive Outcomes program present Back to Basics. The program encourages adults with autism to explore visual, spoken, and performing arts, and gives participants opportunities to exhibit artwork in community gallery settings. Learn more about the artists' techniques, processes, and inspirations at the exhibit's opening reception.
Hours: The Community Room is open during regular library hours; Second Saturday opening reception, 5 to 7 pm
Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main St.
Not just a place to kick back with a glass and unwind, Oak Vino is also a great spot to see art. Owner Rinny Patel often has work from local painters on the walls, and occasionally hosts Second Saturday shindigs.
Hours: 3 to 11 pm
395 Main St.
Compass Arts Enrichment Center, in the heart of Beacon right by the Yankee Clipper diner, is a home for creative pursuits for young and old alike. Classes are taught by professionals in a variety of arts fields.
Hours: Call for hours and Second Saturday happenings.
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Closer to the mountain)
Howling at the Edge of Chaos
428 Main St.
Tucked into a sliver of a Main Street storefront is this new shop, run by an artist who shines a spotlight on other artists. Mixed-media artist Valerie J. Mitchell showcases art and goods made by women around the world.
Hours: Wednesday, 12:30 to 5 pm; Thursday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 12:30 to 5 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: Zoology, a group show with works from eight artists - Deborah Davidovits, Scott Daniel Ellison, Theresa Gooby, Jan Harrison, Kirsten Kucer, Chantelle Norton, Melissa Schlobohm, and Maude White - with close ties to the Hudson Valley. As gallery owner Karlyn Benson writes, "The eight artists in Zoology feature animals prominently in their work. Animals are one of the oldest inspirations for artists, as evidenced by the first cave paintings thousands of years ago, and they continue to inspire us today. The work in Zoology falls into two broad categories: work that captures the likeness of familiar animals we see in our environment, such as birds, cats, and rabbits, and work that includes hybrid or imaginary animals in dreamlike settings." So - which speaks to you? Through Sunday, August 19.
Hours: Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm, and by appointment; Second Saturday opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience. Jay Palefsky taught art in New York high schools for more than two decades, then packed his bags to pursue life as an artrepreneur, with a steadfast commitment to doing things differently.
Hours: Call for hours and events
Center for Creative Education
464 Main St.
According to their website, the mission of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of our youth and community through arts, wellness and education.
Special for Second Saturday: CCE frequently holds art workshops in addition to dance, music, theater, and fitness events.
Hours: Call for event information and hours.
No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works
469 Main St.
Right next to the Beacon Theatre, No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works is an artist-run venue, featuring select artist’s books, artist photobookworks, photography books, work on paper and poetry from small and independent presses. Contact Paulette Myers-Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Special for Second Saturday: Come for the celebration, stay for the education. Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith joined formidable forces 40 years ago, and have created paper, type, books - all kinds of amazing paper-letter-design-driven objects. Celebrate them, and learn more about the craft of what they create at Purgatory Pie Press, 40+ Years and Counting, at Photo Book Works. Through Monday, August 13.
Second Saturday Workshop: Join the artists as well as Photo Book Works' Paulette Myers-Rich for a deep look, demonstration, and discussion, of chromatic wood type's use and history. Attendees will receive a signed copy of the broadside printed during the demonstration, which will also be for sale later in the evening. There are two sessions on Saturday morning; more information here.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday opening reception, 5 to 8 pm
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: Fresh off her San Francisco exhibition, Carly Terreson brings to Beacon I Call It Mine, including pieces in a variety of mediums. "These processes include large-scale painting, performative painting, hand-sewing, embroidery, beading and digital printing," Carly writes.
Hours: Second Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm; opening reception, 5 to 10 pm
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St.
Beacon's Howland Cultural Center is not just another arts organization. Its beautiful home is a Victorian building, a library for a long time, that was born specifically to serve the community as a cultural resource.
Special for Second Saturday: Circus: The Art of Balance! is an extravaganza of multimedia art - paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, jewelry, wood carving, photos, ceramics, and puppets. Puppets! The family-friendly event features 10 artists, including Leslie Bender, Norman Darvie, Josiah Dearborn, Karen E. Gersch, David Millen, Eddison Romeo, Judy Sigunick, Peter Angelo Simon, Bob Yorburg, and Martha Zola, as well as art made by students in the Beacon School District. Through Sunday, July 29, when there will be a closing reception from 2 to 4 pm.
Hours: Vary by day; call for details (or see calendar here.)
Maria Lago Studio 502
502 Main St.
Maria Lago's super-textural paintings come to life with her larger-than-life sculptures. Her gallery is filled with the looming, evocative figures.
Special for Second Saturday: Her Wanderers have moved on to nearby pastures, making way for new visitors to Studio 502. Come meet Women Warriors, Maria Lago's latest painted additions to her family of haunting, elongated beings.
Hours: Call for hours; Second Saturday opening reception, 5 to 9 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 artists' activities and rest of the community.
Special for Second Saturday: Melissa Schlobohm, whose exquisite linocuts and woodcuts of animals and botanicals grace the walls of Drink More Good and other fine establishments, shares I Love You, But... Punny animals are the best! Sometimes silly is the route through tough feelings. As Melissa reminds us: Because animals are people and people are animals too.
In the Beacon Room, new work from Rick Price. You know him from the big Hudson River goddess mural on the side of the RiverWinds Gallery building, or maybe the boisterous Día de los Muertos mural inside of Tito Santana's? Hidden in the back room of bau, see a new side of Rick's work, in vivid, layered portraits.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
Russell Cusick Gallery
530 Main St.
Way down to the East End, right across from the Roundhouse, you'll find Russell Cusick's gallery. He has transmuted photography and painted Hudson Valley vistas, rendering the familiar scenes into hypervivid dreamscapes. But he's also known for turning manhole covers into art. (Yes, really. See for yourself!)
Hours: Call for hours and Second Saturday happenings.
BEACON near Route 52
Ethan Cohen Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe)
192 Verplanck Ave.
(The old Beacon High School)
Kunsthalle Beacon is the official name for what many people refer to as "the artist studios in the old high school." Since 2010, the corridors and classrooms have housed dozens of studios and gallery spaces. Maybe you've visited before, maybe for a Beacon Open Studios jaunt. If you haven't yet checked it out, now's the time!
Special for Second Saturday:
"Yu Han Yu: Force of Nature: The Power of the Brush"
There are several parts to Saturday's opening of Force of Nature: The Power of the Brush, which explores the poetry, precision, and power of Chinese artist Yu Han Yu in his first major American gallery show. In addition to sharing work that showcases the harsh, fierce beauty of Tibet and the Himalayan region, Yu Han Yu will perform with Yin Mei, a dancer and choreographer praised by The New York Times, The Village Voice, Dance Insider, and the Los Angeles Times. Artists, journalists, critics, and curators will join Yu Han Yu and Yin Mei in Sharp Lines, Soft Nature, a symposium about the converging histories of Chinese ink tradition and the trading history of China. Through Sunday, September 2.
Hours: Monday, by appointment; Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Second Saturday symposium, 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Second Saturday opening reception, 1:30 to 7 pm
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.
Hours: Call for hours and events.
Do check out A Little Beacon Blog's constantly updated Pop-Up Shop Guide and the Shopping Guide to help you shop and take advantage of special opportunities and events offered by shops during this exciting day.