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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 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!
- 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 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 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.
- Roundhouse 2 East Main St.
- Dogwood 47 East Main St.
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Alert! Alert! There are many holiday happenings!
December's Second Saturday features many holiday shopping special events around Beacon. You can find dates and locations for not-to-be-missed seasonal shopping, like the fourth annual Work:Shop Winter Market, or the Beacon of Love Bake Sale in our Pop-Up Shops Guide.
The highlight of the weekend is surely the BeaconArts Bicycle Tree Lighting. There's so much going on - keep your eyes on our Upcoming Events Guide for all dates - like the Bike Menorah lighting a little later this month!
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: Guided tours of the museum collection begin at 1 pm. See the museum's permanent collection, including works by Walter De Maria, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Smithson, Agnes Martin and many more, as well as visiting works. Reservations aren't necessary, but may be made at the admissions desk. (Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free on weekends!)
More details at Dia:Beacon.
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: Brother Josép Martínez-Cubero, a member of an Episcopal monastic order in Ulster County, will share his inspired music. He has performed a variety of musical styles around the United States. Before joining the order in 2014, Martínez-Cubero founded a children's theater company in New York City, then started one for adults, too.
Hours: 4 pm 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: Catalyst's fourth annual Small Works Show opened last weekend, and continues through January 8. Don't miss this chance to see the tiny pieces, in various media, by more than 60 artists - many of them your friends and neighbors! Check out the works, then consider purchasing your favorites. They'll be priced to move!
Hours: 1 to 9 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.
Special for Second Saturday: Wendy Lindbergh's "Luminous Ground: the shared field" opens. Her recent paintings revolve around two portraits of ravens. Come see how Lindbergh incorporates the corvid family's affinity for shiny objects into her work!
Hours: Opening reception, 6 pm to 8 pm
Bannerman Island Gallery
150 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The Winter Holiday Art Exhibition opens, featuring even more small works from artists working in various media: paintings, photography, and printmaking, but also sculpture and other three-dimensional objects. Keep your eyes peeled for points of local interest, as in Amanda Epstein's View From Mount Beacon, above.
Hours: Opening reception, 4 to 6 pm
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Continuing this month is "Candyland Bittersweet." More than a dozen artists take a look at the things we want: cars, power, sex, drugs, war, peace - and candy. Participating artists include Kathleen Erin Lee, Alexander Percy, Steve Pomerantz, Barbara AG Riddle, Steven Paul Riddle, Joe Zarra, Paul Tillinghast, Mary Giehl, Rick Hutchinson, Jen O Bille, Dave Dziemian, and various guest artists.
Hours: Noon to 7 pm
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: You sang carols and sipped cocoa around the bicycle tree, right? Now wander up Main Street a block to see another side of sculptor Ed Benavente. Longtime Beacon artist (and promoter of fellow artists!) Benavente's "Dogworks" continues, including his bronze "Long Walk Home" (above).
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, 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.
Special for Second Saturday: Clutter Magazine Gallery presents Gift Wrapped! The show will feature giftable, affordable pieces of art from some of the artists you've come to know and love. Participating Clutter family includes Aica, Ally Burke, Awesome Toy, Bleeding Edges, Bog x Squad, Brent Nolasco, Brian Sparrow, Camilla D'Errico, Cassandra Jerman, CatAtomic, czee13, Devil Robots, Dima Drjuchin, Eimi Takano, Falcontoys, Freshtoast, Funk Muffins, Horible Adorables, HungryGhost, JeAA, Jenn & Tony Bot, Jeremiah Ketner, Kelly Denato, Kyle Kirwan, Lisa Rae Hansen, Mariangela Tan, Melodreama, Misfit Menagerie, One Eyed Girl, Rampage Toys, RxSeven, Sabrina Elliott, Scarecrowoven, Secret Demon Services, Seulgie, Shing Yin Khor, Stacia Murphy, Stitch of Whimsy, Tasha Zimlich, Task One, Tokyo Jesus, TwistyBitz, Uamou, Wetworks, Yu Maeda, (deep breath) and more! There may be beer.
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: RiverWinds' annual Holiday Gift Show returns! Hudson Valley artists and artisans get the spotlight at this yearly celebration. Gift ideas abound: Paintings, photography, ceramics, and jewelry join glass ornaments and other holiday décor. You will find a unique, handmade gift to please anyone on Santa's "nice" list this year (including yourself, obvs). While you're at RiverWinds, ask about their new services, including art matting, framing, and hanging, camera repair, and a variety of photography workshops,
Hours: Noon 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: "Hudson River Science: A Data-Driven Interpretive Exhibit" opens. The interactive exhibit, created by Allison Montroy, a Clarkson University student, will educate visitors about the river, as well as the effects humans have on it.
Click here for more event details.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 8 pm
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The Beacon Photography Group opens its fourth exhibition, "Seeing Music: Photography and the Art of Sound." Pictured here is Beacon's art scene in a nut (or conch?) shell: Musician Daria Grace plays a mandolin made by artist Kazumi Tanaka, in a photo by Beacon documentarian extraordinaire Jon Slackman. Amazing.
Hours: 1 to 5 pm, opening reception 5 to 7 pm
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Closer to the mountain)
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: "The Flat File Show" continues, drawing from the works of artists who have shown recently at Matteawan Gallery. The group exhibition features affordable works from 17 artists, including Christopher Albert, Gabe Brown, Karlos Cárcamo, Marieken Cochius, Susan English, Valerie Hegarty, Thomas Huber, Katelin Kirby, Greg Slick, Wendy Small, S. Gayle Stevens, Krista Svalbonas, Domenick Talvacchio, Kazumi Tanaka, August Ventimiglia, Susan Walsh, and Eleanor White.
Hours: Noon 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: In his fifth Beacon Second Saturday, gallery owner and artist Jeffrey Terreson is sharing even more of his Beacon favorites, with wine and hors d'oeuvres. The gallery is showcasing new prints and unveiling 10 paintings. There will be live music all day, leading up to Two Beatles for Sale at 5 pm and Greenwich Village Jazz Trio at 7 pm. Don't forget to congratulate Jeffrey on his new grandson, Jack Elliott. Follow him - Jeffrey, not the baby - on Instagram (@jeffreyterreson_fineart) to make sure you don't miss any news.
Hours: 11 am 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 that was born specifically to serve the community as a cultural resource.
Special for Second Saturday: "Out of the Fire," which opened last week, continues. The group exhibition includes various media for which "fire" is a crucial part of the process. Participating local artists include ceramics from Pangea Bohn, Jennie Chien, Jurg Lanzrein, Lisa Knauss, Abby Nohai, Kirsten Brunner McDonald, Carol Pruesser, Laura Wilensky, and Leigh Williams; porcelain by Doris Ackilli, Paola Bari and Deborah Goldman; glass by Michael Benzer, Christine Groppe, Jeep Johnson, Dr. Stephen Knowles, Jennifer Smith, and Hudson Beach Glass's John and Wendy Gilvey; jewelry by Donna Blackwell; burnt paper by Rebecca Strauss; metalwork by Salvador Arellano, Harriet Forman Barrett, and Insun Kim; as well as Italian porcelain artist Anna Bassani.
Hours: 2 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 144! In the Main Gallery, you'll find Jack Zero, familiar to bau audiences, presenting "Wild & Diverse" work in a variety of media. Bau's website promises that "Jack Zero will be there in all guises." If you find this as intriguing as I do, head over to bau to learn exactly what that means. In the Beacon Room, you'll find Pamela Zaremba's "Girls," photos exploring and reflecting on childhood, framed by experiences with sisters and daughters.
Hours: Noon to 6 pm; reception from 6 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.
Special for Second Saturday: Nine artisans converge on The Lofts for a one-of-a-kind art sale. There will be pottery from Civi's Creations, quiltwork by Pat Healy, stained glass from John McNevin, pieces from woodworker Peter Hammerling, textiles by Erica Barrett, glasswork from Tom DiStefano, silk painting by Penny Czarnecki, jewelry from Jacqueline Rickard, and metalwork by Robert Richard.
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
Beacon Music Factory
333 Fishkill Ave.
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 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 to 11 am