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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, 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 part of the fabric of Beacon. It's such a part of it that many galleries have their opening events on other Saturdays, in order to 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 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 9 pm 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 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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March has certainly come in like a lion, with wacky weather that has taken a turn for the frigid. Let's hope it gets to "out like a lamb" levels of intensity before too long! We here at A Little Beacon Blog know a surefire way to stay warm: Fill a thermos with your favorite hot beverage, then hustle your self up and down Beacon's streets (Main and beyond!) to see art that is popping up around town on this day. Let's get to March's openings and happenings:
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: Take a closer look at Dia:Beacon's giant shapes, piles of glass, grayscale geometry, neon tubes and so. much. more. Bookend a trip to Main Street with a guided tour at 1 pm of the museum's permanent collection, including works by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Smithson, Agnes Martin and many more, as well as visiting works like a recent installation of Walter De Maria's smaller works. Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free every weekend!
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm
2 Way Brewing Company
18 West Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Surprise! One of our favorite haunts has joined the artsy-tartsy party! Come check out a last-minute display of original works at 2 Way Brewing Company. Debuting three brand spankin’ new paintings, included but not limited to portraiture and landscapes. See more You Don't Know Until You Know, by Lynn-Marie Veverka, at lynn-marieveverka.com.
Hours: Artist reception, 8 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: You might not know that you know her voice, but you absolutely have heard it. Come out to hear Laurel Massé, a founding member of Manhattan Transfer, perform a mixed repertory that spans Bach to Basie and the Beatles. Her background includes performing jazz, swing, western, bluegrass and liturgical music, so she's sure to sing something you'll love.
Hours: 4 pm
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
133 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: We've seen a lot of changes over the years in the space that is now home to Remade, where the shelves hold beautiful, functional work from craftspeople and artisans around the Hudson Valley. In January, 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. In March's edition, running through April 3, Jordan Mary reflects on botanicals and decay in moody photographs of alstroemeria, lavender, orchids, waxflowers, and ferns. There will also be drinks and music!
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm, reception 6 to 8 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: Adam Lister's watercolors render familiar objects and subjects, evoking the dream-world love children of Legos and Etch-A-Sketch.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 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.
Special for Second Saturday: What kind of art would you make if you spent late fall in a remote part of already-remote Iceland? Emma Tapley's Herhúsið residency in the northernmost town in the country yielded her series Icelandic Sketches, paintings of oil on paper, linen, and clay-coated panels.
Hours: Noon to 5 pm, opening reception, 6 to 8 pm
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.
Special for Second Saturday: Hudson Valley residents rightly get excited about the "castle" (or arsenal, whichevs) on Bannerman Island, in the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring. But several thousand miles to the northeast, the British Isles really know how to do castles. Check out a few in the new exhibition Visions of Ireland, featuring photographs by Linda T. Hubbard and works in pastel by Gayle Clark Fedigan.
Hours: Opening reception, 5 to 7 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.
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: In the Fovea Exhibitions gallery upstairs, get to know Bill Cunningham. On the Street explores the work, life, and legacy of longtime New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham.
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm; opening reception 5 to 9 pm with a gallery talk at 7
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: Hidden Fortress group kaiju ("strange creature" in Japanese) show curated by Guumon. More than a dozen artists will be participating, including Blobpus, Brent Nolasco, Erik Jacobus, Grizlli Atom, Guumon, Milkboy, Oltretomba, Monsterfoot Creations, Plaseebo, Punk Drunkers, Rampage Toys, The Outer Space Men, Secret Demon Services and Trutek. Many artists will be on hand for the opening. Sneak a peek at their work over at Instagram: #hiddenfortress.
Hours: 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: The Joy of Color, as celebrated by photographer and painter Karl LaLonde, features vivid abstract landscapes in vibrant colors. Originally from wayyyy upstate New York, LaLonde went to high school and college in the Hudson Valley. Check out his work - maybe you'll feel a familiar scene through the abstract work. Through April 3.
Hours: Noon to 9 pm; artist's reception, 5 to 8 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.
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Hours: Call for hours.
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: CoMFY presents a group show, A Common Thread. The theme is a reference to the individual members as well as the traditional processes and materials of the decorative arts and handcrafts historically associated with women; sewing, knitting, embroidery and weaving. The resulting exhibit includes photography, pottery, paintings, and mixed media works, celebrating the common thread that unites the group of women, who live in and around Beacon: Maria Amor, Jennifer Blakeslee, Kit Burke-Smith, Caiming Cheung, Stephanie Dignan, Jan Dolan, Theresa Gooby, Meredith Hairston, Erica Hauser, Philomena Kiernan, Margot Kingon, Lorraine LeClair, Lori Merhige, Chris Sanders, Keely Sheehan, Jennifer Smith, Carol Stanford, Bekah Starr, Kat Stoutenborough, Robyn Tauss, Catherine Welshman, and Anna West.
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: In her second solo show at Matteawan Gallery, Susan Walsh's Only Mark the Bright Hours explores light, time, place, and memory through drawing, photography, and sculpture. Her works frequently interact with natural phenomena, including the sun and ocean waves.
Hours: Reception, 6 to 8 pm
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience.
Hours: Call first
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 147! In the Main Gallery, the artists of Beacon Artist Union exhibit their takes on Peep Show. In the Beacon Room, Johnny Thornton navigates the public/private moments of New Yorkers in Sleepers. Both shows run through April 2.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
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.