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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 draw 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 our Restaurant Guide will 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!
- 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 9 pm in our Restaurant Guide.
- Bank Square 129 Main St.
- Chill Wine Bar 173 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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You survived winter and recent chilly spring. Are you really going to let a little (OK, more than a little) rain stop you from enjoying one of the year's busiest Second Saturdays? Grab your umbrella and galoshes, and get out there. Non-gallery activities include musical performances, a plant sale, Niche Modern's factory sale, LuLa Roe pop-up shop, and a wood scrap sale with Wickham Studio. Read more about these and So. Much. More. in our Events Guide. Now, let's get to May's openings and happenings:
Beacon Open Studios
This little city has become more well-known over the past decade largely because of the proliferation of art and artists. But sometimes it can feel funny going into a gallery (you have to say that with a nasal fahn-cy accent), like maybe it seems uncomfortably formal. But you could visit a friend, right? That's what Open Studios is about. Because your friends and neighbors are artists. This ninth annual event is an opportunity for more than 50 artists to open their doors to you, and you can see their art-making process. Studios include personal homes, as well as businesses, and more traditional studio spaces including the old Beacon High School. Wander around town and look for signature BOS posters at each location (here's a map), or pick up a guide at Hudson Beach Glass. Preview artists' work here. Can't fit everyone into today's visits? Good news: Studios are open tomorrow, too.
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: It's a blockbuster day at Dia: New collections, a dance performance, lectures, and Community Free Day activities. Two recent openings seem at first like showcases for simple blocks. On closer look, though, they reveal unexpected details. Michelle Stuart's Sayreville Strata Quartet features rubbings from a New Jersey quarry's colorful dirt - an extension of Dia's longstanding engagement with land art. Sculptor Anne Truitt created forms that evolved over time, exploring her goal to infuse the simplest shape with maximum meaning. Truitt's daughter, Alexandra, joins James Meyer, a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in a lecture at 2 pm to discuss Anne Truitt's work.
Dance Dance Revolution: At 3 pm, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea have created art together for over a decade. Several episodes, including polyphonic singing and dance, make up each performance.
Community Free Day! Residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester counties receive free entry today, and there are a ton of family-friendly tours, workshops, and other activities. If you're a Hudson Valley resident who's been waiting for a reason to visit Beacon, this is a good one! (Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free every weekend!) Bookend a trip to Main Street with a guided tour of 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.
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: Find your own path to reflection in The Labyrinth: A Walking Meditation at St. Andrew's church. Labyrinths have been used as part of a spiritual practice for centuries. At St. Andrew's, the changing light throughout the afternoon and ambient soundscapes by Craig Chin will augment the labyrinthine experience.
Hours: 4 to 8 pm
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
133 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Kathryn Hunter Luciana describes herself thusly: "Fiber artist, Hudson Valley native, life-long learner. The beauty of the natural world both inspires and challenges me." Come to ReMADE to check out Kathryn's wet-felted paintings. Be astounded by what yarn can be transformed into!
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm; opening 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: Catalyst hosts the photography of Susan Keiser and Scott Lerman, bringing Beacon a dynamic duo of a show. Keiser brings "Barbaric Glass" in her return to Catalyst Gallery, after showing "Flooded" a year ago. Lerman combines photography with nature to yield his mesmerizing series of "Tree Rings."
Hours: 1 to 6 pm; reception, 6 to 8:30 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: Another duo of artists - Susan Goetz and Robert Schneider - graces the space just across Main Street. Goetz's still-life portraiture offers a human complement to Schneider's warm landscapes.
Hours: Noon to 5 pm; opening reception, 5 to 7 pm
The Inn & Spa at Beacon
151 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: 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.
Hours: Grand opening, 6 to 9 pm
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Is the latest Directed Migrating Installation a small step or a giant leap? Check out the initial viewing of Humankind; Inside/Out and let us know what you think. Participating artists include Kathleen Erin Lee, Paul Tillinghast, Alexander Percy, Steve Pomerantz, Barbara AG Riddle, Steven Paul Riddle, Joe Zarra, Mary Giehl, Rick Hutchinson, Jens O Bille, Dave Dziemian, Ivan Suchman, and various guest artists.
Hours: Call for hours
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: Animals and other denizens of the natural world imbue the paintings and prints of Pamela Garfield as well as Alison Palmer's stoneware. Each artist displays her work in galleries around North America, but Second Saturday gallerygoers can catch them closer to home. See the work of these two New York natives upstairs at Hudson Beach Glass.
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm; opening reception 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: In Clutter's main space, check out "Stitched 2"! It's a group show of soft sculptures, curated by artists Lana Crooks and Melissa Sue Stanley. Curious about how cuddly the pieces are? You'll just have to see for yourself. Participating artists include Amanda Louise Spayd, Cat Rabbit, Claymate Creatures, droolwool, Heather Gross, Hiné Mizushima, Horrible Adorables, Keely Benkey-Reichman, Kit Lane, Lana Crooks, Lee’s Menagerie, Lisa Toms, Mariangela Tan, Melissa Sue Stanley, Silk and Thistle, The Beast Peddler, Twee Muizen, Venetta Butcher, Yetis and Friends & Zoë Williams.
On Clutter's brick space, find a "it sees all," a solo exhibition by Yu Maeda.
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: Annette Jaret returns to RiverWinds Gallery with "Spirit Dancing." Plumb the depths of paint's structural properties in these paintings, as many of them include "Abyss" in the title. Let the whorls and swirls transport you.
Hours: Noon to 9 pm; opening 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: Opening this month is "Shad in the Shadow of Skyscrapers," photo essay from a 1947 National Geographic project by legendary photographer Luis Marden. How much has changed, and how many scenes are the same, 70 years later? Click here for more event details.
Hours: Call for hours.
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Oak Vino hosted the opening festivities for Beacon Open Studios, and will host works by some of the participating artists until June 10.
Hours: 3 to 11 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: Beacon resident Greg Slick dances on the axes of past and future, of archaeological record and artistic rendering, in "Fieldwork," which includes painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
Center for Creative Education
464 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Take in Donna Mikkelsen's "Word Alchemy featuring Presidential Words," then hear more about Mikkelsen's process of making art ambidextrously. Try your hand(s) at it, too: There's a workshop from 2 to 5 pm.
Hours: Workshop, 2 to 5 pm; dance party, 7:30 pm
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience.
Hours: Call first
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The Howland Cultural Center presents a group show, Asian-American Artists of the Hudson Valley, to celebrate May as Asian-American History Month. Nearly a dozen Hudson Valley artists share their pieces, in painting, sculpture, photography and more. Several names - Jennie Chien, Craig Chin, Insun Kim, Jayoung Yoon - should be familiar to longtime, avid Second Saturday wanderers. Don't miss the work of seven artists visiting from China, too.
Hours: 1 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 149 - this gallery just keeps ticking. In the Beacon Room, see Kat Stoutenborough's "Redacted: page, word and thread." Stoutenborough uses repurposed materials, color and embroidered patterns to make attention-getting art. In bau's Main Gallery, check out Russell Ritell's "Path of the Masters." His paintings channel Caravaggio and Velásquez in their use of dramatic chiaroscuro, super contrasting light and dark tones. (I remembered one concept from art history class; you think I wasn't going to drop it here?) You could Google the term to learn more, but it will be way more interesting to go to bau gallery and see it for yourself, in Ritell's work.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
beacon near route 52
Atelier Room 205
Studios at the Old Beacon High School
211 Fishkill Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: Atelier overseer Maria Amor welcomes guest artist Paul McCormack to the gallery space. Oil paintings include "Karen in Black," at right. See his work now, and get inspired for the workshop he'll teach at the Atelier Room 205 in the fall.
Hours: 1 to 3 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 lofts, providing excellent loft rental units for the working artist.
Special for Second Saturday: Did you know there were tunnels below the lofts? I had no idea. Don't believe me? See for yourself with this month's exciting opening at the Lofts' event space. Monika Clarke's photography captures landscapes of the East, and of the West, while Carl Grauer's paintings will have you following a yellow brick road of wonder...
Hours: Noon to 6 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.