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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 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: 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 6 pm
St. Andrew's Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: Does your child have music classes available through school, and he or she is trying to figure out which instrument is a good fit? Maybe your family should visit the instrument petting zoo at St. Andrew's Church, hosted by the Howland Chamber Music Circle, as part of the "Instrument Discovery" Children's Concert. Once kids have had a chance to handle the instruments, eight musicians from Beacon and nearby Hudson Valley spots will perform a concert of short pieces to showcase their respective instruments.
More details at Howland Chamber Music Circle's site.
Hours: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
Paris on Hudson
at Polhill Park
Little spot of land near Bank Square between Main Street and South Avenue
Special for Second Saturday: A Beacon-based composer went to Paris and recorded music he made by using the Eiffel Tower as a percussion instrument. So cool and unique, The New York Times even made a video about the project! Composer Joseph Bertolozzi will share his new album, Tower Music: Musique de la Tour, with Beaconites and art aficionados visiting for Second Saturday. Adult beverages will be available at Bank Square, as will French food from Beacon Pantry. The composer will be joined by the Judith Tulloch Band, who will feature a guest accordionist!
More details here.
Hours: 6 pm to 10 pm (rain date: September 17)
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: Remember the late, great, Mad Dooley Gallery on Main Street, where Flora Garden & Home is now? It was cool, wasn't it? Well, Mad Dooley's owner, Catherine Welshman, is teaming up with artist Phil Bram (who, if memory serves, had his first solo show at Mad Dooley a couple of years ago) for a show down the street a ways at Catalyst Gallery. Visitors are sure to find some unique paintings, challenging mixed media, and who knows what other fantastic scenes out of the minds of two of Beacon's most creative residents. Also: There will be beer, in the form of suds from Industrial Arts Brewing Co.
Hours: 6 pm 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: "This Ephemeral Moment" is a group show to wind down the summer, featuring the work of painters Sunok Chun, Laura Gurton, Hiro Ichikawa, and gallery owner Eleni Smolen, along with sculptor Judy Sigunick.
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. Artists include Kevin Conklin, Mary Giehl, Rick Hutchinson (one of his paintings is above), Catherine Erin Lee, Alexander Percy, Steve Pomerantz, Barbara AG Riddle, Steven Paul Riddle, Joe Zarra, and various guest artists. "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.
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!
Hours: 10 am to 6 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.
Special for Second Saturday: "Vinylploitation" is a celebration of gore and horror, with plenty of lead time to get inspired for ghastly Halloween next month. Participating artists include: Retroband, Violence Toy and Miscreation Toys.
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: "Coastal Dreams" by Linda Puiatti opens. Puiatti's oil paintings in this show reflect scenes from the northeastern United States's many miles of coastline, transporting us to a unique moment and place. Puiatti, whose studio is in Holmes (near Pawling), de-emphasizes photo-like details in favor of boosting qualities in the paintings that express atmosphere and mood.
Hours: Opening reception, 5 pm to 8 pm
Dream in Plastic
177 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: "Polarity: Photographs by Ethan Harrison" opens for a run at Dream in Plastic. Come see photos made by one of the genuinely nicest human beings you'll ever meet. His work in this show uses multiple exposures and other techniques to create a kaleidoscopic effect. Cupcakes and coffee will be served!
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. The show is set to close next month, so if you haven't seen it yet, don't miss out!
Click here for more event details.
Hours: 11 am to 3 pm
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The Howland Public Library is hosting the first Friendraiser, with plans to make it an annual event! Come out for the silent auction (including gift certificates and items from Beacon businesses, "from Bank Square to The Roundhouse") and sale of affordable small works from local artists. There will be baked goods and cider, along with artsy-tartsy activities for kids of all ages. All proceeds benefit our Howland Library!
Hours: 1 pm to 5 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: Janice Caswell, whose work was part of the "deconstruct" exhibition in 2015, returns to Matteawan Gallery with "Assembly Required." Caswell's vibrant mixed media works, starting with cardboard, are inspired by the landscapes and scenes of everyday life in New York City, where she lives. Caswell participated in the prestigious Yaddo residency in Saratoga Springs this summer, and many of the works in this show were created there.
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 recently moved his studio to Beacon, and is overcome by what he has found here. For September's Second Saturday, he is hosting a street art party. New work. Live music. Wine. Cheese. Really, what else are you looking for? Follow him on Instagram (@jeffreyterreson_fineart) to make sure you don't miss any news.
Hours: Street Art Party is from 4 pm 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: "Primary Colors: Form Spirit Creative Consciousness" celebrates Hispanic-American History Month - the 21st such celebration at the Howland Center. The exhibition honors art, culture, and history from around the Spanish-speaking world. Participating artists from around the Hudson Valley include: Jose Acosta, Juan Manuel Alvarez-Ossa, Salvador Arrellano, Pablo Avero, Emil Figueroa, Rafael Figueroa, Jose Gomez, Jose Gonzalez-Soto, Beatrice Perez Gustafson, Maria Lago, Pablo Garcia Lopez, Raphael Lopez, Nestor Madalengoitia, Wilfredo Morel, Joe Pimentel, Elisa Pritzker, Fels Santos, and Marisa del Pozo Slick.
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 141! In the Main Gallery, Beacon Artist Union's 141st consecutive monthly gallery show brings us "Against the Grain," by Joan Phares. In this exhibit, Phares combines her talents and loves of woodworking and wood rescue to create fantastical objects. Jaynie Gillman Crimmins' work, inspired by the natural world and executed with shredded junk mail, will be in the Beacon Room.
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)
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!