BeaconArts came alive in Beacon, NY in the early 2000s before most organizations and media had organized to promote the arts in this town. Artists had discovered it as a mecca, and it is through their public art and gallery showings that Beacon was shaped into what it is currently known for today: an art destination as well as a business and people friendly town along the Hudson River.

Little did you know that BeaconArts is the fiscal sponsor of many of the events you attend year after year in Beacon, including Open Studios, Beacon 3D, and so many more that have created the enriching environment we all walk through every single day. BeaconArts is part of why there is always something to do in Beacon.

Invest in BeaconArts: Invest in Our Community


Often working behind the scenes, BeaconArts is the artery through which much of the city’s creative efforts flow and manifest, with expenses offset mostly by business owners and arts minded individuals who recognize the economic value in supporting local arts and culture. During a critical phase in Beacon’s growth, we are asking you to invest in our efforts to grow BeaconArts as a catalyst for our creative community. You can donate now by clicking here.

Starting In May: Beacon Open Studios and Constellation Boat and Walking Tours to Bannerman Castle 2016


Special Events and Projects

Special Screening: Beacon Independent Film Festival ARTSGO Artists in Residence
Day: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University
Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Special Screening: “Grassroots Rock: Beacon & Riverfest”
: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Location: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University
Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Beacon’s All-Star Lip Sync Battle w/ host Pissi Myles
Day: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location: Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY

Beacon 3D
Enjoy 20 sculptures at 14 locations on and near Main Street in Beacon, NY.

Beacon Open Studios
Visit Beacon for self-guided tours of artists studios. Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, ceramicists, glass artists, multi-media and interdisciplinary artists and more will all be represented.

Windows On Main
Fall 2018
Each summer, local artists create site-specific installations that inspire and engage in retail storefronts down the one mile length of Beacon’s Main Street.

Beacon Independent Film Festival
The Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF) showcases creative films in a unique venue, nestled among the trees at the foot of Mount Beacon, NY.

The American Center for Folk Music
The Center promotes and supports the burgeoning Hudson Valley art scene, contributes to the area’s economic revitalization, and to the life of the Hudson Valley’s many creative communities. 

Community Partner

Now through October 17, 2017
Located near both Dia: Beacon and The Storm King Art Center, Constellation furthers the Hudson Valley’s reputation as one of the world’s finest places to experience large-scale contemporary art.

Special Activities BeaconArts Promotes

Second Saturday - Monthly
On the Second Saturday of every month, galleries in Beacon are known to host a artist opening. Restaurants have begun sharing their walls with artists, and now shops are also. Beacon Arts spearheaded this event, and it is one that A Little Beacon Blog showcases and live-tweets each month.

Art Along the Hudson
Your guide to art happenings in the Hudson Valley, including Beacon, Garrison/Cold Spring, Kingston, Newburgh, Greater New Palz, Peekskill, Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park, Rhinebeck/Red Hook/Tivoli, and Saugerties

Fiscal Sponsor and Support

Beacon Arts and Education Foundation
The Beacon Arts & Education Foundation (BAEF) is a coalition of parents, educators, businesses and other organizations that raise funds through private donations and grants to support a more comprehensive education for the students of the Beacon City School District (BCSD). Donate here.

Museums & Galleries

Dia: Beacon
3 Beekman Street
Dia Art Foundation’s presentation facility for the permanent collection and a series of exhibitions and performances. Dia:Beacon’s expansive light filled galleries comprise 240,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space on the Hudson River.

BAU (Beacon Artist Union)
506 Main Street
Artists’ co-operative gallery has been programming for over 10 years. Figurative and abstract; 2 & 3D works presented.

Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries/Clarkson University
Gallery & Bookstore
199 Main Street
Dedicated to advancing the understanding of rivers, estuaries & their watersheds through integrated, collaborative research, education and gallery shows.

Catalyst Gallery
137 Main Street
Catalyst Gallery is a bright storefront location for monthly-rotating art exhibitions, installations, curated projects, creating a short-term showroom for craft or design, for galleries and curators seeking an alternative venue, and more. 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.

163 Main Street
Designer Toy Art Gallery and Magazine. Established in 2004. Specializing in global counter culture, neo-pop, high end collectibles and limited edition multiples.

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts/Kunsthalle Beacon
192 Verplank
Mr. Cohen, of Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York City, has established a Beacon gallery that will showcase international art and design. Mr. Cohen will mix Asian, European and local talent into his gallery program. The new gallery is located at the former Beacon High School at Fishkill Avenue at Verplanck Avenue.

The Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street
Art gallery, performance space, music, poetry, theatre. An architectural gem of the Hudson Valley on the National Registry of Historic Places. Available to rent for your special occasions.

Hudson Beach Glass
162 Main Street
Contemporary glass gallery featuring handmade functional and sculptural art glass, furniture and jewelry. Firehouse Art Gallery upstairs. Glassblowing studio adjoining with live demonstrations. Open daily 10-6 pm

Exhibits at the Upstairs Gallery change monthly, and are often collaborations with Fovea Exhibitions.

Maria Lago Studio 502
502 Main Street
Maria Lago is an accomplished artist whose work has featured prominently in private collections, museums and galleries in Europe and the United States.

Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main Street
Marion Royael Gallery highlights the work of emerging and mid career artists through a program of Directed Migrating Installations. The gallery acts as a forum for exploring the fundamental ideas and concepts in contemporary art as they relate to current global and social issues. They seek to create a vibrant cross-generational dialogue about art and culture among the general public, collectors, curators, artists and critics. 

Matteawan Gallery
436 Main Street
Mattaewan Gallery specializes in contemporary art with an emphasis on works on paper by emerging and mid-career artists.

444 Main Street
Art for a change. Artist Jay Palefsky exhibits a new art movement called “morphicism” in the form of notecards, books, wall pieces, furniture and future works, all with the concept of images changing right before your “ahhhs”.

RiverWinds Gallery
172 Main Street
Gallery store featuring many of the finest Hudson Valley artists. Wide selection of ceramics, pottery, cards, photography, paintings, jewelry, apparel, & home decor. Exhibits change monthly.

Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main Street
Theo Ganz Studio, the little gallery with the big windows in Beacon’s west end, was founded by artist Eleni Smolen in 2012 as a venue for contemporary artists working in all media. Smolen concentrates on presenting actively engaged emerging and mid-career professionals in either solo or group exhibitions. 

Alternative Galleries
Galleries in Retail Establishments

Bannerman Island Gallery
150 Main Street
Conveniently located at 150 Main Street, Beacon, New York; the Bannerman Island Gallery is dedicated to work inspired by Bannerman Island and Bannerman’s Castle. It features a large array paintings, prints, and photographs of Bannerman Island, Bannerman’s Castle, and the Hudson River – as well as many other types of Bannerman Island memorabilia and media. Many of the pieces displayed in the gallery are one of a kind, and available for purchase.

3B Art Gallery @ Beacon Bath and Bubble
458 Main St.
Handcrafted Bath & Body products made on premises. Vintage Soda Pop Shop & 3B Art Gallery.

Dream in Plastic
177 Main St
Dream in Plastic was born in a Brooklyn basement in 2007. It has called Beacon home since 2009 when it opened it’s first retail location. The boutique offers an eclectic mix of housewares, designer art toys, cameras, vintage, accessories, bath & body items, socks, stickers and more. Exhibits at the Gallery at Dream in Plastic change monthly and mainly feature emerging artists. Receptions are held on the Second Saturday of every month from 6-9pm.

Howland Public Library
313 Main St
Public Library open to all. Public computers, printing, wifi (available outside as well 24/7), books, DVDs, Music CDs, Books on CD, Children’s area, magazines, tech help, programs for all ages & interests and much more.

M,W,F 9:30-5:30 T,Th 9:30-8:00 Sat 10-4 Sun 12-4

The Gallery @ The Lofts at Beacon
18 Front Street