Mystery Photo Revealed: Marion Royael Gallery Doors Exhibit, The Knock Knock Underground Emoji

Beacon residents might know the faces of the artists, Barbara A.G. Riddle and Steven Paul Riddle, who created and curate Marion Royael Gallery. Over the years, the gallery has been located on both ends of Main Street, and is currently based at 159 Main St., next door to Kitchen Sink. Onlookers who have walked past the directed migrating installations that appear each month in the gallery, may not yet have walked in, or walked all the way in, and stepped into the back patio known as Mr. Yard, which was the location of our Mystery Photo.

The installation that occupies Mr. Yard this year, Marion Royael's garden plot beside Kitchen Sink's back patio, was the location of our last Mystery Photo Contest that stumped everyone for days. That contest required four hints before somebody finally won! So now is the time for the big reveal and the virtual walk-through of this exhibit that is kid- and dog-friendly, and beckons for you to explore.

Reminder of the Mystery Photo

This was the mystery photo. Where was this taken?

About Marion Royael Gallery

Marion Royael Gallery highlights the work of emerging and mid-career artists through a scheduled series of exhibitions. The gallery acts as a forum for exploring fundamental ideas and concepts in contemporary art as they relate to prevailing topical events. Steven and Barbara seek to create a vibrant cross-generational dialogue about art and culture among the general public, collectors, curators, artists and critics. Marion Royael Gallery creates what they call "Directed Migrating Installations," which are rooted in themes that the gallery sends out to regular artists, who send art in response to be displayed. The gallery represents artists and sells contemporary fine art originals, editions and objects.

So Where Is This Dinosaur?

This purple dinosaur lives inside of the outdoor installation, "Mr. Yard Presents Knock Knock Underground Emoji," and behind at least two sets of doors. There is a total of 76 doors in the installation, 45 of which open and close, and some of which are painted. Appearing across all of the doors are 300 emojis representing different emotions. Why emojis and doors?

The installation is an exploration of what people do with their emotions, says Steven Paul Riddle. "It's about emotions. Whatever you do with your emotions. Some people show them very clearly, and you can see right through them. Other people hide them." The doors represent what the emotions are hidden behind. Closed doors, open doors, crooked doors, sideways doors.

Walking through is a lot like walking through a chapter in Alice in Wonderland. Explore at night or during the day, and the experience will still be steeped in curiosity as different corners reveal themselves to you in different lights, or through your own mood at the moment.

Continue to virtually walk through this installation via the pictures in this article, and then head down to Marion Royael Gallery to experience it yourself in person. Bring the kids! The doors are for sale as a piece of art, should something move you, but Barbara and Steven giggle at the thought of pricing it out, as they are so deeply rooted in the creation process.

The artists, Steven Paul Riddle and Barbara A.G. Riddle.

Photo Credits: All photos were taken by Katie Hellmuth Martin

Winner of the "Where Is This Contest": Matt Clifton!

Pictured here for you to see is the winner of the "Where Is This" contest from early September, when we shared the sign on the back of the building holding Hudson Valley Auctioneers. Matt Clifton identified it within an hour of it being posted. Lucky for him, he's a newsletter subscriber, so he got advance notice of the post.

Matt is also a local Apple techie, and can help you with your Mac at Lokimac in the friendliest way. So I was quite pleased when he won, as it meant I'd get to double-duty his meeting: he'd pick up the golden ticket for a BJ's sweet potato pie fresh out of the oven, and I'd get to ask a couple of my own recent Apple questions. Matt is also one half to the food blog Nerds With Knives, so when he says that the BJ's sweet potato pie is amazing, you know the pie is serious. But you already knew that, because BJ's sweet potato pie has been famous around Beacon for 35 years.

Onto the next contest! You all were stumped, so the reveal pictures will be posted with no winner. But, I'd like to give you a bit more information on the location, so wait a few days for that article and all of its delicious pictures. You may want to know a bit more about why a purple dinosaur was in a storefront on Main Street.

"Where Is This?" Mystery Photo Contest Hint: A Creature in Wonderland

  SPONSORED BY:   Parent/Child Yoga Morning  at A Little Beacon Space

SPONSORED BY: Parent/Child Yoga Morning at A Little Beacon Space

UPDATE: We have a winner! Jackie O identified it correctly! This is a dinosaur in the back garden of the installation of doors at the Marion Royael Gallery on the west end of Main Street. The reveal article with photos will be posted soon! 

UPDATE: A fourth hint has been posted, with a new prize from Get Frosted Cupcakery.

Do you know what this photo is of, and where it was taken? The first person to correctly identify this wins two tickets to tonight's intimate folk concert at BEAHIVE: "A Duo of Duos," featuring the duo of Jon Shain & FJ Ventre, and the duo of Amy Soucy & Sharon Goldman. Once the correct answer is identified, we will post a reveal article that shows the full location of this photo, and more about its location.

Hint #1: A creature in a playful wonderland.

Hint #2: See the guesses in the comments below. Then you have some some exploring of back streets (or a back garden) to do!

Hint #3: Members of BeaconArts who have attended recent meetings this summer, and diligent Second Saturday hunters and gatherers, will know where to find this royal collection of wonder.

Hint #4: If you are in galleries this weekend for Second Saturday, and if you are curious enough to open doors and peek inside, you will find it!

New Prize: TWO cupcakes of choice from the case at Get Frosted Cupcakery!

PRIZE

The winner of this contest will get two tickets to see tonight's intimate performance of scintillating guitar work and vibrant vocal harmonies, with two dynamic musical duos at OPEN HIVE / Music - A Duo of Duos with Jon Shain & FJ Ventre, Amy Soucy & Sharon Goldman at BEAHIVE 291 Main Street starting at 7pm.

Sharon Goldman and Beacon’s own Amy Soucy are a soulful folk duo. This summer, Amy was named the winner of the 2016 Songwriting Competition at the CT Folk Festival and was featured in the Emerging Artists Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

They’ll share the bill with guitarist Jon Shain and bassist FJ Ventre, coming up from North Carolina. They’ve been playing together, on-and-off, since they met in Massachusetts 35 years ago and have been finalists at the International Blues Challenge.

Tickets are on sale and there are a few left, which you can buy now, but the winner of this contest walks away with two of them!

Rules

  • The right answer must include what this is, and where it is.
  • Guesses can only be made in the Comments on this website's post. Comments made at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will not be counted, so don't get too excited and give it away there! Comment here.
  • A note about Comments: We have to approve them before they get published, so if you don't see your comment right away, you will soon. We have to do this to prevent random robot spam.
  • Guess as many times as you like until you get it right.
  • The winner will be identified in the Comments below.
  • To redeem your prize, you can pick up your tickets at tonight's show at OPEN HIVE / Music - A Duo of Duos with Jon Shain & FJ Ventre, Amy Soucy & Sharon Goldman at 291 Main Street. We will give you a secret password.
  • If you cannot attend the show but would like to gift your tickets to someone else, you can! Just tell your guest what the secret password is and they can pick up the tickets.

Ok...Go Go Go!

Mystery Photo Revealed: 432 Main Street Is On South Street and Main Street as Hudson Valley Auctioneers

This week's mystery photo is the building on South Street near Locust Place on which hangs the Helting Bros. sign with the 423 Main Street address, that seems like an old vintage sign to hang on a building that isn't on Main Street.

Or Is It On Main Street?

This warehouse is indeed one building that goes from 432 Main Street all the way back to this South Street location. It is the warehouse and auction room for Hudson Valley Auctioneers, a fact that many of you already know, and many city-folk already know as well, as New York City antique collectors come up for scheduled auctions on Mondays with four to five weeks between auctions to bid on rare finds. Internet based auctions are held as well for global bidders.

The storefront window of 432 Main Street, home of Hudson Valley Auctioneers.

Have you seen this sign out front sometimes? Have you participated in an auction?

Is it a log cabin? Or an auction house. It's the pizza station for the live auctions!

Look familiar? This is the front of the building on Main Street, with the back of the kitchen serving as the storefront. During a live auction, people can get pretty hungry. Auctions start at 5pm, and at 10pm, pizza is served to keep everyone happy. You can see the crushed red pepper flakes on the counter in the picture above. What will you find in these auctions? From Hudson Valley Auctioneers website:

 

"Our regular auctions hold about 500 to 600 lots ranging from antique furniture to mid Century modern, every auction has a selection of sterling silver, fine art (paintings, watercolors, etchings, lithographs), carpets, glass, china, Asian & European accessories, lighting and the strange and unique items that make an auction fun and memorable,  a Sing Sing toilet, naughty bronzes, a DeLorean, horse drawn carriages, Civil war letters, a mummified hand, the occasional motor boat, movie set items (Wolf of Wall Street) and even a shrunken head has passed through here."

 

The building did used to be the location for the Helting Bros., an appliance and plumbing company. Congratulations to the winner of this contest, Matt Clifton, who will be enjoying a mini-sweet potato pie from BJ's!

Thank You To Our Sponsor

Gate House Realty has been involved in many of the restoration projects here in Beacon that involving bringing Beacon's famous factories back to life for business or residential use. Currently, they are showing a loft at 11 Creek Drive, a new residential option overlooking the Fishkill Creek. Take a look at this video below that literally walks you through the apartment to show you the the inside with its open floor plans and gorgeous appliances.

Until the next contest!

We already have the mystery photo for the next "Where Is This?" contest, and it's a hard but historic one! Be sure you are signed up to our newsletter to get the first announcement of the contest and the first clue. If your business is interested in sponsoring a contest, please contact us so we can learn more about your business, and then book it online.

"Where Is This?" Mystery Photo Contest. First To Identify Wins a Prize!

PHOTO & HINT

Do you know what this photo is of, and where it was taken? First to correctly identify this wins the prize of a BJ's Sweet Potato Pie! This contest is sponsored by Gate House Realty, who is now showing a new loft at 11 Creek Drive in Beacon, NY. Once the correct answer is identified, we will post a reveal article that shows the full location of this photo, and more about its location.

Hint: It's not where or what you think, but it's exactly where it says.

Winner! Matt Clifton was the first to correctly identify the what and where of this photo. See the reveal photo here, and a bit of history about the location!

 

RULES

  • The right answer must include what this is, and where it is.
  • Guesses can only be made in the Comments on this website blog. Comments made at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will not be counted. So don't get too excited and give it away there! Comment here.
  • A Note About Comments: We have to approve them before they get published, so if you don't see your comment right away, you will soon. We have to do this to prevent random robot spam.
  • Guess as many times as you like until you get it right.
  • The Winner will be identified in the Comments below.
  • To redeem your prize, you'll need to pick up this signed business card from A Little Beacon Blog's headquarters at 291 Main Street and bring it into BJ's at 213 Main Street.

PRIZE

BJ's has graciously donated one of their famous mini-sweet potato pies to the winner of this contest. Winner must present this business card from the picture to redeem the pie.

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR

Big thanks to the sponsor for this mystery photo contest, Gate House Realty, who knows every corner of Beacon very well. Right now, they have the chance for a lucky homeowner to get a beautiful, newly renovated loft at 11 Creek Drive in historic Beacon, NY, which includes a private outdoor patio and 20ft balcony for private entertaining, large open kitchen, a gorgeous bathroom, exposed brick, and other lovely details you can see in this video that walks you through the entire loft. Pass it on to a friend who is looking for a luxury loft apartment with lots of natural light and views overlooking the Fishkill Creek.