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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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Enjoy today's break from the damp, chilly weather and head outside to walk around and take in some art. You might think of this Second Saturday stroll as a warmup Easter egg hunt - who knows what colorful hidden treasures you'll find around Main Street and beyond? Let's get to April's openings and happenings:
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: Time is running out to see Robert Irwin's Excursus: Homage to the Square³, which closes next month. Irwin designed the master plan for the Dia museum, and his works (including transparent screens and window films) subtly examine the interplay of art and architecture. Bookend a trip to Main Street with a guided tour at 1 pm of the museum's permanent collection as well as visiting works. Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free every weekend!
Hours: 11 am to 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. Continuing this month, Jordan Mary reflects on botanicals and decay in moody photographs of alstroemeria, lavender, orchids, waxflowers, and ferns.
Hours: 11 am to 6 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: Jake Joyce's new works on display include beautiful vases, wooden boxes, and utilitarian pieces of furniture.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 10 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: Hudson Valley resident Laura Gurton returns to Theo Ganz Studio for her second solo show. Her paintings from the past seven years make use of linen, scratchboard, oil, alkyd, and ink. The exhibition will include paintings from her Unknown Species series, featuring her trademark circular, cellular, bubbles.
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: The Fine Art of Watercolor includes the work of five Hudson Valley artists working in the delicate medium: Timothy Delaney of Beacon; Claudia Engel, of Port Ewen; Amanda Epstein of Putnam Valley; Susan Hennelly, of Dover Plains; and Betsy Jacaruso of Rhinebeck.
Hours: 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 finally ready for the viewing public, as The Inn & Spa at Beacon opens this weekend. (Read our scoop here!) The lobby features Anamario Hernández's evocative still-life paintings.
Hours: Open house, 5 to 7 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: Opening reception, 6 to 10 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: The upstairs space at Hudson Beach Glass hosts Impressions of Nature, waterscapes and landscapes by Hudson Valley neo-impressionist painter Cheryl Vlachos.
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: The Return of Rampage! Rampage Toys returns with new and old figures. Some are reemerging after years tucked away, while others have never before been released! There will be something for everyone: Jon Malmstedt, the creative genius behind Rampage, promises a selection of "figures big and small, cute and ugly, simple and detailed." Don't miss the tiny driving unicorns.
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: Melissa Braggins draws from all kinds of media - printmaking, painting, drawing, collage, papermaking and ceramics - to make the delicately layered works in her Secret Gardens exhibition. Can't make it to the show's opening? Catch up with Braggins at an artist talk on Saturday, April 22, at 4 pm. Through May 7.
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
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Closer to the mountain)
The Beacon Hotel Gallery
424 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: With subjects ranging from seedlings and succulents, to food and festivals, to skaters, brides and grooms, to world-class musicians (and the occasional chicken), photographer and Hudson Valley native Ethan Harrison covers a lot of ground. Even if you missed Friday night's dance party and fundraiser, there's still time to see Ethan's latest works. Maybe over brunch at the restaurant?
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: Post-Magic Symbiosis, a group exhibition of nine artists' work, including sculpture, painting and drawing, curated by Lacey Fekishazy of SARDINE gallery in Brooklyn. This is the fourth show to be guest-curated, bringing a fresh eye to the gallery. Artists include Vernon M. Byron, Olivia Drusin, Daniel Giordano, Kathy Goodell, Gabriel Hurier, lisa Lendvay, atthew Mahler, Patrick Mangan, and Esperanza Mayobre.
Hours: Reception, 6 to 9 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: Artist-members of the Howland Cultural Center present their annual show. More than 40 artists will display their recent works across many kinds of creative mediums.
Hours: Opening reception, 3 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 148! In the Main Gallery, Short Stories, a two-person exhibition with photography by Pamela Zaremba and paintings and drawings by Joel Werring. The exhibition reflects the stories, real and imagined, that are told about American home and family life. In the Beacon Room, Brett Phares' Thrown features the Aground Series, using historical data and computer simulation to yield something completely new..
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
beacon near route 52
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.
Second Saturday: Did you know there's an International Sculpture Day? (Well, if you're an artsy-tartsy Beaconite reading this, I guess there's a good chance you did in fact know that.) But if you, like us, could stand to brush up on sculpture knowledge before the big day on April 24, head down Route 52 a ways to check out Tadashi Hashimoto's Sculpture Maquettes. The sculptor's geometric models are made of wood, stone, wire, and fabric, and serve as a mini-experiment in design and engineering for the bigger sculpture to follow.
Hours: Call for hours
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.