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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 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 get 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 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 9 pm 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 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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It's the weekend before Valentine's Day, so of course love is in the air! Find yourself flying solo this year? Give your own soul a little love by checking out the incredible, inspiring, and (dare we say) heartwarming art that is popping up around town on this day. Let's get to February's openings and happenings:
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: If you were scared off by the threat of crowds with last month's Community Free Day, now is the time to check out the new (well, month-old) installation of Walter De Maria's smaller works. He's widely known for the massively scaled Lightning Field, but made plenty of work on a more-intimate human scale as well. His 360° I Ching/64 Sculptures explores linear relationships. Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free every weekend! Bookend a trip to Main Street with a guided tour at 1 pm of the museum's permanent collection, including works by 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. (Psst! Take your support of Dia one step further: Head to Matteawan Gallery this evening for the closing reception of the Dia Staff Show! Details in Matteawan's listing below.)
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: The Howland Chamber Music Circle presents a pop-up concert at St. Andrew's, featuring the Stacken Knuffke Duo. Pianist Jesse Stacken and cornetist Kirk Knuffke are both critically acclaimed artists in their own right. They'll perform the works of the early 20th-century French composer Erik Satie, as seen through their unique jazz lens. Trivia time: A cornet is a trumpet-like instrument, but described as "mellower." The more you know!
Hours: 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. Last month, 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. For last month's inaugural edition, check out Rebecca Spodick's fiber arts. Who will it be this month?
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: Chocolate is a classic gift idea for the upcoming holiday. This show features work inspired by the flavor that will delight you for a lot longer than even the best confections. Chocolate: A Group Show includes pieces from 14 artists (many of whom live in Beacon) working in mixed media, sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography. There will even be a chocolate tasting with Cacao Prieto, a producer in the Dominican Republic making single-origin bars.
Hours: Opening reception, 5 to 9 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: Earth, Water and Wood opens, featuring the work of three artists - two photographers and a sculptor working in wood - with Hudson Valley ties.
Hours: Opening reception, 4 to 6 pm
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Continuing this month is "Candyland Bittersweet." More than a dozen artists take a look at the things we want: cars, power, sex, drugs, war, peace - and candy. Participating artists include Kathleen Erin Lee, Alexander Percy, Steve Pomerantz, Barbara AG Riddle, Steven Paul Riddle, Joe Zarra, Paul Tillinghast, Mary Giehl, Rick Hutchinson, Jen O Bille, Dave Dziemian, and various guest artists.
Hours: Noon to 7 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: Beacon Woodblock Relief continues this month, with the work of three talented Beacon-based printmakers: Dylan Goldberger, Justin Catania, and Melissa Schlobohm.
Hours: 10 am 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: Lights! Camera! (In)Action! This Second Saturday, Clutter Magazine Gallery opens the fifth annual installment of the (In)Action Figures show, celebrating those not-dolls. More than 40 artists will be participating. Sneak a peek at their work over at Instagram: #inactionfigures5.
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: Be transported to another place and time with the diverse pieces in Dave R. Clark: Fantasy Worlds. Drawing from his background in illustration, photography, and other artistic mediums, Dave offers viewers a "vivid exploration of space, color, face and form."
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: "Hudson River Science: A Data-Driven Interpretive Exhibit" opens. The interactive exhibit, created by Allison Montroy, a Clarkson University student, will educate visitors about the river, as well as the effects humans have on it.
Click here for more event details.
Hours: Call for hours.
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: Down by the river and the Metro-North station, Dia:Beacon's exhibits come from marquee modern-art names of the past century. But what about the people who make Dia run on a day-to-day basis? Many of them are working artists, too. Come see them, say hi, and support their artistic endeavors at the Dia Staff Art Show at Matteawan Gallery, a 20-minute walk from the big museum. The multidisciplinary work of more than 40 artists, representing Dia's various sites, will run through tomorrow (Sunday, February 12).
Hours: Reception, 6 to 9 pm
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience.
Hours: Call first
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 146! In the Main Gallery, Jeff Schaller blends words, layered images, and hot wax/encaustic to create the highly textural works in Good Times. In the Beacon Room, David Provan's The Black Drawings is a series of studies for sculptures. The black paint and ink sometimes show the structure itself, and other times show the void. Like white space, but black.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
BEACON near RT. 52
(Beacon's part of Rt. 52 that heads into and out of town)
Beacon Music Factory
333 Fishkill Ave.
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 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 to 11 am