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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 email@example.com.
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.
- Roundhouse 2 East Main St.
- Dogwood 47 East Main St.
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Happy New Year, Beacon! Maybe your 2017 resolutions include seeking out more art and beauty in your life. Or, possibly, you'll vow to support more local art and artisans. Either way, peek into galleries along Main Street and beyond to find inspiration, from across the Hudson Valley and around the world! Let's get to January's openings and happenings:
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday:
New this week: an installation of Walter De Maria's small works - and not just in comparison to his massively scaled Lightning Field. (Also, these are a lot closer than New Mexico.)
More details at Dia:Beacon.
2. DiaTalk - Jane McFadden on Walter De Maria, 2:30 pm
Jane McFadden is Associate Professor and Chair, Humanities & Sciences at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Her writing has been published in Art Journal, Grey Room, Modern Painters and X-tra.
3. It's Community Free Day at Dia! Residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester counties receive free entry today, and there are a ton of family-friendly tours, workshops, and other activities.
If you're a Hudson Valley resident who's been waiting for a reason to visit Beacon, this is a good one! (Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free every weekend!) Bookend a trip to Main Street with a guided tour of 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.
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: "Dusklit: Contemplating Changing Light" comes to St. Andrew's, presented by The River Flows Two Ways. Two dancers (Ophra Wolf and Sarah Simon) join a musician (Craig Chin) and the sun (playing itself) in the piece in St. Andrew's sanctuary. (The work was originally created for a site in Chester, NY.) Come see this beautiful Beacon site in a whole new way.
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. This weekend holds yet another shift for the shop: Supplementing the usual selection with straight-up art, no practical function necessary. Every Second Saturday from now on, the good people of Remade will fill an entire wall with the work of a single artist. For this inaugural edition, check out Rebecca Spodick's fiber arts.
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: Commemorate the days getting longer with this "luminous" exhibition of Eddison Romeo's paintings in Colored Immersion. Raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Lupus Foundation.
Hours: 3 to 9 pm
Bannerman Island Gallery
150 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The Winter Holiday Art Exhibition continues, featuring small works from artists working in various media: paintings, photography, and printmaking, but also sculpture and other three-dimensional objects. Keep your eyes peeled for points of local interest, as in Amanda Epstein's View From Mount Beacon, above.
Hours: 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
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: Clutter Magazine Gallery presents two shows this Saturday. First up, "Scott Wilkowski's Infected Bazaar," solo works by Wilkowski that practically ooze with creativity. Also, "Skulls, Spikes and Inversions" with resin pieces by Josh Kimberg, including his Skulls line.
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: RiverWinds reopens with a new look! Don't worry, though; the selection of local art is still tops. This month's exhibition celebrates the life and work of Rafael Quirindongo, who combined high-tech photography and a good, old-fashioned eye for shapes and patterns, particularly in and around New York City.
Hours: Noon to 9 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: Matteawan Gallery continues its tradition (now in its fourth year) of hosting a single artist for the entire month of January. The residencies focus on work that has a social, performative, or participatory component. Artists often keep "office hours," during which the public is encouraged to stop in and experience the art. In this installment, Zachary Skinner is inviting the neighborhood into his Geo-Co-Lab, where sculpture and drawings bounce off of chalkboard drawings by Skinner and visitors alike. Skinner aims to see and show the ways art inspires social and ecological change.
Hours: Reception, 6 to 9 pm
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience.
Hours: Call first
Center for Creative Education
464 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Rombout Middle School students explore their innermost voices in works from the "I'm Tired" project. In the project's workshops, students are challenged to challenge themselves, taking a tough look at assumptions they hold. The thoughts of more than 600 Rombout students were written on their palms, then photographed. The resulting art has been displayed at the school, but can now be seen on Main Street. Go get inside the heads of middle-schoolers. What you see might surprise you.
Hours: Opening reception, 4 to 6 pm
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: In his sixth Beacon Second Saturday, gallery owner and artist Jeffrey Terreson commemorates spending half a year in his gallery's new home. Share with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Follow owner Jeffrey on Instagram (@jeffreyterreson_fineart) to make sure you don't miss any news.
Hours: 11 am 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: Nearly two dozen photographers tackle a single subject in Celebration: Trees. Revisit any preconceived notions you might have of a one-topic, one-medium show, and let yourself be surprised and delighted by the variety revealed in such an exhibition.
Hours: 1 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 145! In the Main Gallery, member-artists of Beacon Artist Union take over 4-feet-by-4-feet spaces, putting a unique stamp (or many unique stamps, really) on the gallery. In the Beacon Room, don't miss Daniel Morowitz's Young and Hung, at the intersection of art history and queer identity.
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