Second Saturday Art Gallery hop in Beacon
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For years, Beacon has had hoppin' Second Saturdays with gallery openings and art happenings. But art refuses to be confined to a hashtagged event schedule. That's why we've expanded this Guide to showcase as many art openings as we can within Beacon's city limits. Artistic endeavors are going up on walls (and sidewalks, and lawns) all the time around town, so keep your eyes glued to this space and refresh often to stay in the loop. We try to update the bulk of this Guide on the Monday before Second Saturday, or as venues list their happenings. But we're constantly updating the Guide as we hear about new events and openings.
Are you planning for the fourth Thursday of the month? Or maybe you're already a seasoned #2Sat pro? Skip the Second Saturday 101 below if you'd like, and head straight for the listings, starting with Dia: Beacon.
Do you have an art opening coming up? Tell us about it: Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with the who/what/when/where, and include a representative photo, to be considered for inclusion in this Guide.
Second Saturday 101
Second Saturday is a lively day into night in Beacon, and is a celebration of Beacon's galleries, restaurants and other businesses on the second Saturday of every month. Dan Rigney, former president of BeaconArts (the organization who encouraged this movement to happen over a decade ago, and who still 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 provides a great reason to walk Main Street and beyond, and explore the events going on around town. It's always a pleasure to dine your way through Beacon, so turn to our Restaurant Guide to 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!
Share your way through Second Saturday by using #2SAT, the hashtag created by BeaconArts, 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 9 pm in our Restaurant Guide.
Bank Square 129 Main St.
Chill Wine Bar 173 Main St.
Meyer's Olde Dutch 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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Second Saturday, January 12: Happy Second Saturday, Beacon! What else is going on around town? Check out our Event Guide to fill you in on the rest of the happenings - if you're out and about in Beacon and see something that you think we shouldn't miss, tag us on Twitter or in your photos on Instagram (we're @alittlebeacon on both). Now, let's get to January’s art openings and events.
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
One of the preeminent modern art museums in the world, Dia:Beacon opened in 2003 in a former Nabisco box-printing factory on the shore of the Hudson River. Many people point to the museum's arrival as a turning point for Beacon's arts-intensive revival. Take a closer look at Dia:Beacon's giant shapes, piles of glass, grayscale geometry, neon tubes and so. much. more. Dia:Beacon offers complimentary admission with identification to all residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties on the last Sunday of every month. Dia:Beacon is free for residents of Beacon, Fishkill, Chelsea, and Glenham every Saturday and Sunday, year-round. (Thanks, Pete Seeger.)
Special for Second Saturday: Dia has so much going on! Luckily, a bunch of exciting art intersects today:
Rockburne Reopening: Following the 2018 presentation of Dorothea Rockburne’s large-scale works from the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dia will reopen the expanded exhibition on January 12, 2019, with two new galleries added, focusing on works produced in the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Her work is often inspired by geometry and astronomy, and installed in a way that the invisible, imperceptible ways visitors interact with the art will be apparent over time.
De Maria Closing: Sunday, January 13, 2019 will be the final day to see this installation of Walter De Maria’s 360° I Ching/64 Sculptures (aka the big red floor piece). Come take in the grand scale of the piece; it’s a reminder of why the spacious Beacon building is such an important site for big art!
Saturday Studio: Join practicing artists for a free monthly workshop of art-making and play in the Learning Lab at Dia:Beacon. Designed for all ages, Saturday Studio is a family-friendly program that is most suitable for children ages 5 and up. Saturday Studio begins promptly at 10:30 am on the second Saturday of every month. The sign-up process begins in the admissions area at 10 am. Reservations are not required. All families participating in the Saturday Studio program receive free admission to Dia:Beacon for the day. Once the Learning Lab wraps up, check out a guided tour of the museum at 12:30 or 2 pm. Reservations aren't necessary, but may be made at the admissions desk.
Hours: Friday to Monday, 11 am to 4 pm (January-March hours)
18 West Main St. #7
(near the train station in the complex with Brett’s Hardware, Two-Way Brewing and Beacon Pilates)
Mother Gallery is a co-creative, artist run, exhibition space located in Beacon, NY. Conceived and stewarded by Kirsten Deirup and Paola Oxoa to foster collaboration, community, and open dialogue amongst all people in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Special for Second Saturday: Wind-Scoured Scribes, curated by Kari Adelaide, includes work from nine artists, relating to a vignette bearing this piercing line: “The hag imagined the white-dreaming weight of ice before she hit the frozen ground with her staff.” How evocative - what does that call to mind for you? For me, it’s a glittering, barren, winterscape punctuated only by this fierce figure. How might others relate? Find out for yourself when you come see this show. Participating artists include Afruz Amighi, Hannah Barrett, Jesse Bransford, Francesca DiMattio, Rico Gatson, Dan Herschlein, Max Razdow, Amber Renaye, and Laurel Sparks. Through Saturday, February 2.
Hours: Thursday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
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: Amanda E. Gross pops up at Catalyst! Her solo show, I Quit My Job to Draw, will run only for a week, so be sure to check it out! Through Thursday, January 17.
Hours: Noon to 6 pm, Thursday, January 10 to Thursday, January 17, 2019; Second Saturday opening reception, 5 to 9 pm
The ImPerfect Poetics of Place, curated by TheoGanz Studio’s Eleni Smolen, opens at Hudson Beach Glass Gallery. See that venue’s listing, below, for more information.
Beacon Fine Art Gallery at The Inn & Spa at Beacon
151 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The lobby of The Inn & Spa at Beacon has been rededicated as the Beacon Fine Art Gallery! Stop by to see the representational landscape and still-life paintings of Keith Gunderson, through Sunday, May 15, 2019. Glass works from Barbara Galazzo also will be on view, as well as paintings by Anamario Hernandez.
Hours: Daily, 11 am to 5 pm
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Ongoing: Candelabra: Things That Carry the Light of the World, featuring "finely executed visual perspectives" in various mediums by more than a dozen artists. What carries the light of the world to you? How do you carry light? Don't hide it under a bushel. Bring it to Main Street and the MR Gallery.
In the MR Yard outside, don't miss The Bird's Nest, a site-specific installation.
Hours: Noon to 7 pm (sometimes later)
Hudson Beach Glass / Fovea
162 Main St.
This glass studio has been 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: Eleni Smolen, of TheoGanz Studio, has curated The imPerfect Poetics of Place, in which a dozen artists explore diverse landscapes, from big sky to big city, via hologram, photographs, paint, sculpture and drawing. Participating artists include Joseph Ayers, Samantha Beste, Cathy Cook, Jill Enfield, Elana Goren, Kevin Kearns, Meelia Kelly, Flynn Larsen, Herman Roggeman, Ooloosie Saila, Emma Tapley, as well as “anonymous creatures.”
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm; Second Saturday 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: Clutter welcomes Philippines-based artist Quiccs, known for his vinyl and resin toys and action figures that channel his street art background, for his first solo show in the United States. This show will include a bunch of one-off pieces and a collaboration with Clutter! Quiccs joins Spanish artist HX Studio, in his first U.S. solo show, to take over the Clutter Gallery with an array of custom toys and art. His BOTS figures channel a sort of nature-inspired feel, with muted colors and backgrounds that made me think of sandstone or cork. Through Friday, February 1.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, noon to 5 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: 3 Emerging Photographers brighten up the walls at RiverWinds this week. Pierce Johnston, Michelle Precour and Patti Sonnenschein bring diverse viewpoints, from various stages of life and differing photo styles. Pierce took some photography classes in high school, then some flying lessons, then merged the two via drone photography, giving a bird’s-eye view we rarely see. Patti, a longtime teacher and administrator, brings viewers the birds themselves! Her kayaking adventures and love for nature naturally extended into sharing those scenes with others via photography. Michelle captures beautiful places where built civilization and nature intersect. Through Monday, February 4.
Hours: Monday and Wednesday, noon to 4 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday reception with the artists, 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: See Hudson: Future Memories of a Magnificent River, featuring art and objects inspired by and used in two canoe expeditions this year along the Hudson River. The trips were sponsored by the Netherlands-based nonprofit Ninth Wave Global, who works around the world to “encourage quiet, humble and slow exploration of places and people,” with an eye toward promoting growth, programs, and solutions led by local people and local values. Open weekends, through March 2019.
Hours: Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm; Monday, 1 to 5 pm; Saturday, 3 to 7 pm; Second Saturday, 3 to 9 pm
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main St.
Not just a place to kick back with a glass and unwind, Oak Vino is also a great spot to see art. Owner Rinny Patel often has work from local painters on the walls, and occasionally hosts Second Saturday shindigs.
Special for Second Saturday: Beacon’s Stanley Lindwasser brings a selection of his most recent paintings, in acrylic on canvas, to the wine bar. What do his lines evoke for you - festive ribbons, a bamboo forest, maybe another force of nature? See more from this prolific artist (he makes steel sculptures, too) and teacher at Oak Vino. Through mid-February.
Hours: 3 to 11 pm; Second Saturday reception, 6 to 8 pm
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Closer to the mountain)
Howling at the Edge of Chaos
428 Main St.
As of December 2018, Howling at the Edge of Chaos has closed after owner Valerie J. Mitchell was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Read more in our article about the store closing. Then keep in mind, as Valerie posted on Instagram, “What is important to you? Stop saying you don’t have time and start saying I made time for this ____. See where that takes you.”
436 Main St.
As of October 2018, Matteawan Gallery has closed. But keep a look out for owner Karlyn Benson's name and keen eye: "I plan to curate exhibitions under the name Matteawan Projects and to write about art in the Hudson Valley," she says. Follow along with her projects via Instagram, at @matteawanprojects and @kb_creativeconsulting.
New in this 436 Main St. space - La Mère Clothing + Goods! Get the scoop on this burgeoning boutique - and every other storefront! - in A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide.
444 Main St.
Moveable art in frames - art you must see and experience. Jay Palefsky taught art in New York high schools for more than two decades, then packed his bags to pursue life as an artrepreneur, with a steadfast commitment to doing things differently.
Hours: Call for hours and events
No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works
469 Main St.
Two doors west of the Howland Center, No.3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works is an artist-run venue, featuring select artist’s books, artist photobookworks, photography books, work on paper and poetry from small and independent presses. Contact Paulette Myers-Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Special for Second Saturday (and Sunday): The run of incredible, unique, incredibly unique concepts continues at No.3 Reading Room and Photo Book Works. This Second Saturday, don’t miss Manos Sucias/Dirty Hands, a collaboration between poet Seán Monagle, visual artist Greg Slick, and book artist Paulette Myers-Rich. The limited-edition books - only 30 were made - were crafted, from poetry to illustrations to pressing each page to hand-binding the finished products, by these Beacon residents. Manos Sucias/Dirty Hands is the sixth title in Traffic Street Press’ “Trafficking in Poetry” series; a limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the book signing this weekend. Poet Seán Monagle will read his poetry during the event and Greg Slick’s original artworks will be on display. (Earlier titles in the series will be on display and available for perusal.) Through Sunday, February 3.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday opening, noon to 8 pm; book signing and readings, 3 to 8 pm (Second Sunday, 1/13, book signing and readings, noon to 5 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.
Hours: By appointment; Second Saturday, usually 10 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, a library for a long time, that was born specifically to serve the community as a cultural resource.
Special for Second Saturday: See what happens when an artist’s palette is stripped down to one color, leaving the photographer (and viewer) to ponder details that might go overlooked in a typical ROYGBIV presentation. The Monochrome Photography Show, curated by Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh, features Alexa Rose Vincento, Butch Quick, Carl Gutowski, Cate Chevalier, Cindy Gould, Darlene Resling, Eva Deitch, Karl Hein, Ken Dreyfack, Kerry Soeller, Kevin Bertholf, Larry Fitzpatrick, Madelein Denitto, Paolo Nigris, Scott Lerman, Steven Gentile, Tom Conroy, and Yoram Gelman. Through Sunday, January 27.
Hours: Friday to Monday, 1 to 5 pm
Maria Lago Studio 502
502 Main St.
Maria Lago's super-textural paintings come to life with her larger-than-life sculptures. Her gallery is filled with the looming, evocative figures. Come meet Women Warriors, Maria Lago's latest painted additions to her family of haunting, elongated beings.
Hours: Call for hours
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 artists' activities and rest of the community.
Special for Second Saturday: Newbies take the stage for BAU opening 169. Four artists new to BAU Gallery - Jebah Baum, Elizabeth Arnold, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, and Andrew Rust Barger - take over the Main Gallery, in keeping with BAU’s mission to encourage artists to experiment and grow with their work. The rest of BAU’s artist roster - Carla Goldberg, Russell Ritell, Joan Phares, Pamela Zaremba, Melissa Schlobohm and Eileen Sackman - will also have pieces up in the gallery. Witness the evolution of their work!
In the Beacon Room: In Wake Up Call: Extended, Chloe Mosbacher synthesizes imagery from current political events, the tarot, and nature.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
Russell Cusick Gallery
530 Main St.
Way down to the East End, right across from the Roundhouse, you'll find Russell Cusick's gallery. He has transmuted photography and painted Hudson Valley vistas, rendering the familiar scenes into hypervivid dreamscapes. But he's also known for turning manhole covers into art. (Yes, really. See for yourself!)
Hours: Call for hours and Second Saturday happenings.