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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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Oh goodness. Is it really raining, again? It just might be. But once again, grab your umbrella and galoshes and get out there, Beacon: There's art to be seen, and lots of other fun stuff, too! Today's non-gallery lineup includes a colorful walk/run elementary school fundraiser, the annual city-wide yard sale, and a screening of a film about "the Egyptian Jon Stewart" (also a fundraiser for the NYCLU). There's also music galore: kids' hootenanny in the morning, and Second Saturday Live at Polhill Park (where 9D, Main Street, and South Avenue meet) from 5 to 7. This week, the series features Lady Parts, an all-female a cappella group, and jazz improv. Read more about these and So. Much. More. in our Events Guide. Now, let's get to June's art openings and happenings:
NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
3 Beekman St.
Special for Second Saturday: 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. (Don't forget: Beacon residents get in free every weekend!)
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
15 South Ave.
Special for Second Saturday: Knit Us As One is an annual event where community crafters set aside time, and yarn, to help people in need. For this year's event at St. Andrew's Church, yarnistas - knitters, purlers, and crocheters are all welcome - will make dishcloths to be used in a food pantry's kitchen. All levels are welcome. The knit-a-thon, part of Worldwide Knit In Public Day, will take place in the church's carriage house. We know how Beacon loves yarn!
Hours: 2 to 6 pm
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station)
133 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Keith Décent - not just the inspiration for a sandwich at Harry's! This Beacon resident is known for transforming found objects that other people had given up on into functional art. He turns his vision now to duo-chromatic scenes from around the Hudson Valley. Maybe you'll spy somewhere you know?
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm; opening reception, 6 to 9 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: Artist Coulter Young has worked across many art mediums, but takes a break from the super-breadth to bring us Triptych, works of assemblage, portraiture, and plein-air painting. Read more about Young in this article from the Highlands Current.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 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: Persistent Song, a fifth anniversary exhibition, showcases 14 artists to celebrate the gallery's longevity. Their names will be familiar to anyone who has kept an eye on Beacon gallery openings over the past few years. Participating artists include Lori Adams, Samantha Beste, Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh, Gerardo Castro, Howard Goodman, Elana Goren, Beth Haber, Hiro Ichikawa, Insun Kim, Wendy Lindbergh, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Judy Sigunick, Emma Tapley and Jayoung Yoon.
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 work of two artists, Susan Goetz and Robert Schneider, graces the space just across Main Street. Goetz's still-life portraiture complements Schneider's warm landscapes.
Hours: Noon to 5 pm; reception, 5 to 7 pm
The Inn & Spa at Beacon
151 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Beacon's newest West End destination is ready for the viewing public. (Read our scoop here!) The lobby of The Inn & Spa at Beacon features evocative still-life paintings, etchings, and art jewelry by the acclaimed Anamario Hernández.
Hours: 6 to 9 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 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: Call for hours
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: Opening today is Emil Alzamora's Pivot Point, recent sculptures by the Beacon resident. He uses wood, steel, resin, raw porcelain and painted or glazed ceramic to create his figures. At the center of this show is "Sunshine on Our Wings or Our Moment of Glorious Triumph," a life-size, raw representation of a couple paused in time. Read more about the exhibition here.
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: Yokai!, a group exhibition featuring Tokyo Jesus, Eimi Takano, and Octoplum. The first two of these great artists, a husband-and-wife team, are set to fly in from Japan and appear at this opening. Meet them and talk about their cute art!
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: The fine folks of RiverWinds Gallery have put together a special selection of works that could make perfect gifts for the father figures in your life. Visit the gallery and see what's new!
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: Continuing 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: 3 to 7 pm
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Here on Planet Earth, a group exhibition from the Beacon Photography Group, opens in the library's Community Room. Formed in 2013 by Beaconites Tom Conroy and Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh, the group has presented an annual exhibition at the library. Works in this year's show (the fifth) explore human-Earth interactions.
Hours: 1 to 5 pm, opening reception 5 to 7 pm
Progression Art Studio
320 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Who knew there was a gallery above Rite-Aid? I, for one, did not. But now we do know, and knowing is half the battle. What's the other half? Going. So go to Progression Art Studio to see paintings and drawings by Timothy Ginexi, paintings and prints by Christopher Rubin, and kites and prints by Clara Caruso. Enter the studio from the back of the building. (Pro parking tip - there's a big municipal lot back there, too!)
Hours: 1 to 6 pm
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: Krista Svalbonas has participated at Matteawan Gallery in a variety of ways: solo show, group show, and even curating an exhibition. She returns this month with Dislocation, mediations on place, buildings, and the concept of "home," expressed through photo-based works.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
Center for Creative Education
464 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Donna Mikkelsen's Spontaneous Symmetry workshop combines movement and drawing, as she leads participants through exercises to awaken their inner ambidexterity. Wear comfortable clothing, she insists! More information here.
Hours: 3 to 5 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: The 151st consecutive show from Beacon Artist Union, aka bau, brings us two masters of their craft. Hudson Valley native Kristen Lyon present Heavens, new ceramic work, in Gallery One. Primary Colors, by self-taught machinist Dave Rollins, takes over the Beacon Room.
Hours: Opening reception, 6 to 9 pm
512 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: Have you ever looked at hand-dyed textiles and thought, I could do that? Well, here's your chance to learn the right way, from an actual pro rather than Pinterest. Designer Katrin Reifeiss will help visitors make bandanas (provided) using the Japanese dyeing techniques of shibori and itajime. "Unfolding your fabric is like unwrapping a present," Katrin says, "as you never know how the dye will penetrate the fabric and the pattern will come out."
Hours: 5 to 8 pm
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.