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.
Our Second Saturday Art Gallery Guide is sponsored by No. 3 Reading Room and Photo Book Works, at 469 Main Street, down toward the east end of Main Street near the Story Screen Beacon Theater. At the reading room, you’ll find not just rotating exhibits, but cool collections of handmade books that the public is encouraged to peruse.
Do you have an art opening coming up? Tell us about it: Drop a line to email@example.com 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 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.
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.
Melzingah Tap House 554 Main St.
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Second Saturday, October 12: Have you seen them? All over town, the sculptures of Beacon 3D have made a trail of large-scale public art. This year’s exhibition is dedicated to beloved Beacon sculptor Judy Sigunick, who passed away in April. The sculpture trail was originally set to wrap up this weekend, but you have one more month to visit each site as you go about your daily business. Looking for more ways to keep busy this Second Saturday? 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 October’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. 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: Come see one of Dia’s most recent additions, the early work of Sam Gilliam, from the 1960s and 1970s. His draping pieces bring to mind Monet paintings that have come alive off the wall, as though they spent hours dancing, then ran out of steam mid-twirl.
Also: Saturday Studio! At 10:30 am, visitors can join practicing artists for a free workshop of family-friendly art-making and play. Normally held in the Learning Lab, this month’s Saturday Studio will instead take place at Long Dock Park with artist Daniel Oates-Kuhn! It begins at 10:30 am; sign-up begins in Dia’s admissions area at 10 am. Reservations are recommended but Dia keeps a few first-come, first-serve spots open! All families participating in Saturday Studio 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 for the tour aren't necessary, but may be made at the admissions desk.
Hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 am to 6 pm (April-October hours)
1154 North Ave. (downstairs)
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: It’s your last weekend to see Neither Devils Nor Divines, with work from Mark Thomas Gibson (large-scale drawings) and Rebecca Morgan (drawings, paintings, and ceramics), two American artists who employ the language of comics and graphic novels to explore the representation of otherness in the United States, says Mother Gallery’s press release. “As an artist who wields the comic as a tool for social justice, Gibson takes space to regroup and ponder uncharted routes toward utopia. … In her paintings, drawings, and ceramics, Morgan explores the reverence and also the repulsion that come with the territory of home.” Lots of things to ponder, not much time to do it, so get yourself to Mother. Through Sunday, October 13.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6; Second Saturday opening reception 5 to 8 pm
Parts & Labor Beacon
1154 North Ave. (upstairs)
This recent arrival to the Beacon gallery scene, opening last May, uniquely pairs works by one younger or emerging artist and one more-established artist. Writer Alison Rooney and the gallery’s co-founders, Nicelle Beauchene and Franklin Parrasch, explain the concept really nicely in this recent Highlands Current piece.
Special for Second Saturday: Parts & Labor’s second show features new bronze sculptures by San Francisco-based artist Davina Semo, paired with a selection of historical paintings by Deborah Remington dating from 1964-2003. Through Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 pm, or by appointment
Global Art Museum
12 Monell Place
If “12 Monell Place” doesn’t immediately ring a bell, well, you’re not alone. But based on the caliber of the artists shown there, even though it takes a little extra work to get to, Beacon’s newest gallery will be worth your persistence. Come for the art, stay for the stunning High Victorian Gothic 1860s design that is a part of Beacon history.
Special for Second Saturday: Eustatia, the opening exhibition at (and fundraiser for) the nonprofit Global Art Museum, includes works from Emil Alzamora, Joseph Ayers, Liao Yibai, Matt Kinney, and Michael Zelehoski. Pieces include sculpture, mixed media, video, and performance, as each artist blends technology and tradition to hone their craft as they draw inspiration (and often materials) from the Hudson Valley. Eustatia, the exhibition’s title, means “a good place to stay” in Greek, but it’s also the name given to the estate by John DeWindt after the Caribbean isle his father was from. Yep, as in DeWindt like the street. (Seriously, there are so many historical characters tied up in this estate.) Through Tuesday, November 12.
Hours: Second Saturday opening reception, 4 to 6 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: A solo exhibition of prints from Tom McKeveny. Subverting digital technology to the point of invisibility. Weaving environmental referents through often subtly surreal compositions, while avoiding the distraction of technique. Through Sunday, October 27.
Hours: Open Fridays, 4 to 8 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 to 6 pm (or contact an artist to schedule an appointment); Second Saturday, open until 9 pm
Beacon Fine Art Gallery at The Inn & Spa at Beacon
151 Main St.
Continuing 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. Glass works from Barbara Galazzo also will be on view, as well as paintings by Anamario Hernandez and the photography of Smiljana Peros.
Hours: Daily, 11 am to 5 pm
155 Main St.
Continuing for Second Saturday: The clothing we normally spy here could be described as wearable art, but the shop owners have decided to celebrate Beacon tradition and put up some fine art. Continuing Darryl’s Second Saturday participation is art from Catherine Welshman. She has participated in group and solo shows around Beacon for a long time, and with this exhibition of oil paintings, she adds another venue to her list.
Hours: Daily, 11 am to 6 pm
Marion Royael Gallery
159 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: How sweet it is! A new batch of treats is ready to be revealed behind the gallery, in MR Yard. This cozy space packs in a lot of art. (We wrote about the gallery and yard a couple years ago, here.) Take a peek, take your time, look around.
Ongoing: Inside the gallery, see 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
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: Microcosm, drawing and sculpture by Tanja Bos. Natural forms emerge in her ink-on-paper drawings and copper, steel, or mixed-media sculpture, highlighting hidden or overlooked structures. Through Sunday, November 3.
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: Monsters & Mayhem, the Halloween kaiju show opens with spooky-scary-cool works from more than three dozen artists. Also new to the gallery this month: solo shows, with Erica Borghstijn’s We Are Made of Stardust and illustrator Katie Gamb’s My Heart’s Still Beating. Come for the art, stay for the refreshments: Second Saturdays at Clutter have libations from Lagunitas Beer!
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, noon to 5 pm; Second Saturday 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: Witness celestial visions in Stellar: Art By Canace. Science and nature meet with cosmic imagination in this debut collection of works by Canace. Through Sunday, November 3.
Hours: Monday, noon to 4 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm; Second Saturday, opening reception from 6 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.
Closing this month! Do not miss this. Local luminary Pete Seeger would have turned 100 years old recently. He fought tooth and nail for the health of the Hudson River, so in reflecting on his legacy, consider doing a little homework on local ecology. John Sabraw’s Anthrotopographies invites viewers through landscapes equally sublime and terrifying, unearthing the beauty and brutality of topographies (the surface of the landscape) affected by extraction of natural resources. Discover how Sabraw translates raw materials and pollutants like toxic acid mine drainage (AMD) into pigments, and uses advanced tools to burn and excavate his pieces, echoing extractive practices in his work. Through October 2019.
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 3 to 7 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm
THE MIDDLE & MARKET SQUARE
Howland Public Library
313 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: The Beacon Photography Group brings Vintage to the library for this month’s exhibition: a celebration of all things vintage, focusing on such subjects as signs, cars, clothing, toys, household items, architecture and many more objects. In these images, 10 photographers from the Beacon Photography Group will offer their visions of the vintage, providing the viewer with a celebration of the continuation of the old into our current world. The Beacon Photography Group was founded in 2013. The group began as an online community, and has since expanded to include face-to-face meetups, photo walks and exhibitions. The group, now with over 300 members, is open to photographers of all levels from beginner to professional. Local photographers interested in joining the Beacon Photography Group can visit their Facebook page. Through Saturday, November 16.
Hours: The Community Room is open during regular library hours; Second Saturday opening reception with the artists, 5 to 7 pm
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.
Special for Second Saturday: Oak Vino returns to the Second Saturday lineup with photographer Randy Calderone’s first solo show! What I Saw includes about 50 of Calderone’s favorite photographs from the past decade, roaming from the Hudson Valley clear across the country (wildly, this photo is from within a mile of where this Guide’s writer grew up) and around the globe. (Seriously, go spend as much time as you can getting lost while clicking through his Portfolio, maybe while checking out his inspired music podcasts.) He’ll also have some prints and photo zines available for purchase at the opening. Through early November.
Hours: 3 to 11 pm; Second Saturday reception, 5 to 9 pm
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Closer to the mountain)
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 artists’ books, artist photobookworks, photography books, work on paper and poetry from small and independent presses. Contact Paulette Myers-Rich at email@example.com for additional information.
Special for Second Saturday: Come meet the artist duo behind Hatched in the Drift, works on paper by Mariam Aziza Stephan and poetry by Julia Johnson. Also on display are books recommended by the artists, as well as selections from the Reading Room archive that relate to their remarkable project. The artists will speak about this work at 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 12; exhibition runs through Sunday, October 27.
Ongoing at the Reading Room: Poetry, photography and artists' books published by small and independent presses, including local writers and artists, are always available for browsing and for sale. Also on display and available for purchase are books by Hudson Valley artists and poets.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 pm; Second Saturday reception, noon to 8 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: Re:Nature, An Environmentally Conscious Art Exhibit features new works in drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture celebrating nature and art. The exhibit features works by four artists: Alexis Siroc, Marjorie Morrow, Gail Tuchman and Naomi Teppich - an eco printer, painter, photographer, and sculptor, respectively - who have been inspired by the unique beauty of nature and the need to preserve and protect Mother Earth. Through Monday, October 28.
Hours: Friday to Monday, 1 to 5 pm
Maria Lago Studio 502
502 Main St.
Special for Second Saturday: You know Maria Lago for her looming, evocative, larger-than-life sculptures. Her latest work, though, returns to hypertextured painting with Cartas a Mi Madre. Through Tuesday, November 12.
Hours: Second Saturday opening reception, 6 to 10 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 artists' activities and rest of the community.
Special for Second Saturday: In Gallery 1, Meghan Spiro’s Without Fear & Full of Love. A deeply personal autobiographical art show exploring the theme of domestic violence. As reported by WagMag, Meghan says the following about her show: “One in four women have been a victim of severe physical violence with (an) intimate partner in their lifetime, and I am one of them. For years, I spent my life in silence about the abuse, as it happened and in my attempts to recover. I found myself ill-equipped to handle my PTSD, my addictions and my self-loathing. It wasn’t until I signed up to write this story and manifest these self-portraits that I actually began my deeper healing, transmuting my suffering into wisdom and my loathing into love. These poems and artwork are my truth that I bare to all who have suffered in silence over their abuse. It’s time to face our shadows in full honesty and rise above our pain in full embrace of our totality so that we may finally live without fear and full of love.” Through Sunday, November 3.
In Gallery 2: Pamela Zaremba and Joel Werring’s Collapsed Time. In this joint exhibition featuring paintings and drawings by Werring and photographs by Zaremba, the duo investigates themes of nostalgia and the subversion and reinterpretation of memory in American home and family life. This exhibition is the second collaboration between Werring and Zaremba. Through Sunday, November 3.
In the Beacon Room: Small works from Bau members.
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.
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 spaces, providing excellent loft rental units for the working artist.
Special for Second Saturday: Abstract Pop, paintings by Robert Paschal. Artist reception Saturday, October 19, 4 to 7 pm. Through Tuesday, October 29.
Hours: Call ahead of time