Category Archives: Beacon

CYCLES group exhibition opening reception Sat Feb 9

Blood Art Archive & CelebrateWomxn845 present CYCLES: an art show exploring relationships with menstruation.

Opening reception Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00-9:00PM at Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY. The show will be on view through February 18.

For event info and gallery hours, follow @bloodartarchive and @celebratewomxn845 on Facebook and Instagram
Questions? Email bloodartbeacon@gmail.com

Two special events during the exhibition’s run:

Red Tent Gathering, Sunday, February 10 from 7:00-9:00PM, $10 per person. Red Tent is a safe, womxn-only space. It creates a place that honors and celebrates womxn and all are invited to come and share space.

The Vagina Monologues, a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s play, Saturday Feb 16, 7:30 pm, $12. Click here for more info.

Paint-A-Tile workshop this weekend with Amanda

Extended: On view now through Jan 28!  I Quit My Job To Draw, paintings, illustrations, mixed media work and prints by  Amanda  E. Gross.

This weekend: Paint-a-Tile art workshop with Amanda: Select local plants and animals from provided books to paint onto recycled ceramic tiles. Make it realistic or use your imagination! Guided drop-in, all ages, $20 per tile, supplies provided while they last!

The Vagina Monologues 2019 at Catalyst Gallery Sat Feb 16

Catalyst Gallery will present a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues on Sat February 16, 2019, 7:30 pm! Doors open 6:45 pm. 137 Main St, Beacon. This is our 3rd time organizing this event and we are excited to host it again! On view in the gallery will be Cycles (opening Feb 9), a curated exhibition of a diverse group of artists exploring the complexity of menstruation.

$12 admission. Cash only. Limited seating. Light refreshments. To purchase, stop by the gallery either Feb 9th or 10th 12-6pm, or on the day of the performance 12-6pm.
To reserve tickets, email info@catalystgallery.com, call 845-204-3844 or FB message Catalyst Gallery (reserved tix must be purchased by Sat 7pm or will be released).

Accessibility: The front door is two steps up from the sidewalk.

Proceeds will benefit Grace Smith House, a private not-for-profit domestic violence agency in Poughkeepsie.

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than sixteen years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.

20 years since Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, the stakes could not be higher. V-Day is a movement that grew out of the untold stories of women. We believe women. We believe in their right to tell their stories and we believe their stories need to be heard – nothing is more powerful.

From the VDay website:

Twenty years ago, Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming), bringing widespread attention to issues of harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.

Today, the movement – and the V-Day activists at its core – is more active than ever, producing art for social change, activating communities & colleges, raising crucial funds for rape crisis shelters, domestic violence shelters, local programs for trans youth at risk of sexual violence, for immigrant women and girls, and so many more reflecting the needs of their communities.

V-Day activists have leveraged the power of art and activism to a scale never seen before.

When The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues, “probably the most important political theater of the past decade”, the paper was directly speaking to the grassroots and global activism staged in communities and on college campuses, in churches, in the streets, in radical spaces by V-Day activists.

We have so many victories to celebrate and yet we find ourselves in a moment defined in so many ways by rampant racist patriarchy, fascism, xenophobia and hate.

In the face of resistance, and at the intersection of art and activism, you have saved lives, raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and kept domestic violence shelters from closing, educated your communities, and raised over an astounding $100 million in urgently needed funds for local grassroots groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families.

Through One Billion Rising, you shook the earth through the massive RISINGS in which over ONE BILLION people danced to end the epidemic of violence, we have shifted consciousness and broken the deadly silence. And every day, you stage art in your community for social change, you RISE, you are in the streets rising against racist patriarchy.

Through One Billion Rising, activists have mobilized, engaged, and awakened people worldwide, making violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. They have revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. They have made visible, volatile, and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, and gender injustice. They have formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women’s movement but also between people’s movements covering diverse sectors.

And they have shown that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity.

Call For Artists! Submissions are open for 6th Catalyst Small Works

6th annual Catalyst Small Works Show, December 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Deadline to submit: Nov 17.

Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media of many kinds will be considered. No video. Submit up to four quality jpegs (labeled w/your last name and/or title) to info@catalystgallery.com. Include in the email your name, email, address, phone number, website, instagram, and title/media/dimensions/price of each work.

Entry Fee

$30 for up to four images. Fee is payable by credit card through this link to Square: https://squareup.com/store/catalyst-gallery or by check (payable to Catalyst Gallery and mailed to Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main St, Beacon NY 12508). You may include 1 additional image per 3D work.

Guidelines for Submissions

Size must be no larger than 16″ in any direction for 2D including frame, and 20″ for 3D.The work must arrive clean, professional and ready to hang. This may mean wired or with hardware attached. 3-D pieces must be self-supporting (we have pedestals & small wall shelves but you may provide your own) or wall-mounted.

Works on paper must be framed or mounted. It is helpful if images include frame (if any) or description of proposed framing.

Price limit is $500. When selecting & pricing your work, please consider that affordability will increase the likelihood of sales during the holiday season. This is a fun and popular show!

Gallery retains a 25% commission on sold work. Artists will receive payment after the show closes.

We encourage early entries. Deadline to submit images via email is Sat Nov 17, 11:59 pm EST. Accepted artists will be notified which works have been selected. Notifications to all entrants will be emailed by Fri Nov 23.

If high-quality prints/cards are available of similar works by accepted artists, we may offer them for sale (unframed, priced and in clear bag w/backing) in our ‘gift shop’; the same 25% commission applies. Indicate interest.

Delivery of Work

If accepted, artists must deliver work in person, or ship. Drop-off dates will be Dec 1 and 2 (10am-12pm), Dec 3 (6-8pm). Shipped work must arrive by Dec 4.

Accepted artists must notify us beforehand if you plan to ship your work and we will provide the address. Do not ship to gallery. Artists must cover all shipping expenses. A computer-generated return label for return of work must be enclosed. Pre-paid shipping arrangements must be made through UPS, FedEx, or USPS. Gallery is not responsible for work arriving damaged or late. Great care will be taken with all work, but artists are responsible for insuring their own work if they wish. **The gallery proprietors retain the final word on what will be in the exhibition and how the art will be installed.**

Opening Reception

The opening reception/party is Sat Dec 8, 6-9pm. It is also Beacon’s 2nd Saturday (www.beaconarts.org). Gallery hours will be Fri-Sun 12-6 pm with many additional weekday hours tba. There will be a closing reception Sun Jan 6, 2-5pm.

Return of Work

Pick-up dates will be Jan 6 (5-7pm), Jan 7 (5-7pm) and Jan 12 (10am-12pm). Other arrangements can be made if necessary. Unsold work must be picked up unless return shipping has been arranged. If work is not picked up by Jan 31 it will become property of the gallery.

Burl & Balance: Works by Mandy Kelso & Erica Hauser

The October show at Catalyst, Burl & Balance, will be an exhibition of Mandy Kelso‘s evocative work in encaustic, paint and wood opposite paintings and collages from Erica Hauser‘s stack series.

There will be a reception for the artists on Sat Oct 6, 6-9 pm and the show will run through Oct 28th. The gallery will be open until 9 pm on Second Saturday, Oct 13. Hours Sat & Sun 12-6pm and by chance or appt on Fri & Mon.

Mandy Kelso’s collection speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and the process of facing challenge and disaster in order to carve new paths of being and creation. During the show’s run, the gallery will present a reading from the artist’s “Poems for Wyatt”, which speaks to the catastrophe caused by unexpected loss.
Her artwork and writing celebrate the creative process in coping with such loss, and its role in finding vibrant and peaceful spaces through visual artistry.

Erica Hauser’s new body of work explores chromatic and organic balance in a playful but delicate tension between object and canvas. While the color palettes evoke the same vintage simplicity of her earlier Americana works, this abstract collection references more meditative forms found in nature, drawing upon her decades-long experience as a wood-stacker. The works retain the quiet feel of pristinely-stacked objects in space, yet humming with the energy of her striking use of color.

Currently on view through Sept 30, paintings and glass works by Kathleen Andersen and paintings by Tom Chibbaro. Open Fri-Sun.

Available 2019 dates to book shows/events at Catalyst!

Interested in installing a show or event at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY? We offer 450+ sq ft storefront space on Main St for short term pop-up events, such as exhibitions, book releases, pop-ups, open studios, sales, performances, benefits and workshops.
These may run from 1-2 days to 2-3 weeks to 4 weeks and the fee ranges from $200-$1400. We take no commission on sold work; the artist receives keys and handles all aspects of their show, and the fee helps us maintain the gallery.

All proposals will be reviewed by Catalyst Gallery. We are open to many ideas. We suggest you visit the gallery or request a floor plan to see if it’s the right fit for your project. For pricing and more information please email Erica at info@catalystgallery.com and include a description of you (or the person you are representing) and your proposal, any questions you may have, and a website link or images of your work. Or call us at 845-204-3844.

We are actively booking for 2019, which will be our 7th year! Visit our blog archive of over 80 exhibitions and events since opening in Feb 2013. We are proud of being known as one of the most interesting, diverse, and consistently satisfying venues for art in Beacon.

Arts For Andrew Auction- Reception 6/30 at Catalyst

Several local people are organizing a benefit auction for their friend (and ours), ceramist Andrew Rouse, who is recovering from cancer. The auction features a group of renowned Hudson Valley artists, and is live online now, visit the link to view and bid on pieces!

A live silent auction will open on June 29 at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY and will be on view through July 1. Andrew’s beautiful ceramics are available in the auction as well. The bidding ends on July 1. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and bid on works in the auction. We hope you can join us at the gallery for a reception for the artists on June 30, 6-9pm.

Some of the works in the online auction, and will be at Catalyst June 30:

 

Rob Penner
Winston Roeth
Andrew Rouse
Alison Moritsugu
Richard Barnes

Beacon Open Studios at Catalyst April 28-29

These six artists will be showing new work at Catalyst Gallery during the 10th anniversary of Beacon Open Studios! Click on the links to learn more about each artist. Pick up studio maps this week at Oak Vino, Hudson Beach Glass, Big Mouth Coffee, and many other businesses on Main St. Kickoff party at Oak Vino Fri April 27, 6-9pm.

Anna West is an oil painter, who paints from movies and life. Her paintings look outward at the world. She paints whatever she loves.

Tina Bernstein is a mixed media artist. She is intrigued by the similarity of nature and the human experience, which at times is fluid and rhythmic and in other instances reflects abrupt and surprising changes.

Caiming Cheung is a jeweler working in Sterling silver, mixed metals, and enamels. Her inspirations are eclectic, drawn from the environment, nature, or a personal emotional experience.

Sascha Mallon‘s ceramics and drawings are visual poems filled with strong memories and feelings. They are fairy tales mixed in with reality.

Yali Lewis creates handmade, artist-designed jewelry and accessories made from sustainably-sourced American hardwoods, reclaimed wood, and mixed metals with hand-applied patinas.

Erica Hauser is influenced by mid-century design and colors, and her paintings have a vintage pop-art aesthetic. Her new work explores more abstract compositions that evoke objects, nature and nostalgia.