Click to read this recent article ‘A Sturdy Foundation’ by Alison Rooney, published in The Highland Current this month about Margot Kingon. Her new work is on view at Catalyst through April 28, alongside works by Catherine Welshman and George Mansfield. The exhibition opened April 6.
Catalyst Gallery in Expedia’s recent ‘America’s Most Artistic Towns’ feature:
“Aptly named, Beacon is shining like one in the art world with its well-worth-the-trip treasure, Dia:Beacon. The Dia Art Foundation has other sites, but the spacious galleries of the Beacon location house big installations, ambitious projects, and works from the 1960s to today. Oh, it also happens to grace many lists of best museums in the country. Perhaps due to its draw, other art spaces and galleries are really getting their legs here, and there is almost always something new to see. The Beacon Artists Union is in its 14th year, and hosts events in film, music, performance, and every variety of visual art. Matteawan Gallery focuses on boosting the careers of emerging artists with well-curated exhibits. An artist-run space where people can sell, exhibit, and promote their work, Catalyst Gallery also takes part in the city-wide Second Saturday event, when spaces stay open late and there are performances and tasty treats.”
A good way to kick off our 6th year!
This particular The Groundhog post (from Medium) about Beacon’s Second Sat is from Feb 11, 2017, but rings true more than ever and happens to mention Catalyst. Perhaps the main difference is that, even on winter days, Beacon isn’t that ‘quiet and sleepy’ anymore!
Second Saturday: A Celebration in Beacon, by Kelly Smith
The streets of Beacon are filled with people of all ages — most wearing ski jackets, scarves and gloves due to the bitter winter weather. The small and charming town is bustling. It’s Second Saturday: a daylong event, which celebrates art, theater and the Hudson Valley. It also shouldn’t go unnoticed that stores offer free wine and cheese, too.
Second Saturday is a pretty self-explanatory title. On the second Saturday of each month, Beacon offers its guests the works. The usually quiet and sleepy town extends store hours and welcome people with open doors from surrounding towns both near and far. In my experience alone I met an accountant from Queens, an event planner from Newburgh and a professor from Fishkill.
Beacon, a town that prides itself on its art, is full of life on Second Saturday. The Dia: Beacon, a gigantic art museum, is packed with people of all ages. The majority are standing around taking pictures of sculptures with their iPhones, myself included. For a girl that doesn’t know a thing about art, it’s easy to tell that these pieces of work are absolutely breathtaking. Not to mention that the museum overlooks the Hudson, which makes it the ideal picturesque location.
I walk down Main Street, a quaint street that features a balance of historic Hudson Valley buildings and new businesses. It’s hard to decide where you want to go first.
For me, a journalist not particularly interested in art, I head straight to Tito Santana for what could have possibly been the greatest tacos I’ve ever eaten. The open environment makes it easy to find a place to eat and the deals make it an affordable night out.
As the sun sets and the night rapidly approaches, music begins filling the air. My people-watching is at an all time high as couples and friends whip out their best dance moves.
The growth and success of Second Saturday is immeasurable. Beacon is proof that it’s possible to create a town that prides the historic Hudson Valley charm, while mixing in hip, modern and local shops. But what do I think is the true key to success? The people.
I’m certainly not the only one to think this.
Erica Hauser, co-owner of a charming gallery off Main Street called Catalyst Gallery, emphasized the constant sense of community in Beacon. ”The sense of community drew me up from the city,” she says in the middle of the gallery, surrounded by various sized vibrant paintings. “It was a big thing from the very start. I mean, even if you’re shy you can still go out and do projects and find your way. That’s the beauty of it — especially during Second Saturday when genuinely everyone supports each other.”
Second Saturday is an escape from the real world. It’s a day of relaxation, food, drink, culture and good company. It’s a day long celebration.
For more information visit http://beaconarts.org/events/second-saturday/
The Highlands Current, Aug 12, 2017:
By Alison Rooney
The last time Carin Jean White showed her paintings at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, a number of friends came from the city to the opening. Knowing that she is a theater director as well as a visual artist, they told her of the connection they saw in her work between both pursuits. She saw it, too, she says, but not before it was pointed out.
Growing up in a Bay Area household where art supplies were always lying around (courtesy of her father, a graduate of the Art Institute of San Francisco), White was often found crafting dioramas. At the same time, she began acting in plays at age 4 and directed her first play in high school. Plus, she was interested in science.
All of these elements come together in the Cold Spring resident’s current work, much of which is interdisciplinary, drawing upon site-specific questions, applications of design extending to sound, consideration of spatial qualities and other strands of exploration.
Her latest Catalyst show, which opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, is her third in the space. While it focuses on her painting, most of her work rests at the intersection of theater and visual installation…
For the continuation of this story, please click this link to The Highlands Current.
White’s paintings will be on view at Catalyst, at 137 Main St., through Sept. 4. See carinjeanwhite.com.
In Hudson Valley Magazine’s recent article on ‘The 12 Best Places To Live in the Hudson Valley’, Catalyst Gallery gets a mention for ‘consistently good exhibitions’. Thanks! It’s clear that Beacon is a great place to visit as well as to live, judging from the ever-increasing numbers of people exploring Main St on weekends, stopping into our gallery and others. As Catalyst moves into its fifth year, we’re pleased to be part of the draw.
By Mike Diago:
BEACON– This little city has changed so much so fast we can only hope it doesn’t burst at the seams. With the blink of an eye storefronts are occupied with boutique shops, warehouses are changed into high-end condominiums and new houses pop up in places you’d never think they could fit. Everyone is trying to get in on what seems like a sure bet for buyers at this point. The lure is obvious: express train to Manhattan, thriving creative community, great restaurant scene, hiking right in town at Mt. Beacon; there is really no checklist it won’t satisfy. And thus, the real estate market can be all-out war. People are outbidding each other, sometimes (over) reaching well past asking price, cash in hand, but, if you are diligent, you can still get in, and if you are handy, you’ll have options.
For those lucky enough to get in, Beacon has some exciting new developments happening. The Hudson Valley Brewery is already beginning to crank out critically acclaimed brews. A taproom and restaurant should be opening soon. The Roundhouse has enlisted powerhouse chef Terrance Brennan, who has brought a huge upgrade to food and service to match the always-stunning setting over Beacon Falls. Also of note: Kitchen Sink, Hudson Valley magazine readers’ pick for Best New Restaurant last year; Catalyst and Matteawan art galleries, for consistently good exhibitions; and Quinn’s or the Towne Crier Café for music.
For those moving to town for family life, your strollers will have lots of company. There are abundant events for kids, opportunities for parents to meet and socialize, and alternative schools such as Hudson Hills Academy, Montessori, serving kids from 3-8 years old. Also nearby (in Wappingers Falls) is Randolph School, a progressive, holistic learning model serving children ages 3 to 10. The city’s businesses are also very family-friendly: Max’s on Main, one of the best bars and restaurants, even hands out Max’s brand sippy cups to satisfy tots and make their parents feel welcome.
Columbia Alumni Arts Access invited Carin Jean White ‘11SOA to write for their blog as a featured Guest Blogger. Carin wrote about her visit to Beacon Open Studios 2015, including Erica Hauser and Jon Reichert at Catalyst Gallery:
The first thing to know about the artist community in Beacon, NY is that it is diverse and has far reaches. Work from these talented artists is exhibited internationally, and it is not uncommon to run into art pieces of theirs in the city. Many of the artists that work in Beacon also show in NYC, but choose to work upstate for a different type of dialogue and working conditions. No doubt there is a certain appeal to taking a break and being able to walk outside to see Bear Mountain, or take an easy stroll down to the Hudson River.
When this year’s Open Studios dates were announced, I was excited to be in the area—I wanted to see my favorite artists on their own turf. The event is now in its seventh year and over 60 artists participated in the weekend.
After two days I felt like a curtain had been pulled back on the magnitude and scope of the art created in that town. Staggering.The organization of the weekend was excellent. Thanks to the program with the numbering of art studios and their locations, a map, and clear, visible signage—finding the studios was easy.
My sprint into Beacon’s Open Studios began at Spire, a cluster of studios in a plain white building; and then led to private homes; KuBe, a center for art and home to many studios, offices, and galleries; the Lofts at Beacon; and then back onto Main Street to the Catalyst Gallery. Some notable highlights were seeing artists Susan Walsh and Jayoung Yoon at KuBe, Ronnie Farley at the Beacon Lofts, and Erica Hauser and Jon Reichert at Catalyst Gallery.
On the east side of the KuBe with bright afternoon sunlight pouring in, Susan Walsh sat wearing white at a white table, in a very bright white studio. White squares were on the walls with dark lines forming various patterns. Last fall I had seen Susan’s work at the Matteawan Gallery and had marveled at how she sought to track sunlight. As she wrote on her website, “The Marking Time Series (thread and shadow drawings) evolved from an unexpected moment that happened in my studio in Beacon, New York, one day in January of 2013 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—a precise, haunting intersection of an object (thread), the sun, and white paper… Each piece depicts one moment in time, when the sinking winter sun creates long shadows; both thread and sun are the charcoal, ink, pencil.” On her work table I could see nails casting shadows on white paper, waiting for her to draw them.
There is an elegance to Susan’s work, and the process she engages in allows her to not only record but be in a dialogue with light. The simplicity of the idea and beauty in the drawings make me think about the other ways an artist can reveal time and something as intangible as sunlight. Susan also described a series she is creating with the light at Dia: Beacon in the Sol LeWitt area of the museum. I’m looking forward to seeing how that series develops.
Another artist working at KuBe is Jayoung Yoon, whose work stopped me in my tracks and made me lean closer. Jayoung’s work is new to me, and so it took me a while to understand what I was viewing. Some squares on the wall looked like graph paper; in a clear case I saw a delicately knit glove; a thin robe hung from the ceiling—all of these were made with dark strands of human hair. I found her particular use of hair to make garments fascinating. The pieces both repelled me and intrigued me. There is something about looking at a work of art that is of a person in a very real and biological way. The idea that I am not looking at the person to whom the hair belonged, but am looking at something of them, and it is wearable creates intimacy and discomfort.
At the Lofts, I met Ronnie Farley, an award-winning photographer whose work I had heard about but never had the opportunity to view in-person.
Ronnie’s expansive loft is filled with photography, books, all the makings of a home- and a New York City water tower. For over two decades Ronnie photographed water towers in the city, during that time she got to know the two primary manufacturers of these structures, and was offered a water tower to keep. When Ronnie exhibited her series at the Gallery at Hudson Glass on Main Street, she actually brought her water tower as a part of the show. The final product of this twenty year project has been published in a book New York Water Towers.
The tall wooden structure now in Ronnie’s studio, carves out a more private sleeping area. The photography in her studio was primarily black and white, beautiful glossy prints that emphasized line and geography. The industrial water towers, still the standard method of residential and commercial storage of water in NYC, appear nearly majestic in these photographs. It is portraiture.
There is an almost spiritual quality to the work she creates. While this feels hinted at in the water tower series, it is extremely visible in one photograph that caught my eye by her entry way. It depicts grey-blue storm clouds brewing, and forming a large face charging forward above the land. When I asked Ronnie about the face, she told me of the dance the native peoples had done right beforehand, and how there had been another face showing in the clouds around the same time.
The last stop on my itinerary was the back room at Catalyst Gallery. Jon Reichert and Erica Hauser run the gallery and also use the back workroom as a studio.
Much of Jon’s work has revolved around the theme of donuts. In the studio I found six inch vinyl records painted as donuts, wooden donut sculptures, wooden donuts mounted on metal sheets and hung on the wall. The palate of these sculptures and paintings is shocking: bright-neon green, hot pink, and the like. What is kind of magical about the smaller donut sculptures is not how enticing they look (and they are insanely enticing with their neon frosting and sprinkles), but actually how they feel. With the weight of a donut sculpture on the flat of your palm, you will notice something quite brilliant about the heft. Each donut has the weight of a real cake donut. The work is delightful, and the tactile experience only enhances the effect. If you’re curious to see his work in larger scale, you can find two wooden donuts in a public installation on Main Street until October.
Erica Hauser paints whimsical signage and scenes of a past time. Her often muted tones paintings hold selective pops of color and make me appreciate the choices of mid-century ad design. While I see a lot of gray and neutrals employed in Erica’s canvases, they don’t feel “heavy,”instead I find myself charmed. Perhaps my favorite pieces are a series of popsicle signs; this could be a seasonal bias- but these four small to medium sized acrylic paintings bring a smile to my face.
Looking at a still life of an ice machine and watermelons in Watermelons with Ice Machine, I feel like things are presented at face value. It simply is two subjects forming a composition: watermelons, ice machine. However, even knowing that, I cannot help myself from imagining a character that would drive to a gas station or market and pick up a bag of ice and refreshing melon. Her still-lifes provide a space for the viewer to insert their own story or enjoy the beauty of vintage signage.
Jon’s and Erica’s work are very complementary when viewed together. While they choose different color palettes to work in, their work holds a clarity and playfulness.
I finished the weekend feeling inspired by the art and conversations. While it will be another year before the next Open Studios, you can visit Beacon and its artists through the many galleries. I recommend coming up on the Second Saturday of the month for the gallery openings; you will find an exciting and dynamic group of artists and art appreciators.
Warming Up for Second Saturdays
April 10, 2015
As winter wanes, Beacon’s monthly celebration turns up the heat
By Brian PJ Cronin
The sun has long since gone down, but it’s clear from a quick glance up and down the street that no one’s going to bed anytime soon.
The sidewalks are swarming with revelers. A rock band wails away from a rooftop across the street, their songs reverberating through the balmy night air. One block east, art lovers stand transfixed in front of a window-length video screen projecting experimental films, while the coffee shop one block west is tapping kegs and sending out pitchers of sangria to the patio that’s bedecked with strings of lights and thirsty patrons alternating between craft beer and espresso.
Austin? Oakland? Nope, just another summertime Second Saturday in Beacon, New York.
Second Saturday, Beacon’s monthly celebration of arts, culture and whatever else happens to be going on in town that day, takes place 12 months a year. That’s the day that galleries hold their openings and businesses stay open later than usual. But winter weather tends to make the ones that take place from December through March more cozy than chaotic.
“Winter in Beacon is definitely for the professionals,” said Dan Rigney, president of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA.) “Spring and summer, all the stops come out. More folks from the New York City area and tourists from all over the world are coming up from Dia:Beacon.”
It’s not just the tourists who are gallery hopping. The first Second Saturday of spring also gives Beaconites an excuse to make their way from one end of Main Street to the other and catch up with everyone they haven’t seen during cabin fever season.
This year, they’d better give themselves some more time.
“There was a time you could make your way from the west end to the east end and touch just about everything in under three hours, depending how much time you spent at Max’s,” said Rigney, referring to the beloved pub and community institution located in the center of Main Street. “Now that’s impossible. The east, west and center of our town is popping all day and all evening long.”
This Saturday, events include free films at the Beacon Theater, a performance of Pippin at the high school, wine tastings at Artisan Wine Shop, a branding workshop at the co-working space BEAHIVE, a talk with photographer and conservationist Alison M. Jones at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, about a dozen art openings and a celebration of early 20th-century Jewish cantorial music played on a 1905 RCA Victrola and a 1902 gramophone. Not to mention it’s one of Dia:Beacon’s biannual Community Free Days, which means free admission for all residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
“It’s a beast,” said Kamel Jamal, owner of Tito Santana’s Taqueria. For Jamal and his staff, Second Saturday is an excuse to crank up the music, stay open late and relax in the confidence that business will be brisk. “Our Second Saturdays are so crucial to the life of our business,” he said. “We know that even if we’ve had some slow nights that week because of rain, Second Saturday will make up for it because on Second Saturday, people don’t care if it’s raining.”
It’s a marked difference from the Second Saturdays of a few years ago, when Main Street still had blocks of empty storefronts, and national publications weren’t yet touting Beacon as the next You-Know-Where.
“People are coming up from Brooklyn now to see what the big deal is with the Hudson Valley, and we’re right there to welcome them with a drink and get them to join the celebration,” said Jamal. “It wasn’t like that when I first got into Beacon four years ago. People would talk about Second Saturday, but it didn’t feel that different from your usual Saturdays. That’s all changed now. Now you’ve got people coming up from the city, and no matter what you’re presenting that day it gives you a chance to spread your arms out and connect with pretty much the entire metropolitan area.”
Attracting downstaters is a nice by-product of Second Saturdays, but it wasn’t part of the original plan. As Linda Hubbard of RiverWinds Gallery explained, the origins of Second Saturday go all the way back to 2002, even before Dia:Beacon opened. Beacon’s revival was just getting started here and there along Main Street, but there wasn’t anything going to connect the outposts of inspiration to one another and show the community that there was a new spirit in the air worth rallying behind. She credits Ricardo Diaz and Thom Joyce with initially getting the idea off of the ground. Choosing the date itself was done somewhat arbitrarily.
“Kingston was doing First Saturdays, so we just picked Second Saturdays,” she explained.
Thirteen years later, Beacon’s Main Street is booming, attracting the attention of art patrons from all over the world. But if proof is needed that the monthly event hasn’t betrayed its small-town roots, look to the opening that will take place at RiverWinds this Saturday. The show, Birds in Flight, features award-winning photographs from renowned California photographer David Wong. But the refreshments for the opening will be baked by the artist’s 94-year-old mother-in-law, who lives in Rhinebeck.
“I always feel uplifted by Beacon Second Saturdays,” said Hubbard. “You can come alone or with a group of friends, enjoy great art, sample some good food and just have a fun time.”
Tonight at Catalyst starting at 6 pm, James Keepnews’ music residency and video installation continues, featuring Keepnews and a variety of other performers. Through April 26.
Two of over 140 works on paper, by artists around the country, in The Big Draw. Opening tomorrow, Fri Feb 27, 6-9 pm. All pieces are 11×14 or smaller and priced at $70, so come early to preview and snap up your favorites.
Article in this week’s Philipstown paper: The Big Draw Opens For One Weekend In Beacon
Catalyst Gallery’s co-owner Erica Hauser speaks about Beacon’s gallery scene in this segment (starting at 14:30) from the premier episode of Chronogram’s web TV series, ArtScene, exploring the Hudson Valley’s vibrant community of artists, galleries and museums, and history.
In his intro to the segment, which also focuses on the galleries Marion Royael and Bau, filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss describes how “the Beacon art scene and the vibrant 2nd Saturday event have greatly contributed to the city’s cultural and economic renaissance.” The episode features a number of artists from around the Hudson Valley.
A recent article from the blog Wigwam Economy about shopping local and handmade in Beacon, including the Catalyst Small Works Show, on view now through Jan 3:
Attention Shoppers: Go Home (Town)
Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, tis the season for packing a taser and heading off to rumble at the mall. But if coming home with a bloody nose and bagfuls of imported trinkets from Target doesn’t scream holiday for you, Wigwam has another idea—shop local, shop Main Street. Yes, it’s been said many times, many ways. But they who repeat themselves endlessly are the ones whose messages often stick.
Herewith, we present a guide focused on hand-crafted, hand-made, and hand-assembled items created (mostly) in our region and available at shops on Beacon’s Main Street. That leaves out a ton of other options—antique shops, consignment shops, purveyors of outdoor goods—but half the fun of shopping locally is strolling along in and out of stores and running into neighbors and friends, so we’ll leave it to you to explore further.
Clay, Wood, and Cotton, 133 Main Street
This shop draws its hand-made items from around the country, offering an assortment of kitchen glassware and software, along with cutting boards, soaps, and a wide array of note cards and seasonal greetings, from hip to homey. On Sundays through Christmas, the shop is featuring super yummy (actual customer review) cupcakes and cookies from The Darling Kitchen.
Bicycle glasses, $11.
Holiday cards, $3.50 and up.
Small Works Show
Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main Street
This gallery space, normally available for rental by the month, is hosting a group show through the holidays of over 100 small works by local artists. Prices range from $50 to $500. Opening reception is Saturday, December 7, 6-9pm.
Catherine Welshman, “Garden Girls”, $300.
Michael Ulrich, “Panopticon”, scratchboard, framed, $400.
Riverwinds, 172 Main Street
One of the longest-running gallery and gift emporiums on Main, Riverwinds offers photographs and paintings from local artists, often with the subject of our region’s great natural beauty. You’ll also find plenty of hand-crafted jewelry and pottery, along with an array of seasonal cards, many again featuring festive photographs of local flora and fauna.
Stoneware pitcher, $20, tea candle holder, $12.
Riverwinds carries a wide selection of artisanal jewelry.
A vast selection of note cards is here, including seasonal greetings featuring birds, plants, and wintery landscapes.
Cherrybomb 201 Main Street
This popup shop, appropriately held in the space normally occupied by Zora Dora’s of artisanal popsicle fame, has been part of the local holiday scene for a few years now. Here you’ll find a variety of hand-crafted holiday ornaments, as well as jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, ceramics, and lots of neat stocking stuffers. The small selection of notecards is appealing, and leans toward the edgy and funky. Open through Valentine’s Day.
Baby balls and water bottle cozies made from vintage sweater material, $22 & $12.
Holiday cards featuring photo tableaux of vintage Christmas decorations
Bags made from used clothing by Baggage!, $15 to $60.
Drink More Good, 259 Main Street
(moving a few blocks east soon)
DMG is where you’ll find spices and teas and bitters, along with the home-brewed item, locally concocted soda syrups, featuring all organic ingredients and half the calories and sugar of regular sodas–that’s pure cane sugar, no corn syrup here. Use your fizzy-water-making machine or a regular bottle of seltzer or sparkly from the grocery store to complete your beverage. One bottle makes between 12 and 24 glasses, depending on your taste.
Delicious all natural soda syrups from Drink More Good, $15.
Alps Sweet Shop, 269 Main Street Beacon,
1054 Main Street Fishkill
The self-proclaimed stocking stuffer central, Alps has been helping Santa since 1922. No doubt about origins of manufacture here, as you can see right into the factory floor behind the counter. The store features a dizzying array of holiday-themed confectionery delectables.
Snowman peeps for all your peeps, from Alps Sweet Shop.
Beacon Natural Market
Wool winter hats in a variety of styles and colors, hand-knit by widows in Nepal, who are often ostracized in that country. In addition to paying them fair wages, 5% of sales go into a scholarship fund for children.
Hand-knit hats from Nepal, $17.95.
Delicious, gluten-free holiday baked goods available to order. Also featuring coffee beans roasted in-house by Tas Coffee.
Gluten-free pear tart.
The UV Portfolio
Matteawan Gallery, 464 Main Street
The exhibition runs through the end of the year and features dozens of affordable, one-of-a-kind, color woodcuts by 13 artists, created during a month of printmaking sessions at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY..
Karlos Carcamo, Woodcut on handmade Thai kozo paper.
Ryan Magyar, Woodcut on handmade Thai kozo paper.
The Tailored Mermaid, 528 Main Street
This shop just by the dummy light and across from the Roundhouse features women’s clothing designed and sewn by the proprietor, as well as a selection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories by mostly local fabricators. The shop has a rotating art exhibit, and is currently presenting photographs of the sky by Sarah-Maria Vischer.
Snowgazer coat in a jazzy Italian wool, $298.
Fabric headbands and pins, $15
WORK:SHOP Holiday Sale December 14
Wickham Solid Wood Studio, 578 Main Street
This one day event will be held in the Wickham workshop, a renovated hat factory building along the shores of the Fishkill Creek, just up the street from the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. The idea is to have the sale in a working studio, with an emphasis on sharing some of the process behind the work.
A group of local artisans will be on hand selling their wares.
featuring items from
Beacon Bee — all natural body balm www.beaconbeebiz.com/home.html
Beacon Knits – one-of-a-kind wool hatswww.beaconknits.etsy.com
Beth Bolgla Ceramics – functional stoneware www.bethbolgla.com/ceramics.html
Catherine Welshman – coloring books –www.catherinewelshman.com
Evan Cohen – woodblock prints www.evanmcohen.com
Fabhaus Beacon – laser-fabricated goods –www.facebook.com/fabhausbeacon
Gabor Ruzsan – hand crafted wooden stools –www.etsy.com/shop/garnydesigns
Jenny Lee Fowler – silhouette portraits & paper cuts –www.jennyleefowler.etsy.com
Kit Burke-Smith – hand-fabricated jewelry –www.kitburkesmith.etsy.com
ModCraft – modern handmade ceramics – www.mod-craft.com
Niho Kozuru – hand made sculptural beeswax candles –www.etsy.com/shop/NihoKozuruStudio
Plumbop – hand knit felted objects – www.plumbop.com
Rexhill Furniture – wooden boxes and puzzles – www.rexhillfurniture.com
Stylo Furniture + Design – sculptural wine accessories –www.stylo-fd.com
Ten Willow – hand blown Malfatti glassware —www.malfattiglass.com
Wickham Solid Wood Studio – modern organic charcuterie boards – www.jessicawickham.com
Roll Your Own
Sew Your Own
Common Ground Farm
79 Farmstead Ln., (off 9D) Wappingers Falls
Holiday Felting Project
Join Laura Sansone and Textile Lab on December 7th from 10am-12pm to construct hand-felted Christmas ornaments using naturally dyed wool from sheep that live in the Hudson Valley. Open to adults and kids of all ages.
Fee includes materials for 3-5 handcrafted ornaments.
$35 per family $30 for friends of CGF
Blow Your Own
Hudson Beach Glass, 162 Main Street
Master glassblowers John Gilvey or Kathleen Andersen will help you make your ornament. Call to sign up 845 440-0068. No ornaments Mondays or Tuesdays unless you call and schedule a big group. Each ornament is $30 and takes only 15 minutes to make. Please note that your ornament will have to cool slowly overnight so either you may pick it up the next day or they will mail it to you. No experience necessary. Ages 6 and up.