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 To Artists: CYCLES, deadline Jan 5

CYCLES – Call to Artists

Organized by Blood Art Archive (in collaboration with CelebrateWomxn845)
This salon-style show will feature work regarding relationships with menstruation.
Work will be exhibited at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon NY from February 6-18, 2019.
The opening reception will be held on Feb 9, 2019.
Submissions are now open and will be accepted through January 5, 2019.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
– Open to all artists who bleed, don’t bleed, wish to bleed, wish they don’t.
– 2D & 3D artists are encouraged to submit, as well as those who have a complicated relationship menstruation.
– No size minimum or maximum for work, artists should consider that work will be hung salon style so as many artists aS possible can be featured comfortably in the space.
-2D work must be ready to hang. 3D work must include display means and instruction.
– No fee to apply! If selected, artists will be asked to pay a $30 fee to cover gallery rental & reception costs.
– A 30% commission on any works sold will be collected to cover gallery rental & reception costs.
-Artists are welcome to submit up to 3 pieces by 11:59PM on January 5th 2019.
-Work not picked up by Feb 18th will become property of the gallery.

Submit via this link & review the following timeline. Communication will happen primarily via email so be sure to check.

TIMELINE:
Submission deadline: January 5th
Notification: January 12th
Drop-off dates: February 4th & 5th 2pm-6pm
Opening Reception: Febuary 9th
Pick-up date: February 18th 2019 2pm-6pm

QUESTIONS? Email bloodartbeacon@gmail.com

Catalyst Small Works continues through Jan 6!

Looks like we have been so busy with the Small Works Show since it opened on Dec 8 that we forgot to update our blog all month! The show features over 140 works by 70 artists in media ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking and photography to ceramics, collage, fiber and more. Open this Fri-Sun and next, 12-6pm. The show is up through Sun Jan 6 with a closing reception 4-6pm. Here are some photos of the exhibition, but please come check it out in person, as there are so many unique and detailed small works on view.

‘Art For The Home’ opens Nov 28 through Dec 2: Sarah Berman & Louann Mazzeo

Art for the Home will be on view at Catalyst November 28 – December 2. There will be a reception on Friday November 30 at 7pm. Refreshments and Sarah’s Birthday!

Daily Hours:
Wed-Thurs 10-7
Fri-Sun 9-8

Louann Mazzeo
Original hand-painted furniture pieces and maps
Facebook.com/paintithudsonvalley
Instagram @paint_it_hv

Sarah Berman
Acrylic paintings inspired by aerial earth views
sarahjberman.com
Facebook.com/sarahjbermancreative
Instagram @sarahjberman

Paintings by David Kendrick, opening Nov 3

Looking ahead, David Kendrick’s show of abstract paintings opens Sat Nov 3 with a reception for the artist 6-9pm. The gallery will be open weekends 12-6 pm and Mon-Thu 2-6pm through Nov 26.

“My art has evolved from my earliest realism period toward bold abstraction. It is an ever-changing vehicle of continuous movement of shape, form and color.
For me, painting is a daring adventure into the unknown, a quest for truth assisted by the actions of the paint brush.
I work for that inner voice: that search, that unknown, that mystical metamorphosis that sometimes appears and in return sends out vibrations called art.”

Windsong, acrylic on canvas, 44″x60″, David Kendrick

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.