John Fugelsang’s ‘Unpresidented’: a special workshop reading on April 30

The true story of a comedian trying to raise a toddler while his country was electing one. John Fugelsang‘s new work in progress was conceived for the 2019 Revolutions Theatre Festival.

Comedian, actor & SiriusXM host John Fugelsang has been murdered on CSI, picketed by Westboro Baptist Church, debated Jerry Falwell & David Duke, got George Harrison to give his last public performance on VH1 and once got Mitt Romney’s advisor to call Mitt an ‘etch-a-sketch’ on CNN.

One night only at Catalyst Gallery. Tues April 30, 7:30 pm.
Free, with suggested $5 donation. Arrive early as SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP here.

In Space : Sarah Heitmeyer and Max Seinfeld opens Fri Feb 22

In Space : Sarah Heitmeyer and Max Seinfeld
Catalyst Gallery 137 Main Street, Beacon NY

Exhibition on Display: February 20 – March 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, 7-9pm

In Space at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon will be the second of a three part exhibition series by Sarah Heitmeyer and Max Seinfeld. Formal concepts of line, space, and color will act as a catalyst for conversation and collaboration between Sarah and Max. They are testing a model of support for artists outside of academia through regular studio visits and discussions centered around specific themes. Over this six month period, these three shows will reveal an evolution in their work as both artists will approach their individual bodies of work through this shared experience.

Follow along on Instagram for more details and more about the work:
@sarah_heitmeyer
@maxseinfeld

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.