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/
Catalyst Small Works closes this Sunday! Come check out the show at our closing reception on Sun Jan 7, 2-5 pm. Gallery will be open 12-6 pm. We’ll have coffee, wine and more to warm you up.
In addition to 80+ original artworks still available, we also have many unframed prints on paper by several artists, starting at $20.
Great chance to catch the show and mingle with fellow artists and visitors. We’re also open Sat Jan 6, 12-6 pm.
Happy New Year!
The wonderful arts and culture scene in Beacon wouldn’t exist as we know it if not for BeaconArts, which in turn is supported largely by its members! (full disclosure: I’ve been an artist member for 10 years, a gallery biz member for 5, and on the board for 4.)
Join us for hot coffee and treats, and take in the Catalyst Small Works Show tomorrow, Sat Dec 30! 10am – noon. (Gallery open til 6pm).
Renew your membership, join BeaconArts, or just come and enjoy some holiday cheer. Either way, thank you for your support this past year as we celebrate 15 years of BeaconArts in our community.
The Small Works Show is on view through next weekend, with a closing reception on Sun Jan 7 from 3-6pm.
We are excited to announce our 5th annual Catalyst Small Works Show! Opening reception this Sat December 9, 6-9pm. Over 125 works by more than 50 artists. Open Fridays 1-6, Saturdays & Sundays 12-6. Additional hours will be posted here and on our Facebook page. Through January 7.
Opening reception Fri November 10, 6-10pm, a night of art, music and schmoozing at the Beacon Art Market, a variety of work by local artists and makers, curated by Melissa Schlobohm and Emily Sylvester. Open Fridays-Sundays through Dec 3.
5th Annual Catalyst Small Works Show, December 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the email your name, email, address, phone number, website, and title, specific media, hxw dimensions (including frame if any, and depth if applicable) and price of each work.
$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).
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 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 and we sell work every year!
Gallery retains a 25% commission on sold work. Artists will receive payment after the show closes.
Deadline to submit images via email is 11:59pm on Thur Nov 16.
Accepted artists will be notified which works have been selected. Notifications to all entrants will be emailed by Tue Nov 21.
If high-quality prints are available of similar works by accepted artists, we may offer them for sale (unframed 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 Nov 29 (6-8pm), Dec 2 and 3 (10am-12pm), Dec 4 (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.**
The opening reception/party is Sat Dec 9, 6-9pm. It is 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 7, 2-6pm.
Return of Work
Pick-up dates will be Jan 7 (5-7pm), Jan 8 (10-11am and 5-7pm) and Jan 13 (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.
More photos of the work soon, but here are two from last Saturday. Gallery will be open this weekend and by appointment.
Opening in October, an exhibition of new work by painter Tom Chibbaro and glass artist Kathleen Andersen. Artist reception Sat Oct 14, 5-9 pm. The show will run through Oct 30. Gallery open 12-6pm Fri-Sun, more hours TBA.