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All Is Fair: Stamper Dear, Cory Spraker, Amanda Henneberry July 3-16

All Is Fair with works by Stampie Dear, Cory Spraker and Amanda Henneberry opens July 3 with an artist reception Sat July 7, 6-9pm. Closing reception Sat July 14, 6-9pm.

Stamper

Stamper will be showcasing her “Scar Series,” a collection of poems that flirt with the idea of hurt and healing, as well as her “She(Her)” photography works – an ethereal and overtly feminine self portrait series, exploring the dreamy and pastoral backdrops of yesteryear and today

Cory Spraker

Cory will be displaying works that explore the softness of the human body. The use of ballpoint pen juxtaposed with delicate plant pressings allow him to explore a quiet intimacy with nature.

Amanda Henneberry

Amanda’s work will bring together several of her large points of focus in art: abstract thought, abstract photo, politics and contemporary activism, writing, painting, nature and color theory – all organized by color, in tribute to the way she organizes her personal book collection at the home she shares with Stamper and Cory. Special printed copies of her art/poetry book, “Growth,” will be on display and available to purchase with hand-painted covers.

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.

Ivan Rivera exhibition on view April 6th, 7th, 8th

                 

Ivan Rivera’s latest group of work, Collections From the Street, focuses on the accumulation and layering of graffiti in urban settings and the unexpected yet consistent narratives which seem to evolve organically when they collide. Inspired by the city in which he calls home, and the ever presence of street art, his new series of collages seek to capture vignettes of the ever mutating visual landscape around his Brooklyn studio.

Ivan has had multiple exhibitions both in the US and internationally including Galleries in Chelsea and Lower East Side, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Currently he divides his time between teaching at Parsons The New School for Design, The School of Visual Arts and Fordham University while maintaining a full time studio practice. He is currently an artist in resident at Brooklyn Wayfarers, a program lead by George Ferrandi.

In addition to collage, Ivan is an avid painter across many mediums including encaustic, oils and acrylics, mixed media as well as found object sculpture. Ivan holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and a Masters in Fine Art from Brooklyn College. For more works and information about Ivan, please visit his website www.piaculum.com

An exhibition of Ivan’s work is on view at Catalyst Gallery Fri April 6 through Sun April 8. Gallery hours will be 1-6pm with a reception Sat 6-9pm.

Installation views

Catalyst mention in Expedia’s ‘America’s Most Artistic Towns’

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!

From our 2015 Coffee and Donuts Show

The Vagina Monologues 2018 at Catalyst Gallery, Beacon NY

This event has been cancelled because we did not get approval in time to perform. (It is global and we may have registered too late this time.) However there are performances of The Vagina Monologues Feb 23,24,25 at Manhattanville College in Purchase NY, if you want to see it. Email mvillevagmos@gmail.com for tix. The beneficiary is Hope’s Door (in Westchester) which seeks to end domestic violence and empower victims to achieve safety, independence, and healing.

Catalyst Gallery will host a benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues on Sat February 24, 2018! Doors open 6:45 pm. Show is 7:30pm. At 137 Main St, Beacon, NY. This is our third year organizing this event and we are excited to be doing it again, especially as it is the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues & V-Day.

$12 admission. Limited seating. Refreshments included. To reserve tickets, email info@catalystgallery.com or call 845-204-3844. 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.

From the VDay website:

It’s been almost 20 years since V-Day was founded, since Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, sharing the stories of women as they had never been told before. 2018 will be our 20th year.

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.

It’s 2018. The 20th Anniversary. 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.

2nd Sat Still a Celebration in Beacon

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/