Come and support! On Sat 4/22 at 5pm, a discussion with Loretta Olek and Simon Dudar on Human Rights, to be held before the Art for Aleppo fundraiser show that night in the back space at the gallery. The show will be open that night 5-9pm.
Loretta Oleck volunteered on a Syrian refugee camp in Ritsona, Greece, working primarily with children. She lives in Ossining where she is a psychotherapist in private practice, as well as a poet with extensive work published in reviews and journals. A book of her poems, Songs from the Black Hole, was published in 2016, and she was the recipient of a 2016 nomination for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. More recently, Loretta completed writing a poetry collection inspired by her experience at the refugee camp, and she hopes it will be published in the near future, bringing more awareness to the ongoing Humanitarian Crisis. She is also a co-owner of Muddy Water Coffee & Café in Tarrytown, NY.
Simon Dudar is the Discover, Create, and Innovate teacher at Haldane Central School in Cold Spring, NY. Simon graduated from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta with a Bachelor’s in Childhood Education and received his Master’s in Environmental Science from SUNY New Paltz. He taught 3rd and 4th grade at Haldane Elementary School for 8 years before moving into his new position as an Innovation Teacher/Instructional PBL Coach. Currently, Simon teaches classes ranging from elementary to high school– he uses problem- and project-based learning based on solving authentic real world situations, and focuses on how to collaborate in groups effectively.
Opening reception this Sat April 8, 6-10 pm for Jake Joyce’s show of recent work.
Gallery will be open weekends and some weekdays, through April 30.
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.
Visit Adam’s website for an exhibition preview and opportunity to purchase works in advance of the opening.
SAT FEBRUARY 18, 2017. 7:30 pm doors open 6:45 pm
Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main St, Beacon NY. Limited seating. Tickets at gallery 2/11, 2/12, 2/18 1-6pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$10 admission. 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.
Catalyst Small Works is up through this weekend, closing Jan 8. Hours are Thur-Sun, 12-6 pm. It has been a great show, keeping us so busy that we haven’t posted as many photos as we should have! More photos coming soon.
As posted on our welcome page, this Sat Jan 7 at 8 pm, there will be an electro-acoustic improv performance by Beacon’s own James Keepnews and Dave Berger. $10 donation requested.
Gallery hours Fri, Sat and Sun 12-6 pm.
The Poughkeepsie Journal ran a nice article last week, “Billy Joel, the Bardavon and Beacon: An artist’s path through photography and sculpture”, about Jason Adams’ show on view. The reception is today Sat November 12, 6-9 pm, with live music earlier 2-6 pm. We will also be open tomorrow 12-6 pm.
By John W. Barry
Head down to Beacon this weekend and you can learn how Billy Joel, Elton John, motorcycle racing and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House inspired one artist’s love of photography and sculpture, and his knack for harnessing creative expression.
It all starts with Rosendale resident Jason Adams, a Poughkeepsie native who since childhood has continuously discovered new ways to express himself.
Starting Friday and continuing during weekends through November, Catalyst Gallery in Beacon will showcase how Adams has used photography and sculpture to indulge his lifelong love of the arts.
“Photography and Sculpture by Jason Adams” will also feature live music on Saturday and Nov. 12. Also on Nov. 12, the exhibit will be open in conjunction with Beacon’s Second Saturday monthly arts celebration.
“I like his work and his eye,” Erica Hauser, co-owner of Catalyst Gallery, said of Adams.
Second Saturday, the Catalyst Gallery and its Adams exhibit underscore the pivotal role that the arts play in Beacon. The southern Dutchess city is home to Dia:Beacon, the contemporary art museum; it was long associated with the late Pete Seeger, who lived in nearby Dutchess Junction; and the new American Center for Folk Music shows how cultural horizons continue to emerge.
The path that Adams took to the arts began when he was 8. He helped his father’s friend, an electrician, with the lighting for dance performances at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Adams helped cut lighting gels, those transparent pieces of colored plastic used to create colored lighting.
Adams through that experience — work with the electrician continued into his teens and included jobs at the Dutchess County Fair and Clearwater Festival — learned that he loved working backstage.
“I loved the whole idea of being the guy behind the curtain,” said Adams, 45.
Networking led the former Town of Poughkeepsie resident to gigs on Broadway and supervising the construction of stages for performances featuring Billy Joel and Elton John.
While on a supervisory team overseeing construction on tour with the two piano players, Adams viewed the stage as “an enormous sculpture with forklifts and cranes.”
And for 15 years, he served as the technical and lighting director at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie.
While at the Bardavon, Adams captured with a camera his lighting work, for his own satisfaction and to use as a tool that could help with future performances.
After leaving the Bardavon in 2013 to be a stay-at-home father, Adams spent more time on his photography. The attention he has paid to his craft has generated magnetic images.
“I’m very much into shots that are spooky or moody, soulful or hard-lit,” Adams said.
A motorcycle enthusiast for years, Adams also built vintage motorcycles and began racing, semi-professionally, around the world.
That led to him building trophies for races out of old engine parts. He taught himself how to weld. And then he became a sculptor.
“The photo stuff was good and fun, but I got more commissions and more interest in the metalwork,” he said.
The photographs and the metalwork sculptures offer interesting perspectives on the world, which bend reality a bit.
The photos reveal how lines, shadows and the images they can generate are tucked into corners of our everyday world.
The sculptures draw you in on two levels. Both the materials used to create the sculpture and the finished product demand critical thinking and ignite the imagination.
The emotions conveyed by some of the sculptures could also make you laugh.
“For metal sculpture, the litmus test is, does it make me giggle,” Adams said.
Regarding his sculptures, Adams continued, “I love the transition from an everyday object into something completely different. It’s interesting how that switch flips and a large nut and bolt can all of a sudden become something else … And once you see it, you can’t un-see it.”
John W. Barry: email@example.com, 845-437-4822, Twitter: @JohnBarryPoJo