Category Archives: Beacon

The Vagina Monologues Beacon, Feb 18


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

$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.


Final weekend of Catalyst Small Works

Works by Kayo Albert, Rosemarie Oakman, Jason Adams, Jon Reichert, Melissa Schlobohm, and Catherine Welshman
A young gallery-goer. Works by Cindy Gould, Sheilah Rechtschaffer, Yoshifumi Ito, Marcy Koontz, and William Mead
Works on paper by Christopher Burk (Roofline Studios).


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.

Press for Jason Adams show

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:, 845-437-4822, Twitter: @JohnBarryPoJo

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 4th Annual Catalyst Small Works!


We are pleased to announce the 4th annual Catalyst Small Works Show CALL FOR ARTISTS!

The show will run December 3 through January 8.

How To Submit

Submit up to 3 jpegs to:

Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, mixed media. Include your name, email, address, phone number, website, and title/media/dimensions/price of each work. See guidelines.

Entry Fee

$25 (for up to three submissions).

Fee is payable online via this link to Square: or by mailed check (payable to Catalyst Gallery).

Guidelines for Work

Size must be no larger than 16″ at largest dimension for 2D (including frame), and 20″ for 3D. The work must arrive clean, professional and ready to hang, either wired, with hardware attached, or a cradled back. No sawtooth hangers. Works on paper must be framed or mounted.

Price limit is $600. 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 Nov 13.

Notifications will be emailed by Nov 18.

Drop-off dates will be between Nov 19-27, specific dates/times will be emailed to accepted artists. There will be weekend and evening times.

If accepted, artists may deliver work in person or ship it to the gallery (artists must cover all shipping expenses). Gallery is not responsible for work arriving damaged.

Include hardware if something specific is needed. 3-D pieces must be self-supporting (we have pedestals but you may provide your own) or wall-mounted.

The gallery proprietors retain the final word on what will be in the exhibition and how the art will be installed.

Gallery will provide postcards for distribution and other publicity.

Opening Reception

The opening reception/party is Sat Dec 3, 6-9pm. We will also be open till 9pm on Sat Dec 10 for Beacon’s 2nd Saturday (

Pick-up dates will be between Jan 8-11, specific dates/times to be announced. Unsold work must be picked up, or return shipping can be arranged at artist’s expense.

Thank you!


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‘For Goodness Bake’ fundraiser coming up Sept 24


Want to contribute to this one-day bake sale, to be held at Catalyst on Sept 24 to benefit the Beacon Community Kitchen? Sign up via this link to bring baked treats to For Goodness Bake on Saturday, September 24:

All proceeds go directly to the Kitchen and help provide fresh, wholesome meals to our city’s hungry residents. We’ll have donation jars and a collection bin for canned goods – so if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can still make a difference!