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Loretta Oleck and Simon Dudar will speak on 4/22 at 5pm

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.

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GREYAREA: Jamie Sanin// ZZUCCS, Fri Mar 31


Come through to one-night-only event presented by two local artists, Jamie Sanin and ZZUCCS, who will attempt to guide viewers through the GREYAREA via a selection of black and white works.

Open from 11AM – Reception 6-9PM – afterparty TBD
$5 suggested donation during reception (includes wine/beer)
Prints will be available for sale (cash or Venmo only)
Black, white, and grey dress code preferred!

Jamie Sanin
Instagram: @jamiesanin

Zzuccs (Gabriella Mazzucco)
Instagram: @zzuccs

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.


‘Chocolate: A group show’ opens Feb 11!



A group of diverse artists variously interpreting the theme of chocolate. Mixed media, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics.

Opening reception Sat Feb 11, 5-9 pm. Chocolate tasting with Cacao Prieto, single-origin organic Dominican chocolate.

Hours: Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-6 pm and by appt/chance. Through Feb 19.

Eleanor White
Sarah Fagan
Theresa Gooby
Erica Hauser
Adam Lister
Ellen O’Sullivan
Jon Reichert
Kat Stoutenborough
Catherine Welshman
Jennifer Blakeslee
Stephanie Rivers
Joe Pimentel
Sharon Watts


comp Logo card copyCall to Artists! Local artists Russell Ritell, Carla Goldberg and David Link have created this fundraiser, Art For Aleppo, to be held at Catalyst on April 22, 2017.

The battle for Aleppo is marked by widespread violence against civilians, repeated targeting of hospitals and schools, and indiscriminate aerial strikes and shelling against civilian areas. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced by the fighting and efforts to provide aid to civilians or facilitate evacuation is routinely disrupted. After four years of fighting, the battle represents one of the longest sieges in modern warfare. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) registered that in 1612 days of fighting 21,452 civilians died. Among them were 5,261 children under the age of 18.

We want to help and so can you! The Art For Aleppo project gives visual artists an outlet to express themselves around the Syrian crisis and help raise awareness and funds to aid in the effort to provide Syrian children emergency care, food and water. The Art For Aleppo project also gives non artists a chance to help in three ways, through the purchase of art, through the purchase of the catalog book of participating artists or through a direct monetary donation in any amount.

You may donate (Donation Here) at any time or submit to the call (Open Call) by April 15th, 2017.

100% of your purchases or donations are tax deductible. All purchases and donations are made directly to save the children Syria. We at “Art For Aleppo” project won’t take a single penny. Artwork will be displayed at Catalyst Gallery 137 Main Street, Beacon NY on April 22nd and will continue to be available for purchase online. The catalog book of participating artists images will be available online with titled “Art For Aleppo” beginning on April 20th. Blurb is a self publishing on demand book forum online so there is never a waste of paper or upfront costs for Art For Aleppo. This allows us as artists in this project to create without spending donations on production or administration. All monies go directly to Save the Children Syria.