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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

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.

Closing reception Sun Jan 7 for Small Works

Abigail Quinlisk (sold)
Carin White
Anna West
Jackie Skyzyrnski
Chantelle Norton
Megan Klim

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!

Coffee & Cookies w/BeaconArts, Sat Dec 30, 10am-noon

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.

“Cross Pollination” opens Sat Sept 9, reception 6-8pm

“Cross Pollination”
Catalyst Gallery, 137 Main Street, Beacon NY
Sept 8 – Oct 1, 2017, Friday – Sunday 12-6 PM or by appt.
Beacon Second Saturday Sept 9, 2017, 6-8 PM

It happens every spring: the wind, the birds, the bees carry new life to receptive ground. Through the summer they sow, they grow. And so it is with artists: inspirations and ideas germinate among us and between us. The 4 widely-shown artists at the Catalyst Gallery in Beacon in September met years ago and have since offered each other new seeds of stimulation and insight. That is cross-pollination: inspirations and ideas germinate among us and between us.

Jane Soodalter is a macro photographer who seeks the hidden beauty in everyday objects. “For this series I safaried through woods, fields, gardens, arboretums, roadsides and city streets to capture the grace and allure concealed in the foliage of plants and trees.”

Cali Gorevic is exhibiting black and white photographs of leaves. “For 25 years trees have been my primary focus; only recently did I feel the impetus to narrow my focus and explore the singular, sensual beauty of each leaf, as different from each other as snowflakes”.

Anita Jacobson uses collage to “to explore the delicate balance between humans and their surroundings.  The collages are a commentary on humans as the ‘invasive species’ and the necessity to preserve the myriad forms of life on earth.”

Cindy Booth utilizes a plethora of materials from clay and copper to epoxies and found objects to create three-dimensional sculptures. “Generating and creating art is for me about letting go of control and allowing the materials to take me in unexpected directions.”

‘Hamlet CU3ED’ performances Aug 25-27, free

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AUGUST 25 – 27TH – Hamlet CU3ED, performance by Lloyd Mulvey

Hamlet CU3ED is a one-man adaptation of Hamlet. For three nights, Lloyd Mulvey will perform at the Catalyst Gallery, in preparation for a filming of the project. Each will begin at 7:30pm and are free and open to the public.This is the fourth event in the Summer Salon Series presented by Carin Jean White, whose abstract paintings are on view at the gallery through Sept 4.