Monday, July 31, 2006

AUGUST SECOND SATURDAY

The Living Artists Of Beacon @ The Muddy Cup


Sharon Watts, Hard To Get, mixed media, assemblage

Mary Ann Glass, Boscobel Garden, photograph


Kate Daley, Neighborhood, oil and plaster on board

John Fasulo, Beacon Newburgh Bridge, second span construction, 1979, photograph


How many artists are living in Beacon these days? It's hard to know for sure but the Living Artists of Beacon Directory is trying to list them. Artists have moved into Beacon from all over: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Germany, San Francisco, Vienna, Jersey City. There are painters and puppeteers, playwrights and poets, weavers and writers, cartoonists and composers, abstract-impressionists and actors, minimalists and musicians, singers and sculptors.
It all started with Dia: Beacon and their renowned permanent collection of works from the 60's to the present. When they opened their nearly 300,000 sq foot museum in a historic printing facility on the Hudson in 2003, the word got out. Beacon was being transformed by art. Individual artists followed apace and some gathered in studio complexes, at Bulldog Studios, recycling the old high school, and at Spire Studios, above the Pack & Paddle shop. Three years later almost everyone will admit that art is the economic engine driving Beacon. Art galleries dot Main Street, along with restaurants, antique stores, coffee houses, and now an art supply store, drawing crowds of tourists and shoppers. The historic architecture is being restored. The Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA), formed in 2002, fosters and encourages the development of the Beacon community as an arts and business center and promotes Beacon as an arts destination throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. And so with the encouragement of BACA and her friends, Mia Barkan Clarke embarked on the task of trying to find and list all these artists, newcomer and native alike, into a directory of The Living Artists of Beacon.

bau is pleased to celebrate this evolution in Beacon’s life by presenting the 1st Annual Juried Exhibition of the artists in the directory.
Among the exhibiting artists are:

Shirley Botsford came to Beacon in 1986 as a refugee from Manhattan. She is an instructor at Marist College and works in the textile art of collage and quilting.
Kate Daley has lived in Beacon for two years and has exhibited her paintings, drawings and mixed media works in galleries in Beacon, New York City, Chicago and Italy. She received her B.A. in Studio Art and English Literature from Binghamton University and is completing her M.S.Ed. in Museum Education from The Bank Street College of Education. image: Neighborhood 18x22, oil and plaster on board

John Fasulo is a Beacon artist who has been living in the area for most of his life. Fasulo's photos represent poignant scenes of children, railroad images, portraits and scenic landscapes. His photographs have been published in National Geographic, Chronogram, The Poughkeepsie Journal, Middletown Times Herald Record, and Hudson Valley Magazine, among others. image: Beacon-Newburgh Bridge, second span construction Fall 1979

Mary Ann Glass left Wall Street for Beacon and a life of photography in 1999. Glass‘s work has been described as spiritual and sensual, serious and elegant. She has studied with such photographers as Brian Lav, Joel Meyerwitz, Joyce Tenneson and Arlene Collins. Her images have been included in many group shows in the region and NYC. In August, her mixed media work will be featured at RiverWinds Gallery, and next June she will have a solo show at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. www.riverwindsgallery.com image: Boscobel Garden black and white infrared photograph, 16x20

Erin Kaleel moved to Beacon 2 years ago from Brooklyn. She is a fiber artist who takes her inspiration from nature and is the co-creator of Feel Design, an inspiring store on Main St. filled with unique handcrafted design and fine art.
www.feeldesigned.com

Roseann Petrie (Roe) would like people see what she feels inside through her photographic images. Roe is a native of Beacon N.Y and is currently building a home in Vermont. Her on-line gallery is
www.pbase.com/nicky52/galleries. image: Curtains

Sharon Watts: As a girl I loved princesses and scavenger hunts and could draw and collect junk like nobody's business. Still can. image: Hard to get 5x13, mixed media assemblage

Catherine Welshman: I came to Beacon 5 years ago from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I work with figures through the manipulation of oil paint, collage and cutouts. Whether through portraiture, fragmented body imagery, or articulated by a narrative, my interest in figuration lies in the differences between a person's physical appearance and inner mentality.

Mia Barkan Clarke (juror) is an artist, Creative Arts Therapist, poet/writer and author of The Living Artists of Beacon Directory, residing in Beacon, NY. Her paintings have been exhibited at a number of galleries including The Paterson Museum and Stage Gallery in Merrick, NY. Mia is an instructor of Art Therapy at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY and is in private practice within the Hudson Valley.
Jennifer Mackiewicz (juror) is the Senior Administrator at Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries. Prior to her move to the Hudson Valley 5 years ago, Ms. Mackiewicz lived and worked in Nevada as assistant and business manager for Michael Heizer, one of the artists in Dia’s collection. Ms. Mackiewicz received her BFA from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan where she majored in painting and sculpture. She currently resides in Beacon where she pursues her own art interests and is an active member of the local arts and civic community.

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bau presents @ the Muddy Cup:

The Living Artists of Beacon
1st Annual Juried Exhibition
August 12 - October 8, 2006
juried by Mia Barkan Clarke, Author, The Living Artists of Beacon Directory
and Jennifer Mackiewicz, Senior Administrator, Dia:BeaconVisual Artists' Opening Reception:August 12, 2006 6 - 9pm
Performing Artists' Opening Reception:
September 9, 2006 6-9pm

The Muddy Cup Coffee House
129 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508
contact@muddycup.com
www.muddycup.com

bau - beacon artist union
161 Main StreetBeacon, NY 12508

Opening Hours: Sat/Sun 12 - 6pm & by appt.

T 845 440 7584

bauinfo@optonline.net
www.beaconartistunion.com

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