BEACON - Where can you go to view art without even entering a building? For the next month, Beacon’s Main Street has the answer.
Over 38 businesses, running up and down the main hub of Beacon, are once again housing some of the area’s premiere artistic creations. "Windows on Main Street" kicked off in style Saturday night as part of the City of Beacon’s monthly "Second Saturday" event, when businesses, eateries, studios, and galleries stay open late. For the second year, the festivities began at the business, "Dream in Plastic," Here, a "mini" version of the entire "Windows on Main" exhibit could be found. The "Tiny Windows" serves as a capsule for the over 38 businesses and artists participating in the popular show, entering its ninth year.
"It has been a very interesting evolution of how Beacon has changed over the years, said Melissa Tatge, one of the organizers of Windows. "I’m really proud to be a part of a community, with such organizations as Beacon Arts, being very supportive."
Among the list of other supporters are; Max’s on Main Street, Hudson Valley Beer Festival, Cup and Saucer, River Therapy Massage and Riverwinds Gallery. This year’s event took on a special significance, as its theme was "Past, Present and Future," revealing the pivotal growth of the City of Beacon.
In addition to the multitude of window visuals, running up and down Main Street, "regular" openings were also happening Saturday night. One could be found at the just over year old Theo Ganz Studio, located on 149 Main Street. Here, this small, intimate space currently houses six large pieces of art. Artist Judy Sigunick has two ceramic sculptures for visitors to view. Both deal with narratives, one from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and the other from Sigunick’s relationship with her sister. Showing her work for the first time at Theo Ganz, Sigunick was all smiles when asked about her thoughts on Second Saturday and the blossoming Beacon art buzz.
"This space is very intimate with the work being shown in a very complementary way," said Sigunick. "The people at this gallery are also amazing and Second Saturdays are wonderful, really hopping; it’s about so much more than economic development, but really having the community and artists pay attention to one another."
Those feel good vibes could be felt throughout the evening as hundreds dotted the mile Main Street drag. Some were diligently admiring art inside; while others could be spotted on the streets singing, drinking, and yes, at times, even dancing. Restaurants, bars and other businesses kept their doors open late, as Beaconites as well as folks from all over celebrated art, community and just plain bonding.
"Windows on Main Street" will run through Saturday, September 14, 2013. On that date, a closing reception, complete with a 2013 Windows on Main commemorative catalogue book signing, is scheduled at Dogwood on 47 East Main Street, Beacon.
In the meantime, plenty of time remains to take a peak, or a long look, at some colorful, catchy artwork that adorns over 30 of Beacon’s businesses.