What a great night we had at Quinn’s for the Closing Party and Awards Ceremony! Thanks to all who came out. For those of you who missed it, here are the esteemed winners of WOMSX:


GRAND PRIZE
Tess Elliot @ People’s Bicycle

Tess Grand Prize

Tess Elliot won the WOMSX Grand Prize for her installation at People’s Bicycle! She took home a whopper of a check. Good luck at school Tess!


GALLERISTS PICK
Tess Elliot @ People’s Bicycle

Tess Winning WOMSX

Tess Elliot also won the Gallerists Pick for her installation at People’s Bicycle! Watch for information on her upcoming show at Bau Gallery in August 2015.


PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Ezequiel Martin Consoli @ Beacon Homebrew

Ezequiel

Ezequiel Martin Consoli won the People’s Choice award for his installation at Beacon Homebrew! He took home a fabulous Beacon Basket full of local goodies. Congratulations Ezequiel!


GRAND JURY SPECIAL AWARD
Beth Haber & Stephen Lewis for the interactivity of their installation @ RiverWinds Gallery


WOMSXCELLENCE AWARDS
Kevin Abney @ Galaxie 13 for Use of Space
Marcy B. Freedman @ Hudson Valley Fitness for Collaboration & Community Involvement
Sam Horowitz @ Hudson Land Design for Presentation
Sara Murali @ Nella’s Bella Boutique for Craftsmanship
Antonella Piemontese @ Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency LLC for Originality
Benjamin Taylor @ Ella’s Bellas for Composition & Materials


GALLERISTS HONORABLE MENTIONS
Kevin Abney @ Galaxie13
Kit Burke-Smith @ Barb’s Butchery
Kimberly Coccagnia @ Shekinah Styles Barber Shop


CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who won, and all those who participated in Windows on Main Street this year — it was a wonderful exhibition, and we were proud to be part of it.

— Team WOMS

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WOMSX Opening Party

JOIN US to celebrate the opening of WOMSX! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014
6:00-8:00pm
at Bank Square Coffeehouse
129 Main Street, Beacon NY

Meet the players, check out the Bonus Round — a special exhibition by the artists of Windows On Main Street – Beacon NY — and enjoy fun, food & drink.

Also make sure you stick around for the after party! Bank Square’s pint club will be going on as well as music on the patio by 34 Mornings! 

Meet the Players

WOMSX features 37 artists installing in 32 windows, including two that are slightly off of Main Street. Click here for the interactive map »

Kevin Abney Galaxie 13, 436 Main St
Maria Amor Giannetta Salon & Spa, 1158 North Ave
Kathleen Anderson Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, 324 Main St
Mark Baylash Lauren & Riley, 462 Main St
Tony Brickner Dream In Plastic, 177 Main St
Kit Burke-Smith Barb’s Butchery, 69 Spring Street
Kimberly Coccagnia Shekinah Styles Barber Shop, 265 Main St
Ezequiel Martin Consoli Beacon Homebrew, 469 Main St
Alissa L. Corrado Culture Cafe, 157 Main St
Diana Currie Dream In Plastic, 177 Main St
Timothy Delaney Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Main St
Tess Elliot People’s Bicycle, 430 Main St
Joanna Ferrin Blackbird Attic, 442 Main St
Marcy B. Freedman Hudson Valley Fitness, 490 Main St
Callie Garcia Blackbird Attic, 442 Main St
Larry Guzman Berkshire-Hathaway Hudson Valley Properties, 179 Main St
Beth Haber & Stephen Lewis RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St
Amanda Henneberry The Tailored Mermaid, 528 Main St
Sam Horowitz Hudson Land Design, 174 Main St
Diane Landro Bank Square Coffeehouse, 129 Main St
Teresa Marra The Roundhouse Corporate Office, 484 Main St
Caitlin Moriarty Wickham Solid Wood Studio, 578 Main St
Sara Murali Nella’s Bella Boutique, 155 Main St
Antonella Piemontese Antalek & Moore, 340 Main St
Joseph Pimentel Quinn’s, 330 Main St
Vickie Raabin Miss Vickie’s Music, 146 Main St
Cynthia Reed Beacon Pantry, 267 Main St
Linda B. Schiller Bannerman Island Gallery, 150 Main St
Keely Sheehan Zora Dora, 201 Main St
Kelly Shimoda Artisan Wine Shop, 180 Main St
Caitlin Strom Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Main St
Melissa Tatge & Amanda Jones Roosevelt Vet on the Hudson, 385 Main St
Benjamin L. Taylor Ella’s Bellas, 418 Main St
Team WOMS Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St

Kevin Abney @ Galaxie 13

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“Once in a great while, an artist will throw their creative bucket into the deepest wells of creativity and break through the mists of reality to create art that can literally expand minds, prove the entirety of physics wrong, teach wild African game animals to drive cars, and make Canadian Mounties openly weep in Portuguese, among other, more notable achievements. That’s what I did. Then these little jerks showed up and ruined all of it.”

Maria Amor @ Gianetta Salon & Spa

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I began drawing as a child, sketching the Beatles for my friends, and drawing woodland scenes in New Hampshire for my mom. I still love to create artworks for others. Why do I paint? The creative force within feels urgent and one I cannot ignore. I treasure the opportunity to paint the beauty of people, places, and things, and to paint them as beautifully as I can. What fortune to live as an artist experiencing life via painting experiences, i.e. traveling to paint in the Adirondacks, and to my family’s home in Spain to paint ‘plein air.’ In New York City I study painting portraits at the Art Students League. A future project includes a series of small paintings of the statues around Central Park. My work is diverse in subject matter as well as technique, due to my adventurous nature. My background includes many years in advertising and with extensive education in the Fine Arts.

I agree with Paul Klee, “Art does not represent the visual world, it makes things visible.”

I am currently employed as Assistant to master painter Max Ginsburg.

Education:

  • Philips Andover Academy, 1968 Summer Arts Program
  • Universidad Menendez Pelayo, Intensive Summer Language program for Spanish
  • Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain 1973 – One year program -Theory of Literature and the Art
  • University of New Hampshire B.A – Major: Fine Arts/Spanish Minor: Business
  • The Art Students League of New York, classes and seminars

Works by Maria Amor are currently available at:
CuratorPrints.com
Small scale landscapes
“Maria Amor’s paintings range in tone and narrative, paying homage to the sprightly brushwork of Homer, Whistler and Zorn. Maria’s love of poetry culminate in passages of abstraction duly transporting the viewer to a place of ease and natural beauty. Max Ginsburg is her most influential mentor.”

Kathleen Anderson @ Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

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The question…

How does energy take form?

I am emerging from my 2010 project, Main Central Vertical Flow: Hudson River where I created an invisible network of electromagnetic connections between copper poles inserted into locations along the river corresponding to acupuncture meridian points on the body.

The poles run like a spine up the east and west side of the river in twelve locations from Stony Point to Albany.

I think about the actual network of connections under the earth, the crossing point, where inside an organism the decision to grow down into the soil or up into the sunlight, takes place.

I imagine what that space might look like…

My choice of a bank window and how I imagine what our currency exchange system might look like if drawn out in a diagram resonates. The dark tinted windows allow the materials of fiberglass and copper to light up in uncontrollable ways.

A communication symphony that remains invisible at all times.

Mark Baylash @ Lauren & Riley

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I created this work around Love. Love of family, friends, strangers, and of a pet. It is said that you have no idea what you have or of love until it is gone. I looked at the love around me. Realizing it would be impossible to photograph even the different ways of love.

I looked around me at the truth I saw. In the love of a growing family. A love that makes you scratch you head and wonder why? What to people may see in each other that is not understood. So much love. In a way so little, as well as so little time.

My work follows love through different paths and time. From addition of love. Until there is no more. We all love. Even those who say they do not know how. All one has to do is look. Even in the midst of nothing, there will still be the Love that carries us on.

Tony Brickner @ Dream in Plastic

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Video games have always intrigued me. When I was younger, it was all about the game. Now, I’ve become more interested in the form of escapism it provides. The ability to escape lies right underneath your television. Once the power button is switched to on, real life ends and the life in the game begins. Taking inspiration from Super Mario 64, I’ve constructed different worlds for one to “jump into.” The main character in the game, Mario, jumps into various paintings in order to be transported to these fantasy worlds to complete various quests. Upon completion of the quest, a star is rewarded.

My worlds are fabricated using photos I’ve taken — whether it’s all in one image or many images collaged together, all of the worlds are created using images from the world we live in, blending the two together. Each is created similar to those in the game, alluding what the setting would be like if you were able to enter beyond the surface. The pixilated figure present in the installation represents Player 1 and that Player 1 can be anyone. Taking whatever form the viewer chooses, the means to escape is right in front of you. Pick one of my worlds or create one of your own, and start your journey.

Kit Burke-Smith @ Barb's Butchery

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“Pollock, as I see him, left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life. Objects of every sort are materials for the new art: paint, chairs, food, electric and neon lights, smoke, water, old socks, a dog, movies, a thousand other things…”
From “The Legacy of Jackson Pollock” by Allan Kaprow, 1958

I vividly remember going to the Museum of Modern Art as a teenager and being completely taken with a piece that was essentially a sausage displayed in a glass case. I thought it took such chutzpah with an edge of comedy to make and display art like that. Years later I went back, looking for the sausage to see how it had fared over time.

Now, I am a maker of jewelry, with my wearable work springing from shapes and shadows in the world I observe on an everyday basis. This is a series of meat inspired jewelry, in honor of the incoming butcher shop at this location. The shapes come from images of meat in late twentieth century Pop Art, in an era when America and the art world were both embracing the hot dog and the canned ham. This work is a tip of the hat to the comedic chutzpah of the sausage in the museum, the Americana images of Pop Art, and the incoming butcher shop for our community.

Kimberly Coccagnia @ Shekinah Styles Barbershop

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Beacon is a city of History, Stories and Tradition.

Barbering is the same; it has its own tradition, history and of course, the stories told in the Barbershop. Barbering is an important part of our culture and Beacon is lucky enough to still have these traditions.

Barbering is one of those industries that has traditions and cultural importance going back centuries – it is even mentioned in the Bible: “As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword; take and use it as a barber’s razor on your head and beard.  Then take scales for weighing and divide the hair.”

Although the world progresses and changes, there are traditions (business) that remain constant. Many are overlooked.  Through these photographs, I wanted to put a spotlight, even if only for a brief moment in time, on one of those businesses.

I wanted to share this photo story with you and show you the history of this tradition that has been here, in this storefront for 24 years.

Shekinah Styles (Shekinah: “the presence of god on earth or a symbol, manifestation of his presence”) Shekinah Styles was first opened in 1990, during a time when Beacon was in an “in-between period.” “American Industry” was closing and many of the mainstay Beacon factories were shut down.   Soon most of Main Street was boarded up.

Among all of the boarded up storefronts, a bright light emerged in the middle of the business district. Owner Mark Bobbitt opened Shekinah Styles. And now, along with Brandon Robles, better known as “B,” they spend their days trimming, cutting, shaving and styling, as men have for so many years.

Owner Mark has a deep history in barbering. He has been a Barber for 28 years. His father has owned a barbershop across the Hudson River in Newburgh for decades.  Mark is one of 12 children – 8 of whom have gone on to work in the barbering and beautician industries.

Shekinah Styles is a place where Customers (Friends) can come and get a great haircut, but more importantly, talk about the good old days, current news, sports and the future of Beacon.

As I stood inside the barbershop on a busy Saturday, I watched folks come and go, stop and chat. I saw a renewed-resurgence, not only for this tradition, but also for the city of Beacon. Beacon (Bright Light, Little City) is alive with activity!

This strong sense of community felt in Beacon can also be felt when you walk through the doors of Shekinah Styles!

This window art exhibit is about seeing into the window, as opposed to looking at the window. Look into the faces of these people.

These are our Neighbors, our Friends, our Community, our Tradition… our Beacon.

 

Kimberly Coccagnia Bio

Kim grew up in Central NY. She has had a love for art from a very  young age. In her twenties she decided to study photography.

She first fell in love with the history and the masters and then fell more in love with the human connection she could make with a camera in her hand.

She spent countless hours in the darkroom and roaming the streets of Manhattan trying to capture that decisive moment.

After several years and still trying to figure out how to use her new found passion…she shot her first wedding.

To her surprise, she realized that there was a place for her point of view within the wedding industry.

Fifteen years after that first wedding, Kim hasn’t looked back and is still obsessed with all things involving photography and weddings. She shoots creative, chic, fun Weddings in the Hudson Valley, New York City and Destinations.

Kim lives in Beacon, NY with her fiancé Barry and their cat Genevieve and is over the moon about her newly adopted hometown of 7 years.

More of Kim’s work can be found at www.kimberlycoccagnia.com

Ezequiel Martin Consoli @ Beacon Homebrew

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Born and raised in Argentina, I came to the United States to pursue my passion for art and design. As a sculptor and painter, I strive to move my viewers into a space where they can be themselves, free to feel what they may about the subject of my art. I have created these sculptures to represent two very distinct sides of the brewing process: natural and industrial. I have sculpted both the hop flower and the barley sheaf out of recycled beer cans and other found metals. The beauty of nature and the ingredients of brewing are represented in the physical form of flower and grain. Multiple colors abound through the sculpture to show the myriad of styles or flavors a beer may take. Cold metal is used to represent the industrial side of the brewing process. Brands, logos, and marks are seen in each petal of the flower and grain of the barley. These petals and grains, once cans, are each as unique as the flavors and aromas of the beer they used to hold. They have become a collage of colors, words, and images, now a tribute to the original components. I would like to note that I have not chosen the beer cans to promote any one brand, but to highlight what I have found beautiful and artistic in their designs. Please enjoy, responsibly!

Alissa Corrado @ Culture Cafe

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Upon their grand opening one year ago, I was asked to photograph Culture Cafe as a dining space. Before their doors opened to the town, this was all it was; a space. Since then, the business has transformed into a place to meet with friends or escape for a few hours with a book over a cup of coffee. The cultural diversity of their dishes has attracted foodies from near and far and the vibe is set by the patrons that frequent there. As a hotspot for locals, many residents of Beacon have claimed the cafe as their new favorite place in town.

For this installation, I have recreated the same image that I shot for their website, but only this time adding the difference; what Culture Cafe is now — THE PEOPLE! During exposures of several minutes long, I used flashlights to draw in scenes of customers dinning al fresco on the patio. From a busy Saturday night to a quiet table for two, these scenes represent the development of the business and what people love most about the cafe.The images are infused onto the surface of a specially treated, lightweight sheet of high gloss metal and are waterproof, weatherproof and scratch resistant.

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Instagram: upjumptheboogie

Timothy Delaney @ Fovea Exhibitions

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Photojournalism has always existed as a uniquely democratic medium. It derives its power from its ability to reach every viewer and deliver its particular message. At Fovea, our mission is to advance public interest and understanding of domestic and international topics through the photojournalistic medium. As individuals, we all see through our own particular lens, and reach our own level of understanding. So in that sense, the camera’s eye is everyone’s. That is what this series of portraits celebrates.

Tess Elliot @ People's Bicycle

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This installation hopes to convey the complexity and beauty in the design and function of bicycles. By deconstructing a vintage three speed road bike into individual component parts, I’ve suspended each part in relation to each other to create an exploded view.

People’s Bicycle sells new and vintage bikes while also providing repair and maintenance work for local cyclists. As advocates for an environmentally friendly and healthy means of transportation, their mission inspired the concept behind this piece. Window’s on Main Street is a wonderful way for artists to dialog and collaborate with neighborhood businesses and it has been a wonderful challenge to create a visual representation for People’s Bicycle, paying homage to the way they serve our community.

Joanna Ferrin @ Blackbird Attic

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I am a wanderer. Through my exploration of this infinite life, I take with me beauty in all its odd forms. My work uses the subjectivity of mysticism, folklore, and societal “taboos” such as sexuality and death. Media such as wood, card board, and found objects reflect my penchant for rawness and decay. In juxtaposition, I use illustrative techniques and styles of drawing and painting.

My window at Blackbird Attic unites the store’s vintage roots within its detailed botanical illustrations, while connecting my love of mysticism through the figurative depictions of what I refer to as, “Altered States of Consciousness”. In the Cave of Trois-Frères, “The Sorcerer” stands as one of most mysterious and unexplainable pieces which grace the walls of the cave. It depicts a shaman whose body is half man and half animal, whose significance remains unknown but whose interpretation is that of a great spirit or master of nature. The definition of a shaman is a being who can reach altered states of consciousness. Through my collaborative theme of creating a garden party with Callie, I created an animistic garden, guarded by a great spirit.

Marcy B. Freedman @ Hudson Valley Fitness

The Best Biceps in Beacon!

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For this year’s annual Windows on Main Street event, I was able to combine my love of video and interactive performance with the concept of GAME: ON by developing a contest called “The Best Biceps in Beacon!” Furthermore, my project is about fitness, and thus, it is perfectly aligned with the business — Hudson Valley Fitness — that so kindly allowed me to install my work.

The window installation was the product of several steps, all of which play an important role in my artistic process. During the month of July, I spent several days on the streets of Beacon, inviting members of the public to chat with me about their health and fitness. At the conclusion of each conversation, I asked the participant to bare one arm to reveal a bicep muscle. With my video camera, I documented these diverse biceps.

Thereafter, I used still images from the video footage to create a photographic collage of biceps. However, the installation of this display did not mark the end point of my project. During the opening reception for Windows on Main Street, I stood in front of the window and encouraged people to vote for “the best biceps” on view and to explain the reasons for their selection.

For me, the one-on-one, face-to-face conversations with people from all walks of life were as important as the final photographic display, because my goal as a performance artist is to provide an antidote to our growing addiction to “virtual” forms of communication, such as email, texting, social networking. I believe that the conversational aspects of my project demonstrated the beauty and power of real, live communication in real time and real space!

Callie Garcia @ Blackbird Attic

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As I pass the different thresholds within my small art career, I’ve experimented with any and every possible avenue from Theater to traditional painting and drawing. Within my installation I’ve displayed my skills of sculpture with found objects and my ability to create an intriguing layout of the space. I’ve also use a specific choice of card stock to create a garden party dress and paper flowers to fill the garden.

My choice of colors, materials and style of dress relates to the vintage theme Joanna and I have agreed on.

Larry Guzman @ Berkshire Hathaway

This Used To Be My Playground I & II

I – Where Is Old Piney?

My family arrived in the Hudson Valley fifty years ago this year, coming from Amarillo, Texas. We moved into our house in East Fishkill in December 1964. It’s adjacent to a large marshy woods which my neighborhood friends and I would explore, timidly at first, not venturing out of sight of our houses, then more deeply as we got older.  There was a large, ancient pine tree, which was dubbed “Old Piney,” in the middle of the woods. It was probably the tallest tree in the woods (you could see the top from my house), so climbing higher than the lowest branch was not something we were going to try.

I’m not sure when I noticed that Old Piney had disappeared, in the 90s perhaps. Whether it succumbed to the increasing marshiness of these woods or someone cut it down, I don’t know. Either way, I’m sad it’s gone.

II – Brett View Recreation Area

Brett View Acres is the name the developers gave to the housing development I’ve called home for fifty years, derived from the name of the hill, Brett’s Hill, on the south side. (I’m not sure if it’s somehow related to Beacon’s Madame Brett.) “The Rec” was the site of many development-wide activities and events, including movie nights and barbecue cookouts. My dad helped construct the original jungle gym, which was made of iron and concrete and would not pass today’s strict safety requirements. Sprout Creek runs by the Rec, though my friends and I never really explored there much since two boys drowned in it around 1970. The woods behind my house was much more interesting anyway.

Beth Haber & Stephen Lewis @ RiverWinds Gallery

HERE, HEAR

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Our installation explores dynamic aspects between movement and place. Movement is causal to all creative energy. The pause in place allows for focused observation, and that focus generates more movement, and new creative experiences. We were inspired by the call to play by WOMX and decided to do an installation that was both visual and interactive.

HERE

The totemic butterfly represents both playfulness and transformation. It is actually a Waterman projection of the global wind patterns on earth. It describes the earth as a living organism, paused as a still image of constant motion, portraying a fixed instant in our continually moving global Here.

HEAR

The “Organism” is a multi sensor installation. Each sensor allows the user to activate a single musical note from a set of possible notes. To play you move until you find a place in relation to an individual sensor and the corresponding note rings out. Multiple players move to, and hold place at different sensors, working out how they want to play together, form a group “chord”, and experiment with the new sounds they will Hear.

And Here…

RiverWinds Gallery has held a vital place in Beacon’s community life for over a decade, offering a venue for artisans craftspeople and artists to display their work. Its name embodies energy, and we are pleased to have our project Here.

Global wind patterns
http://galileospendulum.org

Amanda Henneberry @ The Tailored Mermaid

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The Tailored Mermaid specializes in clothing and accessories that are “made by hand with love.” It opened in the spring of 2013, across the street from the waterfall. My installation, set between the merchandise and waterfall, fuses the store to its location. The fabric is hand-painted to mimic the movement of water and tailored to fit over its underlying structure. This fusion acts as a symbolic binding of the business to its new home on Main Street. Welcome to Beacon, The Tailored Mermaid!

Sam Horowitz @ Hudson Land Design

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Repetition, honesty, and intention turn a stack of raw material into an interactive sculpture; Filter fractures and distorts images seen through it. When one looks into the pipes, objects seen beyond jump and flicker as different lengths of pipe allow differing perspectives. Filter is the fruition of an idea I’ve sketched and modeled obsessively over the past three years. Within this work I’ve stepped forward from much of what I have made before. In earlier versions of this piece, participants were to circle, converse, and play through the frames of the screen. Rather than encourage dialogue between audience members, Filter invites viewers to enter their own soliloquy, noticing nuance and animation in an otherwise barren situation.

This sort of play is a familiar route: peeking through picket fences via car windows, seeing through vinyl screen doors covered in mosquitoes… playing with ourselves — well, with one’s eyes through Filter, that is – is a constant reminder of the beauty of the mechanics of our bodies, and of subtleties and wonders of the world around us.

Diane Landro @ Bank Square Coffeehouse

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For my installation, I wanted to directly showcase the art and talent by the baristas right here at Bank Sq. As a former barista, I wanted my piece to pay homage to my appreciation for the art behind the coffee world. There’s a simple beauty behind coffee, brewing good coffee is a craft, and it can speak for itself. I want you to see the drinks, and then can’t help but go in and order one.

Diane Landro is a local photographer that focuses on capturing the natural beauty with people, places and things.

Latté art by Alex Campone.

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Teresa Marra @ The Roundhouse Corporate Office
Beacon is a living, breathing creature that is ever changing. There are certain staples that are anchors holding the city down while the tide comes in and washes things away to replace them with something new.

In my photography I try to capture the fleeting stillness of moments and the things that make Beacon special. For this project I focused on The Roundhouse. In the grand scheme of things The Roundhouse is fairly new, but due to its massive scale, solid brick walls, and popularity it has quickly become an anchor. These photos in this installation range from the grand sweeping architecture that becomes part of the landscape to the small quiet corners inside the building. The frames are built from wood collected around the property which I feel best suits these photographs.

Caitlin Moriarty @ Jessica Wickham Solid Wood Studio

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For me, the artistic process is as important as the end result. The act of deconstructing and manipulating a material transforms a raw form into something entirely different. This process of stripping away surfaces leaves the work with a sense of age or decay that often characterizes my pieces.

For this year’s Windows On Main, I have the privilege of working with Jessica Wickham at Wickham Solid Wood Studio. Aiming to draw attention to the gallery’s often-overlooked windows, I feel that the placement of the installation is essential. Through my placement of materials such as wood and light, I have aimed to transform the space in a way that will draw viewers in.

Sara Murali @ Nella Bellas

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My work explores the relationship between Critical Theory and emotional memories.

With influences as diverse as Blake and Henry Rollins, new variations are manufactured from both opaque and transparent discourse.

Ever since I was a student, I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of meaning. What starts out as vision soon becomes corrupted into a dialectic of futility, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the possibility of a new synthesis.

As shifting derivatives become distorted through frantic and critical practice, the viewer is left with an epitaph for the possibilities of our culture.

 

Antonella Piemontese @ Antalek & Moore Insurance

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I make objects using fabric. I am inspired by clothing, animal and human body parts, and toys. My hand sewn objects explore texture and tactile; shape and size; precision and proportion; wearable and non-wearable.

Joseph Pimentel @ Quinn's

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I draw on imagery from this waking, dreamlike state and morph them into detailed, complex images that are rendered with the intention of giving insight into other planes of existence that await us. I attempt to morph these unique objects into a flowing, cohesive visual aesthetic that creates a semi- abstract, organic representation of the familiar in an unrecognizable way.

For this year’s Window’s on Main Street, I created several wood cut-out paintings that incorporate the melding and transformation of musical instruments. I have attended a few “Drink and Draw” events at Quinn’s since they reopened as a hot spot for local musicians to have live performances. I worked on a series of transformed musical instruments in the past and I am inspired to recreate, enlarge, and push those images to the next level as a window installation.

Cynthia Reed @ Beacon Pantry

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I am a graphic designer and artist who has lived and worked in NYC for most of my life but am presently living in Beacon. I’ve been painting in oil and acrylic for many years, while using digital media for my commercial designs and illustrations. With the improving quality of large format printing, I am now working primarily in digital or a combination of digital and acrylic paint. This display is a result of my sharing a passion for the food of the Mediterranean with the owner of Beacon Pantry.  The traditional foods of the Mediterranean are products of millennia of artisanal work and are in themselves works of art reflective of, and integral to, their respective cultures. These paintings are intended to function as both paintings and as signage, drawing the viewer in with the colors and textures of the foods portrayed and encouraging them to view all foodstuff as art.

Victoria Raabin @ Miss Vickie's Music

Un Ligero Reflejo de Glorias Pasadas

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Do we see the past that was or what we wished it was.
Do we see ourselves as we are or are we seeing what’s reflected, either through how we are judged or loved by others.
Do we see the truth or only think we do.

Shed in Late Winter - Window Sunset at Vanderbilt - Window

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A native of Dutchess County, New York, I have been an avid photographer for most of my life. Starting with a camera that was a prize at an elementary school penny social, I started taking pictures at age thirteen. With my father’s assistance, guidance and support, I began to capture images, learning composition effects, and the use of light and shadow. From landscapes, singular objects, plant life and human profiles; I journeyed into a fascinating world of discovering through the eyes of the lens.

In high school I was introduced to negative development, use of an enlarger, drawing and painting. By then I had found that it was a passionate experience and continued to bring images into my world on a daily basis. Several years later in college, I took photography again in negative development, composition and the use of chemicals and enlargers for more intricate and challenging works. Along with these classes, I also participated in drawing and color theory, design techniques and graphic design, receiving high marks in all categories. It has truly been a creative adventure. My skills with a SLR camera became intermediate, composing the effects of light and shadow, negative/positive space and bringing a feeling the viewer is going beyond looking at the picture but experiencing a personal journey into it.

The Hudson Valley is a multitude of the most beautiful scenery ever to encounter. Providing these images for purchase in over 162 products is the best fulfillment in my creative career. I am a member of the Beacon Arts Community Association, The Dutchess County Arts Council and the Hudson Valley Artisans Guild. The most gratifying thus far is this web site, Zenfolio.com. Through this site I can truly call forth my freedom to travel and feel creatively fulfilled and go to places for adventures, full of stories, past and present, leaving something once thought of as only temporary in place and time and bringing it forever captured for the joy and contentment it brings me and pass it on to you. Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

Kelly Shimoda @ Artisan Wine Shop

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This series is a collection of watercolors of various official wine regions and appellations around the world, each painted using a wine from the corresponding area. I draw the outline of each region in pencil, and then paint the interior with the wine.

The more I understand how specific regions and microclimates can determine so much about a wine’s character, the more it makes me want to come up with a way to represent that individual character using color and shape. The amorphous shapes of the regions are incredibly varied — some are smooth and simple while others are craggy or fractured. And the color of the dried wines are even more distinctive than when they are in the glass, ranging from deep indigo to light pink.

I also noticed that after painting, the colors began to fade and change after they dried on the paper. I anticipate that this will continue when they are on display, and I am embracing this impermanence as I feel it speaks to the perishable nature and seasonality of wine. Even as they age, they serve as a lasting reminder of the wine and the place it came from. All of the wines in these paintings can be found at Artisan.

Caitlin Strom @ Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries

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“Here in the secrets of the mountains, in the river roar, I touch my skin to see if I am real; I say my name aloud and do not answer.”
— Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard

It is possible to lose one’s self. Not in the tiny vortex of a touchscreen or a video game, but in the vastness of sky and mountains, water and horizon. Especially water, for what better reminder that life is not static, but change?

Sadly, our culture seems to be losing touch with the value of wild places and their wisdom. As the world’s population grows and we consume more and more, these places are becoming smaller and fewer.

These photographs offer a view into our relationship with rivers and the bodies of water that they feed. The images were transferred from paper onto glass plates. They can be viewed from the front (from the street) or from behind (inside), and will take on different appearances depending on the changing light conditions.

Melissa Tatge & Amanda Jones @ Roosevelt Vet on the Hudson

Sister one loves dogs and photography. Sister two loves designing and making beautiful things. Why not collaborate and combine all the love? The Dog Studio is one big celebration of those furry spirits that inevitably become our best friends — capturing our hearts, standing by us, and becoming families for the duration.

Melissa Tatge is a creative director who uses her design sense and entrepreneurial spirit to help small businesses and nonprofits reach their communications goals. Her sister Amanda Jones is one of the country’s leading dog photographers, with over 20 years of portraits sessions under her belt. The Dog Studio is their new collaboration, enabling them to realize their dream of sharing these wonderful images with the world. Learn more at www.thedogstudio.com.

Benjamin Taylor @ Ella's Bellas

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For the past few years I’ve been creating architecturally themed collages, both two and three dimensionally, using various found objects and materials. I incorporate strips of wood and leather, plumbing and framing scraps, old knitting needles, salvaged and reclaimed metals and just about anything else I can get my hands on. Eventually pattern and form emerge from the various colors, textures and patinas of the materials. This year for WOMSX I’ve decided to use this technique to create an image of one of Main Street’s most prominent businesses, Ella’s Bellas.

Team WOMS Installs

Melissa Tatge
Hannah Anderson
Larry Guzman
Teresa Marra
Melissa Toth

“Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”
Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

For the first time ever, and in honor of 10 amazing years, Team WOMS has taken on a collaborative window installation for Windows on Main Street. Our team is made up of five creative, dedicated volunteers who are committed to building artist and business relationships throughout the local community. We are interested in the ways in which artists can expand and visually enhance business on Main Street, drawing in customers to support the hard working business owners that have made Beacon their home. We chose Beacon’s newest wine bar as our host because it has become a Team WOMS meeting hotspot, serving as a positive environment for bringing this year’s event to new heights. It was with much excitement that we decided to bring our varied talents together to celebrate not only our organizational involvement, but also our individual artistic skills to create a visual dialogue with a supportive local venue.

For this installation, we have chosen wine corks as our primary material. Cork collections reflect a passage of time and spark memories of special moments and occasions. Hundreds of corks are strung and suspended by monofilament across the interior of the storefront window, appearing to float in a transient manner – creating a curtain of captured time. The display is clean and minimal, meant to compliment the sleek, modern, interior design elements of the space. Some use of color has been added to further enhance the composition and its relationship with the inside environment. Our attempt is to pull viewers off the sidewalk and into the welcoming atmosphere that Oak Vino has to offer.

We would like to express gratitude to Oak Vino for sponsoring WOMSX.
We would also like to give special thanks to Oak Vino, Towne Crier, Hui Lee, Gerry Camera, & Kalene Rivers for contributing corks to our cause!

We’re all happy to be working on another great year of Windows on Main Street. Welcome new team member Melissa Toth!

Melissa Tatge: Director / Development Specialist / Graphic Designer
Hannah Anderson: Curator
Teresa Marra: Co-Curator / Social Media Expert / Party Planner
Melissa Toth: Co-Curator / Party Planner
Larry Guzman: PR / BeaconArts Ambassador 

Team WOMS

WOMSX ~ Windows on Main Street 2014 opens on Beacon’s Main Street on August 9

37 local artists use creativity and collaboration in competition for prizes during Windows on Main Street 2014.

JULY 31, 2014, BEACON NY — 2014 marks the tenth summer of Windows on Main Street, Beacon’s annual public art exhibition. In celebration, this year’s exhibition — “WOMSX” — will take on a competitive flair. Thirty-seven local artists have been challenged to create a unique piece of art inspired by and installed in a business storefront window along Beacon’s Main Street, competing for juried awards and prizes. Prizes include: $1000 “Grand Prize” juried by the show’s founders; “Gallerist’s Pick” juried by 5 local gallerists; and “People’s Choice Award” juried by the public via live online voting. The installations will be judged on qualities such as originality, craftsmanship, composition and presentation, use of space, relevance, and collaboration.

The Short Story:

  • WOMSX runs August 9 through September 13, 2014.
  • Free to the public and viewable 24/7 along the length of Main Street, Beacon NY. Maps available.
  • Opening Party will be held on Saturday, August 9, 6-8pm at Bank Sq Coffeehouse, 129 Main St
  • Closing Party & Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 13, 6-8pm at Quinn’s, 330 Main St
  • Bonus Round, an exhibition by the artists of WOMSX, will also be on display at Bank Sq, 129 Main St.

In 2005, Windows on Main Street began as a way to connect Beacon’s residents, businesses and artists. The original idea was to use art as a catalyst for economic growth and to create an open dialogue between all aspects of the community by asking artists to create a dynamic, site-specific installation in a commercial window. Each piece is a combination of the artist’s style and unique qualities of the business.

This year, the exhibition features 37 artists installing in 32 windows along Main Street:

Kevin Abney Galaxie 13
Maria Amor Giannetta Salon & Spa
Kathleen Anderson Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Mark Baylash Lauren & Riley
Tony Brickner Dream In Plastic
Kit Burke-Smith Barb’s Butchery
Kimberly Coccagnia Shekinah Styles Barber Shop
Ezequiel Martin Consoli Beacon Homebrew
Alissa L. Corrado Culture Cafe
Diana Currie Dream In Plastic
Timothy Delaney Fovea
Tess Elliot People’s Bicycle
Joanna Ferrin Blackbird Attic
Marcy B. Freedman Hudson Valley Fitness
Callie Garcia Blackbird Attic
Denise Gianna Miss Vickie’s Music
Larry Guzman Berkshire-Hathaway Hudson Valley Properties
Beth Haber & Stephen Lewis RiverWinds Gallery
Amanda Henneberry The Tailored Mermaid
Sam Horowitz Hudson Land Design
Diane Landro Bank Square Coffeehouse
Teresa Marra The Roundhouse Corporate Office
Caitlin Moriarty Wickham Solid Wood Studio
Sara Murali Nella’s Bella Boutique
Antonella Piemontese Clay, Wood & Cotton
Joseph Pimentel Quinn’s
Cynthia Reed Beacon Pantry
Linda B. Schiller Bannerman Island Gallery
Keely Sheehan Zora Dora
Kelly Shimoda Artisan Wine Shop
Caitlin Strom Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Melissa Tatge & Amanda Jones Roosevelt Vet on the Hudson
Benjamin L. Taylor Ella’s Bellas
Team WOMS Oak Vino Wine Bar

Maps will be available in the shops on Main, as well as at Beacon’s Visitor Center throughout the month. Visitors can also visit www.beaconwindows.org for a dynamic online map. Please visit our website www.beaconwindows.org for more information and past exhibitions.

The event is organized by Melissa Tatge, Hannah Anderson, Larry Guzman, Teresa Marra, and Melissa Toth. WOMSX is presented by Rhinebeck Bank and sponsored by The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, Artisan Wine Shop, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties, Galaxie 13, Hudson River Craft Beer Festival, Kimberly Coccagnia, Oak Vino, River Therapeutic Massage, Alicia King Photography, Beacon Flea Market, RiverWinds Gallery, Spire Studio, Bank Sq Coffeehouse, Bau, Quinn’s, The Valley Table, Diane Landro Photography, Kelly Ellenwood & Timothy Parsace, Mary B. Freedman, Rabbi Brent & Alison Spodeck, and Still River Editions.

CONTACT

Melissa Tatge
windowsonmainstreet@gmail.com
917-407-9244

Windows on Main Street is part of Beacon’s August Second Saturday celebration, a monthly celebration of the arts in which galleries and shops are open from 12-9PM for openings, performances and other events. Beacon’s Second Saturday is a project of the non-profit BeaconArts. BeaconArts is also the fiscal sponsor for Windows on Main Street. For more information about Second Saturday events in August, please visit: www.beaconarts.org.

ABOUT BEACONARTS

BeaconArts (www.beaconarts.org), formed in 2002, is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to foster and encourage the advancement of the City of Beacon as an arts and cultural center. Members include artists, galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, services, and supporters of the arts. Projects and events include Beacon Second Saturday, Art Along the Hudson, Beacon Open Studios, Windows on Main Street, Beacon Riverfest, Beacon Independent Film Festival, and Beacon 3D. The BeaconArts website and free, weekly email newsletter promote these events and those from members. BeaconArts distributes a quarterly Beacon Guide that shows all member galleries, shops, restaurants and more. The Guide is free and available at Dia:Beacon, the Beacon Visitor’s Center, locations along Beacon’s Main Street, and throughout the Hudson Valley.

Visit our website to find out more about Windows on Main Street and other events happening in Beacon at www.beaconarts.org.

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Win WOMS

This year, we are taking it up a notch and offering prizes big and small. In addition to the prizes below, which are awarded by our jurists, there will be additional ad hoc prizes. All will be awarded during our Awards Ceremony at our Closing Party at Quinn’s on Saturday, September 13, 7-9pm.

Below are some aspects of a successful WOMS installation to consider when planning your project. These will also be used as criteria for judging our awards:

  • ORIGINALITY: how the work exhibits creativity
  • CRAFTSMANSHIP: the artist’s skill in use of materials
  • COMPOSITION & MATERIALS: the layout and use of materials and textures
  • USE OF SPACE: how the window has been transformed
  • PRESENTATION: appearance, framing, and display techniques
  • COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: how well the artist creates a dialogue with the business

Ready to win? Click here for our Call for Artists »


Best of WOMSXThe Grand Prize

Award: $1000

This prize is awarded by our Grand Prize Jury. The winner will exemplify what the WOMS is all about, and represent the perfect example of how art and business can collaborate to unite community and be a catalyst for economic growth.


Gallerists Pick of WOMSXGallerists’ Prize

Award: 2015 Solo Show at bau

This prize is awarded by our jury of outstanding Beacon gallerists. The winner will get a spot for a solo show at bau’s (Beacon Artist Union’s) Beacon Room in 2015. More about bau »


People's Favorite WOMSXPeople’s Choice

Award: A Fabulous Beacon Basket

The People’s Choice Award will go to whoever wins our public voting competition. The Fabulous Beacon Basket will contain goodies from all over town.

This year we are amping up the competition by offering prizes for best-of installations. Here are your jurors-de-jour. Scroll down for bios.

Grand Prize Jury

  • Christopher Albert, co-founder Windows on Main Street
  • Hannah Anderson, Team WOMS
  • Karlos Carcamo, co-founder Windows on Main Street
  • Larry Guzman, Team WOMS
  • Teresa Marra, Team WOMS
  • Melissa Tatge, Team WOMS
  • Melissa Toth, Team WOMS

Gallerists’ Prize Jury

  • Susan Batton, Dia:Beacon
  • Carla Goldberg, Beacon Artist Union
  • Barbara AG & Steven Paul Riddle, Marion Royael Gallery
  • Carl Van Brunt, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

People’s Choice Jury

  • Any and all who choose to participate!

Christopher AlbertChristopher Albert lives in Beacon, NY where he paints, tinkers and instigates projects that rely on other artists’ charms. Some of these recent projects have placed him in the roles of: director of kork, co-founder/ co-producer of the Dead Hare Radio Hour podcast, and most recently, director of Crotch, an art space in the crotch of a tree in his backyard.


Hannah AndersonHannah Anderson is a (nearly) life-long resident of the Hudson Valley.  After graduating from Kenyon College with a BA in Art History in 2009, she moved from Garrison to Beacon to direct a small gallery — and was pleasantly surprised by Beacon’s open-minded attitude towards & support of local art — aspects of a community which are necessary for a project like WOMS to succeed. Currently the Administrative Manager & Event Coordinator for a fine art event production company, Hannah has been an organizer of WOMS since 2011.

With so much love and appreciation for the Hudson Valley, she is continuously thrilled by the number of people who are willing to dedicate time and effort to creating site-specific installations for WOMS, in appreciation of our surroundings and communities.


Susan BattonSusan Sayre Batton moved to the Beacon area in 2010 when she joined the staff of Dia:Beacon. She has enjoyed working closely with BeaconArts and the Beacon Chamber of Commerce to strengthen ties between Dia and the Beacon community.  Since 2010, Dia has also collaborated programmatically with Clearwater, Garrison Institute, Glynwood, and other area non-profits for programs presented at quarterly Community Free Days.  Susan is a Board member of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, and an Advisory Board member of Re>Think Local, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, and Arts Mid-Hudson.

Dia:Beacon offers free weekend admission to City of Beacon residents, made possible by Lyn and John Fischbach, in honor of Pete Seeger.


Karlos CarcamoKarlos Cárcamo is a multi-discipline artist based in Beacon, New York. He has an MFA from Hunter College and has been the recipient of prestigious residencies such as the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Lower East Side Printshop. His work has been included in national and international exhibitions including The Brooklyn Museum, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Jersey City Museum, White Box, PS 122 Gallery, The Queens and Bronx Museums, Artists Space, South Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, The Wassaic Project, Ann Street Gallery and The Rochester Center of Contemporary Art. Cárcamo is represented in many private and museum collections including: Red Bull Corporation, Deutsche Bank Art Foundation, El Museo del Barrio, and Museo de Arte de El Salvador. He is represented in New York City by Hionas Gallery.


Carla GoldbergCarla Goldberg is an artist, gallery director and curator. She’s shown in over 200 national and international museum, university and gallery exhibitions. Carla directs Skylight Gallery NYC, where she’s curated Hudson Valley and City based artists for four years and currently hosts curatorial projects. Carla also directs bau Gallery and curates The Beacon Room, a project space within bau dedicated to exhibiting artists in the greater Hudson Valley. Her numerous curations include galleries in NY, CA, Berlin, South Africa and Sweden. Carla sits on the exhibitions committee for Women’s Caucus for the Arts, a think-tank creating exhibition opportunities for women on a national level. Photo by Stacy Ward Kelly


Larry GuzmanThis is Larry Guzman’s third year on the Windows On Main Street organizing committee (a.k.a. Team WOMS). He’s been the principal photographer for the WOMS catalog and has participated twice.  A long-time Hudson Valley resident, Larry is a photographer and writer. He’s been involved in Beacon’s art scene since he joined the Beacon Art Salon in 2006.


Teresa MarraTeresa Marra is a mixed media artist living in Beacon NY with her themes leaning more towards the fantasy and whimsical nature of world. After graduating SUNY New Paltz in 2005 with a BA in Photography she started to explore combining painting and photography together, which lead her to discovering her own style. Teresa has exhibited her work all across the Hudson Valley region as well as in New York City and New Jersey. She is highly inspired by her surroundings and feels that it’s important to always be connected to your community.


The RiddlesTogether Barbara AG and Steven Paul Riddle operate and own Marion Royael Gallery in Beacon, New York. Since 2001 they have operated galleries in Oregon, Florida and New York. Their current gallery produces Directed Migrating Installations, represents 20 artists and invites guest artists to show their work. Their Gallery exhibits include original fine art, fine art multiples and fine art objects. They live on a small hobby farm in Warwick, New York with their 24 adored animals.


Melissa TatgeMelissa Tatge moved to Beacon in 2006 for some peace and quiet. Little did she know of the excitement to be had up and down Main Street. A designer and creative director, Melissa has run her own company creating brands and communications for nonprofits and small businesses across the country since 2004. She has recently launched another new company developing stationery and gift products for dog lovers. Melissa has been the project manager for Windows on Main Street since 2009.


Melissa TothMelissa Toth was born in the Hudson Valley which is where she has continued to live and work until the present day.  As has been the case with many artists and writers, she turned to creativity as an outlet to explore the human condition, examine emotions, question notions of spirituality, and reflect on the power of perception. Melissa graduated at the top of her department from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. degree and the Art History Award for Outstanding Performance. Since then, she has dedicated over 11 years to museum administration at Dia:Beacon in the Visitor Services department.  Melissa continues to create artwork and poetry, takes part in group shows and installations, and is excited to connect with the local community in Beacon, a truly beautiful place to call home.


Carl Van BruntCarl Van Brunt In 2000, Carl, his wife Suzanne Ball, and their son Trevor moved to Cold Spring. Soon thereafter Carl opened Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon. Currently he is Gallery Director of Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. He and Suzanne are also involved in promoting the work of Hudson Valley artists in art fairs, museum exhibitions and pop-up shows under the banner of Van Brunt Projects. Carl has shown his digital work extensively in one person exhibitions and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the Hudson Valley region.

Our Sponsors

In addition to hosting our artist’s our local businesses donate funds and goods to make Windows on Main Street a success. Thank you sponsors, from artists and organizers alike!

Windows on Main Street Presenting Sponsor

Rhinebeck Bank


The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls


Antalek & Moore

Artisan Wine Shop

BHHS HVP Jeannine Wender

Galaxie 13

Hudson River Craft Beer Festival

Kimberly Coccagnia Photography

Oak Vino Wine Bar

River Therapeutic Massage


Alicia King Photography

Beacon Flea Market

Ella's Bellas

RiverWinds Gallery

Spire Studios


Individual Donors

Diane Landro Photography

Kelly Ellenwood & Timothy Parsaca

Marcy B. Freedman

Lorraine Tyne Jewelry

Rabbi Brent & Alison Spodek

Still River Editions


In-Kind Support Generously Provided by

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BAU - beacon artist's union

  Quinn's Rest-n-Rant

The Valley Table


 Windows on Main Street  is a project of BeaconArts
www.beaconarts.org
BeaconArts

Thank you Rhinebeck Bank for being our Presenting Sponsor once again! Rhinebeck Bank was our very first sponsor in 2005, and has supported the project in each of the the 9 years since. Be sure to stop by their Beacon branch, up Route 9D about a mile north of I-84. Or visit them online at www.rhinebeckbank.com and say “Thank you!” on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RhinebeckBank.