Call for Entries

January 20, 2016

Far-and-Wide-2016-thumbnailFar and Wide: The 8th Annual Woodstock Regional Exhibition
Juror: Jason Rosenfeld, Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, and co-curator of River Crossings(2015) held at the historic homes of Thomas Cole (Cedar Grove) and Frederic Edwin Church (Olana) which featured contemporary art in these spaces for the first time. Open to artists in Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who can hand deliver and pick-up works selected by juror. Cash Prizes. Online applications only. Deadline: March 6, midnight. For complete information including important guidelines, fees, and link to online application go to:

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OPEN Call for Artist Book Show + Signing

January 7, 2016

rwglogogoldwDEADLINE: February 16, 2016

Greetings, Artists!

This is an OPEN Call for an Artist Book Show and Book Signing, March 12 – April 3, 2016 – a juried show at RiverWinds Gallery.   The Artist Book may be a photobook, novel, coloring book or any type book created by the artist.

The RiverWinds March show will be Artist Books and 2 or 3 framed images from your book.

LOCATION: RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main Street, Beacon, NY, 12508 (more…)

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The Beacon Music Factory Scholarship Fund

bmf compositeHowdy Folks,

Here at BMF we get to help so many kinds of students make the music they want to make for the reasons they want to make it.  Aspirations of greatness and aspirations for a good time are taken with equal measure.  What we’re serious about is making music and helping everyone we can do the same on their terms.

The student body here is equal parts adults and kids.  Classical, rock, jazz, cyber, and folk students are welcome.  Our teaching staff is just as mixed: from the conservatory-trained to the divebar learn’ed. This blend is what defines BMF—and the community here.  We staff realize what a unique thing it is to be teaching here among peers with such disparate backgrounds. And then we go so far as to play together, like the recent Linda Ronstadt tribute show at The Falcon.  There’s more than tolerance here among staff; there is genuine appreciation for one another.  We look to one another as if to say, ‘what I can learn from you?’

We share music-making in this very same way with our students. There are so many kinds of people, students. And just as many kinds of music to be made.

The day we opened (four years ago next month) we established a scholarship fund. To make it possible for motivated and interested students to engage in music lessons and classes at Beacon Music Factory it seemed imperative.   Because we are not a non-profit, the fund lives at Arts MidHudson (formerly Dutchess County Arts Council).  The fund is pretty modest, but it is there. (more…)

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Happy New Year from Beacon Art Studios

Beacon Art Studios logoHello to all, and Happy New Year!

I want to thank you all for your interest and support though the first full year of Beacon Art Studios.  Without the encouragement and support you have given me, it would have been much less fun and a lot more difficult to do the things we have done. (more…)

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CALL FOR ART: The Big Draw

The Big DrawSend Us Your Art!

Deadline: January 31, 2016.

The Big Draw is an affordable art show that gives artists the opportunity to sell fixed-price works on paper at a 2 day show and sale in Beacon NY. Artists 18 years old and older who are based in the US are invited to submit artworks of ANY medium on paper- drawing, painting, collage, photography, mixed media, etc will be considered. The Big Draw will be juried by a panel of artists.

There is NO FEE to enter. Deadline is January 31. Show runs Feb 26-28 at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon NY.

For all details and submission guidelines go here:

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Wassaic Artist Residency

2juliag_mill_sm-294x300DEADLINE: January 15, 2016

The Wassaic Residency Program cultivates and supports community for emerging and professional contemporary artis, writers and other creatives. Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers nine artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. The Wassaic Residency seeks artists working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art making practices, while participating in a grass roots, community-based arts organization.


To Apply:


More Wassaic opportunities:

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Call for Artists – Outdoor Exhibit

Deadline: February 15th, 2016

Eligibility: Artists living or working in the greater NYC and Hudson Valley areas (Brooklyn to Kingston, NY).  Artists must be over 18 years of age.

Safe HarborsOrange County Arts Council is currently seeking proposal submissions for an outdoor group art exhibit to be juried and curated by Nora Lawrence, Curator at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY, for Safe Harbors of the Hudson in Newburgh, NY.  Each selected artist will receive a minimum $500 honorarium.  Larger amounts may be awarded depending on project size, construction, material, etc.

Application: https:// orangecountynyartscouncil.

Applications Instructions PDF Download: CAFE_Safe Harbors

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Main Street Gallery Available

Bannerman Island Gallery

Bannerman Gallery, 150 Main Street is available!

Bannerman Castle Trust invites an artist or group of artists to show their work at the Trust’s Main Street gallery. Artist(s) must curate and hang own work; gallery will be attended on the weekends from 12-5. Gallery is approximately 300 sq ft., terms would be 50/50 split of any sales with the non-profit Bannerman Castle Trust, to support their programs. The gallery is located at 150 Main Street, between Mountain Tops and Hudson Beach Glass. Contact Neil Caplan, via email:, or at (845) 831-6346.

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Musicians sought for Bannerman Castle Concerts

Bannerman Family Residence Angelika Lipska

3rd Sundays – May through October

Bannerman Castle Trust seeks musicians for their Third Sunday Concert Series and Self Guided Tours on the island. Two 1/2 hour sets between 11 – 3:30; acoustic presentation preferable, one microphone is available. Transportation to and from island and $150 honorarium. Must provide own lunch. Contact Neil Caplan, via email:, or at (845) 831-6346

Dates: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16.

More info:

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Beacon Music Factory – Free Music Lessons in January!

January 3, 2016

BMF drumOpen to first-time BMF students


| guitar | piano | ukulele | bass | violin | voice |
| viola | cello | drums | harmonica | clarinet | sax | flute |

Available to any Beacon Music Factory first-time students:

One private 30-minute music lesson on any of the above listed instruments. Must be redeemed during the month of January 2016.

Read about private lessons here:

CALL 845-765-0472

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