Beacon Free Loop: Rider Alert

May 3, 2019



Effective JUNE 1, 2019

For more information, please call (845) 473-8424 (Dutchess Transit)

Download the updated schedule here.

Follow the Beacon Free Loop on Facebook and on Instagram.

Special discount for BeaconArts members at Garrison Art Center

September 11, 2018

Upcoming Printmaking workshops and classes at Garrison Art Center

Hello Beacon Printmakers and artists interested in learning more about Printmaking!

We have so many new things happening in the Garrison Art Center print studio this fall and we would love to have artists from Beacon to come down and try one of our classes or workshops.

Use the Promo Code 12508 to get $10 of any class or workshop.   (one promo code allowed per transaction)

PROCESS + printmaking Workshop Series

All of these 3 hour workshops are open to all skill levels.

Quick and Candid Printmaking on September 8 with Andrea Connor. Taught by our Printmaking Studio Manager, this workshop lets folks experiment with collagraph and drypoint techniques.

Monotypes Workshop on September 9 with Elana Goren. There will be a class on monotypes starting a week after this workshop, so if you want to try it out this is a great opportunity.

Postcard Printmaking on October 7 with Emily Sylvester. We are happy to welcome Emily back with this popular workshop again.

Print to Wear: T-Shirt Printing on October 13 with Melissa Schlobohm. Melissa is back showing folks how to make shirts like the ones she creates for her line Fledgling Press.

Fall Classes

We have a plethora of different types of printmaking classes this autumn! 

Making Monotypes with Elana Goren starts on September 16
Intro to Relief Printmaking with Emily Sylvester starts on September 19
Intro to Intaglio with Andrea Connor starts on September 20
Screen Printing Techniques with Andrea Connor starts on September 22
Turkish Marbling & Bookbinding with Christina Di Marco starts on October 2
Reductive Print Techniques with Melissa Schlobohm starts on October 25

Print Club

Also, Print Club is back on Thursday evenings, 6pm-9pm. This is an ongoing opportunity for those with prior printing experience to share the studio space and enjoy an opportunity to be with other like minded folks.

New Partnership Offers “Beacon Free Loop” Bus for Residents and Visitors

August 10, 2018

Free service begins August 22, 2018

Beginning this Wednesday, August 22nd, Dutchess County Public Transit’s Route G in the City of Beacon will be known as The Beacon Free Loop and will provide unlimited free rides for residents and visitors within the city’s limits as part of a new collaboration with the City of Beacon, BeaconArts, and Dutchess County. The goal of the collaboration is to spark new interest in the route, with an arts-focused rebranding of the bus and several bus shelters in the city. Recent changes to the route improve access between the Beacon train station and popular cultural and tourist destinations such as Dia:Beacon and the Mount Beacon Trailhead, as well as the business district within the city. The route operates Monday through Saturday, 6am to 9pm.

County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “We are excited to expand our partnership with Mayor Randy Casale and BeaconArts to enhance public transit and increase awareness of this valuable resource for residents and visitors. This collaboration highlights the many arts and cultural attractions Beacon has to offer, helps harness the benefits of a thriving tourism industry and builds a local economy that supports residents and small businesses alike.”

As part of an inter-municipal agreement approved unanimously last night by the Dutchess County Legislature at its August board meeting, the City of Beacon will pay $5,000 in 2018 and $11,000 in 2019 to Dutchess County Public Transit to provide passenger service at no cost to the riders until December 31, 2019.

“Beacon is very proud of the positive influence arts and culture have on our community and bringing this free service to our city is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the artists and tourist attractions that contribute to the creative atmosphere we cultivate,” said Beacon Mayor Randy Casale. “We are grateful to everyone at BeaconArts for leading the design process and the leadership of Dutchess County government for their support in making this partnership possible.”

To highlight the bus service, the City of Beacon commissioned an eye-catching wrap for the Dutchess County Public Transit bus on the route to increase awareness and visibility. The design was created by current BeaconArts President Rick Rogers, Brianne Linden of Marist College’s NorthRoad Communications—a student-run marketing and communications design firm, and former BeaconArts board member Kirsten Heincke of KHCreative.

“Working with the students at NorthRoad was just great,” said Rogers.  “They dove into the project and came up with a fantastic logo that visually represents the Beacon Free Loop.  It is eye-catching and fun – and hopefully will attract riders to get on the bus.”

Additionally, BeaconArts curated and installed designs from local artists—including Beacon High School graduate Kyra S. Husbands, the recipient of the Dutchess County Executive’s Arts Awards in the Student with Exceptional Promise in the Arts category—in six bus shelters throughout the city with funding from a Dutchess Partners in the Arts grant, through Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and Arts Mid-Hudson. BeaconArts is also planning to bring events to the bus and shelters this fall such as pop-up art lectures and concerts.

“Beacon is a hub of culture and creativity that the Beacon Free Loop will allow residents and people from all over to experience. An arts solution is exactly what is needed to bring awareness to this great amenity in our city,” said former BeaconArts President and Beacon Free Loop committee organizer Kelly Ellenwood.

Riders can hail the bus at any safe location along the route, as well as at designated bus stops.

The public is invited to join County and City officials, members of the BeaconArts council, and featured artists for an official launch and celebration of the Beacon Free Loop collaboration on Thursday, August 30th at 10 a.m. at Polhill Park at the corner of Main Street and Route 9D in Beacon.

The Beacon Free Loop schedule is available online at as well as on the Beacon Free Loop Facebook and Instagram pages.  Additional route information, rider alerts, real-time updates and more are available on Dutchess County Public Transit’s Dutchess Tracker app. For more information on BeaconArts, visit their website at  #beaconfreeloop

The funding for the Dutchess Partners in the Arts grant comes from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and is administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Thank you to our media sponsors:

Hudson Beach Glass
Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique

Call for Photography Show Us the Spirit of Beacon!

July 29, 2018

Deadline: August 1st

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street – Beacon

What does The Spirit of Beacon mean to you?

HPL and the Spirit of Beacon Day Committee are looking for photographs that best capture the essence of The Spirit of Beacon. What makes our community so unique? Can you capture it in an image? Is it the beautiful mountains, the historic architecture, the connection to the river, the vibrant community, all of the above or something else? Share your vision with us! Photographers of ALL ages and skill levels are invited to submit their original photos. (more…)

Request for Applications ~ Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts

July 25, 2018

Deadline: September 7, 2018


The goal of the Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts is to fund Beacon projects not generally supported by other area arts organizations, including individual artist’s projects, unique exhibition, performance or public art projects, arts education programs, and community projects that promote area artists and arts activities and that draw attention to the valuable role of arts and culture in our community.

To honor Clara Lou Gould upon the occasion of her retirement after 18 years of service as Beacon’s Mayor, and in recognition of her support of arts and culture in Beacon, BeaconArts created a special Fund for the Arts named for Beacon’s former Mayor.  Because Mayor Gould was born and raised in Cold Spring but spent most of her adult life in Beacon, the arts fund is designed to support arts and cultural projects and activities in the Greater Beacon community, including projects that may be initiated outside Beacon but benefit the arts community in the Beacon area of New York.

The Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County.

The 2018 round of applications for the Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts is now open, for requests/projects up to $1000 taking place between October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or be fiscally sponsored by one. If you would like information about fiscal sponsorship through BeaconArts, please contact us.

Application deadline: September 7, 2018 | Apply Online Now: 2018 CLGFA APPLICATION

BeaconArts announces new Board of Directors and Officers for 2018

February 20, 2018

Rick Rogers

BeaconArts’ 2018 President Rick Rogers.

At its Annual Meeting on January 31, 2018, Beacon’s arts community voted in four new Board Members, adding to the 5 current members that will continue their terms.

The 2018 Executive Committee and Members-at-Large for BeaconArts are:

Rick Rogers, President
Theresa Goodman, Vice President
Aaron Verdile, Treasurer
Linda Pratt Kimmel, Secretary

Board Members-at-Large:

Hanny Ahern
Karlyn Benson
Christina Jensen
Meghan Goria
Terry Nelson


BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes 9/27/17

October 7, 2017

BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes

Wed September 27, 2017

Center for Creative Education

6:30 doors, 7:00 meeting


Congratulations Beacon Buzzers 2017 Battle of the Books Champs!

August 22, 2017

On Saturday, August 19th, the 2nd Annual MHLS High School Battle of the Books was held at Poughkeepsie Day School. Battle of the Book is a national Summer Reading Program for middle and high school students in the five-county region of the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Beacon team faced off against Beekman Library in the final battle and took home the first place banner which is now on display at the library.
Congratulations to Beekman (2nd Place) and Kingston (3rd Place).

Stay tuned, the Beacon Bees compete in the Middle School battle on September 16th!