BeaconArts@Night General Meeting Minutes: 5/25/2016

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May 25, 2016, 7pm

2-Way Brewing Company, 18 West Main (Beacon Open Studios Headquarters)

Welcome and Introductions – Aaron Verdile

Many BOS artists made positive comments on their experience over the weekend; Leilah Ezra of EzraGuitar (new business member) introduced herself.

Minutes from 4/27/2016 accepted.

Project Reports

Aaron detail BeaconArts non-profit structure and fiscal sponsorship projects

  • Margaret Fuller Commission – collaboration with Beacon Historical Society and City of Beacon; historical marker dedication and new music commissioned by BeaconArts for the event; Margaret Fuller was in residence in Fishkill Landing while she wrote Woman in the Nineteenth Century, led to Seneca Falls and women’s suffrage.  Music commission based on Fuller’s “Freedom and Truth”; Historical Connections exhibit at Howland Library through May.
  • Beacon Independent Film Festival – BIFF Arts Go! Fundraiser at Cinehub, June 25.  Margot Kingon is the honoree.
  • Beacon 3D – Ed Benavente filled us in.  Official opening May 15, runs through October 15. Eleven sculptures. 4th year, building a reputation.  Shout out to Michael Bogdanffy-Kreigh for photography.
  • American Center for Folk Music – will take over Scenic Hudson’s River Center (Red Barn) as their home; 501 (c) 3 status is pending.


  • Amy Wilson (Director): 65 artists, work sold, high foot traffic.  Zip codes were gathered.
  • Anna West: Some artists closed their studios.  Front door @ Old High Schoool were closed and locked – need better signage or balloons for that location in particular.
  • Some ideas to see other artists’ work: Take turns with shared studios; alternate late openings on both days.
  • Signage was better than last year; even better next year
  • Amy: fundraising is really key to pay for marketing, signage (balloons).
  • Artists need to cross-promote each other, especially those not in large studio buildings
  • Suggestion to have more informational “locations” or a “hub.”
  • TRANSPORTATION: Trolley – Beacon /Cold Spring Trolley doesn’t start until Memorial Day; Dutchess County Loop “G” Bus has potential but doesn’t run on Saturdays; Sponsored cabs to provide transport from train station to East Main.
  • Truck City: Was not popular this year.  Arts has to be specific to the truck space; maintaining truck is “exhausting” and “expensive.” A challenge to convert truck to a personal space.  Tents could be an alternative.  Temporary space at the High School.
  • A band on a trailer as a draw to Truck City/Tent/Trailer and food trucks. Create a “festival” atmosphere.

Financial Update will be posted online.

Membership – EzraGuitar newest business member; new map for June 2Sat.  160 individual members, 87 Business, 12 Friend members. Highest ever.

Communications – Social Media/Instagram – please like and follow and help us! Content Submission and management will be streamlined so stay tuned.

Beacon and Beyond:

Beacon Historical Society

  • “Hats Off!” fundraiser for the Beacon Historical Society – hat blanks to be painted, decorated; then exhibited and auctioned off.
  • Howland Center exhibit in October
  • Diane Lapis handed out applications.  They will also be posted online at BeaconArts. org
  • Pick up blanks at Beacon Bath and Bubble.
  • Auction: November 5, 1 – 5 pm.
  • Other BHS News: BHS meets every month except Jan/Feb.  Will host a picnic at Pete and Toshi Seeger in June.  4 month program about Beacon-Newburgh Ferry opening June 17 at Crawford House in Newburgh.

2-Way Brewery

Call for artists – they love Beacon Open Studios!  Need artists for later in Summer.

Meeting adjourned.