2018 Annual Meeting & Board Elections

Review minutes and Monthly Financial Updates here.

The meeting will be held where the BeaconArts Retrospective:15 exhibit is currently on view.  This will be a great opportunity to take in the exhibit, and renew your support of BeaconArts. Please note: the exhibit will be closed from January 1 – 23 due to Clarkson University graduate classes being held in the gallery during that time).

Four new board members for 2018 will be elected.

Following are the current continuing Board Members and the candidate slate for 2018 and their profiles.

BeaconArts Board of Directors – continuing through 2018

(as of 01/16/2018)

Board Members continuing through 2018:

Theresa Goodman (current Vice President), 1st term, 2nd year
Christina Jensen (former Board member; appointed by Board in January to fulfill Sommer Hixson’s remaining year of her 2nd term), 1st term, 2nd year
Terry Nelson, 1st term, 2nd year
Rick Rogers, 1st term, 2nd year
Aaron Verdile (current Treasurer), 1st term, 2nd year

Candidates for NEW BeaconArts Board Members – Elections 2018

All terms are for two years, with the possibility of a second term.

There are a total of 4 positions open.

(as of 01/16/2018)

1. Hanny Ahern (2 yrs, 1st term)

Hanny Ahern is a multimedia artist and educator living and working in Beacon New York. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts From Bennington College and a Masters in Interaction Design from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications program. Hanny works persistently in education and community initiatives alongside her art practice and has worked closely to launch early pilot arts education programs at, Powrplnt in Brooklyn NY, Art in your Space Manhattan NY, Pepo La tumaini in Isiolo Kenya, and  Dia Foundation‘s teen program the inaugural year in Beacon NY. Her work has been shown locally and internationally. She serves as a consultant on the board to Powrplnt and adFabe toward strengthening and pioneering relationships to committees that can benefit from the initiatives. Hanny is a homeowner in Beacon New York and passionate and realistic towards this growing arts community.

2. Karlyn Benson (2 yrs, 1st term)

Karlyn Benson has worked in museums and galleries for over twenty years. In 2013, she opened Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY, which specializes in contemporary art by mid-career and emerging artists. As the gallery’s director
and curator, she has developed an ambitious exhibition program with a focus on abstraction, process, and materials. In 2016 she curated the exhibition Chemistry: Explorations in Abstract Photography at the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. In addition to managing her gallery, Karlyn works as an executive assistant at AEA Consulting, a cultural consulting firm located in Beacon, NY. For six years, she worked in the Registrar Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where her responsibilities included arranging the safe transport and installation of artwork for exhibitions. Previously, she was the gallery manager at Candace Perich Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery in Katonah, NY. Karlyn received an MA in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Art History from SUNY Purchase. She also holds an Associates Degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has lived in Beacon since 2003.

3. Angelique Devlin (2 yrs, 1st term)

Angelique B. Devlin, is a massage therapist, inter-faith minister, life coach, birth doula, and yoga teacher. She practices these healing arts from her Terra Firma Massage studio here in Beacon, NY. Angelique has proudly been calling Beacon home since 2010. She relishes meeting and developing relationships with fellow business owners, artists, gallery owners, and members of the Beacon community. She is a member of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley Women in Business, the Sloop Club, and Beacon Arts.  Angelique considers the arts to be vital to the vibrancy and future of Beacon and would welcome the opportunity to play a more active role in the continued success of BeaconArts.

4. Meghan Goria (2 yrs, 1st term)

Meghan Goria has spent her career raising awareness for performing arts organizations and non-profits, first at the New-York Historical Society and Manhattan Theatre Club, then over the course of nearly 10 years at the Metropolitan Opera. She is currently the Director of Digital Strategy and Fundraising at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills where she oversees the online marketing and fundraising efforts of the organization. She holds a BA in History from Brown University. Meghan is a Beacon homeowner and proud member of the community. Her spare time is usually spent cooking, reading or hiking around the Hudson Valley with her husband and dog.

5. Linda Pratt Kimmel (2 yrs, 1st term)

Linda Pratt Kimmel has been a resident of Beacon since 2003, and became a member of Beacon Arts in January 2017.  She has volunteered on the Annual Holiday Bicycle Tree for the past two (2) years, and was one of the project managers for the inaugural Keys to City (KTC) installation.  As part of KTC, Linda was specifically responsible for a family event that was done in coordination with the Howland Library, in which a piano related book served as a launching point for a KTC scavenger hunt down Main Street. Linda has also volunteered for candidates for the City Council and County Legislator this past year, as well.  She has become very vested in our community, and the efforts undertaken to bring us together and maintain our unique identity as a city.

Professionally, Linda is a founding partner of Wernick & Pratt Agency (www.wernickpratt.com) , a boutique literary agency based out of Beacon that specializes in representing authors and illustrators of children’s books.  As an agent, one of her biggest jobs to listen to artists and help them clarify and fulfill their creative visions.  This involves everything from providing editorial guidance, career planning, negotiating contracts, and acting as an intermediary with publishers and/or licensors.  In addition, Linda also oversees the financial operations of the agency, including managing all client monies processed, filing tax reportings, and preparing income projections.

Linda holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas in Austin.  She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and served on the board for the Rutgers One-on-One Writers Conference for five (5) years.


From the Highlands Current:

The BeaconArts Board of Directors is charged with the general management of the affairs of BeaconArts. The Board of Directors consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and five members at large. The Board of Directors controls the property and affairs of BeaconArts and fixes the organization’s policy. The BeaconArts Board of Directors currently meets once a month in addition to BeaconArts general meetings. Terms are for 2 years, maximum 2 consecutive terms per board member. The General Membership votes in a slate; Officer designations are voted on by the Board. beaconarts.org/about