Joan Phares “Beached” and Andrew Rust Barger “Porch”

Saturday, September 14 through Sunday, October 6, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm

bau: Beacon Artists Union
506 Main Street, Beacon

Opening Reception

Whether you find yourself seeking solace away or at home, September’s two solo artists Joan Phares and Andrew Rust Barger have you covered.

In Gallery 1:  Joan’s exhibit “Beached” includes a collection of paintings and assemblages on wood along with a series of boats, ships, water features, and dwellings. The artwork she created for Beached is an attempt to portray imagined lives, buildings, and vessels that inhabited historic coastal towns and cities. Her inspirations for the exhibit are from diverse sources. This past year Joan spent a lot of time on Cape Cod. The harbors of working boats and antique humble homes with intriguing pasts housed the creators of unique towns and stories that peaked her imagination. Says Joan, “Simultaneously binge watching far too many episodes of the PBS series Doc Martin set in the fictitious village of Portwenn, Cornwall, England, further inspired my current work. Infusing my penchant for the darker less tangible aspects of life inspired by found objects provided the final impetus for this show.”

In Gallery 2: Andrew Rust Barger invites you to sit a spell on his “Porch” in Gallery 2.  The American porch is a space of community, inclusion, and friendship. The Porch lives in a space between the privacy of the home and the visibility in the community. There is an importance to be present and visible within one’s locality and the porch can serve as that medium. Andrew says, “Along with highlighting and promoting the porch as a community spotlight, I have built a modular moveable structure to grant me the ability to install a porch wherever I want and with it, the concepts that exist within the porch. The porch is an all-embracing space for everybody, something that has become more and more important daily.”

In the Beacon Room: A collection of small works under 12” by BAU artists.

This is the 177th consecutive exhibition at BAU Gallery. For more information contact Carla Goldberg- PR manager, 845 222-0177 or

Ongoing through October 6| Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m. or by appointment