Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts

October 12, 2021

Gwen Laster and Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra, 2019 Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts Grant Recipient

Applications now being accepted

Deadline: November 24, 2021

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 2021 round of applications for the Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts is now open, for projects taking place between December 1, 2021-November 30, 2022.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or be fiscally sponsored by one. You can find more information about fiscal sponsorship through BeaconArts here.

Application deadline: November 24, 2021

Apply Online Now: 2021 CLGFA APPLICATION

New Children’s Books by Steven James Petruccio

May 14, 2019

May 2019

6 Sycamore Court
Fishkill, New York 12524

Hudson Valley artist and illustrator Steven James Petruccio announces the release of two new books. “The Boy Who Touched The Stars” published by Arte Publico Press – written by Jose Hernandez and illustrated by Steven. This bilingual bio story is sure to inspire many to reach for the stars! It has already received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and is a Junior Literary Guild selection! Available mid May.

Steven has also illustrated another in his popular coloring book offerings, ” APOLLO 11: The First Men On The Moon” published by Dover Publications, Inc. Informational text and illustrations by Steven James Petruccio. Available mid July for the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing! (more info)

ArtTalk May 2019

May 2, 2019

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BeaconArts Member Show

April 2, 2019

July 13 – August 4, 2019

Hudson Beach Gallery, Beacon, NY

Curated by Karlyn Benson and Theresa Gooby

Artwork submission dates: April 15 – May 24, 2019

Submission Guidelines

  • The exhibition is open to anyone who is a current BeaconArts member
  • All mediums will be accepted: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, ceramics, fiber art, etc.
  • Artists may submit 1-3 works each; 1 work by each artist will be selected for the show
  • Space is limited. Artwork should be smaller than 40″ in order to accommodate everyone
  • Submit your work by email to
  • The email should include your name, email, phone number and a list of works submitted in this format: artist name, title, date, medium, dimensions, price (if for sale).
  • Images should be JPGS less than 1 MB each

If you would like to participate, but are not a member or need to renew, please click here to join today.

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

2019 Dutchess County Poet Laureate Announced

February 26, 2019

 Raphael Kosek
Raphael Kosek

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has appointed Hopewell Junction resident Raphael Kosek as the County’s 2019 Poet Laureate. Ms. Kosek will serve a one-year term in this unpaid role and bring poetry to the community through a series of readings and events, the first of which will be to read her poetry at the County Executive’s 2019 State of the County Address on Wednesday, February 27th at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.


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

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Artscast

August 2, 2018