Native American Art and Culture Featured at Beacon Second Saturday

By Christine Simek

During this week’s Second Saturday celebration (Nov. 10) and throughout November, the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., and Miss Vickie’s Music, 146 Main St., are presenting Dream Catcher Trail Festival of the First Peoples, a celebration of the art and culture of Native Americans. Scheduled events include music, movies, lectures, demonstrations, crafts, storytelling and art exhibits.

This Saturday’s offerings include Moving Dream Catcher with the artist Zenote Sompantle, who will construct a contemporary dream catcher at the corner of Main Street and Cross Street, 12:30 – 2 p.m. (free). Musicians Judith Tulloch and Steven Franchino will present animal songs and stories, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Howland Center (free).

At Sacred Space, 464 Main St., yoga instructor and massage therapist Donna Brickwood will present Way of the Winds, a workshop offering tools for living consciously utilizing the philosophy “of Native and Indigenous peoples who were acutely aware of their surroundings and how their lives interacted and participated with their environment,” 1 – 2:30 p.m. ($21, preregistration at is preferred.)

Workshops, demonstrations and stories about Native American traditional Earth skills will be offered by Shane Whitefeather and Joan Henry at Scenic Hudson’s River Center at Long Dock Park, 2 – 5 p.m. (free). Victorio “Roland” Mousaa (guitar, flute, vocals) and friends will perform at the Howland Cultural Center, 7 – 10 p.m. (free).

For a complete listing of the festival activities and events, visit

Other Second Saturday happenings:


bau 95, 161 Main St., presents two exhibits, Thomas Huber and Vincent Pomilio’s A Conversation and Gary Jacketti’s New Abstract Paintings (in Gallery 2). Pomilio and Huber explore the relationship between their works in a visual conversation suggested by their marking, line, form, color and materials, which allow the paintings to set each other off. Jacketti will present new paintings created with enamel paint on panel. Jacketti investigated this medium of “pulled painting” in 2010 at his solo exhibition Japan Today at the gallery. He has since expanded the scope of the work to include American resources to explore his abstract aesthetic. Opening reception 6 – 9 p.m., free.

Theo Ganz Studio, 149 Main S., presents Prints Without Pixels, a group exhibition curated by Hiro Ichikawa. Printmakers are Rica Bando, Elana Goren, Takuji Hamanaka, Hiro Ichikawa, Gwenno James, Maria Lago, Thom Munterich, Chantelle Norton, Antonella Piemontese, Barbara Smith Gioia and Beth Weintraub. Opening reception 6 – 8 p.m., free.

RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., presents Buone Feste, a feast of holiday gifts made by Hudson Valley artists. Offerings include drawings, paintings, seasonal cards, handmade ornaments, jewelry, sculptures, clay works and more. This is the ninth year that the gallery is showcasing and supporting local artists in this way. Opening reception 5 – 8 p.m.

Mad Dooley Gallery, 197 Main St., presents the works of Susan English and Jen Bradford. Opening reception 6 – 9 p.m., free.

The Bannerman Island Gallery, 150 Main St., presents its annual Take Me Home for the Holidays exhibit of small paintings featuring scenes from the Hudson Valley and Bannerman Island. Jamie Williams Grossman curates, and artists include Jeanne Demotses, Virginia Donovan, Carol Douglas, Carolyn H. Edlund, Gayle Clark Fedigan, Patti Ferrara, Jamie Williams Grossman, Deborah O’Keeffe, Mara Lehmann, Margaret Morales, Mary Mugele Sealfon, Robert Trondsen, and Nancy Woogen. Fifty percent of sales will be donated to the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. for the preservation of Bannerman Island. Opening reception 5 p.m., free.

The Clutter Gallery, 163 Main St., presents Día del helado muerto, a custom toy show using Brutherford’s Ice Scream Man platform. Participating artists include Brown Magic Paint Co., Chauskoskis, David Ayllon, DrilOne, Frank Mysterio, Grimsheep, Honkeylips, J★RYU, JC Rivera, Josh Longo, Leecifer, Mark Nagata, Motorbot, Nathan Hamill, Plaseebo, Rsin, Scott Wilkowski, Spanky Stokes, Trust Pigs, Voltaire and more. Opening reception 6 – 9 p.m., free.

Running Squirrel is a native Cherokee who carries tribal knowledge passed down from his ancestors. This image and others are part of ‘Lexicon of Sustainability,’ an exhibit at Fovea in Beacon in partnership with Common Ground Farm. Photo by Douglas Gayeton; courtesy of Fovea


Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Main St., and Common Ground Farm present The Lexicon of Sustainability, photographs and short films to educate and promote the creation of a healthier, safer food system in America. Opening reception, 5 – 9 p.m.

St Luke’s, 850 Wolcott Ave., and the Beacon Sloop Club host the Cajun Dance Woody Sloop Fundraiser with musicians Krewe de la Rue. Lessons in two-step and waltz will be offered; gumbo, jambalaya and other refreshments will be served. 6 – 10 p.m., admission $15 or purchase tickets at for a chance to win dinner for two at the Culinary Institute of America.


Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St., will feature a gallery talk with João Ribas discussing the work of Robert Smithson. 2 p.m., free with museum admission.

Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., presents Louis Alexander, author of Echoes From a Small Country Town. Alexander believes “every person has a story to tell” and will be teaching participants how to write their own memoirs. Along with exploring the art of personal narrative, Alexander will discuss self-publishing and tackle the step-by-step procedure of getting started.  1 – 2:30 p.m., free.

Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education, 199 Denning’s Ave., presents a History Walk based on historian Jim Heron’s popular book, Denning’s Point: A Hudson River History. 10 a.m., free but registration is required — call 845-765-2721.


Bank Square Coffee House, 129 Main St., will feature acoustic guitar player Robert Mullins during their Come Be the Match bone-marrow drive. Adults 18-44 years old can have their cheek swabbed and join the registry to help save a life. 3 – 8 p.m.

Max’s on Main, 246 Main St., presents the Klubnik Band. 9:30 p.m., free.


Artisan Wine Shop, 180 Main St., will host a tasting of the following wines: Château de Coing de Saint-Fiacre Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC “Comte de Saint-Hubert” 1999, Vignoble Dauny Sancerre AOC Rouge “Pynoz” 2010, Montebruno Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2009, C.S. Cellars Vindetta California Red 2010. 4 – 7 p.m., 10 percent off all tasting wines.

The Hop, 458 Main St., will participate in a Tap Takeover by Southern Tier Brewing Company and feature the Blackwater Series and other Imperial offerings. DJ BirdsInBuildings will spin tunes in the evening. Saturday hours, 12 – 11 p.m.

The Vintage Café, 512 Main St., will be open late on Saturday. The café will offer its regular menu throughout the day and a few extra menu items during dinner hours. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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