The Big Draw Gala Party on Jan. 26 Benefits Beacon Open Studios

Show of $50 6-by-8-inch artworks closes Saturday, Jan. 26

The Big Draw Gala Party at Hudson Beach Glass on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., is a night of live drawing, prix fixe art, music, food and drink, an open bar and other festivities. A night of art in action, this year’s party will feature a live drawing rally, a photo booth and, new this year, a silent auction of some special works by The Big Draw’s artists.

The Big Draw Gala Party in 2012 featured artists drawing live at Scenic Hudson's River Center.Photo courtesy of Beacon Open Studios

The Big Draw Gala Party in 2012 featured artists drawing live at Scenic Hudson’s River Center.
Photo courtesy of Beacon Open Studios

The Big Draw is an open-submission art show in which each piece is 6-by-8 inches in size and sells for $50. These small artworks include photographs, collage, painting, mixed media and other art on paper. The works are on view and for sale at Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon.

At Saturday night’s Drawing Rally, four artists, Catherine Welshman, Dan Weise, Gail Robbins and Chris Sanders, will be drawing live in the gallery. There will be a photo booth with an array of costumes and disguises ready for revelers to be captured by professional photographer Rob Penner. Special 11-by-14-inch drawings by Erica Hauser and Andrea Moreau will be auctioned off during Saturday’s silent auction. Artisan Wines and The Hop are supplying libations for the gala, and snacks will also be available.

The Big Draw contains artworks available for sale for $50 each.Photo courtesy of BeaconArts

The Big Draw contains artworks available for sale for $50 each.
Photo courtesy of BeaconArts

Hudson Beach Glass is located at 162 Main St. in Beacon. Tickets for the party will be available at the door on the night of the event. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit Beacon Open Studios and the participating artists.

Beacon Open Studios is an annual, citywide art event, connecting local artists and their studios to the public. Visitors and art enthusiasts have total viewing access to workspaces where artists display past, current and artworks in progress. Artists who participate have unfiltered access to an audience for their art without the need to rely on a gallery or outside curator.

Now in its fifth year, it is scheduled for April 20-21.For more information about Beacon Open Studios, visit their website, Beacon Open Studios and The Big Draw are made possible by the sponsorship of BeaconArts.

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