Spirit of Beacon

What makes the city great … in photos

By Alison Rooney

What reflects Beacon’s spirit? That question was put to the community over the summer by the Howland Public Library, with answers expected in photographs.

The results can be seen in The Spirit of Beacon, which opens at the library on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., and runs through Oct. 7.

The exhibit, a collaboration between the library and the Spirit of Beacon Day Committee, includes more than 50 photos by 36 contributors. The most popular subjects were the waterfall, the dummy light, and Pete Seeger, says Michelle Rivas, who curated the show with Jennifer Blakeslee.

“One of my favorite photos is by lifelong resident Jean Noack,” says Rivas. “The image is a silhouette of three girls just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company at Pete and Toshi Seeger Park. It’s just such a joyful image, and it perfectly celebrates the beauty of our city and the community.

“Another that stood out is by 15-year-old Alex Turk,” she adds. “It’s a simple but expressive photo of the shadow of a sculpture at Dia:Beacon. Besides being such a beautiful photo, I appreciate it as a unique and unexpected take on the idea of the Spirit of Beacon.”

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One Response to "Spirit of Beacon"

  1. Russell Cusick   September 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    In 2018, Beacon is not great. It’s actually far from it, and The Current is probably aware of this, but it’s just an article written for a local paper. Really, it’s just a generic example of gentrification on $teroids. People who can’t foot the bill are being pushed out, every day. It’s all-the-hype, until it’s not. Currently, prices in Beacon would lead one to believe that this little Hudson River town thinks it’s Manhattan or Brooklyn but it’s far from it. It’s not sustainable and not ready for prime time, not even close. 🙂 Cheers. Other that that, Beacon’s awesome.