BEACON FREE PRESS January 24, 2018
Beacon Open Studios to host fundraising ball
By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment
Flapper ladies and dapper gents will Charleston the night away as Beacon Open Studios holds its 10th anniversary gala. The Roaring Twenties Costume Ball and Fundraiser takes place Friday, Jan. 26, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at Denning’s Point Distillery. The venue is located off Main Street, at 10 North Chestnut Street, in the heart of the city.
Advanced tickets are required, with password on ticket needed for admission. They start at $25, which includes one free cocktail and $35 with two cocktails. A $45 ticket includes two cocktails plus a bag of gambling coins for admittance into the VIP gaming room. Blackjack and roulette tables will be run for high-rollers to test their luck.
The joint’ll be jumpin’ as revelers savor 1920s style cocktails along with food, live jazz music, and dancing. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the evening, with prizes announced at the end of the night. Proceeds will directly benefit the artists and volunteers who participate and dedicate themselves to Beacon Open Studios.
Samantha Palmeri, who is director of Beacon Open Studios, noted the volunteer arts organization’s past, present and future achievements.
"Since Theresa Gooby started Beacon Open Studios ten years ago, it has become a much anticipated weekend long event by artists and visitors." "Thousands of visitors come to Beacon for BOS each year making it one of the largest events of its kind in the Hudson Valley. We've had over 200 artists who have participated on and off throughout that time. This year we wanted to do something special."
"I have been the director for two years. Before that I was a participating artist for two years, so this year will be my fourth year participating. BOS is one of the larger sponsored projects of Beacon Arts. It's a great event for artists to network with each other and with potential collectors and clients, gallerists and curators. A lot of artists make substantial sales during BOS. It's also a boost to the local economy and affirms Beacon as a viable cultural destination."
Beacon Arts Community Association president Kelly Ellenwood gave a thumbs-up. "Beacon Open Studios is the heart and soul of BeaconArts and its mission to develop and facilitate projects that enable resident artists to thrive in our arts community."
"Beacon Open Studios was one of the first projects that BeaconArts brought under its fiscal umbrella, allowing it to receive grants and donations. One grant specifically funded the production of the catalogue and map that guides visitors to all of the locations around town."
"Although Beacon Open Studios is an independent grass-roots project, it is very much integrated into the DNA of BeaconArts. The ball is one of my favorite BeaconArts events, and I personally look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary this year," she said.
You can view it on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beaconopenstudios/.
Past BOS Artists
Videos and slideshow Photographs by Jon Slackman