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Beacon Open Studios and Mill Street Loft Arts are pleased to present The Big Draw, an open submission art show on view at Scenic Hudson’s River Center, at 8 Long Dock Road on the Beacon Waterfront in Beacon NY, from January 14th - 28th. Almost 400 artworks, all 6x8 inches on paper, will be on view as part of the 2 week exhibition. On Saturday, January 28th, the exhibition will culminate with a Gala Party & Live Drawing Rally from 7:00 – 10:00pm.

The Big Draw Gala Party on Saturday, January 28th is a night of live drawing, prix fixe art, music, food & drink, an open bar and many more festivities. The Drawing Rally will feature a pre-arranged and select group of artists creating 11”x14” drawings while the party goes on around them. Revelers are invited to watch as the drawings are created at tables in the center of the exhibition space. As these drawings are completed, they will immediately be put up for sale on the wall for $75 each.

This year’s drawing rally artists are:
Alex Confer 
Michael Gaydos 
Erica Hauser 
Jackie Skrzynski 

Ed Vermehren    

Dan Weise 
Catherine Welshman 

The Big Draw Exhibition, January 14th – 28th – Starting on January 14th, a wide variety of 6”x8” artworks will be for sale at the prix fixe price of $50 each. Artists from across the country have been invited to submit works on paper in any media as long as they conform to the 6”x8” size limit. These small artworks will include photographs, collage, painting, mixed media and other art on paper. The works will be on view (and for sale) at the River Center from January14th - 28th. River Center Gallery Hours are from 9:30 – 11:30 am on Mondays & Wednesdays, from 9:30am – 2:30 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays and from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets for The Big Draw Gala Party will be available at the door on Saturday, January 28th. Ticket prices are $15 each or 2 for $25. Proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit Beacon Open Studios, Mill Street Loft Arts and the participating artists.

Beacon Open Studios
 is an annual city-wide art event, connecting local artist and their studios to the public. Beacon Open Studios gives the public a chance to look at art in an intimate setting. 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. Beacon Open Studios aspires to bring visitors from the surrounding areas to create a stronger sense of awareness of Beacon as an art destination. With more than 60 participating artists last year, we happily expect this year’s event to exceed that number. Beacon Open Studios is now in its third year, scheduled for April 28-29, 2012.

Mill Street Loft Arts is a not-for-profit, Multi-Arts Educational Center and Exhibition Facility based in the Cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon, NY. Through their award winning Dutchess Arts Camp, Art Institute and year-round art classes for children and adults, MSL offers a wide range of visual arts programming including design arts, music, drama, dance, poetry, storytelling, photography, public art, folk art and public outreach programs to the Hudson Valley. Courses and programs are available in Beacon, Millbrook, Poughkeepsie and Red Hook.

Beacon Open Studios and The Big Draw are made possible by the sponsorship of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA).
Please call Theresa Goodman at 718-612-5342 for more information.

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