Beacon 3D started in 2013, the year of the City of Beacon’s 100th birthday – the Centennial Year. Wanting to acknowledge it in some way, I approached the very active Beacon Arts Community Association (BeaconArts) and asked them if they would be fiscal sponsor. I knew of all the other projects they sponsored in Beacon – like our popular Beacon Open Studios, Riverfest, Windows on Main Street and Beacon Independent Film Festival, etc. They said “yes.” The inaugural exhibition included just three sculptures which were situated at 164 Main Street – maybe you remember seeing Tadashi Hashimoto’s Gaia Gaia? or Ed Benavente’s Sea Change? Insun Kim’sCouples? They were in place from May 15 – October 15, 2013.
I have always been interested in public art and whenever I visit different places, the first thing I’m aware of are the details unique to that community whether it be gardens, sculpture, fountains, parks, murals, etc. As an artist, a resident and a gallery owner here in Beacon, I felt that, while there are ample opportunities for 2D artists to show their work here – and there are, when you count all the art-friendly banks, coffee shops, restaurants and real estate offices – there really wasn’t much opportunity for 3D artists. I envisioned Beacon 3D as a sculpture trail along Main Street that would showcase the work of sculptors in the area in a long-term highly visible outdoor venue. The exhibit is up for 5 months of the year! Great exposure for the artist!
In 2014 we have the work of 12 sculptors at 6 locations along Main Street. In addition to the original site at 164 Main Street (Dutchess County Community Action Agency), we were able to expand our exhibition significantly by finding 5 other site sponsors! Depending on public response to the project, the sites can perhaps multiply in future years and be more evenly distributed along Main Street. So that there is less clumping and more of a trail. This year we are pleased to add the following site sponsors for sculptures: Carriage Works Building at 380 Main Street; On The Square Apartments (134/149); The Howland Cultural Center at 477 and the Beacon Building at 427 Main Street. If you are interested in being a site sponsor for a sculpture, by all means contact me.
Look for a call for artists for Beacon 3D 2015 on this website in October 2014. A curator looks for dynamic, engaging and diverse work from both emerging and established professional sculptors. Work must be public friendly as much as possible. Some of the pieces in this year’s edition I had seen before at other public sculpture exhibitions. Others started as pencil sketch proposals. Some of the sketches were thoughtfully rendered and gave me a very good idea of what to expect from the finished work. It has been great to see the proposals morph from the original sketches to the finished pieces. I’m thinking of Lori Merhige who did beautiful sketches of her sculpture Momument and Naomi Teppich’s Desert Flame.
The important thing to remember about the sculptures here is that they aren’t just for show – they are all for sale and all of the proceeds go to the artists. You can contact me for a price list. And you can negotiate the price of the sculpture with the artist themselves. We do ask, in the event of a sale, that the artist make a donation of 10% of the sale price back to the project (Beacon 3D) to help support future exhibitions.
The purpose of the opening reception on June 26th is to give the community an opportunity to meet the artists and talk with them about the work and to meet our sponsors and the volunteers who make projects like this happen in Beacon. All the artists have fabricated their pieces at their own expense – not an inexpensive proposition when you consider the size, weight, materials and labor involved. Beacon 3D and BeaconArts are lucky to have a solid core of volunteers who work tirelessly for their community all year long.
To produce future exhibitions, Beacon 3D needs your support. If you think this is a worthwhile project in your community, consider making a small donation. If you are a business in the community and feel this a valuable addition to the City of Beacon as a cultural/arts destination, consider becoming a major sponsor. All our sponsors – at whatever level – are acknowledged not only on the website but also in the exhibition catalog. As our fiscal sponsor – BeaconArts – is a 501c3/non-profit, your contribution is tax deductible. Why not add your name?
Founder/Director Beacon 3D