Happy New Year, Happy New Art

Been busy this holiday season, hence why I haven’t posted in such a long time, but in no way does it mean that I have been not creating art when I had the time. In fact I quickly finished a few pieces for placement into Beacon’s annual The Big Draw Art Show which is full of fun with many different artists and mediums being represented. There is but one limitation for all artists – Your two dimensional medium must only be sized 6″ x 8″  – and well – that can limit some of us artists. A fun challenge indeed!

This annual fundraiser is for the Beacon Open Studios happening later this year in April. It is one of the actual events that made me decide in choosing to move to this wonderful city of Beacon!

The Beacon Arts Community Association (BACA) is a wonderful place where you can find many art events happening all year around and since Beacon is full of artists – it really is a great resource.

This Big Draw Gala Party will be held on January 26th. And let me tell you that this Gala Event should not be missed – it was loads of super fun last year! The event not only shows all artwork submitted by the many artists there is also a live drawing session, a silent auction on a few special works, music, food & drink along with many other festivities including having the chance in meeting many of your Beacon Neighboring Artists!  Ticket prices are $15 each or 2 for $25. Proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit Beacon Open Studios and the participating artists.

What’s The Big Draw? The Big Draw Exhibition is hundreds of 6”x8” works on paper sold for $50 each. Artists from across the country and from our own Hudson Valley backyard hang their work side by side.

Here below are my three submissions I was able to drop off at the Hudson Beach Glass located at 162 Main St. in Beacon. If you are visiting Beacon for the first time, do check out the Hudson Beach Glass and see its many colorful glass art pieces!

Tire 'Round the Tree - artwork by Beacon Artist Leah Quinn for the Big Draw

Docks by The Hudson River in Beacon - Artwork by Leah Quinn










Rocks at Rest - Artwork by Beacon Artist Leah Quinn for The Big DrawFortunately while I work at The Beacon Art Emporium, located at 500 Main St, I have a space in the back of the shop where my art studio is, so when I have a bit of down time I can create my mixed media digital art pieces. These few pieces were originally made from photographs I took on a cold foggy day in early December in 2012 and then re-worked digitally.

Many other artworks of mine are available in limited edition prints at the shop – so I hope to see you soon at the shop and then definitely at the Big Draw Gala Event January 26th!

Beacon Open Studios This Weekend Kicks Off!

Ceramic Plate - Made and painted by Leah Quinn - Private Collection

Ceramic Plate - Made and painted by Leah Quinn - Private Collection

If you haven’t been to Beacon just yet – you should mosey over this weekend. Second Saturdays are surely fantastic fun, especially when there is an Open Studios Event.

You see last year while visiting Beacon’s Open Studios I was not only impressed by the art, the artists and the town, I was pulled enough to realize that Beacon, NY was the new city for me to live in.

So today I will be dropping off a sample of my art to the Hudson Beach Glass over on Main St. which will host the kick off celebration and reception this year during Beacon’s Second Saturdays.

Quoting from the Hudson Beach Glass website:

Beacon Open Studios
Exhibition opens September 10, 2011
Reception 6 – 9 PM
Kickoff Party September 23 from 7 – 10 PM
Hudson Beach Glass Beacon, 162 Main St., Beacon, NY
Open Studios Weekend September 24 – 25 from Noon – 6 PM
Beacon Open Studios This year’s Beacon Open Studios will have over 60 artists. Participating artists include nationally and internationally exhibited names as well as those who will be showing their work for the first time. This free, city-wide art event invites the public into local artists’ studios, allowing visitors to chat with artists, view their art, and get an up-close look at the spaces in which they create.

This year, an additional venue to showcase the artists work will be Truck City 2011 as a pop-up open studio site. Participating artists will create their own installations in rented moving trucks. Trucks will be parked together in a Truck City (location TBA) for visitors to wander through at their leisure during Open Studios hours.

Hudson Beach Glass will host the Kickoff Exhibition in the upstairs gallery featuring a single work from each of the participating artists.

Visitors can pick up a Beacon Open Studios catalog which includes a map to the studios all over town.


Hope to see you and many of you at that! – So come on by and check out the many artists (over 60 this year who are participating) in Beacon Open Studios 2011