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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Admire Graffiti, Woodcut, and Textile Art in Beacon


3. What to Do

Explore Beacon’s expanding roster of independent artists at Open Space.   

View works by graffiti artist Paper Monster and charcoal-woodcut collagist Elbow-Toe during the “Electric Walls” exhibit at Open Space (opening July 24), a collaborative gallery that showcases everything from comic-book illustrations to indie rock bands. Both artists will install pieces on the exterior of the nearby abandoned electric-blanket factory during the Electric Windows project, opening July 31.

Watch Christopher Morris’s contemporary video installation Black Tide, a commentary on the environmental devastation caused by the Gulf oil spill (July 10 to August 8), at Fovea Exhibitions, a gallery that focuses on socially conscious photography.

Dredge up Beacon’s bygone textile industry with the vibrant “Threads” exhibit at Gallery G (15 E. Main St.; 914-671-2178), showcasing local artist Carla Goldberg’s paintings and installations incorporating blue serge fabric, a material once produced in Beacon’s factories that outfitted the Union Army during the Civil War (July 10 to July 31).

Shop for Italian glass vases, handblown jewelry boxes, and curvy, looping candleholders at green design store and raw-food café Superfood Citizen Cafe, opened in April 2010. Then ogle sustainable architectural installations while nibbling small-batch organic truffles at the six-month-old School of Jellyfish, a collective of architects and chocolatiers that hosts D.J.'s, video installations, and performance artists on Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Published on Jul 8, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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